Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Associate Pastor
Nominating Committee (APNC)

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July Update

Hello Faithful Friends of Idlewild,
By now, we hope you have heard the exciting news that with deep gratitude and joy, we have extended a call to Idlewild’s next Associate Pastor for Outreach & Nurture.  
The members of the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee were nominated and elected in August 2021. It took nearly five months to complete and approve the MIF (Ministry Information Form). Since January, we have reviewed PIFs (Personal Information Forms) on over one hundred candidates, engaged with over twenty, and  listened to dozens of sermons, until our candidate pool was narrowed. 
We were cognizant of having multiple eyes, ears, and perspectives when reviewing and discerning each candidate. We implemented a super-majority vote from the beginning before moving candidates forward. Of course we had setbacks and moments of frustration; but because of the prayers and mentorship from David, our former PNC, our congregation, the Commission on Ministry (COM), and our Presbytery, we were able to be diligent in our work and allow space for the Holy Spirit. 
Our proposed candidate received unanimous approval from both the APNC and the COM. In early July, the COM approved the proposed terms of call, and our candidate was approved and deemed ready to accept the call to Idlewild. 
Our candidate captivated us from the beginning with their calm, trusting and heartfelt presence, authenticity, and wisdom. We noticed right away their strong energy and drive as well as their readiness to take on this important role at Idlewild. We spent four months getting to know our candidate through in-person visits, formal Zoom interviews, listening to sermons remotely, coffee chats, texts, phone calls, and standing proudly with them as we introduced them to the COM. We look forward to sharing the full biography of our candidate at the congregational meeting. 
Our committee formed a deep bond with one another throughout this nearly year-long process; now, we are trusted and treasured friends. No one on this committee knew all the other members before we began. Each of us has a very distinct and strong personality; we are different individually, and we cover a 50+ year age range. We felt your prayers as we worked like a well-oiled machine, with each person having the talents and gifts we needed when we needed them. Illnesses knocked us down temporarily, work demanded our time, family required our care, and travel obligations kept us nimble. Yet, every week we kept at it with prayer, determination, hope, and a lot of humor. We are so grateful to God for having had the opportunity to work together at this pivotal moment in the ministry of Idlewild.
Colossians 3:14 “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which ties everything together in unity.”
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