Friends of the SoMA, It is with great excitement that I write to tell you that, beginning February 6, 2013, Rev. James Gale will be joining the synod staff as Director of Operations and Program Assistant.
Rev. Gale has been a Teaching Elder in the PC(USA) since 2004, and has served in a variety of ways during his ministry. In addition to pastorates at Rivermont Presbyterian Church (Kinston, NC, New Hope Presbytery) and Shawnee Presbyterian Church (Shawnee, KS, Heartland Presbytery), he has served as a Young Adult Volunteer in Belfast, Northern Ireland, as a member of New Church Development, Evangelism, and Stewardship (as chair) committees in the New Hope and Heartland Presbyteries, and has been a faithful and instrumental member of our synod's Church Development Corporation's Board of Directors since 2010.
This is an exciting time in the SoMA's work. With the Commissioners' establishment of the Missional Priorities in October, Rev. Gale sees the great potential for mission and ministry in our region:
“In a time in which many see the future of Synods as uncertain and challenging, I am excited to join the staff of the SoMA. I believe this is a time of great opportunity and innovation, and I’m confident that we will be at the forefront of that work. Our synod has the opportunity to be a pioneer and principle innovator for the future of the PC(USA), and I am excited to join in that process.”
In his work, Rev. Gale will oversee many of the SoMA's day to day operations, filling the very big shoes of our former colleague, Kerry Lancaster, who retired last March after 35 years. However, due to his skills, passion, and creativity, the SoMA will also benefit from Rev. Gale's assistance in fulfilling our Missional Priorities through program support.
During the first part of the year, I will introduce you to Rev. Gale at the stated meetings of our presbyteries. I look forward to you getting to know him.
Grace and Peace,
Rev. Landon Whitsitt, Executive & Stated Clerk