Commission on Ministry
Class Name Status/Church Phone Email
2023M TE Sara Sutter (2) Goldfield United 712-261-0681 Contact Email
2023VM TE Austin Hill (1) Fort Dodge First 925-788-2245 Contact Email
2024 RE William Kay (2) Waterloo Westminster 319-231-2302 Contact Email
2024 TE Brice Hoyt (2) Traer United 515-250-1667 Contact Email
2024 RE Michael Marth (2) Rudd Eden 641-512-6346 Contact Email
2022 RE Anne Stark (1) Nevada Central 515-520-9041 Contact Email
2022 TE Christine Kaplunas (1) Waterloo Unity 319-883-1934 Contact Email
2022 TE Johnny Janssen (1) Cedar Falls Cedar Heights 803-397-7568 Contact Email
2022 TE Dave Kivett (2) Cedar Falls Cedar Heights 319-883-1019 Contact Email
2022 TE Jim DuBois (2) Ames Northminster 515-509-4331 Contact Email
2022 RE Kent Madison (1) Lakota First & Burt 515-320-2032 Contact Email
2023 TE Kim Nofel (1) Greater Greene Co. Ministries   Contact Email
2023 RE Retha Starek (2) Ackley First 641-425-9892 Contact Email
2023 RE Doug Timmons (1)     Contact Email
2024 TE John Pea (1) Boone First 712-790-4104 Contact Email
2024 RE Diane Martin (1) Ackley First 641-430-5127 Contact Email
  TE Ian McMullen Ex Officio 515-450-7534 Contact Email
2024 Vacant      

13.2.1. The Commission on Ministry consists of 18 teaching elders 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 and one ruling elder

13.2.4.

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:

13.2.5.1. Schedule boundaries/ethics training at least every two years and to keep a record of those who have attended such events.

13.2.5.2. Review the terms of call, terms of interim contracts, and terms for commissioned ruling elders annually.

13.2.5.3. Propose to the Commission for recommendation to the Presbytery the minimum terms of call for the next year.

13.2.5.4. 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 find in order calls issued by churches:

13.2.7.1. to approve and present calls for services of ministers;

13.2.7.2. to approve the examination of and approve membership of ministers of the Word and Sacrament and lay pastors transferring from other Presbyteries;

13.2.7.3. to dissolve pastoral relationships in cases where the congregation and pastor concur;

13.2.7.4. 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 Presbytery.

13.2.8. Commissioned Lay Pastors: The Commission shall recommend to Presbytery for approval of all actions with regard to commissioning lay pastors.

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 program and shall recommend or report to Presbytery appropriate changes.

13.2.13. Pension Representative: The Stated Clerk of the Presbyter shall serve as the Board of Pension’s 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, lay pastors.

13.2.15. The Commission shall provide for ethics/boundaries training opportunities at least every other 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.