It’s been an incredible year for Westminster and for the personnel committee. Your personnel committee has been actively involved in moving forward with our wonderful staff as we embraced the challenges of change. This required a new vision and some exciting things came to pass in 2016 as a result. We welcomed Lynne and Tracy into new positions as covenant pastors, an action which first required our request and then the review and agreement of the Presbytery’s committee on ministry. Soon after presbytery approved our request and Lynne and Tracy completed their examination, we celebrated as both of them were ordained. A joyous occasion for all.
Of course one of the most significant changes has been the acceptance of God’s call by Ken and Heather Henry to travel from San Jose, CA to lead us into the next phase in Westminster’s history. Ken preached his first sermon the end of August less than a year from the time that the PNC was established. We have warmly embraced Ken’s kind and faithful leadership. The personnel committee is also truly grateful for Charles Grant’s able guidance as our interim pastor and the congregation celebrated his time with us in August.
Megan and Jonathan continue to inspire us with their talent and creativity . Jonathan is closing in on completion of his studies and will hopefully return to us soon on a more permanent basis and Megan blesses us each Sunday with the beauty of the word made song.
Without the talent and devotion of our other staff members the work of Westminster would not be possible. Mickie, Sandy, Tom, Alonzo and Steve maintain the day-in and day-out rhythms of the church . Their constancy and exceptional work ethic allowed the work of the church to continue without interruption during an exceptional transition period. They simply carried on and as a result so did Westminster. Whether it was Sandy, Tom and Alonzo finishing up the work of the 75th Anniversary committee or the capital campaign or Mickie maintaining the newsletter and fielding the never ending calls and requests coming to the office or Steve constantly balancing our books, we could not do our job as the church without their efforts. We are grateful for the care and concern they demonstrate for the congregation.
Of course it is not an inexpensive endeavor to maintain a church of Westminster’s size and we are obligated and want to compensate our staff and pastor’s fairly. This took on a new face this year as we grappled with the new Board of Compensations benefit’s structure. It took some effort to figure out how it would affect our staff, but eventually we believe it was worked out to the benefit of all.
The committee also spent time updating personnel policies and practices with Charles’ guidance and these changes were all voted on by session prior to his leaving.
Finally it should be said that our staff, musicians and pastors work above and beyond their job descriptions in many instances. They have also unfortunately not received raises in the last two budget cycles due to budget constraints so this year we prayerfully requested an increase for all except Ken. This request will show up in the needs budget and if you have questions please contact one of the personnel committee members. We believe this request is reasonable given the excellent effort we receive. Thank you for your faith in the committee to represent your interests and values as they pertain to our wonderful staff.