Introducing the Rev. Dr. Aaron Janklow

Dear Chapel Family and Friends,

For the past two years, the Chapel Board and I have been engaged in a discerning search process to bring a second ordained pastor to the Chapel staff.

Once having determined that the administrative and oversight responsibility for the Chapel has grown beyond what I (or any solo pastor) should handle the Chapel Board invited me to call together a search committee to define a profile for this needed position and then set out to find him/her. For the task, I invited Board member Tim Sotos to chair the group of Michael Ainslie, Mike Cook, Allyson Mashek and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter. Dudley Moore, Ben Alexander, Board Presidents and Chuck Hardwick as Chair of Human Resources and Personnel were also engaged. We engaged Vanderbloemen Search Associates in Houston TX to come alongside us as resource.

The earliest component of our search did not turn up candidates that we wished to pursue. However, one person of great interest did emerge. We met the Rev. Aaron Jakalow after our announcement to the congregation of our search at the annual meeting of the congregation in January. Aaron came to us by recommendation of one of our Chapel members through a former relationship that was his at First Presbyterian Church in Delray Beach where Aaron previously served as Associate Pastor. While there, Aaron enrolled in a PhD program at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland where he has been pursuing his doctorate for the past five years. While completing his degree, Aaron began considering his post Edinburgh future anticipating a return to the parish ministry. Aaron gained parish experience at the First Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan where as a post Princeton Seminary graduate he served as resident in pastoral ministry sponsored by the Lilly Foundation. Most recently while engaged in his academic studies Aaron has been the Associate to the Parish Pastor at the famous St. Giles Parish in Edinburgh.

The array of Aaron’s exposure and experience in ministry has been both broad and specific. His theological understanding and pastoral gifts are well qualified and resonant with those of my own. Aaron’s references assure that he is a thoughtful and most personable pastor with an array of skill sets that make him suited for this position. Most important he has an enthusiastic desire to serve and willingness to learn. Aaron will succeed here and we will benefit from his pastoral partnership.

I have seen where God’s hand has been guiding the discernment process and I am thrilled now that the invitation has been extended and accepted to anticipate The Rev. Dr. Aaron Janklow joining the staff as Executive Pastor. The entire search committee and Chapel Board joins me in extending this invitation to Aaron when he comes to us in June. Please pray for Aaron and this new chapter in his and the Chapel’s life and ministry.

With much appreciation, anticipation and joy!

Bob Norris