New Regional Pastors Appointed
August 15, 2011
On Tuesday we appointed three new regional pastors to serve the three U.S. regions. We want to give more of our pastors leadership opportunities and make certain that more and more jobs and responsibilities do not fall on a small group of men. We wanted all three of our regional pastors to actually be in the field ministry, as they have been in the past.
This decision was made by the president and myself (with input from Roy Holladay, Gary Antion and other senior staff) after we polled pastors in each of the regions asking them for three names of pastors in their region who they would recommend for that role. We also wanted to be certain that the minister’s wife would be an active support to her husband in fulfilling the job description of regional pastor. We know that the regions are still too big to easily travel through so we plan to add more regional pastors in the future.
The new regional pastors and their wives are:
- Eastern: Ken and Barbara Martin
- Central: Vern and DeLee Hargrove
- Western: Steve and Melania Nutzman
As you recall, after the Feast of Tabernacles last year we reduced the number of regional pastors to three. At that time, we assigned this responsibility to two of us at the home office: Gary Antion and myself, and Roy Holladay, pastor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Rome, Georgia.
As former regional pastors, we had been serving in multiple jobs:
- Roy Holladay serves as pastor, member of the Council of Elders, and will continue on the Ministerial and Member Services team.
- Gary Antion is also a member of the Council of Elders, is over Ambassador Bible Center, and also has oversight over the Church’s education programs. There are many aspects of education that need to be developed further, including various facets of member, ministerial, youth and focused education.
- I have been a regional pastor, but because of my responsibility as operation manager for MMS and my other senior pastor roles in Eastern Europe and Africa, I have always regarded my regional pastor role as very temporary.
We feel that this change will improve our ability to serve the Church more effectively as we fill fewer roles and are better able to focus more on the ones we now have.
One of the key items to note from the job description for a regional pastor is that it is not a line function between Ministerial and Member Services and the field ministry. All ministers will continue to communicate directly with the home office; however, there are key functions that would help us all to do our jobs better. Here are some important concepts from the job description:
- Develop a team concept as a facilitator.
- Consult, advise, answer questions, encourage.
- Help mediate conflict that is delegated to him.
- Advise Ministerial and Member Services.
- Be a friend and co-worker to each minister in the region and not as one in “authority” over the region.
Please pray for these new regional pastors and wives and give them our full support and cooperation. Thank you!
Victor Kubik—Operation Manager, Ministerial and Member Services