Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

July Update
Good afternoon,
This is an updated report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee for the position of Associate Pastor for Adult Formation and Care. The five-member committee listed below has completed our Ministry Information Form for both the original system and the new system just adopted by our denomination headquarters, which have been approved by both the Session and the Presbytery. This document reflects the qualities we desire for this important position, which will both lead and guide our Adult Formation Ministry and the Diaconate in its service to our congregation and community.

We ask you to share this information with any candidates you feel may be a great fit for Idlewild Presbyterian Church. You may access this info, including a copy of the Ministry Information Form, here.

You can refer a potential candidate here, or you can contact us directly at

We have received several nominations as well as suggestions to our system from the congregation, which we greatly appreciate. We are now receiving recommendations from our related seminaries and other ministry friends allowing us to focus our search on well-qualified candidates.

We have now started contacting potential candidates.
We will continue to report on our progress on a timely basis. In the meantime, please know that
we appreciate both your interest and prayers as we continue working with you as we discern who will answer this important call to our ministry. In particular, we ask for your prayers as we begin our interview process.
Respectfully submitted,
Daniel Edwards, Lindsey Gibbons, Sue Crabtree, Barbara Key, and Bruce Moore

Table of Contents

Meet the Committee

Sue Crabtree
Sue has been a member of Idlewild for thirty plus years. She has two children, Paige Henson and Cham Crabtree and his wife Amy and five grandchildren. She is a widow.  Sue worked at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School for 25 years and retired 16 years ago.  She spent her days being with family, lunch with friends, a little knitting and painting, having fun and keeping busy. 

Daniel Edwards
Daniel was born in Louisiana and grew up in Louisiana, Texas, and Oklahoma.  He has a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Tulsa. After an early career moving around Louisiana, Arkansas, and Alabama, Daniel first came to Memphis in 2007 to work for Hunter Fan Company, and joined Idlewild then.  He married Kimberly Belles-Edwards in 2003, and their son Simon was born in 2010 (Simon is now in 6th grade).  They moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2012, returning to Memphis in 2015 when Daniel got a job with ABB.  Daniel works as an R&D Senior Engineer for electrical installation products.  He is a convener for the Faith and Function Sunday school class and serves on the Adult Ministry Committee.  Daniel, Kimberly, Simon, two cats, and countless goldfish live in Cordova.
Barbara Key
Barbara grew up in the St. Louis area, attended Lindenwood University, and earned a law degree in 1983 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. In 1984, she married, moved to Memphis, and began working as an attorney for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She paused her career from 1992-2011, to stay at home and raise two daughters, Annie and Emily. She returned to the Army Corps of Engineers in 2011, retiring from the agency in 2020. For most of her life, Barbara has been a PC(USA )congregant. She and her husband, Charles, have been members of Idlewild since 2011. While a member of Idlewild, Barbara has served on the Budget and Finance Committee and the Congregational Care Committee. She has been a regular volunteer in Idlewild’s outreach programs including, the McMerton Community Gardens, the Friends of the Mental Health Court, and food distribution to area low-income recipients during covid under the church’s partnership with the Memphis Food Bank. She has been active in Presbyterian Women, Adult Sunday School, special programming (including formation classes on anti-racism and the immigrant crisis), and the Idlewild Book Club.
Bruce Moore
Bruce Moore has been a member of Idlewild for over 37 years. He and his wife,Beth, were married in the Sanctuary and have raised four children Libby, Jim, Sam, and Mary Margaret, in this community of faith. Bruce and his family have been involved in a wide variety of activities and ministries over the years. He has served on multiple committees as well as both the Diaconate and Session, formerly chairing both the Recreation and Stewardship committees on separate occasions. Bruce is a native Memphian, a graduate of Washington and Lee University, as well as a former Captain in the U.S. Army. He currently works as a commercial real estate broker.
Lindsey Rothenbach
Lindsey grew up in the Wisconsin and moved to Memphis in 2010 after accepting a teaching position. She attended the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and earned her Master’s Degree in Reading Education in 2022 from Arkansas State University. She has taught kindergarten and first throughout her career. Lindsey and her husband, Will, were married last June and have dog, Pepper. Lindsey joined
Idlewild in 2021 and is active in the handbell choir, the Tapestry: Contemplative Prayer Sunday School class, and a young adult supper club.

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