You know the old joke: "How many Presbyterians does it take to change a light Bulb?"

 "CHANGE ?!?!?"

 Spoiler alert:  This is not true at First Presbyterian Church of Dallas. 

Our 163 years of history tells the story of adaptive change.  Our theology (Ecclesia Reformata, Semper Reformanda: “the church reformed and always reforming") celebrates God's continuing transformational work.  The Good News of Jesus that we proclaim promises transformation of life. 

What will it look like for FPC to be a faithful witness with a Heart for the City in the coming decades? Who is the caring, collaborative change agent to help lead FPC into the future?  The PNC continues to work and pray to discern God's answer to these questions. Please continue to pray for us.

(Last Updated on 11/23/2018)

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Greetings from your PNC!

On April 2, 2017, you graciously elected us to serve on FPC's Pastor Nominating Committee to call our next senior pastor.  While we are actively engaged in the call process, we can appreciate that, other than knowing this will take some time, many members of the congregation may not know much about how this all works.

At our first meeting, liaisons from Grace Presbytery helped get us acquainted with each other and introduced the call process.  In that meeting we elected Bill Cobb to serve as our Chair, and Julius Zsohar, III as our Vice Chair, and made a commitment to meet weekly. Below you will find answers to frequently asked questions and an overview of the process and anticipated milestones.

We will provide periodic updates on our progress, but in the interim, if you have any questions, concerns, or input, please do not hesitate to contact Acknowledging the importance of our work to the life of our church, we also request that the congregation include the work of the PNC in your daily prayers.

With a heart for FPC,

Joe Alexander
Bill Cobb
Susi Parks Grissom
Ernie Higginbotham
Martha Ingrum
Carolyn Jefferson
Kelly Boyington Voelker
Julius Zsohar, III


How long does the process take?

As long as is necessary to call the right pastor, but generally, one to two years.

How much can you talk about your work on the committee?

The committee takes the confidentiality of its work very seriously. We can discuss process, not people.

How do you find candidates?

The PCUSA has a matching system that matches our job posting (the "MIF") with resumes (or "PIFs"). Often other ministers or seminary personnel will make suggestions for candidates who they think would be a good fit for this FPC position. These suggested candidates would submit a PIF just like a candidate who had been matched through the system.

Can I suggest a candidate?

Yes! Please email suggestions and recommendations to This is welcomed and encouraged!

Process Overview

The Ministry Information Form ("MIF")

MIF is short for Ministry Information Form, and it is the document that gives us the opportunity to describe who we are, what we do, how we do it, and what we are looking for in our next Senior Pastor. Think of it has our official job posting.

MIF Approval

Once finalized, the PNC submits the MIF to both the Session and Grace Presbytery's Committee on Ministry. When approved, it will be sent to the PCUSA for matching with candidates.

The Personal Information Form ("PIF")

PIF is short for Personal Information Form, essentially a pastor's resume and application. PCUSA will match our MIF with PIFs in its database.

Candidate Selection

The PNC will then evaluate candidates and conduct interviews until a candidate has been chosen by the committee. When the PNC has reached a final decision on a candidate, such decision must be approved by the Presbytery and the Session will then call a Congregational Meeting to approve the call to the new minister.