This page is designed to provide information about progress on the search for an Interim Pastor. A Transition Team was elected by the Session to search for, select, and propose to Session and Presbytery an Interim Pastor for Blacksburg Presbyterian Church. The search requires patience from all concerned, but typically requires several months to complete. Presbytery training for the Transition Team, and required paperwork about the church and the church needs precede the actual search process. The Transition Team will work as quickly and efficiently as possible. Please check this page for updates and please pray for us and our process.

The Transition Team is Dave Hayes (chair), Martha Dillard, Peggy Kincaid, Chris Lawrence and Heather Polikoff.

March 17, 2019
The Transition Team recommended to Session Rev. Dave Cozad and Session approved the hiring of Rev. Cozad as the Interim Pastor at BPC.

March 4, 2019
On-site interviews are beginning with selected candidates.

February 11, 2019
Electronic interviews are currently being conducted with selected candidates.

January 11, 2019
The Transition Team is currently reviewing Personal Information Forms from the matches received from the Church Leadership Connection system as well as names suggested by the congregation and other sources.

January 8, 2019
The MIF approvals were given and the MIF is live in the CLC system. Our hope is to receive matches to evaluate. Matches should be made within the next three days.

January 7, 2019
The Transition Team received access to the Church Leadership Connection (CLC) website. CLC is the system that matches our needs for an Interim Pastor with Personal Information Forms from pastors seeking positions as Interim. Our Ministry Information Form (MIF) was submitted into CLC, approved by the Clerk of Session and the Presbytery.

January 6, 2019
Peggy Kincaid and Dave Hayes of the Transition Team held a Q&A session during the Sunday School hour to answer questions, receive comments, and give an update on the process of the Interim Pastor search.

After worship the Session met, with Carl Utley, Transitional General Presbyter of the Peaks Presbytery moderating, and approved the Ministry Information Form (MIF) with one addition.

After the Session Meeting the Transition Team met with Carl Utley, Transitional General Presbyter of the Peaks Presbytery for additional enlightenment on the transition process and he answered many “next steps” questions of the team.

January 3, 2019
”Transition Team at Work” appeared as the page one article in the (January) Issue 1.19 of Life at BPC, the monthly, BPC newsletter. The article explained more about what is expected of the church during the transition period. The five developmental tasks to be accomplished were listed.

December 17, 2018
A letter from the Transition Team was mailed to each household and friend of the congregation with an overview of the entire process including the hiring of an Interim Pastor which will lead in time to the formation of a Pastor Nominating Committee and the search for a new called Pastor.

December 16, 2018
An announcement before worship from the Transition Team explained where we were in the process, what is come, and asked for prayers for the team.

December 3-16, 2018
Through email, phone calls, and text messages the Transitional Team worked on the Ministry Information Form (MIF) and completed a draft to share with our Presbytery Committee on Ministry Liaison, Robert McLavey.

December 2nd, 2018
The Transition Team met and continued to work on the Ministry Information Form (MIF), which describes BPC and is used to seek candidates on the “Church Leadership Connection” matching system.

November 14th, 2018
The Transition Team met and began work on the Ministry Information Form, which describes BPC and used to seek candidates on the “Church Leadership Connection” matching system.

November 11th, 2018
Howard Jennings, filling in for Carl Utley, Presbytery Transitional General Presbyter, who was called to another church’s emergency Session meeting, and Bob McLavey from the Presbytery of the Peaks Committee on Ministry met with the Transitional Team for a training session.

November 4th, 2018
The Transition Team met and elected Dave Hayes as the chair.

October 21st, 2018
A called Session meeting occurred before church. The ad-hoc committee presented the transition team for consideration and the Session elected the team that was presented.

October 14th, 2018
During the Session meeting an ad-hoc committee was created for the purpose of forming the transition team, co-chaired by Peggy Kincaid and Heather Polikoff.

September 16th, 2018
Rev. Catherine Taylor Announced Her Retirement