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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:

  1. Develop a team concept as a facilitator.
  2. Consult, advise, answer questions, encourage.
  3. Help mediate conflict that is delegated to him.
  4. Advise Ministerial and Member Services.
  5. 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

August 15, 2011 - Posted by | Home Office, Ministerial Services, President's Office | , ,

12 Comments »

  1. Those are some excellent husband-wife teams for the new regional pastor slots.

    Comment by nathanalbright | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  2. Good job, keep up the good work

    Comment by Ellen Smith | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  3. thank you for the update 🙂

    Comment by Grace | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Mr. Kubik. We will keep these husband/wife teams in our prayers. We hope you are fully recovered. Charlie & Irene

    Comment by Charlie | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. Victor,

    Thank you so much for sharing information with membership so openly. I know your hearts are in the right place and respect all of you a great deal. I especially appreciate your reference to the team/collaborative approach among the ministry. Could that possibly be carried a step further to include membership?

    Not meaning to be critical, I continue to perceive a bit of condescension in that decisions are made for members with little opportunity for our participation. One example would be the KOG seminars, a misnomer since seminars are by definition participatory.

    Personally, I believe our church culture needs to be a little less rigid when reaching out to new people. We need to know realistically where these babes are actually coming from before we intimidate and overwhelm them with information and dress codes. Is it possible some are not babes at all, and find us a bit pompous? What might be done to pre-assess in advance? How many children (even adults) besides ours are conditioned to sitting for such long periods of time listening to adult material? If we don’t furnish babysitting, might we neglect a valuable potential audience? Most kids have been in daycare all week and getting weekend babysitters is very costly. Our cultural traditions run so deep I’m not sure outsiders can be comfortable with us no matter how “friendly” we are.

    Thanks for listening,
    Karen

    Comment by Karen Roufs Buchkowski | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  6. Our Abba and His Holy One Y’shua are with us and His Holy One is more than capable of leading us as we trust and rely on Him even as He trusted and relied on His and our Abba – perhaps we need a re-awakening to our “First Love” – I remember in years gone by when our Abba worked powerfully through the Son of man leading His church and He is doing it again – we are growing spiritually and we His church recognize that it is by His power and strength of spirit that enables us to fulfill the commission He has given to us – we will fulfill that commission and we will have salt among ourselves living in peace with one another as He has commanded and as we continue to humbly beseech Him for divine intervention in His Work He will open the doors for us and we will with His confidence walk through them for the Son of man is great in might, power and strength and He will be glorified in us His brothers and sisters to the praise and glory of His and our Abba that the world may truly know in the appointed times that we truly are His people who have had a holy calling of loving service in forwarding that true knowledge of His Kingdom and of His holy plan of redemption and reconciliation to His offspring. Our publications are powerful and revealing and informative as it should be as they reflect the spirit and mind of our Abba of which He has intrusted us with in proclaiming that Good News of our Abba’s kingdom which will soon cover the whole earth. We are blessed to have dedicated presenters on the Beyond Today program and their efforts are being blessed through our older Brother – it is open and visible and much fruit is being born by these presenters individually as they are excited to participate in being a spiritual witness to this world. The Church has been blessed with good minds to facilitate the spreading of the Good News on the internet – we are deeply indebted to our Abba and our older Brother for this as also other educational programs within the Church. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SPIRIT OF COOPERATION. I often visit all of Isaiah Chapter 50 and meditate on our older Brother’s words – the whole chapter is powerful and causes me to search and prove my inner spirit. He declares at verses 2 – 5 that His hand is NOT shortened that He cannot redeem and that He DOES have power to deliver and then He describes the greatness of His power, might and strength but He recognized that it was His and our Abba who opened His ears and fed Him spiritually each day – who gave Him the tongue of the learned that He would be able to speak a tender word as the occasion arose to the weary hearted. We, the Church, must have the mindset of not being rebellious or turning back. The Son of man relied and trusted on His and our Abba and we must do the same – they will deliver us and take us from glory to glory. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK!

    Comment by dwight stewart | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  7. Thank you for the update, Mr. Kubik. That’s very interesting news.

    In your blog post, you say there are plans to add additional regional pastors beyond the three newly appointed, but when the number of regional pastors was reduced from 10 to three last fall, you were quoted in the United News as saying, “We have modified the regional pastor structure of Ministerial Services to more realistically reflect the size of our current ministry.”

    Has UCG hired so many new pastors that there is once again a need for more than three regional pastors? If not, why is last year’s change being undone?

    Comment by Kevin | August 15, 2011 | Reply

    • Last year’s change is not being undone. We have worked with three regional pastors for almost a year now, and plan to keep the number at three for the time being. The reason why we may add more in the future is more geographic than based on the size of the ministry. Having a region that stretches from Maine to Texas presents challenges for conducting regional conferences, etc. Any new regions developed would be based on feedback from these newly-appointed men and how effectively they feel they are in serving their region–but I expect that it will take some time for that determination to be made. I would not anticipate that the number of regions in the future would approach the number of regions that we had in the past.

      Comment by Chris Rowland | August 17, 2011 | Reply

      • I would encourage everyone to read the lead article in the November 2010 United News.

        Comment by CM | August 22, 2011 | Reply

  8. I like the appointments. I am in agreement with them and support them.
    We must remember that Christ is always with us and walking throughout the congregations of GOD and supports us all.
    We need to be One as the Father and Christ, Our eldest Brother are One(Of one mind).
    We need to be concentrating on ‘One-ness’.
    To be at one. Christ like.
    Focused toward facilitating the Work of GOD.
    It will never be finished, but improved!
    The world is still waiting for us to get it right.
    Let us be about our Father’s business!

    Moving forward, onward!

    Comment by David Alan Jutson | August 15, 2011 | Reply

  9. How about we speak a little more direct here? The change last year had to be done to reign in some of the problems that we were experiencing. It had to be done, and I am glad it was. Now that there is more harmony in the church, and willingness to obey authority, it makes sense to give more responsibility to the field ministry. This should be seen as a positive sign that we are moving forward, in unity! Thank you Victor Kubick, Roy Holladay, and Gary Antion, for “Holding down the fort”, during the storm.

    Comment by JK | August 20, 2011 | Reply

    • JK, that’s an interesting theory, but it’s certainly not one the official reason that was given last year when the changes were made. At that time, it was stated that the number of regional pastors was being reduced because there was no longer a need to have so many regional pastors–not that it was being done to “reign in” “troublemakers.” (I’m not saying the change wasn’t made in an attempt to silence those who expressed any disagreement with the COE–just that that was not offered as the reason.)

      Comment by Kevin | August 22, 2011 | Reply


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