Cynthia Price Pastoral Residency Program

First Presbyterian is committed to becoming a church that teaches and learns from seminary graduates in transition to their first called pastorate. To that end, we have established the Cynthia Price Pastoral Residency Program.

Funding for the program is provided by a generous gift from the estate of the late Cynthia Price, a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church. We offer a two-year position as pastoral resident to a recent seminary graduate who holds the M.Div. Degree and who is on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Certified candidates may be ordained to this position during their residency. 

This August we begin our third year, welcoming pastoral residents as Lara Musser Gritter and Josh Musser Gritter join us for two years. Our second resident, Kevin Geurink, begins his second year in the program. Earlier this summer, our first resident, Libby Boehne, became our first resident to complete the program. Pastoral residents have overlapping terms that provide collegiality and continuity.

In our residents we seek aspiring pastors who desire a comprehensive residency experience in a large church. The primary focus of the residency program is to identify and develop leadership skills and a collaborative leadership style. Our program is designed to nourish pastoral residents as both spiritual and organizational leaders and to provide a well-balanced start for their pastoral careers.

Throughout the term of the residency, the resident will develop leadership skills and a leadership style that will help the resident to serve God, the larger church, and future congregations. Throughout the term, the resident will participate in the following: worship leadership, preaching, teaching, outreach, and church governance. The resident will also serve in a series of rotations, in such areas as Christian education, recruitment and assimilation of new members, congregational care, stewardship, finance, and operations. To further develop the resident’s servant leadership, he/she will engage in study, be mentored by staff and members, and seek out other experiences to develop as a collaborative leader.  The resident will also be welcomed into the life of the congregation and community by a liaison support group of members.

For more information about the Cynthia Price Residency at First Presbyterian Church, please call Debby Foster at (336) 478-4702 or e-mail Sid Batts (Senior Pastor), Debby Foster (Administrative Assistant to Senior Pastor), or Elizabeth Bostian (Price Residency Committee chair).

FPC Pastoral Residency Committee

Elizabeth Bostian, chair
Annie Keys
Ginger Booker
Genie Schwartz
Becky Veraar
Abby Willis
Kenneth Barham
Sid Batts
Neil Dunnavant
Dolly Jacobs
Donna Chase

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