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Committee on Ministry

Purpose & Function:

Purpose & Function: The Committee on Ministry (COM) supports National Capital Presbytery’s (NCP) responsibilities for the care, oversight, and accountability for teaching elders and educators. These include examining, receiving, and dismissing minister members; offering encouragement and support to teaching elders and educators; seeking healthy relationships between teaching elders and congregations; and helping congregations secure appropriate pastoral leadership and educators in times of transition.

The work of the COM is carried out by five teams of ministers and ruling elders and with the oversight of the COM Coordinating Committee. COM’s authority is based in the Book of Order, G-3.0306 and G-3.0307.

For documents related to Committee on Ministry work, please click here.

Teams of the Committee on Ministry:

Care — The Care Team provides grants for church leaders to attend continuing education events or facilitate colleague groups and supports pastors by remembering clergy ordinations and showing compassion to those with illness or loss. The team conducts Exit Interviews with those leaving their current staff positions, and helps the executive presbyter welcome new clergy into the presbytery.

Congregational Transitions — The Congregational Transitions Commission provides oversight to every move made in, out, and within a congregation. The CTC works with congregations from the moment a pastor communicates her intention to leave a position through the calling of a new pastor. CTC works through liaisons who become the face of the CTC to the session and congregation and work with them to determine the appropriate type of call (installed, designated, stated supply, etc.), ensure good fit, healthy financial picture (including minimum salary requirements and benefits), and all the appropriate legal and immigration requirements have been met. Mark Harper, markharper@takomaparkpc.org,  and Michael Volpe, volpemike@aol.com,  co-chair this commission.

Examinations — The Examinations Team examines candidates transferring into our presbytery or changing calls within our presbytery. These teams continue to work with candidates to ensure the theological and pastoral competence required for teaching elders in the variety of ministry contexts in this presbytery. Susan Graceson, sgraceson@rockvillepres.org  and Gary Sowers, garysowers@cox.net, co-chair Examinations Team.

Ministry Relations — The Ministry Relations Team (MRT) blends care, oversight, and accountability for members of the presbytery and congregations through its work in crisis engagement and conflict management. The MRT oversees the expenditure of the Clergy Crisis Funds to support pastors and their families in particular hardship. Nancy Neal, nneal@bread.org and Aaron Fulp-Eickstaedt, afeickstaedt@ipcmelean.org co-chairs, MRT.

Specialized – The Specialized Ministry Team deals with all the transitional and maintenance issues pertaining to minister members who are:

-serving in validated ministries
-honorably retired, and
-parish associates.

This team is responsible for validating specialized ministries within the bounds of the presbytery, receiving yearly specialized ministry reports, overseeing parish associate relationships, and ensuring IRS-related matters for specialized ministers are recorded properly. Mimi Stevenson, mimisteve74@gmail.com,  is chairing this team.

The Coordinating Commission of COM coordinates the work of these five teams. The COM and the Coordinating Commission is chaired by Juli Wilson-Black, pastor@fpcusa.org and vice-chaired by Carla Gorrell, carlagorrell@yahoo.com.

Staff Contact:
John Molina-Moore, General Presbyter
Dina Bickel, Administrative Coordinator

Coordinating Ministry Relations (MRT)
Mary Austin, TE, CTC Co-Chair (Class of 2023) Aaron Fulp-Eicksteadt, TE, Co-Chair, (Class of 2023)
Michael Volpe, RE, CTC Co-Chair (Class of 2025) Juli Wilson-Black, TE, MRT Co-Chair (Class of 2022)
Mimi Stevenson. RE. SMT Chair (Class of 2024) Ako Cromwell (Class of 2023)
Susan Graceson, TE, ET Chair (Class of 2023) Eric Forsyth, TE (Class 2024)
Juli Wilson-Black, TE, MRT Co-Chair (Class of 2022) Catherine McCullough, TE (Class of 2023)
Aaron Fulp-Eicksteadt, TE, Co-Chair, (Class of 2023) Nancy Neal, TE (Class of 2024)
Gary Sowers, RE, Co-Chair (Class of 2023) Linda Lanam, RE (Class of 2024)


Care Team Exam Team
Andrea Brown, RE (Class of 2023) Susan Q. Graceson TE, Co-Chair (Class of 2023)
Nancy Bolan Clark, TE (Class of 2024) Gary Sowers, RE, Co-Chair (Class of 2023)
Lisa Larsen, TE (Class of 2024)  
Chuck Booker, TE (Class of 2025)  
Eric Snyder, TE (Class of 2025)  


Specialized Ministry (SMT) Congregational Transitions (CTC)
Mimi Stevenson, RE, Chair (Class of 2024) Mark Harper, TE, Co-Chair (Class of 2025)
Layne Brubaker, TE (Class of 2024) Michael Volpe, RE, Co-Chair (Class of 2025)
Chauncey Handy (Class of 2024) Mary Austin, TE (Class of 2023)
Alice Tewell, TE (Class of 2023) James Sledge, TE (Class of 2023)
  Carla Gorrell, TE (Class of 2024)
  Henry Brinton, TE (Class of 2024)