At an official meeting on Sunday, December 16, 2018, FIrst Church voted unanimously to call Phil Porter to his current position as Minister of Art & Communication as an ordained minister (pending approval by the Bay Association at an Ecclesiastical Council on Saturday, March 2. That meeting will take place in the morning on that day, in Loper Chapel.
Phil has held Commissioned Minister status for 20 years. Recent changes in the ordination process in the United Church of Christ have opened up the possibility of him being ordained. Since the summer, Phil has been taking steps in that direction.
If the March 2 meeting goes well, an ordination will be held on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019 at First Church in the afternoon.
You can read excerpts from the recent letter sent to the congregation with Phil's reflections on seeking ordination and also his retirement plans here...