Plymouth Church Calls
to be Senior Minister Elect
Almost a year after Senior Minister David Ruhe announced his pending retirement effective December 1, 2014, members of Plymouth Church voted during a Congregational Meeting, Sunday, October 20, 2013, to call Executive Associate Minister Matt Mardis-LeCroy as its Senior Minister Elect.
“I love this church,” Matt told the group of more than 500 assembled. “For over eight years now, I have shared life with the people of Plymouth. I have listened to you and lived with you; buried your loved ones, baptized your babies, married you to each other. I’ve had the privilege of coming alongside you in hospital rooms, in hospice care, in the halls of the legislature...
“And through all of that, I have learned how much I love the people of this church, how deeply I believe in the work that God is doing in this place. I resonate with Plymouth’s core values: Welcome of All People, Community Engagement, Education for All, Progressive Theology and Excellence in Worship. That is what a church should be about, and that is what Plymouth embodies so well. And I share this congregation’s dreams for the future; the vision of a church where all people are welcome to come along with us as we grow in love of God and neighbor.”
Moderator Pam Duffy presided over the meeting, which included worship, music from both the Chancel and Matins choirs, and David Ruhe on guitar. During the two-hour meeting, representatives of the Senior Minister Transition Team, the Senior Minister Search Committee and the Church Council described in detail the process of discernment that led them to unanimously recommend that the church call Matt as its next senior minister. Lynn Heggen, chair of the Search Committee, displayed a hefty three-ring binder of material that the committee accumulated during its thorough and detailed discernment process.
After the 514 ballots were counted, Head Deacon Pam Kenyon announced that 474 votes were cast for the motion, and 40 were cast against. Two ballots were ineligible. Plymouth’s process for calling an internal candidate to the position of senior minister required a 75 percent approval, and the vote of 92 percent in the affirmative well exceeded that threshold.
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