Transition: Seeking Our Next Senior Minister

In May of 2014, Senior Minister Patricia de Jong announced her plans to retire in April of 2015. The church has set out on a path of determining how to make the transition to a new Senior Minister. This page will include articles related to the transition and the search process.

Two meetings will be held to review and then vote on the First Church budget for 2017.

The Senior Minister Search Committee has now completed six listening sessions with members of the congregation and is

Through the magic of technology, our called Senior Minister Molly Baskette preached in both services on Sunday, October 25 at 9 am (Large Assemble) and 11 am (Sanc

The Committee of Involvement (COI) was charged with recommending a slate of candidates for the Search?Committee for the new Senior Minister.

During times of transition when the church goes through some specific processes to determine its future, it can be helpful to refer to the bylaws of the church for guidance.

The Senior Minister Search Committee has been working faithfully on their task of finding First Church?s next Senior Minister.

The Young Adult Ministry Search Committee held its first meeting in early May and has since been working on updating the Church Profile and refining the Young Adul

First Church's called Senior Minister Molly Baskette will be in Berkeley to preach on Annual

Stewardship Chair Betsy York shared this update on the First Church's recent Pledge Campaign during both worship services on Sunday, December 20, 2015:

Sunday, October 11 will begin the Pledge Campaign for 2016, a time when members of the First Church community are invited to consider what they are called to contr

At a congregational meeting on Sunday, August 3, the Senior Minister Search Committee was elected.

After an extensive nation-wide search and a unanimous vote, First Congregational Church of Berkeley, United Church of Christ, has called Rev. Molly Phinney Baskette as its next Senior Minister. Molly brings passion, intellect, creativity, humor and deep faith to her ministry.

When it became clear to the staff and Transition Action Team that the candidate for Senior Minister Molly Phinney Baskette

The Senior Minister Search Committee has enthusiastically chosen a candidate to be our next Senior Minister.

As previously reported, the Search Committee completed in-person interviews with final candidates for the Senior Minister position.

The Search Committee completed the last of four in-person interviews this last weekend with finalists for the Senior Minister position at

Members of the BeFrienders Ministry Team will be available during the 10 am Learning Hour in the church office for the next several Sundays for those who would lik

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 Rev.

On Saturday, April 25, 2015 First Church Berkeley threw a big party to celebrate the 21-year ministry of Senior Minister Patricia de Jong.

It's not too early to save these special dates!

First Congregational Church of Berkeley, UCC, invites you to an evening honoring Senior Minister Patricia de Jong on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 5:30 to 9 pm, as she completes her long and vibrant ministry.

On Sunday, April 26, 2015 Patricia de Jong will lead her last service as Senior Minister of First Con

You can watch the video of this conversation with Pat that took place on April 19!

At its March meeting, Church Council unanimously approved a ?transition period staffing plan? presented by the Personnel Committee to ensure?a con

First Church?s new Young Adult Minister, Rev. Kit Novotny will be arriving in Berkeley this week.

As Charlotte Russell retires as of February 15, our two full-time pastors, Patricia de Jong and

The Senior Minister Search Committee is happy to report continued progress toward identifying a candidate to recommend

On Sunday morning, January 18, 2015 First Church Berkeley called Rev. Kit Novotny as its new Young Adult Ministry.

Several important congregational meetings will be held early in 2015.

A reception for Kit Novotny, the candidate for Young Adult Minister, will be held on Saturday, January 17 at 5 pm in the Small As

The Senior Minister position at First Church has been officially posted on the

The Senior Minister Search Committee has finalized the Church Profile with some changes based on congregational feedback and the addition of photographs.

Times of change can be both exciting and stressful. As FCCB moves through this time of transition, we can take care of ourselves and each other by paying attention and giving voice

On Sunday, November 9, the Senior Minister Search Committee will review what they have learned from their process of

After gathering input from the congregation, the Senior Minister Search Committee has completed the

On  October 5, during the 10 am Learning Hour and again at noon, Rev.

During the month of October, the Senior Minister Search Committee will host a series of listening sessions.

Kelly Ryan, currently serving as Young Adult Coordinator at First Church has accepted a call to be the pastor at

The First Church Green Ministry Team has written a letter to the Sen

The Young Adult Search Committee has posted the job announcement widely and they heard

First Church Berkeley is seeking candidates for the position of Young Adult Minister. This is a 32-hour a week position with benefits.

Moderator Betsy York has also appointed a Transition Team to help oversee this period of change at First Church Berkeley.

The Diversity Ministry Team has sent a letter to church leadership strongly encour

As the Committee of Involvement (COI) begins the work of recommending a Search Committee for the Senior Minister position, it is receiving help from several source

The members of the Committee of Involvement (COI) are beginning the work of receiving and reviewing nominations for members for the Senior Minister Search

In a special meeting on Monday, June 16, the Church Council voted unanimously to move forward with the Senior Minister Transition Plan

In response to the announcement made by Senior Minister Patricia de Jong that she plans to retire in April of 2015, the Personnel

Senior Minister Patricia de Jong has shared the news with the First Church community that she plans to retire In April 2015.

Several documents related to the transition in Senior Minister leadership are collected here in one spot.