senior pastor search


Below you will find information for prospective candidates as well as for our congregation. If you have any questions, prayers, or comments for the Pulpit Nominating Committee use this link to touch base with them.

UPDATES

  • Be encouraged. Keep praying.

    The Lord has been gracious to the committee, giving us unified hearts and clear direction as the Spirit leads us through many discussions, evaluations and decisions. We’re reaching the end of the application and first assessment phases and are preparing for interviews now.

    Please pray that God will guide our conversations with candidates and that He will give us wisdom and clarity as we work diligently towards the end goal of presenting a nominee to the congregation for approval. Please also pray for the candidates, that God will keep and guide them through this process.

    As always, if you have questions or feedback, we welcome your input, through our email, or you can talk to any of your committee members in person.

    In His Service,
    CPC Pastoral Nominating Committee

  • 11.29.21: The PCA has posted the search documents and we are beginning to receive applications.

    12.3.21: The Pastor Search webpage goes live

  • The PNC has met regularly to organize the search process including meeting with the Session and spending the first portion of each meeting in prayer.

prospective candidates

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for the congregation

PNC Confidentiality policy

The Pulpit Nominating Committee seeks to be as transparent as possible about its work. PNC members are free to discuss, in general terms, how the Committee operates and what the Committee is working on. For example, PNC members could disclose:

  • How we are organized
  • When and how often we meet
  • What we are working currently working on

At the same time, confidentiality must be maintained regarding the specifics and details of Committee discussions, actions and decisions. Specific information and details should not be disclosed without the prior approval of the Committee.

 

All information about candidates for Senior Pastor must be kept strictly confidential. Nothing should be disclosed about a candidate or the candidate's status without the prior approval of the Committee.

 

When the Committee does release information, provide updates, announce decisions, etc., Committee members will affirm, and to the extent their conscience allows, support the actions of the Committee if questioned. Committee discussions and processes leading up to the release of information must remain confidential. Committee members will not criticize the Committee, Committee members, or any Committee actions in any communications outside the Committee.

frequently asked questions

If you have a question to add, email it to pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org

  • Each PCA congregation has the privilege and responsibility of selecting its own Senior Pastor. The members of the PNC were elected by the congregation on September 26, 2020 to work on its behalf in that effort. The Committee does not select the pastor. Rather, it does the necessary background research, first gathering input from the Congregation and wise counsel from a variety of sources and then identifying and evaluating candidates accordingly.

     

    “Then the pulpit committee shall, after consultation and deliberation, recommend to the congregation a candidate who, in its judgment, fulfills the Constitutional requirements of that office (e.g., BCO 8, 13-16, and 21)1 and is most suited to be profitable to the spiritual interests of the congregation.” (BCO 20-2) The congregation has the authority and responsibility to accept or reject that recommendation.

  • Kent Alter, Jerdone Davis, Maggie Erickson, Maggie Grisham, Ron Lindsay, Kevin Miles, Rob Porter, Bailie Rabon, Joel Ward

  • The search process often takes a year or more, but also may be shorter. We’re trusting God with the timing, while setting aggressive goals for our team and work. We know everyone is ready to have a new senior pastor, including your committee. 

    • Wisdom - “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5
    • Faith - “For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like again of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 ron. 16
    • Discernment - “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” Proverbs 18:15
    • Perseverance - “Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His presence continually!” I Chron. 16:11
    • Unity - “For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5
    • Grace - “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
    • That we would bear the fruit of the Spirit - “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23

  • You can refer them to this website or email your recommendation to us at pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org and include the pastor's name, current church, city and state.

  • Please refer to the above confidentiality policy

  • Please refer to the above confidentiality policy

  • Weekly right now, but it will vary depending on where we are in the process. We will provide monthly updates to the congregation on our progress. 

  • We currently meet for two hours. Committee members take turns leading a short devotion, then we spend about 30 minutes in prayer. The rest of the time is devoted to moving us forward in the process, with members reporting on their assigned tasks.

  • We’re currently working through what our screening process will be.

  • You can speak to any of the nominating committee members or email your questions to pastorsearch@clemsonpres.org

meet the committee

KENT ALTER

864-723-4540 | kent.alter5@gmail.com

   I grew up in a home where we went to church fairly regularly and I developed an understanding that the Bible was important.  However, I had a false belief that my salvation was somehow dependent on my works and I wasn’t sure if anyone could really know if they had eternal life.  While at Clemson, God used a few men in the ministry of the Navigators and scripture to open my eyes to the truth about my sinful state and that Jesus’ work (not mine) was the only thing that could save me…and by His grace alone, He did!  

         I’ve been happily married to Donna for over 39 years.  We have truly grown up in the Lord together.  We have 3 children, Bethany Lewis (husband Daniel), Katy Alter, and Addison Alter (wife Audrey).  We also have three amazing grandchildren, Patrick, Adelaide, and Hanley.  Presently, I’m enjoying the men’s Friday morning Bible study and have been praying with a group of men on Monday mornings who have been an inspiration (among others) to begin the monthly corporate prayer time that we started in September.  I enjoy working with a group of men on Thursday mornings to take care of the grounds at CPC, occasionally teach Sunday school, and my wife and I volunteer as mentors with the Ripple of One program.

                I graduated from Clemson University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.  Immediately, I began working for Duke Energy (Duke Power then) where I enjoyed a 37+ year career serving in various capacities, engineering, project management, regulatory affairs, and management. I retired almost 3 years ago (hard to believe) and have enjoyed spending more time with Donna, our kids and grandkids and having the opportunity to serve in various capacities.  Every day is different!

I enjoy home remodeling, working in the yard, eating/fellowship with others, playing the guitar, watching sports, and occasionally reading.

jerdone davis

864.650.0204 |sassynonie@icloud.com

Growing up in a Presbyterian church in Atlanta, I was not spiritually aware of the gospel until a Young Life week in Colorado where my heart awakened to the WHY of Christ dying for me. Once back from that adventure, and off to college, I fell through the cracks for 9 years. A broken love affair God used to bring me totally to Himself through a Campus Crusade “I Found It” campaign singles dinner. I felt as   though I had “come home” and I’ve never looked back. 

  My family is in Atlanta. I have 2 brothers (one 85 YO and one 81 YO). Their children are spread across the USA and between them all they have given my brothers/and their wives 11 children, spanning in age now from 30 to 3. I’m one proud great aunt! My involvement in church is “life” as God has required of me my skill sets to mentor women, to teach educational ministries to pastor and Bible teacher wannabes (in a seminary setting), and most of this has been at Clemson Pres through the years.

  I have an ADN in nursing and LOVE the profession. I have theology, church ministry and leadership degrees which God has used in my varied teaching scenarios. Now as a retiree, I teach at Greenville Tech: Nurse Refresher, Sterile Processing, Arrhythmia, Intravenous administration and care. I love variety and am challenged and fulfilled in those areas.

  Hobbies for me are swimming, boating, board games, yard games. I enjoy sitting at an easel when I gain courage to do so (painting with acrylics). 

  It is a great privilege to serve with you folks, to get to know you better, and as Ron said, this service is a humbling one. We are not capable but God is and will accomplish this.

maggie ERICKSON

507-399-3141

    Though I grew up going to another church here in Clemson, I understood nothing about the gospel until God drew me from death to life at the age of 28 through the radio ministry of Dr. Tony Evans.

     My husband Brad and I met on eHarmony and have been married for 13+ years. He plays guitar on the worship team. I’m involved in women’s ministry as a teacher, in small groups, on a prayer team and occasionally serve on other committees.

    My undergrad is in finance. I also attended Covenant Seminary in St. Louis, studying in the Masters of Divinity program. I’ve had careers in banking, insurance, vocational ministry, back to banking, then as an entrepreneur with a consulting business focused on leadership development and now as a silversmith/business owner.

Hobbies include hiking, traveling, reading, teaching, mentoring and Clemson football.

     If you email me, it’ll only add to the 63,003 (and counting) unread emails in my inbox.

What a privilege it is to serve with you all.

MAGGIE GRISHAM

901-356-6247 | maggie.grisham@gmail.com

      I grew up in Memphis, Tn with a family and church that believed and displayed the Gospel. I do not have an exact conversion experience. However, it was in middle school when God used my English teacher and the writings of C. S. Lewis to help me understand the significance of my relationship with God and that I was utterly hopeless without him. God has been faithful and gracious to provide mentors, teachers, friends and pastors throughout my life that have pointed me to the Scriptures and helped me grow in my faith. God especially used my youth pastor and RUF pastors to lay a solid foundation of my theology while also encouraging me in the practical application of how God works in my every day life. 

      My husband, Tyler, and I met in Clemson and have been married for 12 years. We have 3 children: Lilla (9), Davis (6), and Mary Gwynne (3). I enjoy volunteering in the nursery and teaching the elementary children during the sermon in our ENGAGE program. I attend the Wednesday morning Bible study when I am able, but my recent work schedule has made that difficult. 

      I graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville (Many here in Clemson call it the wrong color Orange) in 2006, with a degree in English and History. After graduating, I moved to Clemson where I was an RUF intern for 2 years and on staff for 1 year. My husband and I moved to Pittsburgh after getting married in 2009, and I began a masters in counseling program. Due to my husband’s work, we moved and my education was put on hold for a few years. In 2016, I was able to finish my Masters in Mental health counseling at Clemson and have been in private practice for the past 5 years. I work part-time and find great joy in listening and helping others work through their stories in various ways. 

        I enjoy spending time with my family, and my 3 children’s activities consume most of my days. My husband coaches football with Clemson, so football (and all sports) is a constant at our house. I love spending time outside going on walks, runs, hikes, and gardening. I often listen to podcasts and sermons while doing household chores. While I don’t have much time, I love to read. 

     I was raised in a pre-PCA Presbyterian Church and considered myself a Christian all through childhood. But in my early high school days, God brought a new pastor to our church who clearly and faithfully preached the gospel of grace. The Lord worked in me a new understanding of what it meant and brought me to Himself through this work of the Spirit in my heart as I at last understood my salvation was a work of Christ on my behalf by grace through faith. He worked to build and grow me in the faith during those high school years and continued that when I went to Clemson. While at Clemson, I was involved in a student led, Reformed fellowship that predated RUF coming to Clemson. I met Jane during those days and we developed lifelong friendships in the Lord with many others who participated in the student group.

      Jane and I dated while at Clemson and were married soon after graduation. We have three children: our oldest being Ryan who is now with the Lord after dying from complications of cancer surgery in 2019. He left a wife and daughter (now 5) who still live in Atlanta. Our older daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband along with their 16 month old daughter live in Chattanooga while our younger daughter, Lauren, her husband, and their 1 month old daughter live in Athens, GA. My 90 year old mother, who is a member of 2nd Presbyterian-Greenville, still lives independently in her own home. I also have a sister and brother in law who attend CPC.

      I graduated from Clemson with a BS in Chemical Engineering and worked 36 years with Eastman Chemical Company in Kingsport, TN. My years there included roles in manufacturing, R&D, and business. I finished out my career as COO. Jane stayed home with our children and was very active in their education including some years homeschooling plus many others being very involved in the Christian school they attended. In 2016, I retired and shortly thereafter began building our house here on Lake Keowee. We moved in late 2017 when we also began attending CPC. Our connections to CPC go back to our college years when we as a group prayed often for a faithful church to be planted in Clemson. God did that when Clemson Pres was founded a few years after we graduated. Two of our three children graduated from Clemson and attended CPC and RUF while here. We had it in our retirement planning to be involved with CPC when we moved here and have begun that as members and being involved in men’s and women’s ministries amongst other things including occasionally hosting RUF students for "lake days".

      Work life did not afford me much time for any hobbies but since retiring I have gotten more active playing golf, and also, during summer months, enjoying water sports on the lake. I also like to clay shoot but only get to do so infrequently due to not having any ranges nearby. In addition to those hobby activities, we spend a good bit of time visiting kids or hosting them as well as helping my mom out with needs around her house and the like.

kevin miles

864-650-4796

     I was baptized right here in Clemson around the age of eight.  My understanding of the Gospel at that time was very simple but genuine.  I loved Jesus and, more importantly, knew that he loved me.  In his providence, God put me in a home where my Mom and Dad's faith in and love for the Lord and his Word were worked out continuously.  Through them and the church we eventually joined in Indiana I grew.  In 1988 the Lord brought me back to Clemson for college where I continued to grow through RUF and the ministry of Clemson Presbyterian Church.

     My wife, Paula, and I met at Clemson, at CPC, in fact.  We have four grown children now, three sons-in-law, and at least one grandson.  I serve as an elder, teaching Sunday school pretty regularly and small groups occasionally.  Paula leads the women's ministry here as well as serving on our denomination's women's ministry team.

    I'm a mechanical engineer and have worked in product development most of my career.  I've been with Michelin in Greenville for the last 22 or so years, making me a senior tire nerd there.

      I've been pretty busy the last few years, so I don't have really developed hobbies.  I like being outside, playing disc golf, hiking, learning new things, working on the house, yard, and cars, shooting when I can find ammo and time, watching movies, reading good fiction, eating good food, listening to good music, plus a few other things.

      I agree with everybody about getting to serve on this committee.  I'm so thankful for you all individually and now also as a group.

rob porter

864-986-8423 | clementehof73@gmail.com

     I came to faith at an early age, through the gospel influence of my parents, Sunday school teachers, friends, and other individuals. I cannot remember a day when I did not recognize Jesus as my Savior and Lord but realized the importance of local church membership at the age of 13 and joined the church I grew up in. By God’s grace, I have ever since been shaking off the dust of a lot of works-righteousness overtones from that early church experience but never had a doubt that Jesus' love, substitutionary atonement and eternal redemption was for sinners just like me.  

     I met my wife, Tonya, in our hometown of Sumter, SC and we have been married 24 years. We have four children, two at home with the Lord now: Austin (who would be 20 now) and an infant, Grace, we lost in Tonya’s pregnancy (who would be 15 now). Our two daughters, Mary Elizabeth and Katherine, are 18 and 14 respectively.

I am a Clemson graduate of 1993 with a major in Business Administration. I have a masters in Christian Education from Southeastern Theological Baptist Seminary in 1998. 

     My professional background includes stops as a youth/children’s minister on staff of a local church, founded a campus ministry for secondary school students in Nashville, TN and stints at higher ed (Vanderbilt Law School and Clemson University) as a development professional. Most recently I was a philanthropic advisor (fancy way of saying fundraiser) for the ministry of Compassion International. I begin a new work, starting in January, as the VP of Generosity for the Chalmers Center. 

I am involved at Clemson Pres as the children’s ministry liaison for the session, an elder, children’s SS teacher (4th and 5th graders), mercy ministry member, men’s ministry and a part of a working group that is hoping to network the community together for gospel transformation. 

      For you personality profile types out there, I am an ISFJ on the Myers-Briggs and in Strengths Finder I am: Responsibility, Developer, Connectedness, Belief, and Relator. 

My hobbies are reading, spending time with family, avid follower of a lot of sports, all things baseball especially, biking, and once I get my lower back into shape, I am looking forward to getting back into tennis. I am also a bona fide nerd about Star Wars, Chick-Fil-A, the life and legacy of Roberto Clemente and a wannabe nerd on history, astronomy, international affairs and philosophy. I also really, really love pulling for the little guy and the underserved and I hate poverty in all of its forms. 

Bailie Rabon

(678) 571-2535 | bailie.ruffo@clemsonpres.org

     Hello! My name is Bailie Rabon and I am from Waynesboro, Georgia and have called Clemson home for the past 5 years. I came to know Jesus’ saving power through two of my best friends in 6th grade. I continued to grow throughout middle and high school, but would say the Lord was kind and developed my love for scripture and the church while I was in the community of RUF at Georgia Southern.  

     After graduating from Georgia Southern with a BBA in Marketing I found my greatest desire was to serve the church vocationally. I then applied for a church internship through the ministry of RYM and was matched with Clemson Presbyterian Church. After completing the two year internship I was graciously offered the opportunity to continue in my role.  I am currently serving as the Director of Youth and Families at Clemson Presbyterian under the wonderful leadership of Matthew Icard. I adore every second I am able to spend with the youth of this church. 

     I met my husband, Will Rabon, through serving the youth at CPC. We have been married for a whole 9 months. In my free time you can find me lost in Lowe’s. Hobbies include home projects, hanging with my goldendoodle Burke, hosting friends and family, and trying to talk myself into being athletic. 

JOEL WARD

864-710-9026 | joelward2@gmail.com.

     I grew up in a Church-going family, but I did not understand my sin and need for a Saviour until my freshman year of college.  God used the ministries of  FCA, RUF, and eventually Clemson Pres. to reveal Himself to me.

     I have been married to Shannon for 24 years.  We have 3 children:  Patrick is 21, Caroline (or CJ) is 18, and Lilli is 15.  The last 5 years have been challenging as parents, and God has used that to draw Shannon and me closer together and closer in our relationship and dependence on our Lord.  Shannon and I met at CPC--we were placed into the same 2nd & 3rd grade classroom as teachers on Sunday nights.  I taught in the children's ministry for 20 years and have been a deacon for the past 15 years.  We have been active in several small groups over the years.  This fall we hosted/led a small group that discussed mental health and the church.

     I graduated from Clemson with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and have been working in manufacturing for 25 years.  I am currently the Quality Manager at Reliable Sprinkler in Liberty.

    I enjoy being outside, including relaxing at the beach and wandering in the mountains.  Sports have always been an enjoyable part of my life, whether playing, watching, or coaching.  I also enjoy whatever my children are into, which is currently volleyball.