From Our Pastor Yours in Christ

From Our Pastor

Rob Sparks IV

It has been 17 months since our Executive Presbyter, Rev. Penny Hill, stepped down from her leadership roll at the Greater Atlanta Presbytery. It was her hope and prayer that her medical leave would be temporary, that her cancer would go into remission, and she'd return to ministry but this was not to be; she joined the cloud of witnesses October 8th 2016.

Upon Penny's stepping down, the Council of Presbytery began a search for someone to carry the torch, and in September they invited Rev. Dr. Jane Fahey to become our Interim Executive Presbyter, she started in October. Not long thereafter the presbytery gave the nominating commit-tee the task of forming an Executive Presbyter Search Committee. A slate of ruling and teaching elders, making up the Executive Presbyter Nominat-ing Committee was elected at the February 4, 2017 presbytery meeting. They held their first meeting immediately following election.

At the November, 2017, Stated Presbytery Meeting the Executive Presbyter Nominating Committee reported that its work is nearly done and have asked for a Called Presbytery Meeting next Saturday, December 9th at 10 a.m. Radcliffe Presbyterian Church has been gracious enough to host this meeting. The purpose of the meeting is the presentation and examination of Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, candidate for the position of Executive Presbyter of the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta.

Rev. Brook-Lytle is a graduate of Temple University with a B.S. in Music and has her Master of Divinity from Princeton. She has been Pastor at Mount Airy Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia; Associate Pastor for Mission at Wayne Presbyterian Church in Wayne, PA; and Organizing Pastor of The Common Place in Philadelphia.

I hope you'll join me in welcoming Rev. Brook-Lytle in the coming months and maybe we'll figure out a time to get her to come visit the Mother Kirk of the Presbytery.

Yours in Christ,