Commission on Ministry
Class  Name  Status/Church  Phone  Email 
RE Myrna Rummer , Moderator
Ankeny  641-202-6460  Contact Email  
2021  TE Maricarmen Campos Castro  At-Large  832312-0824  Contact Email  
2021  RE Sharon Falck  Grinnell, First  641-660-7615  Contact Email  
2021  TE Randal Lubbers  Winterset, First United  507-317-9814  Contact Email  
2021  RE Joanne Page  Des Moines, Union Park  515-243-5740 H  Contact Email  
2021  TE Kristin Pike  Hartford, Community United  515-230-6511  Contact Email  
2021  TE Sarai Schnucker Rice  HR  515-231-3958  Contact Email  
2022  TE Bill Ekhardt  Des Moines, Westminster  515-274-1534 O  Contact Email  
2022  TE David Kincaide  Dexter, First & Greenfield, First  515-250-4335  Contact Email  
2022  TE Rachelle McCalla  Atlantic, First United  712-250-1409  Contact Email  
2022  RE Warren Pitcher  West Des Moines, Covenant  515-225-3802 H  Contact Email  
2022   Vacant      
2023  TE Meghan Davis-Brass  Newton, First  641-792-2790
Contact Email  
2023  TE Jessica Paulsen  Corning, First  712899-6356  Contact Email  
2023  TE Judy Winkelpleck  At-Large  515314-3164  Contact Email  
2023  Vacant      
2023  Vacant      
2023  Vacant      


Commission on Ministry Responsibilities

13.2.1. The Commission on Ministry consists of 18 teaching elders (ministers) and ruling elders in numbers as nearly equal as possible. The Committee on Nominating will nominate the members of the COM for election by Presbytery and nominate the moderator and vice-moderator of the commission.

13.2.2. The Pastor to the Presbyteries shall serve as a resource for the commission without vote.

13.2.3. The quorum of the commission shall be one-third of its voting members with at least one teaching elder (minister) and one ruling elder.

13.2.4. The commission shall elect a secretary.

13.2.5. The commission shall have an executive committee made up of the Commission moderator, vice-moderator, secretary of the Commission, and the Pastor to the Presbyteries. Duties for this executive committee shall be: to schedule boundaries/ethics training every year and to keep a record of those who have attended such events. to review the terms of call, terms of interim contracts, and terms for commissioned ruling elders annually. to propose to the Commission for recommendation to the Presbytery the minimum terms of call for the next year. to consider confidentially requests for financial assistance for pastors in need.

13.2.6. The Commission’s Responsibilities:

13.2.7. The commission is authorized to act on behalf of Presbytery: to confirm calls issued by churches. to approve and present calls for services of ministers. to approve the examination of and approve membership of Ministers of Word and Sacrament and Commission Ruling Elders transferring from other presbyteries. to dissolve pastoral relationships in cases where the congregation and pastor concur. to grant permission to labor within or outside the bounds of the presbytery; and to dismiss ministers to other presbyteries, with the provision that all such actions will be reported to the next stated meeting of the presbytery.

13.2.8. Commissioned Ruling Elders: The commission shall recommend to Presbytery for approval all actions with regard to commissioning ruling elders.

13.2.9. Members of Presbytery: The commission shall present to the February Stated Meeting of Presbytery an annual review of the terms of call for Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and shall recommend by the May meeting minimum terms of call for the next calendar year.

13.2.10. Administration of the Lord’s Supper: The commission shall report to Presbytery specific elders to administer or preside at the Lord’s Supper for a period of time not to exceed one year.

13.2.11. Membership Categories: The commission shall recommend to Presbytery membership status.

13.2.12. Strategy for Churches: The commission shall consult with churches about strategy relating to matters of pastoral staff, property, resources, and programs and shall recommend or report to Presbytery appropriate changes.

13.2.13. Pension Representative: The Pastor to the Presbyteries shall serve as the Board of Pensions’ Representative, to resource the commission and the presbytery and to coordinate retirement and memorial recognitions of ministers.

13.2.14. Continuing Education and Pastoral Care: The commission shall review regularly the continuing education and personal well-being of Ministers of the Word and Sacrament and Commission Ruling Elders.

13.2.15. The commission shall provide for boundaries/ethics training opportunities every year.

13.2.16. Through its liaisons conduct biennial visits.

13.2.17. Through its liaisons, work with Pastor Nominating Committees to conduct searches for pastoral leadership.