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Senior Pastor Transition

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3.28.24 Update: [NEW]

The Moderator Team has met to discuss the schedule of activities to help our church prepare for our Pastoral transition, and we have identified three dates in which our congregation can come together to participate in conversation around what we are looking for in the future leadership of our church. We envision presenting the church with questions to respond to, and an opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas. We plan to begin these activities in May, after our busy Lenten season, and after Pastor Eric has departed. People can attend one or all of these opportunities, but they will all have the same content. These opportunities are noted below:

  • May 14 — Zoom meeting, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Zoom Meeting Link 
Meeting ID: 841 2137 5583

  • May 19– In Person Second Hour, 11:00am–12:00pm (in Kairos Hall)
  • May 22– Zoom meeting, 6:30-7:30pm

Zoom Meeting Link
Meeting ID: 825 4175 9467

As always, if you have any questions or comments about our Pastoral Transition, please feel free to contact Barb DeBarger or Kyra Kennedy.


3.21.24 Update

Our Senior Pastor, Rev. Eric Sherlock, has submitted his resignation from Danville Congregational Church, effective May 2, 2024. He is going on to pursue his passion for helping people in need by becoming a full-time therapist at a private practice in Walnut Creek. We will miss him greatly and pray for God’s blessings in his career change.

Our Church Council met and has voted to have our Associate Pastor, Rev. Todd Atkins-Whitley serve as Acting Senior Pastor, taking on the additional pastoral duties during this transition process. Pastor Todd is more than capable for this role; he supported the church doing similar work during Pastor Eric’s three-month sabbatical two years ago. The Council has also agreed to support hiring visiting ministers to share the preaching role as well as support Pastor Todd with some of the responsibilities related to his call here among us. Once we have identified these people, we will alert the congregation. We are thrilled that Pastor Todd has agreed to these additional duties; it will provide for seamless operations and support at DCC.

Over the next several weeks, we will be inviting the church to join conversations—both in-person and on Zoom—designed to invite our entire congregation to weigh-in on what we are looking for in a Senior Pastor. Once we have identified the dates and have held these meetings, we will assemble a transition team to move on our next steps in calling our next settled Senior Pastor. We envision this team to be a representative group of our congregation, able to voice our needs and desires for leadership, taking into account the information gathered at these congregational input meetings. We ask the congregation to pray for us as we go through this process.

We will post a weekly update on our transition process in our Thursday e-news and in the Sunday bulletins. If you have any questions about our process, please feel free to contact our Moderators, Barb DeBarger and Kyra Kennedy.