In his 34 years of ministry, Robb has served as an Associate Pastor and a Solo Pastor in churches ranging in size from 300 to 2,000 members. Most recently, Robb is completing a long pastorate of spiritual leadership at St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. His formal interim ministry training was in Montreat NC, but his informal training comes from being on the staff of churches with interim pastors three times. So he knows that experience from the inside! This will be a great gift to our members and staff.
Robb is a native of Florida and graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne College and Louisville Presbyterian Seminary. He is an active leader in the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina, serving on the Mission Cabinet, Steering Team, New Church Development, and Nominating committees. Among his colleagues and church members, he is respected for his compassion and pastoral care, organization, preaching, dedication, and steadfastness. Robb’s ministry style is collaborative, which is one reason he was drawn to our church, where we value mutuality and consensus in decision-making among staff and church leaders.
Family relationships are important to Robb. His wife, Vickie, recently retired from school teaching in New Hanover County. Their daughter, Kate, and son in-law, Bob, live in Wilmington with toddler, Charlie. Their son, Stephen, is in Raleigh. With her sister, Vickie is sharing the caregiving of their mother in Elkin NC.
Robb’s open-hearted spirit, wonderful sense of humor, comfort with relationships, and steady guidance combine to provide just the pastoral leadership we need. As we learn to say our difficult goodbyes to Ann and her family, we say “Welcome” to Robb and his. Robb’s first Sunday with us will be September 26. But you can already greet him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank the Interim Pastor Search Committee: Maggie Lhotsky, Chair, Sally Barton, Suzanne Hayes, Bob Lambert, and Jude Skowron. Laura Cacchione, Clerk of Session, and Joanna Hipp, Associate Pastor assisted the committee.
When the Search Committee decided that Robb would be the best fit for our congregation, the members reported to our Session. The Session approved, and then the decision went to the Presbytery of Coastal Carolina Commission on Ministry before an announcement could be made. An Interim Pastor is appointed by the Session; not elected by the congregation. The Interim will guide us through the transition process to prepare for our next long-term pastor.
Brunswick County, with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, is developing a comprehensive travel plan to improve our quality of life. We are asked to complete a brief survey about transportation use. All modes of transportation are included: car travel, buses, ferries, shuttles, walking, biking and rail service. The more people who respond to the initiative the better our transportation options can be and the more funding may be available. Simply complete the online survey at: brunswickcountyctp.metroquest.com, or request a paper copy of the survey by contacting the Brunswick County Planning Department at (910)253-2025. Thank you for your input!
Wallace Presbyterian Church will host a Covid-19 vaccination clinic 9 am- 1:00 pm Thurs. April 1. It is open to anyone at least 18 years old. It is the Moderna vaccine, so a follow-up clinic is scheduled the same hours, April 29. To make an appointment, call Duplin County Health Dept, (910)296-2130 and leave a message. Someone will return your call and set your appointment.
Vaccination Information – Despite who your primary health care provider is, COVID-19 vaccinations for Brunswick County residents is managed by Novant Health. Residents aged 65 and older and now healthcare workers may schedule their vaccination appointments by going to: Novanthealth.org/vaccine. You will be directed to sign up for a Novant Health MyChart. You do not need to be a patient of Novant Health, but the Novant MyChart is the channel for everyone to get a vaccine appointment.
IMPORTANT COVID SAFETY NOTICE
For safety purposes, everyone please follow these vital requirements:
Use the Memorial Garden door.
Sign in at the register in the Narthex.
Spray disinfectant upon all touch surfaces when your meeting is over.
(Spray bottles are in each room, no need to wipe down)
Liz Jahnes, daughter of Pastor Ann and Bob Jahnes, and Sydney Alexander, granddaughter of Marianne Edwards, have been awarded educational funding from P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization).
PEO is a U.S. based international organization of 6,000 chapters with 230,000 members whose mission is to promote educational opportunities for female students worldwide. It offers scholarships, awards, grants and very low-interest loans as it motivates women to achieve their highest aspirations. A PEO Chapter CB is based in Southport, NC, and six of its members are members of Southport Presbyterian Church. Jahnes, who is enrolled at Duke University School of Nursing in the Accelerated Bachelors of Nursing Program, will receive her BSN in May, 2021. Alexander attends Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI, and will receive her Doctorate in Physical Therapy in September, 2022.