Nominating Committee Selects Allison Spooner as New Pastor

 

It is with great joy and excitement that the joint Pastoral Nominating Committee of Faith Presbyterian and Hope United Presbyterian churches announce that we have selected Allison Spooner as our candidate for the position of shared pastor.

The PNC has spent many hours praying and discerning the direction we believe God has been directing us to follow. We are confident in our decision to ask Allison to embark on this journey with our churches. The months ahead will be a time of challenge and change as we rediscover our way with Allison’s leadership but it will also be a time of renewed energy and encouragement. We will be asked to use the gifts that God has given each of us to work together to have a successful transition. We will be stretched to our limits but we ask that you embrace these moments as positive moments and not those of impossibility.

 

Allison Spooner was born and raised in the Hummelstown area, attended Lower Dauphin schools and grew up worshipping at Derry Presbyterian Church. After graduating from Mansfield University with a degree in Music Education, Allison worked as an elementary music teacher at Steelton-Highspire Elementary school. During her time as a teacher Allison responded to a call to ministry and began studies at Lancaster Theological Seminary where she graduated with her M.Div in May of 2016. It Allison is an enthusiastic worship leader, who is dedicated to cultivating fellowship and community as the Church works for reconciliation. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and spending time in nature, reading, playing her flute, traveling and spending time with her family.

On Sunday, March 19th, Allison will be leading worship service at both churches for the purpose of candidating; each followed by a congregational meeting. The meetings will be convened for the purpose of voting on the call to Allison to become our pastor. We encourage all members to be present for this very important vote.

On Tuesday, March 21st, a special Presbytery meeting has been scheduled for the purpose of examining Allison and hopefully granting approval for her ordination.

If all of the above meetings result in approval, Allison’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Sunday, March 26th at 4:00 PM at Derry Presbyterian Church. This will be a very special service for Allison as well as our congregations. All members are strongly encouraged to attend this service.

If all of the above meetings result in approval, Allison’s ordination and installation service is scheduled for Sunday, March 26th at 4:00 PM at Derry Presbyterian Church. This will be a very special service for Allison as well as our congregations. All members are strongly encouraged to attend this service.

We know that this is a lot of information to take in and you will have questions. Members of the PNC are available to answer those questions. When elected, we took the charge of finding the pastor to lead us into the future seriously and have invested hours upon hours reviewing candidates, listening to sermons, reading blogs and reviewing other social media sites, asking questions and seeking direction from our Presbytery as well as the PCUSA office in Louisville, talking with and questioning references, sending and answering emails and interviewing candidates. Allison was by far the best candidate. She has a quiet confidence but a strong faith that shines through. She is humble, honest, excited and committed to working with us. Let us meet her with the same sense of excitement and commitment.

Blessings!

The Joint PNC of Faith Presbyterian and Hope United Presbyterian Churches

Terry Bostdorf

Catilyn Klaboe

Barb Dugan

Pete Henning

Marion MacIntyre

Linda Megonnell

Rosemary Ruhl

Ruth Stover

 

 

 

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