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Special Congregational Meeting
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Immediately After Worship
 
For the purpose of
nominating a Search Committee for
Associate Minister of Faith Formation.

 
A summary of the process and list of nominees is enclosed,
and will be sent by e-mail.
Copies are also available in the church office.
 
All members are strongly encouraged to attend.
Search Committee for
Associate Minister of Faith Formation
 
Background:
 
In March, the church passed a budget including full time funding for Jonathan Miller as Community Minister and a new staff position, Minister of Faith Formation. For reasons of both diversity and visas, we advertised this position only throughout UK seminaries, the AICEME and on our website. We had hoped and planned for a recent seminary graduate who would come to us as a pastoral intern that could be hired directly by the Council and Senior Minister.
 
However, the candidates we received are already ordained, which means they would rightly be a potential Associate Minister, rather than an intern. That requires a full call process, for both the church and the candidates, with a search committee approved by the congregation. We are excited about the potential candidates so far.
 
Our new Articles of Association, passed June 9, require at least three people, plus the Senior Minister, proposed by the Nominating Committee and elected by the congregation.
 
Our salary projections, based on these candidates, will not change from the 2019 budget already passed by the congregation, allocating for this position.
 
Purpose and Intent:
 
The Nominating Committee sought a committee that would represent those most directly involved in working with this new staff member. The Associate Minister of Faith Formation will help us strengthen and grow the existing programs for all ages, while also helping us think creatively about how to build relationships with secular people in our wider circle of outside volunteers and other users of the building. (A full position description can be found on the church’s website at www.amchurch.co.uk/vacancies.)
 
The proposed committee represents a cross-section of the congregation, with special focus on those connected with children, youth and young adult ministries.
 
We believe this slate of nominees will represent the congregation well in selecting our new Associate Minister, and ask you to consider the same.
 
Faithfully,
The Nominating Committee
Sue Stroman, Melissa Janssen, Robin Brantley, Cynthia Toney,
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen
Proposed Associate Minister Search Committee
(Photos to come)
 
Stephen Howard
 
Stephen currently serves as Vice President of the Council and chair of the Personnel Committee. He and his wife Holly have been members of AIC for three years, having been active leaders at our sister international church in Surrey for many years. Stephen was involved in several search committees for youth ministers during his time there, and he was instrumental in working to shape the current position description for AIC’s Associate Minister of Faith Formation.
 
Nicole Joffe
 
Nicole is originally from the United States, while her husband Mark is British. She is the mother of two boys, ages 13 and 8, and they have been attending AIC for at least four years. Nicole serves as a Sunday School teacher, has been involved in helping with fellowship events and the Cold Weather Shelter, and offered a powerful testimony about AIC in our stewardship campaign last fall.
 
Sedinam Nartey
 
Sedinam is from France, and met her husband Andrew in London. Previously having worshipped at the American Church in Paris, they find AIC a blend of their family’s multiple Christian worship traditions. They are the parents of a three year old in the crèche. Sedinam serves as a Sunday School teacher, and regularly attended Bible Study for many years.
 
Stepan Weinzettl
 
Stepan is new to AIC and new to Christianity. As a young adult studying for an advanced degree, he began by singing in the AIC choir and now plays with the handbell choir as well. Originally from the Czech Republic, he grew up in a secular environment. He is now preparing for baptism at AIC later this summer, and looking forward to growing in his understanding of faith.
 
Shirley Reyes
 
Shirley has long ties to AIC, which was her mother’s church home. Her two sisters, her son and grandsons are all members. Shirley works for the Methodist Church, providing administrative support to a circuit of multiple churches. She has professional experience in Christian education from the Philippines, and she is an active Sunday School teacher at AIC.
 
Jennifer Mills-Knutsen (ex officio)
 
Jennifer has served as Senior Minister at AIC since July 2016, and she will join the work of the Search Committee to find the next partner in our staff team.
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