Last summer, the 2016 General Assembly created two new entities charged with considering how the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will move into the future – the Way Forward Commission and the 2020 Vision Team.
On Oct. 3, the Office of the General Assembly announced who will serve on those groups. Mark Hostetter, a teaching elder from the Presbytery of New York City, will serve as moderator of the 12-member Way Forward Commission.
Bernadette Coffee, a ruling elder from Tres Rios Presbytery, and Lisa Juica Perkins, a teaching elder from Grace Presbytery, will serve as co-moderators of the 15-member 2020 Vision Team.
Here is the announcement from the Office of the General Assembly
Appointments made for Way Forward Commission, 2020 Vision Team
Appointments have been made for two General Assembly created bodies charged with helping the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) chart a way forward as a denomination.
Twelve people have been named to the Way Forward Commission and fifteen individuals have been named to the 2020 Vision Team, both of which were actions of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The appointments for the 2020 Vision Team were made by the Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). The Co-Moderators serve ex-officio on the 2020 Vision Team. Appointments to the Way Forward Commission were made by the Co-Moderators of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) and the Moderator and Vice Moderator of the 221st General Assembly (2014).
Selections for both the commission and the vision team were made in consultation with the General Assembly Nominating Committee and the General Assembly Committee on Representation.
“We are pleased that these individuals have accepted the invitation to help the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) discern what God is calling it to be in the future,” said Co-Moderators Denise Anderson and Jan Edmiston. “We are confident that each person will work to innovatively and creatively help guide the church where it needs to be.”
In response to an overture on merging the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA) into a single entity, the 222nd General Assembly (2016) approved creating the Way Forward Commission. The commission will:
… study and identify a vision for the structure and function of the General Assembly agencies of the PC(USA). That vision shall take into account the ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA) and the Office of the General Assembly (OGA), but shall not be bound by the current configuration of those ministries, except where mandated by the church’s Constitution. The mandate of the commission is to engage/contract a qualified, examination team that may include some or all of the All Agency Review team, with the requisite skills and abilities to assess institutional performance, both internally among the agencies and externally as they interface with the congregations. This examination team is charged with conducting a comprehensive, detailed analysis that will provide clearly detailed, measurable recommendations for improvements to the commission for implementation by the agencies. The commission shall further describe and implement a General-Assembly level staffing pattern that will accomplish its vision. … (Minutes, 2016, Part I, pp. 38–39, 226 of the electronic copy)
The 2020 Vision Team, which came to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) as new business from the Assembly Committee on the Way Forward, is charged with developing:
… a guiding statement for the denomination and make a plan for its implementation with all deliberate speed. The process of developing such a guiding statement will help us to name and claim our denominational identity as we seek to follow the Spirit into the future. (Minutes, 2016, Part I, pp. 40, 257 of the electronic copy)
The moderator of the Way Forward Commission is Mark Hostetter, a teaching elder from the Presbytery of New York City. The 2020 Vision Team is being led by Co-Moderators Bernadette Coffee, a ruling elder from the Presbytery of Tres Rios, and Lisa Juica Perkins, a teaching elder from the Presbytery of Grace.
It is also provided below.
Short Biographical Information—Members of the Way Forward Commission 2016
Samuel L. Bonner (Presbytery of New Brunswick) serves as a member of session and co-chair of the finance committee for Covenant Presbyterian Church of Trenton, New Jersey. He is also a member of the presbytery Task Force on Mass Incarceration. Sam is a commissioned national bank examiner with large organization risk analysis expertise.
Julie L. Cox (Presbytery of New Harmony) serves as associate executive presbyter and associate stated clerk. Her portfolio includes resourcing New Harmony’s camping, congregational development, education & nurture, mission, worship & spiritual formation ministries, committee on preparation for ministry, committee on ministry, and its program and administrative councils. Julie has served as clerk of session at First Presbyterian Church, Hartsville, South Carolina, and will be teaching children’s Sunday school this autumn.
Sara Dingman (Presbytery of Missouri River Valley) serves the eight presbyteries of the Synod of Lincoln Trails as their transitional synod executive. Prior to this Sara served as an interim executive presbyter in the Synod of Lakes and Prairies. Ordained a teaching elder in 1998, Sara has served the 21st century church in a variety of congregations and contexts.
Mathew Eardley (Presbytery of Boise) serves on session and as chair of the mission committee at First Presbyterian Church in Boise, Idaho. He also serves on the committee on ministry and financial review committee for the Presbytery of Boise. Mathew fills his days working for Jitasa, a company that provides bookkeeping and accounting services to the nonprofit sector.
Mark Hostetter, Moderator (Presbytery of New York City) is the associate pastor for mission to the corporate world at The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York, and for the past twenty years has also been CEO of a large money management firm. Mark is the current board chair of Auburn Theological Seminary and strategic planning chair of New York Theological Seminary, recent board chair of the Ghost Ranch Governing Board, strategic consultant to the Presbyterian Foundation, and has just been elected to the board of directors/trustees of Montreat Conference Center.
Eileen W. Lindner (Presbytery of the Palisades) is pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Tenafly and serves the presbytery as a member of the committee on ministry and as president of the board of trustees. She was editor of The Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches 2000–2013.
Raymond (Cliff) Lyda (Presbytery of St. Augustine) has recently retired as a teaching elder and has relocated from greater Chicago to Gainesville, Florida. While in the Presbytery of Chicago he served as moderator, and as a leader in renewal and restructuring efforts in the presbytery. Most recently he served as moderator of the Review Committee on the Office of the General Assembly.
Adan A. Mairena (Presbytery of Philadelphia) serves as the pastor of the West Kensington Ministry and the Yeadon Presbyterian Church. Adan is also a member of the PC(USA) Urban Ministry Team and was a director of the board for the Board of Pensions for the denomination. Adan serves on presbytery committees, local nonprofit boards, and collaborates with city government, law enforcement, and other agencies to address quality of life issues in Philadelphia.
Eliana Maxim (Presbytery of Seattle) has served as the associate executive presbyter for the Presbytery of Seattle for the past six years. Her primary focus areas include church redevelopment and revitalization, new and immigrant worshiping communities, and missional partnerships. Eliana serves on the PC(USA) Hispanic/Latino National Caucus as vice-moderator. She has previously served on the 220th General Assembly (2012)’s Committee on the Belhar Confession; the Committee on Church Wide Conversation on Race, Racism, Ethnicity, and Ethnocentrism; and the 221st General Assembly (2014)’s Review Committee for the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
Patricia Rarumangkay (Presbytery of National Capital) is a ruling elder at Emmanuel Indonesian Presbyterian Church in Rockville, Maryland, where she has served as the mission committee coordinator and currently serves as co-coordinator of the education committee. She is part of her presbytery’s immigrant ministry network (IMN), and she is passionate about helping to develop programs and initiatives that will further empower the young adult and new immigrant groups. Patricia currently works at an international financial institution based in Washington D.C.
Josephene (Jo) Stewart (Presbytery of Charlotte) is a member of Myers Park Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, where she has served in numerous roles over the years, including chair of the global relations team. She just ended a four-year term on the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) and was vice-chair for the last two years; as vice-chair, she also served as the PMAB representative for the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly. Jo is currently a member of the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program, Inc., Board. She is retired from Towers Perrin (now Willis Towers Watson) where she was a principal and senior consultant.
Emily Marie Williams (Presbytery of Grace) is a junior intercultural communications major at Schreiner University in Kerrville, Texas. She has served on a plethora of committees and planning teams at her church, presbytery, and synod level. Emily hopes to one day go to seminary, be a journalist, or do public relations for a National Hockey League team.
Short Biographical Information – Members of the 2020 Vision Team 2016
Joshua T. Andrzejewski (Presbytery of the James) has been the chaplain for Pediatrics and Women’s Health at VCU Health, Richmond, Va., since 2012. He is the moderator of the presbytery’s committee on nominations, was a commissioner to the 222nd General Assembly (2016) (on the Assembly Committee on the Way Forward), and recently completed two years of service as the covenant pastor for Cove Presbyterian Church.
Justin Botejue (Presbytery of Inland Northwest) is a recent graduate of Whitworth University, a historically Presbyterian- affiliated college. He has been a youth observer to the 221st General Assembly (2014) and a youth adult advisory delegate for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos. As a lifelong Presbyterian, Botejue has attended the Presbyterian Youth Triennium both as a participant and volunteer, participated in various PC(USA) conferences, including Big Tent, and received the PC(USA) Student Opportunity Scholarship while studying at Whitworth.
Bernadette “Bernie” Coffee, Co-Moderator (Presbytery of Tres Rios) is a ruling elder in the Presbytery of Tres Rios. She has just completed six years on session as clerk of session. Bernie is active on the missional ministry team (formerly COM) and is currently moderator elect. She is currently involved in local church, presbytery, and synod. Bernie serves on at least four community boards.
DèAnn Cunningham (Presbytery of Charlotte) is currently serving as clerk of session and volunteer church administrator for Smallwood Presbyterian Church, Charlotte, N.C. She is also currently serving on the presbytery’s church development committee; working with the local churches to equip, engage, and pray for these houses of worship; and the strategic planning taskforce to restructure the work of the Presbytery of Charlotte.
Michael Fagans (Presbytery of San Joaquin) is a ruling elder, photojournalist, and filmmaker from Bakersfield where he works as the coordinator for the Kern Coalition Against Human Trafficking as well as the director of strategic communication for United Way of Kern County. He served two full terms with the church’s national Self-Development of People committee and most recently was the coordinator for the Tour Against Trafficking: an ecumenical, nonprofit, and corporate partnership issue awareness and fundraising effort.
Deborah G. Foster (Presbytery of Foothills) serves as associate stated clerk and associate pastor for the Presbytery of Foothills. She also serves as parish associate at Central Presbyterian, Anderson S.C. Deborah is an ICF certified coach and lead consultant with Ministry Architects. She currently serves as the president of SOAP (South Atlantic Puerto Rico Association of APCE). Deborah has served the PC(USA) for more than thirty years in a variety of ministry settings.
Salvador D. Gavalda Corchado (Presbytery of San Juan) serves as the the Swanigan Fellow for the Synod of Mid- America. He has served as moderator of the Sínodo Boriquén in Puerto Rico and on its mission council. He is a member of the Iglesia Presbiteriana en Caparra Terrace in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Lisa Juica Perkins, Co-Moderator (Presbytery of Grace) serves as admissions associate for ecclesial partnerships at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. She has served as moderator of the young adult ministry committee and is currently a new beginnings facilitator for her presbytery. Lisa works with youth, young adults, and churches looking to be faithful followers of God’s call upon them.
Don Lee (Eastern Korean American Presbytery) is the English ministry pastor at Praise Presbyterian Church in Somerset, N.J. He also serves as one of the pastors coordinating the Second-Generation Korean-American Pastors, a national conference held every year working to bring guidance, vision, and unity for the Korean American church at-large in the PC(USA).
Jerrod B. Lowry (Presbytery of Utah) is the pastor of Community of Grace Presbyterian Church in Sandy, Utah. He serves on the coordinating council of the presbytery and has served on the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee, the Committee for the Office of the General Assembly, and the General Assembly Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.
Chris McCain (Presbytery of Greater Atlanta) is director of strategic partnerships at the Forum for Theological Exploration (FTE), a leadership incubator that supports emerging leaders for the church and academy. He also chairs the presbytery’s grants committee and serves on the transition committee for his congregation, Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta, Ga.
Joshua Narcisse (Presbytery of New York City) is a ruling elder at Dunton Presbyterian Church, and has served as a YAAD to the Synod of the Northeast, the 220th General Assembly (2012), and as member to the Transitions Working Group of the Synod of the Northeast. He currently serves on the Committee on Congregational Ministry and Nurture for the Presbytery of New York City while attending Yale Divinity School as a first-year M.Div. student.
Karen Sapio (Presbytery of San Gabriel) is pastor of Claremont Presbyterian Church in Claremont, Calif. She is co-chair of San Gabriel Presbytery’s Vision and Strategy Team, and has previously served as chair of that presbytery’s committee on ministry. Karen serves as co-chair of the NEXT Church strategy team as that organization supports innovation for and creative conversations about change in the PC(USA).
Sabrina Slater (Presbytery of Inland Northwest) currently representing PC(USA) at the Bossey Ecumenical Institute (Switzerland). A Princeton alum, in seminary she interned with the Office of Public Witness and served on the Presbyterian Women delegation to the 58th UN Commission on the Status of Women. A member of the PW Churchwide Gathering committee and ready to serve as a pastor, her prayer is to see with God’s eyes, to hear with God’s ears, and to have a heart broken where God’s heart is broken.
Rebecca Snedeker-Meier (Presbytery of Maumee Valley) is a student at the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio. She was a YAAD for the 222nd General Assembly (2016) representing her church, First Presbyterian Church of Upper Sandusky, and is active in her presbytery, including serving on the worship planning committee. Earlier this year she studied abroad in Cork, Ireland, and had the opportunity to visit several other countries in Europe while she was there.