Succession Update

The Succession Plan for Pastors Lester and Erma is moving along at a steady pace, as planned. We value your continued prayer as we work on a smooth leadership transition from Pastor Lester to Pastor Brian Coles as Petra’s next Senior Pastor.

The steps so far

2010    Pastor Lester shared with the Elders his 10-year plan to step down as the Senior Pastor at Petra.

2013    The Elders engaged Britton Consulting Group to help guide the succession process.

2014    Shared the Succession Plan with the Pastoral Team

2015-   Worked on refining our vision, values, team assessments, and a job description for a future Senior Pastor

2019    Announced the Succession Plan to the congregation and began the search and interview process with a search team. Mid-year we recommended Pastor Brian Coles as Pastor Lester’s successor as Senior Pastor. The congregation affirmed this, and Pastor Brian moved into an Associate Pastor role in preparation and training for his eventual Senior Pastor role.

2020    Pastor Brian is continuing his training under Pastor Lester as Associate Pastor and is being given increased responsibilities for his future Senior Pastor role. We are in a search mode for his replacement in youth ministry. Things are on schedule and moving along well.


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