The applications are in: a dozen plus one.
As of Dec. 21 – the deadline for applying to be the next stated clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) – 13 people had submitted applications.
All but one are PC(USA) teaching elders. The rules require that the stated clerk – the denomination’s top ecclesiastical officer – be either a teaching or ruling elder. Gradye Parsons, who has served two terms as stated clerk, announced last fall that he would not seek a third four-year term.
Here’s the breakdown of the applications to succeed Parsons as stated clerk, according to Kathy Lueckert, who is serving as staff to the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee:
- White male teaching elders: 6
- White female teaching elders: 4
- Asian female teaching elder: 1
- Black male teaching elder: 1
- Hispanic male ruling elder: 1
Because the application did not request information about age, an age breakout of the applicants is not available, although Lueckert said by email it is “a good mix.”
The next step: the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee will conduct interviews by conference call in January, and face-to-face interviews beginning in March. The 2014 General Assembly elected the committee, which will make its nomination of a candidate for clerk to the 2016 assembly by April 19. The deadline for challenges to that nominee is May 4.
Last fall, the committee collected opinions about what qualities and characteristics are most needed in the next stated clerk. Here are the results of that questionnaire in English and in Spanish, to which about 750 people responded.