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The All-Church Nominating Committee (ACNC) is seeking your suggestions for Brick Church leaders. Your involvement is crucial to identify the best possible candidates whom God is calling to take positions of responsibility at The Brick Church. The ACNC is identifying candidates for Deacons, Ruling Elders, Trustees, and ACNC members.
Please prayerfully consider recommending members of The Brick Church as candidates for these positions. Important criteria to consider include a commitment to the Church, regular attendance at Worship, time and willingness to serve, and personal characteristics of dedication, good judgment, and the ability to work well with others. Self-nominations are also accepted.
The deadline for recommendation submissions was March 8, 2019.
Co-Chairs: Shannon D. Henderson and Ryan E. Widener
Members: Kenneth W. Austin, Amanda B. Bellows, Ann M. Darmstaetter, Griffith W. Foxley, Mimi K. Hah, Frances G. Laserson, Clerk of Session; Cathy Leonhardt, and Margaret H. Tranbaugh
Ex-officio: Susan P. Crary
I. Commitment to the Church
- Attendance at services of Worship
- Participation in Church activities
- Financial support of the Church
- Leadership in positions previously or currently held
II. Personal Characteristics and Skills
- Maturity of judgment and personal integrity
- Willingness to work with others
- Willingness to learn
- Ability to complete projects
- Openness to new ideas
III. Other Qualifications and Considerations
- Leadership ability
- Time and willingness to serve
- Service in outside organizations
Description of Church Officers
Each of the following offices has its own distinct calling and scope of responsibility.
No hierarchical relationship among them should be implied.
The Session of the Brick Church consists of 24 Ruling Elders (three classes of 8) serving three-year terms, 1 Youth Elder serving a one-year term, and includes the Senior Pastor (the Moderator), the Senior Associate Pastor, the Associate Pastors, and the Clerk. The Session is responsible for the total church life of the congregation: the admission and dismissal of members; times and places of Worship, including the administration of the Sacraments; the use of the Church facilities; the budget; and all policies, including personnel, relating to the life of the Church. The Church constitution states that “Ruling Elders should be persons of faith, dedication, and judgment. Their manner of life should be a demonstration of the Christian gospel, both within the Church and in the world.”
The Board of Deacons consists of 27 Deacons (three classes of 9) serving three-year terms and one Youth Deacon serving a one-year term and includes the Senior Associate Pastor as an advisory member. The Deacons are essentially the Church’s arm of compassion, a service group ministering to the congregation and to those outside the church through its outreach programs. Established ministries of the Deacons include (Inreach) Lay Pastoral Care, Youth, and New Member ministries; (Outreach) Christmas Party, Church of the Living Hope, Jan Hus Homeless Program, NCS Wednesday Night Dinner Program, Presbyterian Hope in Action, Search and Care and New York Common Pantry. The Church constitution says of Deacons that “Persons of spiritual character, honest repute, exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment should be chosen for this office.”
The Board of Trustees consists of 12 Trustees (three classes of 4) serving a three-year term. Members of the Board of Trustees are the Directors of The Corporation of The Brick Presbyterian Church in the City of New York. The Trustees have among their responsibilities: monitoring the finances of the Church, including participation in planning, stewardship and oversight processes, fiduciary responsibility for conserving and enhancing the Church’s physical properties and financial assets, including matters relating to insurance coverage, major plant and capital replacements, and development of programs to encourage bequests.
The Brick Presbyterian Church is a lively, growing congregation that has been serving New York City since 1767. We worship every Sunday at 11 a.m. in our Sanctuary. Adult Education classes meet at 9:45 a.m. (September – May). Sunday Church School is offered for children from age 2 to seventh grade. We also offer a half-hour weekly communion service on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m in the Chapel (October – May). We welcome all to come, visit, worship and see what Brick Church is all about! We invite you to become part of our Church community; we hold new member meetings four times a year.
The Brick Church is a member congregation of the Presbytery of New York City. The session appoints elders to serve as commissioners to meetings of Presbytery. In addition, elders serve on various committees when elected or appointed. The Brick Church also supports the work of the Presbytery financially thorough assessments and apportionments and general mission giving. In addition to supporting Presbytery mission, the church has traditionally supported a wide range of mission outreach efforts in New York City. Involvement on the national level of the Presbyterian denomination has been strong and supportive over the 250-year history of the congregation. Several ministers of The Brick Church have served as moderator of the General Assembly, the national body of our church. In fact, the Rev. John Rogers, the first minister of the Brick Church, was elected as Moderator of the First General Assembly in 1789.
The Brick Presbyterian Church, located at Park Avenue and 91st Street in the heart of Manhattan, is a flourishing congregation of Christians in the largely secular world of New York City. The Brick Church is a historic New York City church, founded in 1767, that is today a vital and growing congregation of more than 1,700 members. Many of our members live in the neighborhood of the church, many others in other Manhattan neighborhoods, the outer boroughs, or suburban areas. We are a welcoming and diverse congregation — young and old, married and single — that includes both long-time New Yorkers and newcomers to the city. Excellent worship, extensive mission outreach in the city and beyond, an education program for children, youth and adults, and a strong tradition of congregational fellowship characterize our life as a church.
The following mission statement was adopted by the Session of The Brick Church on Nov. 15, 2003:
“The fundamental mission of The Brick Church is to respond to the word of God as found in the Old and New Testaments.
The Brick Church must continue its historic mission to lead, inspire and enable the public worship of God in the Presbyterian tradition in the city of New York.
Our response can be witnessed in the transformed lives of our members as we celebrate the Good News proclaimed by Jesus Christ.
We are committed to supporting spiritual development, Christian education and witness to our community, which will be evidenced on a daily basis not only among church members but also in our outreach to the broader world.”
Central to the Presbyterian tradition is leadership by members of the church, men and women elected by the congregation for particular kinds of service. The Presbyterian Church ordains men and women to the three offices that are reflected in the New Testament and have consistently been recognized by later generations of Christians — that of minister, elder and deacon.
Ministers are elected by the congregations they serve and are usually highly trained, full-time “professional” leaders whose responsibilities include preaching, teaching, worship leadership, pastoral care and resource support for the programs and mission of the church. The Brick Church is proud to have three talented ministers working with our congregation. Click on the names of each of our pastors to read their biographies.
The Reverend Dr. Kimberly L. Clayton – Transitional Senior Minister
Rev. Dr. Clayton serves as the Transitional Senior Minister and comes to Brick Church with an impressive history of experience within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), both as a pastor to four congregations and as faculty at the Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. Kim is a graduate of Columbia Seminary (MDiv’84, DMin ’08) and most recently served as the Director of Contextual Education at Columbia. Before being called back to the seminary, Kim served as the Pastor/Head of Staff at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church in Asheville, NC.
Rev. Dr. Clayton has published essays and liturgy in publications such as Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary; Connections: A Lectionary Commentary for Preaching and Worship; Feasting on the Word Worship Companion Volumes 1-6; Inclusive Marriage Services: A Wedding Sourcebook; and Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry.Kim has two children, Jonathan and Katherine. Jonathan is an app developer living in Decatur, GA and Katherine is a student at Georgia State University. Kim’s partner in life, Melanie Sovine, holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology with a thirty-year history of work in HIV/AIDS. Together they have two dogs, Marisol and Bentley. Contact Reverend Clayton
The Reverend Douglas T. King – Senior Associate Minister
The Rev. Douglas T. King serves The Brick Presbyterian Church as the Senior Associate Minister. His responsibilities include supervising the staff, pastoral care and mission. Doug grew up on the North Shore of Long Island in East Setauket. He studied philosophy at Stony Brook University and wrote for several student publications. Following his graduation from college, he spent a year in mission work with political refugees from Central America in Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, Calif.
Doug attended Princeton Theological Seminary from 1990 through 1993. During his time at Princeton, he had the opportunity to serve congregations in Trenton, N.J. and Brooklyn, N.Y. Following seminary, Doug served as the outreach intern for Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte, N.C.
In 1994, Doug accepted a call to be an associate pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Buffalo, N.Y. During his tenure at Westminster, he met Marta Rummenie, a member of the Westminster staff who worked with children and youth. They were married in the spring of 2001 with more than 500 church members in attendance. Doug is the cook of the family, and Marta is ever-ready with the tool belt. Contact Reverend King
The Reverend Rebekah McLeod Hutto – Associate Minister for Christian Education and Discipleship
Rev. Hutto serves as Brick Church’s Associate Minister for Christian Education and Discipleship. She oversees children and adult education programs and serves with the New Member and Evangelism committee as well as the Communications committee at Brick. She is from Greenville, S.C., and she graduated from Wofford College in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychology. She completed her Master of Divinity degree at Duke University Divinity School in 2006.
In 2007, Hutto received her first call in ministry to serve as Associate Minister of Christian Education at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. She has a passion for storytelling and loves teaching all ages hoping to make Christian Education relevant to a wide range of people, regardless of where they are in their spiritual formation. In 2016 she published her first children’s book, The Day When God Made Church, with Paraclete Press and followed it with her second book Paul and His Friends: A Child’s First Book About the Apostles in 2018. .
Her husband, Rev. Dr. William (B.J.) Hutto, is an ordained Baptist Minister. He serves part-time as the Associate Minister at Madison Avenue Baptist Church in N.Y.C. Rebekah, B.J., and their children, Hannah Ruth and Elijah, are happy to be at The Brick Church and live in New York. Contact Reverend Hutto
The Reverend Adam D. Gorman – Associate Minister for Youth and Family Ministry
Adam Gorman is the Brick Church’s first Associate Minister for Youth and Family Ministry. Gorman was raised in Westfield, New Jersey, where he was a member of The Presbyterian Church in Westfield. He was heavily involved in the youth group, and served as a Deacon and on the Nominating Committee to select the new Youth Minister for the Westfield church.
In high school, Adam attended The Morristown Beard School and later studied Marketing at Messiah College in Grantham, Pennsylvania. He had not yet considered ministry as a career option but it was something he loved to be a part of.
After college, he worked for AIG at its Wall Street headquarters and continued to volunteer for the youth group at his home church and at a youth-run soup kitchen. These volunteer activities showed Adam that he could combine his passions with his career options. He then interned at The Presbyterian Church in Westfield as a Youth Minister Intern.
Adam became a nonprofit fundraiser for several years at the United Way in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania before eventually enrolling at Princeton Theological Seminary. In 2011, he received a dual degree: a Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Youth Ministry. While studying at Princeton, he served as a Student Minister with the youth of Nassau Presbyterian Church, was a chaplain at JFK Medical Center, and worked one-on-one with the Rev. Kathryn Henry at The Peapack Reformed Church. He was asked by the Rev. Janice Ammon, minister of the chapel at Princeton Seminary, to help develop a Pastoral Care program and form a team for an ongoing ministry to the Seminary. He had the honor of being chosen by his professors to speak during the Princeton Theological Seminary Graduation in 2011. He also led the PTS Ultimate Frisbee Team! He has a passion for youth ministry and involving youth as integral members of the missional church. Contact Reverend Gorman