What is the Pastoral Nominating Committee (PNC)?

When a church is without a pastor, or after the effective date of the dissolution of the pastoral relationship, the congregation shall, with the guidance and permission of the Committee on Ministry, proceed to elect a pastor in the following manner. The session shall call a congregational meeting to elect a nominating committee, which shall be representative of the whole congregation. The committee’s duty shall be to nominate a minister to the congregation for election as pastor. Public notice of the time, place, and purpose of the meeting shall be given at least ten days in advance, which shall include two successive Sundays.


June 14, 2017 Update

A Meeting of the Congregation of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield, New Jersey is called for Sunday, June 25, 2017 immediately following the 10:00 AM Worship Services.

The meeting will be held in the Sanctuary for the purpose of electing members of the congregation to the Pastor Nominating Committee AND to elect one person to serve as Elder – Session class of 2020. The Pastor Nominating Committee has the sole responsibility to present a candidate for the position of Pastor-Head of Staff to the congregation for consideration.

The Congregational Nominating Committee respectfully and enthusiastically presents the following nominees for these positions:

Nominees for the Pastor Nominating Committee

  • Jessica Cerino
  • Carole Cook
  • Robin Hoy
  • Josh McMahon
  • Anita McNamara
  • David Seaman
  • Pam Shaw
  • Alan Smith
  • Gary Zanfagna 

Nominee for Elder, Class of 2020

  • Pam Shaw

2017 Mission Study Report

The downloadable document is the final report derived from the Mission Study Task Force congregational meetings. The report contains a short summary, a section with analysis of the input collected at the Mission Study Task sessions and an appendix with background information used for the Mission Study.

The Presbyterian Church in Westfield (PCW) Mission Study report has been approved by the PCW Session, and by the Elizabeth Presbytery on May 8, 2017. The report will now be provided to the PNC for use in their efforts to call a Pastor-Head of Staff. Additionally, the report will be made available to our staff, Session and Deacons for use in ongoing efforts as they assess and consider priorities, ministries and programs. The Mission Study team is grateful for the open and sincere participation on the part of the congregation without whom this document would not have been possible.

Questions regarding the content of this document may be addressed to the co-moderators of the Mission Study Task Force; Alan Smith and Martha Kieczykowski at Alandsmith518@gmail.com or marthaqk@gmail.com.


PNC – Pastoral Nominating Committee
PCW – The Presbyterian Church in Westfield
MSTF – Mission Study Task Force