Call Commission

The Call Commission is responsible for most of the actions formally vested in the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, and the Examinations Commission. It is empowered to:

  1. Guide, nurture, and oversee the process of becoming a teaching elder for persons in the care of the presbytery, including actions with respect to inquirers, candidates, and final assessments;
  2. Examine and admit to membership all persons seeking membership in the Presbytery of St. Augustine, and approve calls and terms of call for those it examines;
  3. Provide a Pastor Nominating Committee liaison to congregations in transition;
  4. Approve temporary membership in the presbytery for a period of service;
  5. Approve and conduct ordinations and installations of teaching elders and commissioning services for commissioned ruling elders;
  6. Recommend exceptions and accommodations to requirements of the Book of Order regarding ordination, installation of a temporary pastor or associate as an installed pastor, and any other action requiring a super-majority vote of the presbytery;
  7. Provide a liaison to congregations searching for temporary pastoral service;
  8. Approve contracts and terms of call for temporary pastoral service;
  9. Dissolve teaching elder and commissioned ruling elder relationships when requested by the teaching elder/commissioned ruling elder and the congregation;
  10. Approve the retirement of teaching elders;
  11. Approve validated ministries of teaching elders;
  12. Certify ruling elders as ready to receive a commission and approve commissions of ruling elders to particular pastoral service;
  13. Recommend the annual teaching elder roll for approval by the presbytery; and
  14. Recommend presbytery action relating to a teaching elder’s renunciation of jurisdiction or release from ministry as a teaching elder, and take all actions preliminary to the presbytery’s final.
  15. Approve Board of Pensions (BOP) grants and matching grants for members of the presbytery, such as seminary debt assistance, emergency grants, special need grants, etc., all subject to the presbytery budgeting process and the guidelines of the Board of Pensions.
  16. Take all actions contemplated in G-3.0306 of the Book of Order, including granting a minister member permission to engage in ministry that is outside of our geographic bounds or which is not under our jurisdiction, requesting the consent of the other presbytery, and considering and acting on requests for members of other presbyteries to engage in work within our bounds.

Call Commission Members

Mary Beth Neely
Vice Chair
Joy Laughridge

Class of 2021
Les Comee (TE)
John Darby (RE)
David Goetke (RE)
James Kendrick (TE)
Rebecca Langer (TE)
Joy Laughridge (TE)
Joe Medearis (TE)
Kathy VanderVliet (RE)
Class of 2022
Mary Brown (RE)
Milton Fulton (RE)
Laurie Furr-Vancini (TE)
Yvette Grant (RE)
Jessi Higginbotham (TE)
Wayne Letizia (RE)
Cliff Lyda (TE)
Susan Rose (TE)
Class of 2023
Violet Asmuth (RE)
Bob Bell (RE)
Craig Davies (TE)
Rhonda Link-Cummings (TE)
Mary Beth Neely (RE)
Cathy Sanders (RE)
Natasha Sudderth-Davis (TE)
Ron Watson (TE)

Open Search Policy For Filling Non-Installed Pastor Openings

When a church has an opening for a temporary pastor position (stated supply, interim, paid parish associate, etc.), (a) the position shall be posted and circulated throughout the presbytery; (b) the presbytery’s EEO policy shall be followed; and (c) a liaison will be appointed by the Call Commission to work with the church in connection with its search.

Minimum Effective Salary

Effective 10/5/21, the presbytery’s minimum effective salary is $45,861.00.

Separation Ethics Policy

This Separation Ethics Policy was adopted on 10/5/21.


Guidelines for Church Transition

Other Policies

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PNC Materials

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Preparation for Ministry in the Presbytery of St. Augustine
PDF download 

Preparation for Ministry Forms

Inquirer Application Forms
  • Form 1A Application to be Enrolled as an Inquirer
  • Form 1B – Questions for Reflection
  • Form 1C – Financial Planning
  • Form 1D – Session Evaluation and Recommendation

The process of enrollment as an inquirer also includes a ministry assessment which is paid for 1/3 by the church, 1/3 by the presbytery, and 1/3 by the person seeking to be enrolled.

Candidate Application Forms
  • Form 5A Application to be Enrolled as a Candidate
  • Form 5B – Session Evaluation and Recommendation Regarding Enrollment as a  Candidate