A congregational communication from the senior pastor introducing the Rev Dr. Aaron Janklow as executive pastor.
April 26, 2017
Dear Chapel Family and Friends,
As most know, for the past two years, the Chapel Board and I have been engaged in a discerning search process to bring another senior administrative individual, be he/she a lay professional, a post seminary trained resident or an 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) alone should handle the Chapel Board invited me to bring 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, Bonnie McElveen-Hunter and Margery O’Neil. 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 Janklow 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 too served earlier at First Presbyterian 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 trust God has been at work throughout the discernment process and I am thrilled to anticipate The Rev. Dr. Aaron Janklow joining the staff as the Chapel’s first ever Executive Pastor. The entire search committee and board joins me in extending this invitation to Aaron and while there are events in Scotland and Aaron’s life that he looks forward to, and good-byes for him to say at St. Giles and details for his move to Palm Beach to be worked out, it is anticipated that Aaron will join us in June.
The Rev. Dr. Aaron Janklow will preach and be introduced to the congregation on Sunday, May 7. You will enjoy his video self-introduction.
Please join me in praying for Aaron and this new chapter in the Chapel’s life and leadership by his coming, and for our sacred and joyful partnership in ministry.
With much appreciation, anticipation and joy!