Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Associate Pastor
Nominating Committee (APNC)

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May Update

Hello Faithful Friends,
This past month has been busier than usual as we prayerfully and efficiently worked to continue the momentum with our candidates. Even with our busy schedules, we always look forward to our time together and relish in the work required to continue our role in calling Idlewild’s next Associate Pastor. It is a rewarding experience and one of the unique committees where one can truly see the Holy Spirit moving throughout the call process.
Although we have no official timeline, we are narrowing in on our top candidates and will be getting to know one another more over the next month or so. 
A few of us have been asked the question if we will be looking for two Associate Pastors, and the answer is no. We remain 100% focused on our responsibility to call one Associate Pastor of Nurture and Outreach. There is a blessing in the timing of Idlewild seeking two Associate Pastors now. When it comes time to fill the Associate Pastor role for Formation and Care, we should have several candidates’ names to pass along.
We pray independently as a committee on Monday mornings at 7 AM and we would love for you to join us during this time. We feel the Holy Spirit moving throughout this process, and we are sensing your prayers – thank you for trusting and supporting us. Feel free to reach out to your APNC by emailing us at
Peace and Blessings,
Associate Pastor Nominating Committee
Chad Braddock, Kelli Conrad, Jim Ferguson, Anne Fisher, and Kristen Murphy

Past Updates

Meet our Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Dr. Chad Braddock

Chad is a lifelong Presbyterian who came to Idlewild in 2008 when searching for a PCUSA congregation that was both accepting and affirming of all God’s children.  Chad currently serves as an Elder and member of the Outreach Leadership Team.  He is active in The Idlewild Presbyqueerians and many of our programs that reach out to our neighbors near and far.  Chad has previously served as a Deacon in Evangelism and as chair of the MTAM Committee. Along with his partner, AJ Northorp, he is committed to ensuring that our family of faith at Idlewild continues to grow in our work and mission.  Chad has been a pharmacist working in community practice for over twenty years.

Kelli Conrad

Kelli has lived in Memphis for nearly six years and has been a member of Idlewild almost as long. Prior to moving to Memphis, Kelli grew up in Lexington, Tennessee, before moving to Starkville to attend Mississippi State University and to work for several years after college. Since 2016, Kelli has worked for FedEx in various Human Resources roles. She enjoys volunteering at the Food Bank on Wednesday mornings, being involved with Young Adult activities, and helping care for others on the Meals Team at Idlewild. Outside of the church, Kelli serves on the Mayor’s Young Professionals Council on the Community Care Committee.

Jim Ferguson

Jim was born in Champaign, Illinois, and earned his business degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Subsequently he earned a law degree at Tulane University in New Orleans.  Jim moved to Memphis in 1985 for a job in the private practice of law.  In 1990, he joined the FedEx legal department, where he is now a corporate vice president.  Jim and his wife Anne joined Idlewild in February 2009.  They have two adult sons, Will and Sam, both of whom are married.  Jim is active in the Men in Midlife Christ Care Group and Idlewild Men Movie Night. 

Anne Fisher

Anne is a lifelong Memphian and has been a member of Idlewild for almost fifty years.  She served two terms on the Session and has chaired various committees.  She enjoys serving at MTAM and volunteering in the office. Professionally, Anne taught for thirty years, the last ten of which she spent as Head of the Upper School at St. Mary’s Episcopal.  She was married for forty years to her late husband, Joseph, with whom she shared her two daughters and his son and three daughters, and she now is blessed with six grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Kristen Murphy

Kristen was born and raised in Memphis, with a few stops before settling back here with her husband, Patrick, in 2013.  Kristen joined Idlewild in 2014 and was ordained as a Deacon in 2016.  She has served on a variety of committees including Young Presbyterian Women, Lenten Lectionary, Stewardship, and BASIC.  Most recently Kristen was involved on the Youth Renovation Team.  She and Patrick have three children – four year old twins, Heidi and Anderson, and one year old Patten – all of whom were baptized at Idlewild. Kristen is a Business Coach for Proforma, the largest privately held promotional merchandise distributor in the United States.

Terms to Know

(APNC) Pastor Nominating Committee: a group of individuals nominated to discern the needs of the church and extend a call to an associate pastor on behalf of the congregation.

(COM) Committee of Ministry: to facilitate the relations between congregations, ministers, and Certified Christian Educators, and the presbytery.

(MIF) Ministry Information Form: the resume of your church describing your church – a description of the open position and traits you are seeking in a pastor

(PIF) Personal Information Form: resume of a minister interested in the open position

(CLC) Church Leadership Connection: online PC(USA) denominational job prospect matching database

(TOC) Terms of Call: A document which specifies the compensation agreement with the minister. It includes salary, housing, 50 percent of SECA, manse, Board of Pension dues, continuing education, vacation, sabbatical, study leave, moving expenses, telephone expenses, automobile expenses, and Professional Relations Committee.

(BOO) Book of Order

Steps in the Process

The bolded step highlights the step the team is on currently. 

  1. Electing an APNC 
  2. Discern leadership needs
  3. Congregation elects APNC
  4. APNC creates a MIF
  5. MIF is approved by COM
  6. MIF is uploaded to CLC database
  7. APNC receives PIFS
    • APNC receives candidate referrals from the CLC, congregants, past PNCs, and others affiliated with Idlewild
  8. APNC checks references, reviews, visits, interviews, and researches each PIF
  9. APNC decides on a prospect and asks for Session approval
  10. Prospect is introduced to congregation 
  11. Congregation votes
  12. Prospect is installed into the church