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THE PRESBYTERY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA
COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY
REV. CAMERON MURCHISON, JR., CHAIR
APRIL 28, 2015
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE COMMITTEE ON MINISTRY, AN ADMINISTRATIVE
COMMISSION, OR A TASK FORCE THAT REQUIRE ACTION BY PRESBYTERY:
I. RECOMMEND FOR COMMISSIONING BY THE PRESBYTERY AS LAY PASTOR:
A. LINDA W. MOORE From: Elder, Trinity Presbyterian Church Previously Commissioned Lay Pastor as Dean for Church Leadership School As: Commissioned Lay Pastor, Parish Visitor, Trinity Presbyterian Church Effective: April 28, 2015 (The commissioning is to include permission to celebrate the Sacraments, moderate the Session and officiate at weddings.) (See COM Attachment 1 for Biography and Statement of Faith.) B. JAMES E. MILLSAPS From: Elder, Dulatown Presbyterian Church, Lenoir Previously Commissioned Lay Pastor at Oakwood Presbyterian Church As: Commissioned Lay Pastor, Love’s Chapel Presbyterian Church Effective: April 28, 2015 (The commissioning is to include permission to celebrate the Sacraments, moderate the Session and officiate at weddings.) (See COM Attachment 2 for Biography and Statement of Faith.)
CA II. RECOMMEND TO PRESBYTERY FOR RE-COMISSIONING AS LAY PASTORS:
A. KENNETH K. HUMPHREYS As: CLP, Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church Effective: April 28, 2015 (The re-commissioning is to include permission to celebrate the Sacraments, moderate the Session and officiate at weddings.) B. BARBARA ROSS As: CLP, Presbytery of Western North Carolina Effective: April 28, 2015 (The re-commissioning is to include permission to celebrate the Sacraments, moderate Sessions in the Presbytery and officiate at weddings.) C. LINDA ABEL As: CLP, Hayesville Presbyterian Church Effective: April 28, 2015 (The re-commissioning is to include permission to celebrate the Sacraments, moderate the Session and officiate at weddings.) D-2
III. APPROVED THE EXAMINATION AND TRANSFER OF MEMBERSHIP TO THE
PRESBYTERY OF WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA:
A. AMY CANTRELL From: International Christian Community Church As: Co-Direct
IV. RECOMMEND TO PRESBYTERY THE VALIDATION OF MINISTRY FOR:
A. Amy Cantrell, as Co-Director of the BeLoved Community, through January 31, 2016.
B. Merriam Alexander, as Senior Director for Strategic Partnership Development, Montreat Conference Center, through April 28, 2016.
C. Katherine Blankenship, as Director of Mission Immersion, Raleigh Youth Mission, through April 28, 2016.
D. Dennis Stamper, as Chaplain, Carolinas Healthcare System (Blue Ridge), through April 28, 2016.
E. Carol Steele, as Vice-President for Program, Montreat Conference Center, through April 28, 2016.
F. H. Pride Carson, as Coordinator for Transfer and Admissions, and Adjunct Instructor, Blue Ridge Community College, through April 28, 2016.
The Book of Order provides that the Committee on Ministry may be given authority by the Presbytery to find in order calls issued by churches, to approve and present calls for service of ministers, to approve the examination of ministers transferring from other Presbyteries, required by G-11.0402 and G11.0502g, to dissolve the pastoral relationship in cases where the congregation and pastor concur, to dismiss ministers to other Presbyteries, and to approve administrative commissions to ordain/install with the provision that such actions be reported at the next stated meeting of the Presbytery. (G-11.0502h) This permission was granted to our Committee on Ministry; therefore, the following actions are to be simply admitted to the record.
IV. APPROVED STATED PASTOR RELATIONSHIPS:
A. David Lytle and West Avenue Presbyterian Church, Gastonia Extended: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 B. Becky Stanley and Forest City First Presbyterian Church Extended: November 1, 2014 - October 31, 2015 C. James Huskins and Old Fort Presbyterian Church Extended: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2016
V. APPROVED COMMISSIONED LAY PASTOR RELATIONSHIPS:
A. Kenneth Humphreys and Conley Memorial Presbyterian Church Extended: March 1, 2015 - February 28, 2016 B. Russell Reighley and Sherrill’s Ford Presbyterian Church Extended: August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015 C. Marcia Reighley and Sherrill’s Ford Presbyterian Church Extended: August 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015 D. Pete Peterson and Jack’s Creek Presbyterian Church Extended: October 23, 2014 - October 22, 2015 E. James Millsaps and Love’s Chapel Presbyterian Church Effective: May 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 F. Jim Taylor and Newdale Presbyterian Church Extended: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 G. Bobby Justus and Newdale Presbyterian Church Extended: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 H. Jim Taylor and Grassy Creek Presbyterian Church Extended: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 I. Bobby Justus and Grassy Creek Presbyterian Church Extended: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015 J. Linda W. Moore and Trinity Presbyterian Church Effective: April 28, 2015 - April 27, 2016 K. Barbara Ross and Presbytery of Western North Carolina Extended: April 28, 2015 - April 27, 2016
VII. APPROVED THE DISSOLUTION OF PASTORAL RELATIONSHIP:
A. Eugene B. Linton, Jr. and Walnut Presbyterian Church Effective: April 30, 2015
VIII. APPROVED MINISTRY INFORMATION FORMS:
A. Waynesville First Presbyterian Church B. Asheville First Presbyterian Church
XII. APPROVED PASTOR NOMINATING COMMITTEE:
A. Mount Holly First Presbyterian Church
XIII. APPROVED MOVING TO MEMBER-AT-LARGE STATUS:
A. Joel David Cherry B. Margaret Torrence
Lynn Moore, born in Greenville, South Carolina, earned Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in music from Furman University, graduate degrees in Counseling from Western Carolina University and a PhD in Leadership and School Administration from the University of South Carolina. She also received training with Hospice and Hospital Chaplaincy.
She directed school choirs at West Henderson High School, Rugby Middle School, and church choirs in Martinsville, Virginia and Hendersonville, North Carolina. She performed with various choral groups in Virginia and North Carolina and with Robert Shaw. Lynn taught youth Sunday School for many years at Trinity Presbyterian Church. Lynn is a past Board member of the Historic Johnson Farm, a local nonprofit organization. She also served as Dean of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina School for Laity.
Lynn is currently singing with the Carolina Concert Choir and serves as Past President of the Board. She also volunteers as a tutor in Hendersonville Elementary School, where her granddaughter is in kindergarten.
Although my journey of faith points to places traveled and roles filled, my journey is not about places and roles. My faith journey is about the leading of Christ and the presence of Holy Spirit in these places and roles. My faith journey is one that is directed by God, who has led me in the past and continues to lead me to paths of service and love as a Parish Visitor.
My journey of faith began as a child. I can never remember a time that I was not taken to church. In fact, my mother and I attended three services a week as our weekly family activities centered around events in the church. I was nurtured in faith by the prayers and support of my parents, Sunday school teachers, youth leaders, my choir director, the minister, and by all the members of my small Baptist Church. I was given opportunities to sing solos, play piano, sing in the choir and participate in many church activities. It was in this church that I walked down the aisle of the church, made a public confession of faith and was baptized. There was never a doubt in my mind as to who I was and whose I was.
I remember as a child and teenager my faith and belief in God getting me through the death of my beloved grandmother, the suicide of my uncle, my father’s failing health, my father’s losing his job, the financial and health struggles my family endured and the death of my mother. However, I also know that answered prayer and hard work earned me an academic scholarship to a college that my father would not have been able to afford.
As a young adult my faith sustained me as I struggled as a young wife away from home with a baby and with the threat of my husband’s being sent to war in Viet Nam. I also dealt again with death in the loss of my father. Times of trouble are testing times but my faith in God comforted me as my life moved forward.
The years of rearing my son and daughter were busy, wonderful times. There was always a lesson to be taken to or a church event or a sports event to attend. This time was a time for my husband and me to take our children to church and the share our Christian faith with them and tell them of God’s love. We lived the faith in our private and public lives.
In my life roles as wife, mother, public school teacher, school counselor, church choir director, school administrator, Elder, grandmother, Sunday School teacher, Director of programs for special needs children, and Dean of School for the Laity, and preaching the word of God, I am continually led by the presence of the Holy Spirit. I try every day with God’s help to live a faithful life in response to God’s great love for me. I believe that my calling as a Parish Visitor is evidence of God’s plan for me. It is in heartfelt gratitude for all that God has planned for me that I say, “Thank you God for loving me”.
COM ATTACHMENT 2 COM ATTACHMENT 2 COM ATTACHMENT 3 Biography, Amy Cantrell Born and raised in Spartanburg, SC and baptized into the Christian faith at the age of nine at First Baptist Church of Spartanburg. I believed in Jesus but came to follow Jesus as a college student. While on a mission trip to New York City, I read Matthew 25 as a spiritual guide to the work of building relationships with those who were poor and homeless. I quickly discovered what “faith is for.” It was on the streets of NY that I began to not just believe in Jesus but to follow him. This experience changed the trajectory of my entire life.
I went back to school and began working in the chaplain’s office and the soup kitchen of Second Presbyterian in Spartanburg. It was there I began to realize that we grow in faith by practicing what Jesus taught, by imitating what he did. I also began attending the Presbyterian campus ministry and First and Second Presbyterian Churches.
My senior year, I did a year long internship with the Presbyterian Campus ministry. I also helped to lead worship services on my college campus, took up a religion major, and began attending conferences like “Ministering Cross Culturally.” I spent my summers living in spiritual community and working with ministries through St. Louis Summer of Service and Applachia Service Project. Through all these dynamic experiences, I felt God’s call to ministry particularly building relationships and ministering with people who were oppressed and suffering.
I graduated from Converse College and spent the summer interning at First Presbyterian Church and doing supply preaching at Pacolet Presbyterian before entering Columbia Theological Seminary in the summer of 1995.
I had an amazing three years learning the many aspects of pastoral ministry and doing deep theological and Biblical Studies learning. I spent much time walking with folks who are homeless on the streets of Atlanta and participating in the life and work of the Open Door Community. I did pastoral internships at the VA Hospital and Clifton Presbyterian Church and Night Hospitality ministry. And was hired for two years to be the Youth Minister at Clifton. I passed ordination exams and did all of my committee work with the Foothills Presbytery.
With a broken heart, I resigned from the Presbyterian ministry process in good standing just prior to taking a call to ministry upon the passage of Amendment B. I worked just after seminary as the Activity Director at the Jewish Adult Day Center in Dunwoody. And then was hired as Associate Pastor at Pilgrimage UCC in Marietta, GA.
I moved to Asheville and did pastoral work as associate at New Creation International Christian Community Church and was the Director of United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s Volunteer Center. I was ordained to ministry in 2003 by the International Christian Community Church and went on to establish and coordinate their Emmaus Institute to train lay pastors. I also joined the Open Door Community as a Resident Volunteer in 2004. It was there that I discerned the call to living in intentional community with those who struggle on the margins.
Along with a handful of other Resident Volunteers, I left the Open Door to form a similar community in Asheville, NC while others founded communities in Memphis, TN; Kansas City, MO, and Nashville, TN.
I am currently the co-founder and pastor at BeLoved Asheville. We live, move, and have our being walking with Jesus as we meet him in our homeless and poor sisters and brothers. We share meals, clothes, support in finding housing and jobs, have an art studio, offer transitional housing to those who do not fit in the shelter system, run a food pantry and free farmers market, and create or participate in social and economic justice work.
In October, I married my sweetheart of six years, Lauren White. We have adopted twin daughters that turn one at the end of January.