11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 408
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 240.514.5348
Fax: 240.514.5349

Commission on Preparation for Ministry

Meets once a month (except July and August), on the 3rd Thursday (on occasion meetings may be on the 2nd Thursday due to holidays and scheduled presbytery meetings)

Divided into 4 liaison teams, each of which is responsible for 10 – 12 candidates (total = ca. 50 candidates/year)

Each member personally responsible for 1 – 2 candidates

Required to meet with candidates at least once a year; in some stages more like 2 – 3 times/year

Examinations conducted on Saturdays; examining committee made up of members who are not on that person’s liaison team

Depending on how many examinations are being conducted, not everyone may be required to attend

Requirements for commission membership

Must be ministers, and ruling elders.

It is recommended that pastors not serve during their first few years of first call.

It is a plus for elders to be serving in a congregation that has had a candidate.

Since information and some committee business are handled electronically, committee members should have e-mail (and printer access).

Staff Contact:

Dina Bickel

Jan Moody

Class of September 1, 2022

  • Rev. Charles Booker
  • Rev. David Bowerman
  • Rev. Barbara Heck
  • Shani Mcllwain
  • Rev. Carolyn Tilley

Class of September 1, 2023

  • Eric Akyeampong
  • Nancy Daugherty
  • Rev. Robert Erickson
  • Rachel Kaufmann, Vice Chair
  • Rev. Scott Ramsey
  • Rev. Elisabeth (Beth) Williams
  • Alan Wisdom

Class of September 1, 2024

  • Mary Casper
  • Lou Durden
  • Rev. Margaret (Maggie) Hayward
  • Edward Jones, Sr.
  • Rev. Megan Klose, Chair
  • Rev. Blair Moorhead
  • Rev. Adam Ogg
  • Catherine Taylor
  • Darrell Whiting, Jr.