With the departure of our last head pastor in 2016, we have entered a new chapter in our church’s 136-year story.
Read our full Mission Study to understand more about our context in downtown Concord, our church legacy, and our prayers and vision for the future.
February 2016Pastor Bill Azbell left to pursue a call to international missions
May 2016 – Aug 2018Pastor Toby Nelson enters as interim pastor. Under his leadership, we engaged in deep and critical self-assessment of our gifts and strengths, re-evaluation of our core identity, our mission in our community, and renewal of our worship and ministries.
March 2017We begin a Mission Study to assess the strengths and needs of our church and community
May 2017Our Mission Study is accepted by Session and Presbytery and published
June 2017Our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) convenes to begin the search for our next installed pastor
August 2017Our Ministry Information Form goes live online, and we begin reviewing pastoral candidates
August 2018Interim Pastor Toby Nelson left FPCC to better care for his wife of 50 years, Judy Nelson.
August 2018 – PresentThis is an exhilarating time to be part of FPCC. Our amazing session, staff, and Commissioned Lay Pastors are leading us through a wonderful time of ministry as the PNC continues the process of discerning God’s call for our church and the referred candidates.
The PNC has reviewed 234 pastor resumes, about 70% of which were referred to us and 30% sought us out themselves. We have conducted 25 interviews, checked countless references, and met face-to-face with several top-tier candidates. Please keep the PNC in your prayers and join us in this exciting time of change and renewal!