Interim Senior Pastor :: Rev. Dr. David (Dave) McKechnie
Great news! Our Interim Search Committee has completed their work, and Session has hired the Rev. Dr. David McKechnie to be our new Interim Head of Staff. Please be sure to join us for his first Sunday, January 6, 2013.
Linda and Dave McKechnie have shared the love of Jesus Christ through the ministry of music and the ministry of the Word in Presbyterian churches in New York, Tulsa, Beaumont, Houston, and Wichita as well as leading retreats and conferences throughout the United States and Canada.
After twenty-five years as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church Houston, one of the largest congregations in the denomination, Dave retired and was honored as Pastor Emeritus. He continues to have a passion to educate and mentor young pastors for the 21st century, serving as President of the Texas Theological Foundation and launching the Houston regional campus of Fuller Theological Seminary. Dave has served as Interim Pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita and First Presbyterian Church in Houston. He still loves to snow ski and play golf. However, the Champions Tour is not waiting on him!
As pianist, arranger, and recording artist, Linda McKechnie has inspired countless people around the world through her piano and orchestra recordings and personal appearances. She succeeds with dramatic flair in breathing new life into traditional hymns, praise choruses, Christmas carols, and love songs by blending these familiar melodies with powerful themes of the great Classical composers. Linda is also well known for her handbell arrangements and helping the functionally challenged discover joy in ringing handbells.
Linda and Dave have two married children and four grandsons. They are uniquely blessed to enjoy their family, experience God's world through travel, and continue to energetically serve their Lord. Their love for the Lord Jesus Christ is contagious. To share that love is their calling.
On Thursday evening, August 30, 2012 our Senior Pastor Mark Brewer announced to the Session (Elders) that he has accepted a call to be the founding President of a new school in Colorado called, All Saints
, designed to help disciple and train clergy in practical areas of ministry. Although we will miss his great leadership, we certainly understand the importance of listening to God’s voice for direction, and we want to bless Mark and Carolyn as they move on to the next chapter that God has in store for them in ministry. On Sunday, November 4th there will be a Congregational meeting to approve the dissolution of call between Mark and Bel Air Presbyterian. Following that meeting the Church will gather to celebrate 11 years of serving in ministry together with the Brewer’s, and pray for their work ahead in Colorado. We encourage you to join us for both important events in the life of Bel Air.
Moving forward—Your Session is already hard at work taking the appropriate next steps in the transition process. Most important is the call to PRAYER
. On Wednesday evening October 24, we gathered together as a Church at 7:30 PM in our Sanctuary for an ALL-Church Prayer Night. It was a very powerful night of unity in prayer and we will be scheduling others in the months ahead. There are many things that we can do as a congregation to help our Church move through a time of transition, but none as important as prayer. Thank you for making the commitment along with your Session members to pray continuously for the ministry of Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
An Interim Pastor Nominating Committee (IPNC)
has been appointed by the Session to begin work finding an Interim Pastor. Within the PCUSA there are many very accomplished Pastors who regularly serve in this capacity. We fully expect to locate the right Interim Pastor for Bel Air within three to six months. During this process the Session is working closely with the Pastoral Staff
, Personnel & Operations Committees
to carefully clarify the important roles of leadership until the Interim Pastor arrives. Each of the Pastors will take on the leadership of the areas they are already assigned to. In other words, since the Senior Pastor will not be here for them to report to, they will make the important decisions in each of their areas of ministry in consultation with their colleagues, the appropriate committee related to a specific issue as needed and the Session. In some areas, like the worship service the pastors will rotate taking responsibility for the liturgy, each one providing oversight for a particular week. We are blessed with a strong & capable staff that will gracefully lead the ministry forward as we head into this next chapter for Bel Air Presbyterian Church.
Very soon we will hold another Congregational meeting in order to vote on the PNC (Pastor Nominating Committee)
. So you are not confused, the Presbytery requires two committees, one to locate the Interim Pastor and another to locate the new “called” Senior Pastor. You will naturally be curious about the progress of the PNC. However, by PC(USA) and Presbytery policy, the work of the PNC is completely confidential, so no individual can answer questions or provide any information about the work of the PNC to anyone, including church staff and the spouses of PNC members. Any communication comes formally, from the whole PNC. Don’t let this dissuade you. We will continually post updates on the church transition process on the PNC web page. You can learn more about the process by reading Church Transition Steps
. Searches can take as short as six months or as long as two years. The task of the PNC is to discern the person God is calling to the church. Careful discernment takes time. The search will take as long as it takes to find the pastor God is calling to Bel Air Presbyterian Church to lead our congregation into the next chapter of our ministry together.
Good things are happening at Bel Air Presbyterian Church! The month of November is our “Month of Service
,” and to kick it off we will have an All-Church Bean Packing night on November 11th in the Discipleship Center after the 6pm service. Check the entire listing of service opportunities for you and your family as we work together as a congregation during this special month. We are also excited about our upcoming Speaker Series
. Everyone should make the effort to attend each Sunday in November and December to hear from some of the most powerful voices in ministry. This is once again a great opportunity to invite friends and family to Bel Air for Worship each weekend. And quickly we will be entering the Advent season. December is packed full of wonderful seasonal events
that BAPC has the tradition of hosting each year.
So as you can see we have so much to be thankful for! We will faithfully continue to ask God to guide us at Bel Air Presbyterian Church, and we trust in His leading.
If you have questions going forward please get to know the Deacon assigned to your geographic location, the Elders and staff. We are all committed to moving forward in the Lord together and will be happy to provide whatever insight we have.