PNC Update

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is comprised of church members who are gifted to share in the discernment of God’s Spirit, who are people of wisdom and maturity of faith, and have demonstrated skills in leadership and compassion of spirit.  Membership on our PNC can be one of the most rewarding experiences one can have in his or her faith journey.   Please keep our members in your prayers as we travel this journey together.

Our FPCS Pastor Nominating Committee Members:

  • Reid Willis, Chair
  • Erin Owens, Secretary
  • Chris Davenport
  • Earl Gage
  • Wendy Johnson
  • Kim Owens

We are pleased to use this web page to post news and items of interest in our search for our next Pastor.   You are welcome to send us questions about the process at  Our committee will answer you as soon as is possible.  Thank you!

Mission Study Team Report

Welcome to the First Presbyterian Church of Salem, a conservative, evangelical, orthodox congregation in the southern region of New Jersey. This document includes basic demographical and economic data compiled by Rutgers University, the results of the congregational survey, and our vision.

We are a small congregation of approximately one hundred members serving a diverse and struggling urban center in the most rural county in the State of New Jersey. We have been blessed with an endowment which provides our congregation with the means to provide not only for our congregation, but also provides our congregation with the means to reach out to the greater community as well. We strongly believe and follow the parable of the Faithful Servant, Luke 12:24 “To whom much was given, of him much will be required. “ Our vision has never been only about us, nor is it about building a big Church; it is about enlarging the ministry of the kingdom in the City of Salem, which is in desperate need.

You may read the full report here…

Frequently Asked Questions


What does PNC stand for?
Pastor Nominating Committee.  The First Presbyterian Church of Salem (FPCS) PNC was elected to search for a Pastor to be presented to the Congregation at a subsequent date.

What is a CIF and a PIF?
CIF is an abbreviation for the Church Information Form.  This is the document that describes MPC to potential candidates for our Senior Pastor vacancy, and also describes the qualities and characteristics we are looking for in a pastor.

A PIF is a Personal Information Form and contains the information that a traditional resume would have.  It is the document that we will receive from candidates interested in the position or who have been matched to us through the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s Church Leadership Connection.

How long will this take?
The Presbyterian Church (USA) determines the process we must follow in selection our next pastor.  Throughout the process, we must follow the guidelines provided by the Book of Order and consult with our local presbytery.  In fact, the PNC is assigned a representative from the Committee on Ministry (COM) to aid us through this process.  All of this is designed to allow a fair and open search process and allow sufficient time for prayer and discernment.  As a result, there is no set timetable.

Will we be able to find out who the PNC is considering?
Due to the confidential nature of a pastoral search, the PNC will only present one candidate to the Congregation and cannot disclose other candidates that may be considered.  If the candidate presented to the Congregation is not acceptable, the PNC will continue the search process.

What can I do to help?
The most important thing you can do to help is to pray for the members of the PNC, as they discern God’s will for FPCS and consider potential candidates.

To contact the First Presbyterian Church of Salem PNC, email the entire committee at