Presbytery of Charlotte
5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28212-8833
704/535-9999 or 800/926-1537 Fax: 704/537-3476
July 8, 2011
To Teaching Elders, Ruling Elders, Christian Educators, and others attending the 110th meeting of
the Presbytery of Charlotte, now a Council of the PCUSA, at Davidson College Presbyterian
Church, Davidson, NC on Saturday, July 16, 2011
From Sam Roberson, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk
Years ago in China, I ran across an ancient saying that I have long appreciated: the past changes
as rapidly as the future, and is just as unpredictable. What it has meant to me is that the images
and memories seen clearly through the years in the rear-view mirror may quickly, sometimes
suddenly, take on entirely different meanings or perspectives as we live into God’s future. Our
human tendency is to hold on to the past as though it can be frozen in time, and our calling by
God through Jesus Christ is to stay alert and awake in the midst of time and to seek how and
where we are being led into God’s future. With nFOG, 10-A, the enormous financial pressures felt
by so many of our congregations, and the general strident tone permeating our American culture,
the tendency to hold on provides a tempting route forward rather than hanging on, staying alert
and awake, making the best choices we can, as we are whirled along by history. As a speaker I
heard at the Big Tent last week said, “history is running through us and over us, whether we like
it or not, and our call is to be present in the moment, remain faithful in community, and enjoy
The 111th meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte will give you a little exercise as well as
opportunities to learn, share, think, worship, respond, and take some actions.
We begin in the Community House to register, gather, and get started. We’ll do some sharing
around responses to 10-A. For worship, we adjourn to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Sanctuary. Lunch is back over at the Community House. Leaving before lunch is not permitted!
After lunch, we’ll convene in three different places to examine 5 or 6 candidates for ordination.
At the appointed hour, we will return to the Sanctuary for the brief conclusion of the
examinations and the welcoming of new pastors through the report on the Committee on Ministry.
Gavel comes down at 10 AM to convene. By 2:30 PM or shortly thereafter, you’ll be on your way
Remember your ordination vows and show up for Presbytery.
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Presbytery of Charlotte
5700 Executive Center Drive, Suite 200
Charlotte, NC 28212-8833
704/535-9999 or 800/926-1537 Fax: 704/537-3476
July 7, 2011
To Teaching Elders and Clerks of the Presbytery of Charlotte
From Sam Roberson, Stated Clerk
July 10, 2011, the New Form of Government (nFOG) officially becomes the way by which the
Presbytery of Charlotte will function. If you go to the Presbytery of Charlotte web-site, there are
four resources noted in a box toward the bottom right of the homepage.
I find the most helpful resource is the one that gives you 131 pages of side by side analysis of what
the New Form of Government says compared with the most recent Book of Order.
Perhaps the single-most thing that pops out at me: on the left where the nFOG is presented, there is
a lot of white space. The simple fact is that nFOG requires local sessions and presbyteries to
establish practices appropriate for its context that are consistent with historic Reformed principles
and foundations. It does not lay out everything as a rule.
The Presbytery of Charlotte’s Church Development Committee’s Strategic Plan for Building Healthy
Congregations, the Committee on Ministry’s dividing its work into five Cluster Teams, and the
Presbytery Council’s work around a Ministry Audit are all ways that the Presbytery of Charlotte is
already at work living into nFOG.
The Committee on Ministry and the Committee on Preparation have both agreed that as their work
and practices are being fully developed, that they will use the 2009-2011 Book of Order, as amended,
as its “working manual” except where it conflicts with nFOG.
Over the next few months, perhaps stretching into a year or more, congregations and the Presbytery
of Charlotte will move ahead creating their own practices at very differing rates of speed. For those
who want to head full steam ahead, go for it. For those who want to wait around for some “best
practices” to show up to guide your own decisions, I assure you that many “best practices” will soon
There are a few matters such as congregational quorum (nFOG is silent) and the Nominating
Committee (some nuanced differences) that would warrant an early look. However, unless you are a
polity wonk, there is no need to settle on all decisions immediately. nFOG is flexible and fluid, as I
am hope your practices will be over the years as changing contexts require changing practices.
As good training resources become available… I saw today where some folks are putting together
some U-tube nFOG training videos… the Presbytery of Charlotte will resource you either directly or
through regional events.
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Frequently Asked Questions about the New Form of Government
Office of the General Assembly
When will the new Form of Government take effect?
The new Form of Government will take effect on July 10, 2011, which is one year after the
adjournment of the 219th General Assembly (2010) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
What has changed with the adoption of the new Form of Government?
The same basic polity that has defined the core work of the councils (governing bodies) of the
Presbyterian Church continues with the new Form of Government. This revision is not so much
about the “what” that councils do – our essential polity – as it is about the “who” and the “how.”
Increased flexibility in structures and procedures in a less regulatory environment is the major
change that has occurred. The new Form of Government allows councils to increase their focus
on God’s work and how the church can most effectively participate in that work in each
situation, rather than being focused on an increasingly lengthy and burdensome list of
Will a council need to immediately revise its manual of operations?
Existing manuals – already required of presbyteries, synods, and the General Assembly, and also
in use by many sessions – remain in force until changed by a council. Revisions do not have to
be made immediately, affording a council time to determine what structures and procedures will
work best to carry out its identified mission for Jesus Christ. The “Advisory Handbook for
Councils” identifies policies and procedures required by the new Form of Government for each
council, most of which should already be in place and would be revised only if and when a
council deems it necessary.
What about sessions that have no manual?
Sessions will need to create a manual of their policies and procedures that will, at the least, need
to define certain discretionary powers now given to them. These are described in the Advisory
Handbook and include such things as quorums, adequate notice for special meetings, any
changes to the nominations process, and so forth. Many of these might already exist as standing
policies (prior actions) of the session. The size of the manual will depend on how detailed the
structure is that the session has in place.
What happens to existing Authoritative Interpretations under the new Form of
Authoritative Interpretations (AIs) of the Constitution can only be made or rescinded by the
General Assembly. All current AIs remain in effect until changed by a future General Assembly,
which is precisely the situation that has always existed with any amendment to the Form of
Government that has been previously interpreted. A task force is currently working to make
recommendations to the 220th General Assembly (2012) on the continuing status of all AIs,
based on guidelines provided by the Advisory Committee on the Constitution to the 219th
General Assembly (2010).
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How will accountability be enforced in the new Form of Government?
The new Form of Government continues the long-standing Presbyterian principle of right-of-
review of one council by the next higher council (F-3.0206, G-3.0108). Emphasis is also placed
on the need for consultation between councils on mission strategy, structures, and procedures.
Enforcement of administrative and judicial directives relies even now on trust and mutual
accountability, undergirded by our belief that all church power is ministerial and declarative (F-
Our work together as Presbyterians gathered in congregations and councils of the church will
continue to be guided by this important declaration: “The polity of the Presbyterian Church
(U.S.A.) presupposes the fellowship of women, men, and children united in covenant
relationship with one another and with God through Jesus Christ. The organization rests on the
fellowship and is not designed to work without trust and love” (new G-1.0102; compare to
current G-7.0103). No Form of Government can legislate this trust and love, but by answering
the new Form of Government’s call to work cooperatively and collegially to identify and
implement the mission of each council of the church, we may find a deepened sense of
commitment and connection to Jesus Christ and each other as the journey progresses.
What impact will the adoption of Amendment 10-A have on the text of the new Form of
The passage of Amendment 10-A that changed the text of current G-6.0106b will also change the
text of the same passage in the new Form of Government, G-2.0104b. The new language of the
amendment will replace the current language in G-2.0104b. The same is true for several other
amendments adopted this year. At the end of each amendment in the booklet published by the
Office of the General Assembly (Booklet #3) is a statement that indicates the impact of the
adoption of the amendment on the new Form of Government.
When will the new edition of the Book of Order that contains the new Foundations of
Presbyterian Polity and new Form of Government be available?
It is anticipated that the print version of the new Book of Order will be in the warehouse by the
second week of July, after which orders will begin to be processed.
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The 111th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Registration begins at 9:00 AM at the Congregation House. Meal tickets may be purchased until 11:30 AM.
Cost ~ $8.00. Meals for children attending Child Care ~ $2.00
Orientation for New Elders/Commissioners will be conducted in Room ‘D’ in the Congregation House.
by Sam Roberson, General Presbyter/Stated Clerk beginning at 9:30 AM.
The 111th Stated Meeting of Presbytery will seek to be an extended worship service:
Reminding us throughout the day, who we are and Whose we are…
Presbytery Meeting Convenes at 10:00 AM in the Congregation House
Call to Worship and Opening Prayer 2011 Moderator, Rev. Jerry Cannon
Welcome by Host Church Rev. Lib McGregor Simmons, Pastor, Davidson College PC
Welcome to new elders, corresponding members, and visitors.
Approving the worship bulletin as the docket of the day
Appointment of Belinda Rice and William Pride to record attendance
Report of the Stated Clerk and Omnibus Motion: Sam Roberson
Discussion on the ratification of Amendment 10-A to the PC(USA) Constitution:
Three differing perspectives from our churches responding to the passing of 10-A
*Worship continues in the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Sanctuary at 11:00
Prayer of Preparation Rev. Robert Austell
* Hymn #391 “Take My Life” (vv. 1-3) Hendon
Scripture Lesson Jeremiah 29:1-7, 11
Sermon “Seek the Welfare of the City”
Rev. Robert Austell, Pastor, Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church
Musical Selection: “With A Voice of Singing” Shaw
Davidson College Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir
Jane D. Cain, Director
Prayers of the People Rev. Robert Austell
* Hymn #391 “Take My Life” (vv. 4-6) Hendon
Charge and Prayer for Lunch
*Lunch: Served from 12 noon through 12:45 PM
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Presbytery Meeting resumes at 12:50
Responding to the Word and Doing the Work of the Church
**Presbytery will be divided into groups for the examination of Candidates for Ordination.
(Sanctuary, Chapel, Room 201 and Jetton Room)
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Examining for Ordination: Mary Bowman (Charlotte First)
Sarah Kromer (Sharon)
Thomas LaBonte (Hopewell)
**Transition back to the Davidson College Presbyterian Church Sanctuary by 1:30 pm
Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Completion of the Examinations for Ordination
Enrolling of Inquirer: Christopher Lee (Paw Creek)
Progressing from Inquirer to Candidate: Leslie Fuller (South Mecklenburg)
Recommended Procedures for Nominating Commissioners to the General Assembly
Church Development Committee
Hamilton Fund Grant Requests
Committee on Ministry
Communicating actions taken by COM on behalf of Presbytery
Receiving new members to the Presbytery ~Transfers
Robert Alexander, Associate Pastor-Elect, Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Steven Barnes, Associate Pastor-Elect, Cook’s Memorial Presbyterian Church
Mary Bowman, Temp. Associate Pastor-Elect, Selwyn Avenue Presbyterian Church
Julie Hester, Associate Pastor-Elect, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Sarah Kromer, Member-at-Large, Specialized Ministry; *Pending Ordination
Thomas LaBonte, Stated Supply, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church; *Pending Ordination
Elizabeth Morse, at-Large, Pastoral Care Manager at Carolinas Rehabilitation Center
Douglas Van Niel, Pastor-Elect, Locust Presbyterian Church
The 111th Stated Meeting is adjourned and closed with prayer by the Moderator
*112th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte
Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM
Siler Presbyterian Church
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THE 111th STATED MEETING OF THE PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE
DAVIDSON COLLEGE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, CHARLOTTE, NC
SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
Rev. Tony Tucker & Family, upon the sudden passing of his wife, Joan, on May 2nd.
Rev. Bill Cain, (Bethel) upon the passing of his father, Guy Cain, in Charleston, SC on June 18th.
Rev. Jim Szeyller, (Carmel), recovering from neck and back surgery.
Barbara Beaver, recovering from surgery.
Rev. Kyle Hite, upon the recent passing of his father.
Dick Tubbs (CLP, Pageland First Church), upon the sudden passing of his wife, Kay on July 4th.
Rev. Katherine Cooke Kerr (Charlotte First), upon her marriage to Bill Kerr on June 18th.
Rev. Robert Palisin & his wife, Joan, celebrating their 50th anniversary on August 28th.
REQUESTS FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES:
MINISTERS: Wesley Barry, Dallas Bradel, Richard Brundin, Timothy Carriker, Pressley Cox, Joseph
Crawford, Laurie Garrett-Cobbina, Bridgett Green, Katherine Cooke Kerr, Ivan Lowery, Cynthia
McCullough, S. Keith Morrison, Edward Newberry, Richard Newsome, Valerie Phillips, Allison Rizk, C.
Mathews Samson, Amy Sigmon, C. Ryan Sills, Robert Spach, Gus Succop, Howard Tyas, Kevin
Wainwright, Floretta Watkins, Hansen Wendlandt, Charles Williamson
1. That the Presbytery receive the attached Committee on Representation’s 2011 Report to the
Synod of the Mid-Atlantic as information.
2. Appointment of Administrative Commission to Calvary Presbyterian Church:
For the previous five years or so, occasional discussions have occurred between the session and
members of Calvary Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC and the Presbytery of Charlotte’s Committee
on Ministry, Church Development Committee, and staff regarding the future of Calvary Presbyterian
Church, Davidson, NC. The latest such meeting occurred on Thursday, June 23, 2011. Two of Calvary
Presbyterian Church’s four members were present, as was the Reverend Dr. Reid Montgomery, who has
served the congregation for a number of years. At that meeting, it was established that an
Administrative Commission would be elected at the July 16, 2011 meeting of the Presbytery of
Charlotte for the purpose of working with Calvary Presbyterian Church regarding decisions related to
The authorities and responsibilities granted to this Administrative include all those outlined in G-
30109b, G-3.0301, and G-3.0303 in the New Form of Government. Those to be elected are: Elder
Michael Coltrane (Concord First), Moderator, the Reverend Urla Eversley-Moses, The Reverend
Robert Spach, Elder Janie Beaver (Bethel), Elder Louyse Lee (Huntersville), Elder Bobby Overcash
(Calvary) and the Reverend William Cockrill. While the work of this Administrative Commission should
be concluded in a matter of months, there is no specific deadline for the Administrative Commission to
complete its work.
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PRESBYTERY COMMITTEE ON REPRESENTATION
2011 Report Form
This form is used to assist the Presbytery Committee on Representation in gathering information regarding its
presbytery which will be reported to the Synod and to the General Assembly. It should be signed by the Stated Clerk
of the Presbytery upon completion. When completed, this report is sufficient in length, so additional pages should not
Name of Presbytery CHARLOTTE
Name, address, and telephone number of Presbytery Committee on Representation Moderator:
Name Jimmie Melton
Address 5108 Delaney Drive
Concord, NC 28027 Telephone 704-787-9201
Presbytery COR Moderator’s term beginning January 1, 2011 ending December 31, 2011
Do you have a Presbytery COR as required by the Book of Order? Yes X No
PRESBYTERY COR MEMBERSHIP
Membership Total A AA H NA ME C D Y YA A SA
Male Clergy 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
Female Clergy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1
Male Laity 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 1
Female Laity 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
6 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 4
8 1 2 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 1 5
KEY: A-Asian, AA-African American, H-Hispanic, NA-Native American, ME-Middle Eastern,
C-Caucasian, D-Differently Abled
Y (Youth) – 25 and under A (Adults) - 36-64
YA (Young Adults) – 26-35 SA (Senior Adults) – 65 and above
How often does your Presbytery COR meet? Twice per year (once with Nominating Committee)
Are these meetings: (Circle One) Face-to Face Conference Calls
How often does the committee make a report to the Presbytery? Once per year
What form does the report take: (Circle One) Written Oral Both
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PRESBYTERY COMMITTEE ON REPRESENTATION ____2011__________ (Year)
No Work Unit MC ML FC FL A AA H NA ME W D Y YA A SA
Officers of the 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0
Presbytery Council 4 4 2 4 0 5 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 8 6
Presbytery 5 5 0 5 0 4 1 0 0 10 0 0 0 13 2
Presbytery 4 3 2 3 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 0 9 3
4 Permanent Judicial
5 Commissioners to 3 3 3 4 0 4 0 0 0 8 0 1 0 10 2
GA in 2010
6 Church 1 4 4 3 0 4 0 0 0 8 0 0 1 10 1
7 Committee on 9 4 5 10 0 8 0 0 0 20 1 0 0 25 3
8 Higher Education 2 3 2 4 1 2 0 0 0 9 0 1 1 8 2
9 Leadership 2 3 2 5 0 3 0 0 0 9 0 0 2 8 2
10 Personnel 1 3 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 6 3
On each line put one of your Synod committees, commissioners, boards, councils and/or cabinets.
(Because the Synod COR was listed on the previous page, it is not listed on this form).
Key: A-Asian, AA-African American, H-Hispanic, NA-Native American, ME-Middle Eastern,
W-White, D-Person with Disability
Y (Youth)-25 and under A (Adults) - 36-55
YA (Young Adults) - 26-35 SA (Senior Adults) - 56 and up
MC-Male Clergy FC-Female Clergy
ML-Male Laity FL-Female Laity
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1. What were your goals for the year? (List Two)
a. To increase the level of participation on Presbytery Committees by our smaller congregations and
those churches in outlying or the rural areas of the Presbytery.
b. To encourage the Nominating Committee to be more inclusive in recruiting persons with disabilities
and include more racial/ethnic members on Presbytery Committees ( Asian, Hispanic, African, etc)
2. How well were these achieved? 3
(On a scale of 1-5, with 5 complete achievement)
3. What have been the joys and satisfactions of your work during this past year? (No more
than three lines)
Our 2010 General Assembly Commissioners were a very representative, balanced group coming from
churches in all areas of the Presbytery.
We have increased the number of members serving on Presbytery Committees that have some type
The Nominating Committee’s diversity guidelines for selecting persons to serve on Presbytery
committees is adhered to at about a 95% rate.
4. Which of the following statements are true concerning the relationship between your Presbytery COR
and your Presbytery Nominating Committee. (Check all that apply)
_______ At least one member of the Presbytery Nominating Committee is also a member of the
_______ At least one member of the Presbytery COR is an observer at the Presbytery Nominating
___X___ Your Presbytery COR meets with the Nominating Committee.
How often? At least once per year
5. To what degree has the work of the COR increased diversity among the leadership of the Presbytery
committees? (Circle One)
Not At All Somewhat To A Great Extent
6. Has your Presbytery exempted itself from having a COR under the provisions ofG-9.0106?
If so, when?
7. What have been the disappointments and frustrations of your work during this past year?
The guidelines set forth for the Nominating Committee’s procedures that are in our Presbytery’s
Administrative Manual make the work of the Committee on Representation virtually unnecessary. It
makes it difficult to develop goals or objectives for the COR since the work is already done for them.
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8. Is there anything you would like to tell us that we have not asked?
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions. We give God thanks for your work as we strive to uncover
the hidden and unused talent of all of God's people.
Report Submitted by: Jimmie Melton
(Please Print) (Signature)
Phone Number 704-787-9201
The Presbytery of Charlotte will receive a report, not limited to this document, of the Committee on
Representation on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at the 111th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery to be held at Davidson
College Presbyterian Church, Davidson, NC.
Name of the Stated Clerk: Samuel E. Roberson
(Please Print) (Signature)
Please return this form on or before July 1, 2011 to:
Synod of the Mid-Atlantic
3218 Chamberlayne Avenue
Richmond, VA 23261
PHONE – (804) 342-0016 (Toll Free) (800)
FAX – (804) 355-8535 or (Toll Free) (877) 259-4441
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Committee on Preparation for Ministry
Report to the Presbytery of Charlotte
Candidates for Ministry (24)
Candidate Home Church Seminary
*Mary Bowman First, Charlotte Gordon-Conwell (grad); UPS
April Joseph Bright C.N. Jenkins J.C. Smith (ITC) (grad)
Jeremy Cannada Ramah Union-PS, Richmond
Ashley Cheek Myers Park Union-PS, Charlotte
Nick Cheek Myers Park Union-PS, Charlotte
Phill Eason Myers Park Princeton
Nadine Ellsworth-Moran Sharon Union-PS, Charlotte(grad)
Margaret Fulghum First, Concord Columbia
Leslie Fuller South Mecklenburg Columbia
Diane Hunter Sardis Columbia
Deidra Jennings New Hampton Union-PS, Richmond (grad)
Chris Kim Carmel Union-PS, Charlotte (grad)
*Sarah Kromer Sharon Union-PS, Charlotte (grad)
*Thomas LaBonte Hopewell Union-PS, Charlotte (grad)
Marie McCanless Providence Louisville (grad)
Katherine Mealor Myers Park Columbia (grad)
Jane Mitchell Cook's Memorial Union-PS, Charlotte
Danette Osbourne-Smart Matthews-Murkland Union-PS, Charlotte(grad)
Carson Overstreet Sardis Columbia (grad)
Carol Pierson Trinity Union-PS, Richmond
Mary Margaret Porter First, Charlotte Duke, Union-PS (grad)
*Anna Rainey First, Charlotte Princeton(grad)
Veronica Rogers Memorial Union-PS, Charlotte(grad)
Tom Winstead Sardis Union-PS, Charlotte(grad)
*Ordination pending Presbytery vote
Inquirer Home Church Seminary
Thomas Agbemenou Sugaw Creek Union-PS, Charlotte
Sharon Altenburg Matthews-Murkland Union-PS, Charlotte (grad)
Douglas Brown-Clark Davidson College PC Vanderbilt
Will Davis Myers Park Union-PS, Charlotte
Donna Fair First United Union-PS, Charlotte
*Ken Fuquay Mulberry Union-PS (grad)
Farrar Griggs First, Kannapolis Gordon Conwell, Charlotte
Martha Gamble Hall C.N. Jenkins Union-PS, Charlotte
LaDonna Harrison Smallwood Union-PS, Charlotte
Phanta Lansden C.N. Jenkins Union-PS, Charlotte
*Christopher Lee Paw Creek Union-PS, Charlotte
Song Hee Lee Korean First Columbia
Brian Maher Rocky River Union-PS, Charlotte (grad)
Lisa McLennan Selwyn Avenue Union-PS, Charlotte
Mark Moss Bethel Union-PS, Charlotte
Loc Nguyen Sugaw Creek Gordon Conwell, Charlotte
Patricia Reid McClintock Union-PS, Charlotte
Jason Robbins Sardis Columbia (grad)
Elizabeth Sigmon Rocky River Union-PS, Charlotte
Donna Singletery C.N. Jenkins Union-PS, Charlotte
Nancy Spencer H.O. Graham Gordon Conwell, Charlotte
Tim Tate Huntersville Union-PS, Charlotte
Daniel Trapp Myers Park Union-PS, Charlotte
Liz Wagner Myers Park Union-PS, Charlotte
Laetitia Wells C. N. Jenkins McCormick (grad)
David White Pleasant Hill Gordon Conwell, Charlotte
*Enrollment pending Presbytery vote
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Report of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry
to the Presbytery of Charlotte
July 17, 2011
1. The following Inquirer sustained the 2011 Annual Consultation.
Elizabeth Sigmon, Rocky River PC
2. The following Candidate sustained Final Assessment and is certified ready to receive a call.
Veronica Rogers, Memorial PC
3. Anna Rainey, candidate, has received a call to White Memorial PC, Raleigh, in New Hope Presbytery
and will be examined and ordained by New Hope Presbytery.
1. The CPM recommends that the following persons be enrolled as Inquirers in the Presbytery of
Charlotte. They have been endorsed by their home church sessions and have been
interviewed and approved to be presented for inquiry by the CPM.
Ken Fuqua, Mulberry PC
Christopher Lee, Paw Creek PC
2. The CPM recommends that the following candidates be examined and approved for
ordination. They have sustained examination in the CPM in the areas of Bible (New and Old
Testaments), Theology, Polity, Worship and Sacraments. Their faith statements and bios are
in your packet. The examination will consist of a statement of calling and a sermon providing
an opportunity to ask questions of the candidate following the sermon.
Mary Bowman, Charlotte First
Sarah Kromer, Sharon
Tom LaBonte, Hopewell
3. Revised List of Readers for Ordination Examinations in October 2011.
Principals: Olanda Carr, Rev. Dr. Deborah Conner, Rev. César Carhuachín, Rev. Mark Diehl,
Rev. James Shelton
Alternate: Bobbie Berry
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MARY HENDERSON BOWMAN
STATEMENT OF FAITH
I have faith in the sovereign, triune God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – who reigns over
and acts powerfully in the world through creation, covenant, and providence.
I believe God’s providential action is one of grace, motivated by love and justice.
I believe God acts intimately in our lives to encourage us to be in communion with Him and
to become children of God.
I have faith in Jesus Christ and in his Lordship as the redeemer of the world and the
mediator of salvation through the Gospel.
I believe that Jesus Christ – God in human form – was the supreme revelation of God and
that His coming removed the final obstacles between God and His creation.
I have faith in the Holy Spirit who moves in power and love to bring about the will of God in
the world, in nations, and in the individual lives of His creation.
I believe the Church is God’s creation and that as the body of Christ, it is to be a reflection
of Christ’s character and governance and an active partner in God’s kingdom.
I believe that God gave the Scriptures as an authoritative witness to the world and the
Sacraments as signs of grace to the church. Both the Word and Sacrament attest to God’s
purposeful activity in the world.
I believe we are to seek to live as servants in unity with God, His purposes, and His people
so we can bring Him Glory.
I stand grateful for the activity of God in my life, for His sustaining presence, and for the gift
of the fellowship of His people.
I stand grateful that God has given me the faith to know part of the mystery that He is and
the desire to walk with Him as His child. It is abundantly more than I deserve.
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Statement of Faith
I believe in the Triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I believe Jesus Christ is God
as a human being, that He lived, died, and rose from the dead, and that He has
redeemed us from the dominion of sin. I believe the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of the
Father and the Son, that the Spirit brings us to faith and unites us with Christ, and that
Christ is present with us through the work of the Spirit.
I believe God created the earth and all that is in it. I believe God creates and is
providentially active in each moment of our lives.
I believe faith and union with Jesus Christ are gifts of God’s grace, not our own
accomplishments. I believe all of the benefits of Christ come through our union with him,
including justification, sanctification, and adoption as God’s children. I believe that
nothing—not even death—can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ.
I believe God has revealed God’s self to us in Jesus Christ, that God’s revelation is
reflected in the entirety of Scripture, and that God encounters us in worship by Word
and Spirit. I believe Scripture is the inspired Word of God sealed upon our minds and
hearts through the work of the Holy Spirit.
I believe the Church is the community of people God gathers through the Holy Spirit. I
believe Jesus Christ is the head of the Church. I believe the Sacraments of Baptism and
the Lord’s Supper are the visible signs of God’s invisible grace and that they signify the
real presence and power of Christ in the Church and in our lives.
I believe God calls us individually and corporately to focus on Christ and to look for the
presence and activity of Christ with our families, churches, communities, and world so
that, united with Christ by the gracious work of the Holy Spirit, we may participate in
I believe the greatest joy of humanity comes from God’s act of claiming us as God’s
own and granting us new life in Jesus Christ—that we may glorify and enjoy God
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Thomas J. LaBonte
Statement of Faith
I believe in the Triune God, three persons of one substance, God the Father, God the Son, and
God the Holy Spirit. The Father has always been, neither begotten nor proceeding. God is the
holy, eternal, sovereign, almighty, all-knowing, creator of all things in heaven and on earth.
God reigns in love and compassion, judgment and righteousness. I believe God desires us to
be in a loving, worshipful relationship and provides us with various gifts to be used to praise,
glorify and serve with love and joy in our hearts. God is our rock, our refuge and our strength
in which we as believers are to place our trust.
I believe Jesus Christ, the Son of God, always co-existed with the Father, and was sent to us by
God fully human and fully divine as our savior. Jesus is our mediator with God for the
forgiveness of sinful humanity. Through no merit or works on our part, we are reconciled to
God, and our sins are forgiven, washed clean, in the sacrificial blood of Christ. I believe there
are no sins too great and none too small for God’s forgiving grace. By the faith and obedience
of Christ unto death and by his resurrection through God’s grace, we share in the hope of
I believe Jesus is our example of love, compassion and obedience in living the Christian life. We
are enjoined by God through the voice of the Prophets and by the Gospel of Christ, to serve the
poor, the hungry, the sick and the strangers among us. Our faith is to be lived and witnessed
not only in the Church but out in the world. I believe we are to live our faith by giving of our
talents, time and financial gifts in serving others with gratitude for the many blessings bestowed
upon us by a loving God.
I believe that the Holy Spirit is eternally proceeding from the God the Father and God the Son.
It is the manifestation of the love of God that is ever with us, surrounds us, and fills us with the
reassuring love, comfort and truth of God. The Spirit guides us in interpreting God’s inspired
and authoritative word in the Old and New Testaments, and reveals to us God’s will for living
our lives. The Holy Spirit inspires us to live by our faith and to be united with Christ as the
centrality of our lives. It is an abiding presence in the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s
Supper. In Baptism God claims us and seals us by grace and adopts us into the Body of Jesus
Christ, the one holy, catholic Church. The Holy Spirit is present at the Lord’s Supper as we are
spiritually fed as the sign and seal of communion with our Lord and Savior. We remember with
thanksgiving his sacrificial death and give joyful praise for his saving grace. The Holy Spirit calls
us to faith, calls us to obedience and repentance, and calls us to witness to the Gospel as
commanded by Jesus Christ.
Though I am sinner, I believe I am never alone because nothing can separate me from the love
of God. I believe as a Christian I am called to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ by being a
faithful servant, to be obedient to the will of God, serving God’s people, and to render to the
Triune God all glory, praise, love and honor.
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Presbytery of Charlotte
Recommended Procedures for Nominating Commissioners to the General Assembly
July 16, 2011
When nominating commissioners to the General Assembly, the Presbytery of Charlotte
Nominating Committee shall adhere to the guidelines expressed in the Book of Order (see G-
13.0102). Effort will be made by the Nominating Committee to present to the Presbytery a slate
of General Assembly Commissioners that will be as balanced as possible by geography, race,
gender, theological perspective, and church size. When making difficult choices between
applicants, the following factors may be considered: participation in and knowledge of the
governing bodies of the PCUSA, length of time since minister, elder, or congregation was last
represented as a GA Commissioner, and passion for service as a GA Commissioner.
Ordinarily, at least one commissioner (elder or minister) would come from each of the
Cabarrus/Stanly, Union, and Anson/ Richmond/Montgomery (ARM) COM Clusters, and at least
two commissioners (elders or ministers) would come from each of the North Mecklenburg and
South Mecklenburg COM Clusters. The balance of the remaining 3 or 5 GA Commissioners
(depending on whether the Presbytery of Charlotte has 10 or 12 total GA Commissioners),
would be selected in ways that seek to balance the Presbytery’s delegation with respect to
geography, race, gender, theological perspective, and church size.
Selection will be based on an application process. COM Clusters are encouraged to recruit
elders or ministers from their Cluster to submit applications for being a General Assembly
Commissioner. Applications should come directly to the Presbytery’s Nominating Committee. If
the Nominating Committee deems that the applications received are insufficient to constitute a
representative slate, they may contact potential candidates and invite them to submit an
application. The Nominating Committee reserves the right to seek out potential Commissioners
to attain a delegation.
Applications will be received through December 15th of any year prior to the General Assembly.
Election will occur at the February meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte.
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Presbytery of Charlotte Church Clusters
Anson, Richmond, Montgomery Counties (ARM)
Camden, Wadesboro Cameronian, Rockingham
Ebenezer, Morven Hamlet, First
Hawley Memorial, Polkton Marks Creek, Rockingham
Morven, Morven Marston, Marston
Wadesboro, First McLean, Ellerbe
Biscoe, Biscoe Park Avenue, Rockingham
Candor, Candor Pee Dee, Pee Dee
Macedonia, Candor Rockingham, First
Mt. Gilead, First Rourk, Ellerbe
Star, Star Norwood, First (from Stanly Co.)
Cabarrus and Stanly Counties
Bellefonte, Harrisburg Harrisburg, Harrisburg
Bethpage, Concord Kannapolis, First
Bethpage, Kannapolis Kirkwood, Kannapolis
Cedar Grove, Concord Poplar Tent, Concord
Concord, First Rocky River, Concord
Concord, First United Second, Kannapolis
Cornerstone, Concord Albemarle, First
Covenant, Concord Badin, Badin
Covenant, Kannapolis Indian Hill, Stanfield
Flow-Harris, Concord Locust, Locust
North Mecklenburg County
Bethel, Cornelius Mallard Creek, Charlotte
C. N. Jenkins, Charlotte Meadowlake, Huntersville
Calvary, Davidson Memorial, Charlotte
Catawba, Huntersville Mulberry, Charlotte
Charlotte, First New Friendship, Huntersville
Charlotte, First United New Hampton, Charlotte
Christ, Charlotte Newell, Newell
Cooks Memorial, Charlotte Paw Creek, Paw Creek
Cornelius, Cornelius Plaza, Charlotte
Covenant, Charlotte Pleasant Grove, Charlotte
Davidson, Davidson Ramah, Huntersville
Davidson College, Davidson Robinson, Charlotte
Derita, Charlotte Saint Paul, Charlotte
Garden Memorial, Charlotte Smallwood, Charlotte
Hickory Grove, Charlotte Statesville Avenue, Charlotte
Hopewell, Huntersville Sugaw Creek, Charlotte
Huntersville, Huntersville Williams Memorial, Charlotte
Johnston Memorial, Charlotte Woodland, Paw Creek
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South Mecklenburg County
Albemarle Road, Charlotte Morningstar, Matthews
Amity, Charlotte Mt. Olive, Charlotte
Avondale, Charlotte Myers Park, Charlotte
Ben Salem, Charlotte Philadelphia, Charlotte
Bread of Life, Charlotte Pleasant Hill, Charlotte
Caldwell Memorial, Charlotte Providence, Charlotte
Carmel, Charlotte Quail Hollow, Charlotte
Central Steele Creek, Charlotte Saint Andrews, Charlotte
Clanton, Charlotte Sardis, Charlotte
Good Shepherd, Charlotte Seigle Avenue, Charlotte
Grier Heights, Charlotte Selwyn Avenue, Charlotte
H. O. Graham Metropolitan, Charlotte Sharon, Charlotte
Henderson Grove, Charlotte South Mecklenburg, Charlotte
Korean, First, Charlotte Steele Creek, Charlotte
Matthews, Matthews Third, Charlotte
Matthews-Murkland, Charlotte Trinity, Charlotte
McClintock, Charlotte Westminster, Charlotte
Benton Heights, Monroe
Black’s Memorial, Monroe
Indian Trail, Indian Trail
Siler, Wesley Chapel
Pageland First, Pageland, SC
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RECOMMENDATION FOR COMMISSIONER
TO THE 220th GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FROM THE PRESBYTERY OF CHARLOTTE
Complete on this form as much information as possible so that proper and full representation, as
mandated in G‐3.0501, can be more easily accomplished by the Nominating Committee. Please
submit names to the Nominating Committee by December 15, 2011. Each name recommended
will be considered, and nominations will be presented at the February 11, 2012 Stated Presbytery
Meeting. (Self-Nominations are appropriate)
CITY: _______________________________ CLUSTER: ______________________________
EMAIL ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________________
Please check one: ________ Elder ________ Minister
Primary Information for Representation and Inclusion
This person is: (check all that apply)
_____ Racial /Ethnic _____ Female ______ Male
_____Younger (under 35) _____ Older (over 65) _____ Person with disabilities
Secondary Information for Representation and Inclusion
This person is from a congregation that: (check all that apply)
_____ has less than 100 members _____ has 100 – 300 members
_____ has 301 – 800 members _____ has over 800 members
_____ has not sent a commissioner to G.A. in the past 20 years
*Below, please list the person’s leadership in the life of the church (in the congregation and in
the governing bodies of the church). Also, if this person would render any special gifts, duties, or
responsibilities to the General Assembly by serving as a commissioner, list these here as well:
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Church Development Committee
Report to the 111th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte
Hamilton Fund Grant Applications
July 16, 2011
The Church Development Committee through its Hamilton Fund Grant Work Group reviewed
eight applications requesting 2011 funding. The 2011 applications increased by one or 14% over
last year with a total funding request of $4,000. During our review, we did note that ½ of the
churches that applied receive funding in 2010.
GRANT DESCRIPTION: Each church in our presbytery with two hundred (200) members or less
is eligible to apply. Funds are designated for one time funding to assist in new projects or
programs that could not be included in the annual budget of the church.
Applicant Purpose Estimated Amount
Ben Salem Presbyterian Church Replacement of the face $745.00 $500.00
panels on the church sign
Cameronian Presbyterian Church Resealing of parking lot $3115.80 $500.00
Indian Trial Presbyterian Church Installation of handicap $900.00 $500.00
Mulberry Presbyterian Church Participant in Charlotte $1539.00 $500.00
Urban Ministries’ Room
in the Inn Program
New Friendship Presbyterian Purchase a projector $850.00 $500.00
Norwood First Presbyterian Purchase new computers $1900.00 $500.00
Smallwood Presbyterian Church Assist in renovation of Not $500.00
Wadesboro First Presbyterian Purchase digital recorder $415.00 $500.00
Church and case
Approve 2011 applications for the Hamilton Fund Grant without exception.
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COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
REPORT TO PRESBYTERY
July 16, 2011
1. ACTIONS TAKEN ON BEHALF OF PRESBYTERY
A. Approved the attached Supply/Moderator/Parish Associate Report
B. Approved transfer of Adelia Kelso to Wabash Valley Presbytery to accept call as
pastor to 1st South Bend effective August 1, 2011.
A. That Robert Alexander be received as associate pastor for discipleship to Davidson
College Church and that the following terms of call and installation commission be
Salary - $42,000 Pension/Medical - $20,160
Housing - $22,000 2 Weeks Study Leave
SECA - $4896 4 Weeks Vacation
Continuing Education - $2000 3 Month Sabbatical during 7th year
Professional Allowance - $4000
INSTALLATION COMMISSION (October 30; 3 p.m.): Ministers – Lib McGregor
Simmons; Jerry Cannon; Timm High; Michelle Thomas-Bush. Elders – Ruby
Houston, Davidson; Dennis Appleyard, Davidson College; Harold Hope, Charlotte 1st;
Janie Beaver, Bethel.
B. That Douglas Van Niel be received as pastor to Locust Church and that the following
terms of call and installation commission be approved:
Salary - $36,000 Auto Allowance - $2400
Manse utilities - $3000 Continuing Education - $1500
SECA - $3534 2 Weeks Study Leave
Manse Equity - $1500 4 Weeks Vacation
INSTALLATION COMMISSION (July 31; 5 pm): Ministers – Elizabeth Ayscue; Alex
Porter; Rick Hoffarth; Ed Wilson. Elders – Belinda Rice, Seigle Avenue; Theresa
Troutman, Locust; Kenneth Land, Poplar Tent; Joe McLester, Indian Hill.
C. That Julie Hester be approved as associate for children and families to Myers Park
Church and that the following terms of call and installation commission be approved:
Salary & Housing - $69,000 Pension/Medical
Auto Allowance - $2650 Additional Life Ins. - $50,000
Continuing Education - $2000
Child/dependent Care - $1,075
INSTALLATION COMMISSION: (to be reported)
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D. That Steven Barnes be received as associate pastor to Cooks Memorial and that the
following terms of call and installation commission be approved:
Salary - $28,222 Continuing Education - $1000
Housing - $20,704 Auto Allowance – IRS Rate
SECA - $3743 2 Weeks Study Leave
Pension/Medical - $14,901 4 Weeks Vacation
INSTALLATION COMMISSION (Sept. 11; 4 pm): Ministers – T. J. Thompson; Emily
Owen; Elders – David Myers, Cooks Memorial; Tim Tate, Huntersville; Guest
minister – Robin Lyn Valdez, Grace Presbytery. Guest elder - Linda Campbell, Grace
E. That Elizabeth Morse be received from Central Florida Presbytery to serve as
chaplain at Carolinas Medical Center.
F. That Mary Bowman be received pending ordination to serve as temporary associate
to Selwyn Avenue and that the following ordination commission be approved:
ORDINATION COMMISSION (Sept. 11; 4 p.m.): Ministers – Katie Crowe; Leslie
Dibble Rush Otey; Susan Roddey. Elders – Nellie Evans, Ben Salem; Kelli McAlister,
Covenant Charlotte; Sally Ormand, Monroe 1st; Doug Wilson, Charlotte 1st. Merwyn
Johnson, guest minister.
G. That Sarah Kromer be received pending ordination to serve as pastor to In Christ
Supporting Ministries, a validated ministry, and that the following
ordination/installation commission be approved:
ORDINATION COMMISSION (August 28, 4 p.m. at Sharon Church): Ministers –
Sam Roberson; Rob Blumer; Tom Currie; Bob Henderson; Mark Diehl. Elders – Kitty
Bohr, Caldwell Memorial; Danette Smart, Matthews-Murkland; Wirt Neale, Albemarle
Road; Randy Phillips, Charlotte 1st. Guest ministers – Merwyn Johnson, and George
Wilson, Foothills Presbytery.
H. That Tom Labonte be received pending ordination to serve as stated supply to St.
Andrews Church and that the following ordination commission be approved:
ORDINATION COMMISSION (August 7; 10:30 a.m.): Ministers – George
Alexander, Jr.; Allan Purtill, Jr.; T. J. Thompson; Ed Wayland, Jr. Elders – Janie
Beaver, Bethel; Kitty Bohr, Caldwell Memorial; Chuck Burch, St. Andrews; Timothy
Tate, Huntersville, Merwyn Johnson, Foothills Presbytery, guest minister, Barbara
Cannon, Hopewell Church Charlotte, guest elder.
I. That Mack Sigmon be granted honorable retirement retroactively effective February
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SUPPLY PASTOR/MODERATOR/PARISH ASSOCIATE UPDATE July 2011
Interim Name of Supply Start/Term. Moderator
Charlotte 1st Roland Perdue 1/11 - 1/12 Roland Perdue
Davidson College (assoc.) Veronica Cannon 8/10 - 8/11 NA
Hickory Grove Kate Murphy 12/10 - 12/11 Kate Murphy
Hopewell (assoc.) NA NA
Kannapolis 1st Cathy George 7/10 - 6/11 Cathy George
Mallard Creek John Wilkerson 7/5/11 – 7/4/12 John Wilkerson
Statesville Avenue ____________ __________ Allan Purtill
Sugaw Creek ____________ __________ Janie Beaver
Trinity William Cockrill 2/11 - 2/12 William Cockrill
Walkersville Warren Nance __________ Warren Nance
Badin Dan Wray 1/08 - 12/08 Dan Wray
Banks Scott Hilborn 3/06 - 4/07 Scott Hilborn
Biscoe __________________ __________ Bill Youmans
Bethany Janet Tyson 12/11 - 12/12 Janet Tyson
Black’s Memorial __________________ ___________ Timm High
Bread of Life __________________ ___________ Kitty Bohr
Calvary Reid Montgomery 1/11 - 3/11 Reid Montgomery
Candor __________________ ___________ Priscilla Durkin
Catawba __________________ ___________ Admin. Commission
Clanton James Thomas 1/10 - 12/10 James Thomas
Cornelius Carl Dumford 7/09 - 8/10 Carl Dumford
Covenant Concord Scott Simpson 5/08 - 4/09 Scott Simpson
Covenant Kannapolis Sheila Council 7/10 - 7/11 Sheila Council
Flow Harris ______________ __________ Jay Smith
Hawley Memorial Carol Edwards (CLP) 2/10 - 2/11 Carol Edwards
Indian Hill Rick Brundin 5/09 - 5/10 Rick Brundin
Johnston Memorial ______________ ___________ Bob Owens
Kirkwood Debi Madden 9/10 - 9/11 Debra Madden
Marshville Ed Henegar 1/11 - 12/11 Ed Henegar
Morven Leslie Stacks __________ Leslie Stacks
Park Avenue _______________ __________ Dwight Williams
St. Andrews Tom Labonte 7/17/11 – 7/17/12 Tom Labonte
Smallwood _______________ __________ Gloria Bolden
Star Gus Feather 1/10 - 12/10 Gus Feather
St. Paul Gloria Bolden 2/11 - 2/12 Gloria Bolden
Altan _____________ __________ Bruce Powell
Amity Betsy Williamson 9/1/10 -12/31/11 Betsy Williamson
Beulah Chip Tolleson 1/11 - 12/11 Chip Tolleson
Camden Carol Edwards (CLP) 2/10 - 2/11 Carol Edwards
Cameronian Wyatt Coley 7/09 - 6/10 Wyatt Coley
Cedar Grove Aaron Orr (CLP) 2/09 –12/10 Aaron Orr
Christ Stephen Ratliff 10/10 - 9/11 Stephen Ratliff
Cornerstone Jessica Patchett 6/10 - 6/11 Jessica Patchett
Concord, 1st United ____________ __________ Alex Porter
Derita Linda Bowman 2/10 - 8/10 Linda Bowman
Ebenezer Billy Grier (CLP) 3/10 - 3/11 Billy Grier
H. O. Graham Dennis Funderburk 8/13/11 - 8/13/12 Dennis Funderburk
Henderson Grove Sonya McAuley-Allen 2/11 - 8/11 Sonya McAuley-Allen
Marks Creek Ken Goins (CLP) 1/11 - 1/12 Ken Goins
Marston _____________ __________ Neal Watkins
Meadowlake Fred Lowrance, (CLP) __________ Fred Lowrance
New Hampton _____________ __________ A. W. Canada
Pageland 1st Dick Tubbs (CLP) 9/10 - 9/11 Dick Tubbs
Ridgecrest Larry Pittman 2/11 - 1/12 Larry Pittman
Robinson Timm High 11/08 - 10/09 Timm High
Second Kannapolis Lou Pfeiffer (CLP) 5/11 - 4/12 Lou Pfeiffer
Selwyn Avenue Lori Raible 6/1/11 - 5/30/12 NA
Selwyn Avenue Mary Bowman 9/11/11 – 9/11/12 NA
Trinity D. C. Horne (Assoc.) 5/11 - 4/12 NA
Troy David Speering 5/11 - 12/11 David Speering
Wadesboro 1 Leslie Stacks 7/1/11 – 6/30/12 Leslie Stacks
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Church Minister Paid Paid Retired Retired
Avondale Jane Summey-Mullennix X X
Caldwell Memorial Diane Mowery X X
Concord 1st Ken Craig X X
Davidson College Bill Tiemann X X
Newell Amy Busiek X X
Poplar Tent Bob Palisin X X
Steele Creek Bey Grunder X X
Westminster Grady Moseley X X
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Robert M. Alexander
Statement of Faith
I believe in the one, triune God who created me in love and calls me into a loving relationship
by the power of the Holy Spirit and through the redeeming work of Jesus Christ on the cross. As a
father cares for and guides his children, so God cares for me. As a mother nurtures her young, so
God nurtures me. I am part of an amazing network called creation, designed, shaped, and formed to
be in relationship with God and to bring honor and glory to the Creator.
I believe that God so loved the world, that he sent Jesus Christ into the world in order to
redeem and restore all that has become broken. Jesus, born of the Virgin Mary by the power of the
Holy Spirit, was fully human, and fully divine. He lived, died, and was raised to new life so that sin
and death might be defeated. In Christ we have new and abundant life. God is always about life;
creating it, redeeming it, and sustaining it.
I believe that the Holy Spirit sustains us in our daily journey of faith and gives us strength and
courage to persevere. The Spirit opens our hearts and minds to the scriptures, guiding, instructing,
and correcting us through God’s Word. The Spirit comforts us, counsels us, and helps us as we pray
and discern God’s will for our lives.
I believe that the saving work of Christ in our lives gives us access to a living relationship with
God. Salvation comes by God’s grace through faith. There is nothing we can do to earn it. Our sin,
both as a condition and as acts against God and neighbor, keep us from experiencing the fullness of
life that God has created for us to enjoy. Such acts produce suffering, pain, injustice, oppression,
and death. Through God’s grace and love, we are reconciled to God and to one another and freed
from bondage to sin. This is God’s action of redemption on our behalf. God’s Spirit continues to
work in us, even when we struggle, giving us strength and courage to live in faithful obedience to
I believe that we are called to faith as part of a community known as the Church. This is
where we are nurtured in faith and where we learn to worship and serve. We also learn how to care
for one another, how to encourage one another, and how to build up the Body of Christ. We learn
how to share the gifts which God has given to us and how to be good stewards of the many
blessings that we have been given.
We welcome people into the life of the church through the Sacrament of Baptism,
demonstrating God’s grace and love given to each person through the life, death, and resurrection of
Jesus Christ. We remember this sacrifice in the Sacrament of Communion where we also look
forward to the day, when, in the fullness of time, we will sit together at the Great Banquet with
believers of all times and places.
I believe that God is working in and through the frailty of the Church to bring about the
promises God has made in scripture. God is faithful to fulfill them. Therefore we are called to be
faithful in our response to God’s goodness and grace by following Christ’s command and example to
love the Lord God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
This reminds us how important our relationships are to God. We are called to work for justice and to
practice loving kindness, so that all people are treated fairly, all have enough of their basic needs,
and all are able to respond to the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.
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Statement of Faith
The core of my faith is the triune God – the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I believe in God the Father, who created all things good in heaven and on earth. I
believe God is a loving and gracious God who cares for all creation in powerful and
mysterious ways that our minds are not meant to understand or comprehend. I believe
God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and always present with us. I believe God created
human beings in God’s image, and though we are fallen, God called us to be God’s
people and established a covenant with us for all time. And, as fallen creatures, humans
have the unfortunate aptitude to bring evil into God’s created world. But, I deeply
believe in God’s providence in our world, that God brings good out of evil, and
especially that nothing bad or evil is allowed to exist in our world that our loving God
does not ultimately bend toward the good. And, most of all, I believe that God
continually proves God’s love for us in amazing ways, and that our salvation and
redemption are only possible through God’s free gift of grace in the life, death, and
resurrection of God’s son, Jesus Christ.
I believe in God the Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I believe that Jesus is God
incarnate, the Word made flesh. I believe that Jesus Christ is both fully human and
fully divine. I believe that Jesus is the foundation of our knowledge of God’s sovereign
love for all of creation, a love that is sealed upon on our lives through the Sacraments
of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. I believe that through his life and ministry Jesus
teaches us God’s will for our lives, and thus we are shown how to lead lives full of love,
service, and compassion toward all creation. I believe that while we are sinners, Jesus’
death is the ultimate sacrifice to reconcile us with God the Father, our Creator,
providing each believer with the undeserved gift of grace.
I believe in the Holy Spirit and the power of the Spirit to work among us for the will of
God. I believe that the Spirit is active in all lives and in all places, and that through the
Spirit we are gathered into community to experience the fellowship of God’s people in
profound ways. I believe that the Holy Spirit experienced in our lives and in our current
world is the same Spirit that guided the prophets and the apostles. I believe that the
Spirit provides for many gifts according to the scriptures. And, I believe that the Holy
Spirit instills in us the power and conviction to love and serve God with all our heart,
soul, mind, and strength.
As a follower of Christ, I believe in the community of faith and the strength and identity
of God’s people gathered and organized as a church, as the body of Christ in this time
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Statement of Faith
I believe in a Creating God who is eternal, merciful, loving and wise. God created the heavens
and the earth in the beginning, and continues to create new possibilities for the future. God,
who stands before all time and history, nevertheless works in history to bring about the
fulfillment of the divine plan. The Bible, which is our only rule of faith and life, witnesses to
God’s work in history through the calling of Israel as God’s chosen people. Time and again
Israel rejected God, and God continually drew the rebellious nation back. In like manner, we too
reject God, despite our being made in God’s image. We turn our backs on the responsibility to
live into the creative and loving possibilities made available to us through the love of our
Creator. By abusing the gift of freedom to choose what pleases God, we bring judgment on
ourselves and deserve no part in God’s kingdom. Yet God is merciful.
I believe in a Redeeming God who entered history most completely in an act of sheer love and
grace. While we were still in our sin, God sent into the world the only Son, Jesus Christ, who is
at once fully human and fully divine. He lived as one of us, teaching and healing. Though he
was without sin, he was crucified on a cross, died and was buried. He rose from death and
appeared to his disciples before ascending into heaven. By his life he has shown us the way of
peace and justice. By his death he has paid the price for our sins. By his resurrection he has
broken the power of death and given us new life. We look for his return again in glory. As his
followers we are called to live in response to the grace shown to us in Jesus Christ.
I believe in a Sustaining God who, through the Holy Spirit enables us to respond in faith to the
grace in our lives. Jesus promised not to leave us alone, and so the Holy Spirit is given as a gift
to call forth faith, guide, and sustain believers. The Holy Spirit gives life to the church, working
through the means of grace given by hearing the Word of God, partaking in the Sacraments of
Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and prayer. As the church we are to carry out the work of the
gospel, both in our life together in the community of faith, and in the world. The Holy Spirit
dwells in each believer, enabling us to work toward the new future when all people shall
confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and shall sing praises to God.
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Statement of Faith
I believe in God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
I believe that because of God’s love for us, Jesus Christ was sent for our salvation.
Through the divinity and humanity of Jesus Christ, we have been given the opportunity
to have new life. Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, lived for our redemption,
was crucified for our sins, and rose again to sit on the right hand seat of God.
The sin within us creates distance between us and God, but through Jesus Christ, we
have been given the means to give our sins and burdens to Jesus, to grow closer to
God, and to receive God’s peace. Through the strength of the Trinity, and the power
and grace of the Holy Spirit we receive guidance and nourishment in our daily lives.
Through the Holy Spirit, we gain understanding of our journeys and life-direction as we
“proclaim good news to the poor…liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the
blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18).” Through solitude and
community, Christ is my shepherd as he shows me His vision for my life and what I can
do for Him each day.
I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God that gives us direction and
understanding through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The church is called to be a witness of Christ to the world, to establish Christ’s peace
within ourselves as individuals and as a community. The Presbyterian Church attests to
community and relationships through the connectional ministry of government. The
sacraments, baptism and communion, are symbols and signs of God’s presence,
workings within us, faithfulness to us and our commitment to live in service through the
guidance of the Holy Spirit .
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Rev. Douglas L. Van Niel
My Statement of Christian Faith
I believe that God’s ways and thoughts are infinitely higher than our own, and that as a Spirit, the
Living God exists beyond our grasp or comprehension. Yet desiring fellowship with us, God has revealed
Himself and His will to us: in creation’s design and order, in our Human Nature, in the Old Testament
nation of Israel, supremely in the person, work and teaching of Jesus, and in the inspired covenant
Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments. God’s reliable and authoritative Word speaks to our
human quest for truth, wisdom and knowledge. Communication with God is possible through the gift of
prayer and God’s Word as the Spirit enables us.
I believe in the One, Triune God: Eternal Father, Unique Son and Holy Spirit.
I believe in God, the Creator, the Giver and Sustainer of all life, the Gracious Lord who cares for every
detail of our lives. I believe that God is loving Father to all brothers and sisters of Christ; the Righteous
and Holy One, who demands purity, truth, peace and justice; and the Ultimate Judge of creation as
Consuming Fire of evil and Vindicator of goodness and righteousness.
I believe in Jesus, the Christ, the Unique Son of God. I believe the early church was correct in its
Christology, seeing Jesus as truly human the truly divine, yet inseparably one person. I believe in Jesus
the Servant, the Prophet, the Exorcist-Healer, the Teacher-Preacher, the resurrected Lord and King. I
believe in Jesus, my Savior, whose death atoned for our sins and reconciled us to God, and whose
bodily resurrection proved God’s power and victory over death, ensuring our future resurrection and
eternal life with God. I believe that human effort apart from Christ, whether through the Social Sciences
or other religions are insufficient to assure us of salvation. Deliverance, Justification, and Adoption are all
gifts of God’s Grace in Jesus Christ and His Kingdom as we respond in repentance, faith and obedient
I believe in the Holy Spirit, active in the Church as the Helper, Teacher, Comforter, Giver of vision,
grace and gifts, and the Enabler and Empowerment for mission. I believe the Spirit is active in the world
to restrain evil, to convict of sin, to bear witness to Jesus, and to point toward truth and justice.
I believe the Church Universal is Christ’s Body, the One Family of God, the Fellowship of the Elect,
the Covenant Community of Faith. As such, I believe the Church is broadly inclusive, accepting all who
affirm faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord. It is also pluralistic, having a greater unity made from the
diversity of talent, gift and perspective that members bring together. The Church’s foundational unity is in
Our Lord Jesus and revealed Biblical faith. Our Presbyterian Church also affirms the essential tenants of
Reformed faith as recorded in our Constitution: The Book of Confessions and The Book of Order.
I believe the Church is God’s chosen context for experiencing new life in Christ: for worship and
preaching, for healing and forgiveness, for responding to God’s Word and living presence, and for
transformation and growth into the love and character of Christ. We are an assembly of sanctified sinners
called to live a Christian life-style.
I believe the mission of the Church is proclaiming the Gospel, as Ambassadors of Christ, and
sacrificially serving the world in His Name, that the Kingdom of God might advance here and now on
earth. I believe local congregations must live out in their communities what is true of the Church in
general, ever seeking greater faithfulness to our calling in Christ.
I believe the Lord’s Supper is a remembrance of Jesus’ death, the new covenant established, and a
means of grace as we fellowship with Christ, partaking of His Life, until He comes again. Baptism is an
act of identification with Christ, a sign of entrance into new life in Christ for believing adults and for
children, in anticipation of their knowledgeable profession of faith at confirmation. Ordination is the act of
setting apart called, gifted and trained individuals for specific service and leadership in the offices of
With humility and hope, in these beliefs I stand as a Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
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Directions to 111th Stated Meeting of the Presbytery of Charlotte
July 16, 2011
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
100 North Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
From the South
Via I-77 North: Take Exit 30 and turn right on
Griffith Street. Go through two traffic circles and
stay on Griffith until you come to T-intersection.
Turn right onto Main Street. At first stoplight, turn
left onto Concord Rd. Turn left on Baker Drive into
Via I-85: Take I-77 North in Charlotte and follow
From the East
Via I-85: Take Exit 55 (Davidson /Hwy 73). Travel
east approximately 9 miles and turn right at Davidson
sign onto Davidson-Concord Rd. Continue through
traffic circle on Concord Road. Baker Complex is
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Davidson Presbyterian Church
116 Depot Street
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