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General Assembly Nominating Committee

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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation is a special purpose corporation with a narrowly defined mission. In order to increase the availability of church loan funds it may be necessary, from time to time, to raise funds through the securitization of loans originated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc. Therefore, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation may purchase and accept the transfer of loans from the Investment & Loan Program and/or Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) middle governing body corporations. Once purchased and transferred, the Mortgage Corporation shall service the loans, while simultaneously selling to a financial institution the right to receive revenues from such purchased loans.

The Board of Directors consists of three (3) members: two (2) members nominated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc., and one (1) at large member nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation is a Pennsylvania corporation whose sole member is the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), A Corporation.

Skills & Expertise Needed: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation seeks people with financial skills, commercial banking or loan brokering experience, credit analysis and risk management, and loan operations.

Time Requirement: The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mortgage Corporation’s Board of Directors meets once each year, typically in conjunction with a meeting of the Investment & Loan Program’s Board of Directors.  Additional meetings can be held by telephone, as required by the business.

All nominees are presented to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board for election and confirmed by the General Assembly.  One (1) At-Large member is nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and two (2) members are nominated by the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Investment and Loan Program, Inc.  Terms are for four years and begin at the conclusion of the annual meeting in March.  Nominees are eligible to be elected for two terms, full or partial.

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Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP)

The National Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) provides the opportunity for the members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and non-members to help establish partnerships with economically poor, oppressed, and disadvantaged people in the United States and around the world, which helps them to develop toward their own potential, self-determination, and human dignity. (People who are not Presbyterian may be nominated, elected, and serve). The National Committee shares this ministry with Mid Council Committees, as the focal point of the Church's efforts to promote the self-development concept and cause. The Committee membership is 16 persons. Each person may be considered to serve up to two four-year terms.

Time requirement: Approximately 20-25 days per year. It is important that persons considering service on the National Committee are aware of the great demand on their time and energy.  Annually, there are a minimum of three National Committee meetings, two task force meetings, standing committee meetings, and several required site-visits to communities.  All are encouraged to submit nomination forms.

Nominated by GANC: 16 At-Large, 1 person proposed by synod rotation and 3 persons proposed by presbyteries rotation - Over a four-year term

Find out more about the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People.

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Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel (PCCMP)

Needed: Presbyterians with passion for ministry to military service members, veterans, prisoners and families to serve on our Council. The PCCMP is committed to ensuring all to whom we minister may practice their faith in peace and be spiritually strong in both times of joyous celebration and while bearing heavy burdens. A cooperative fellowship of four Presbyterian denominations, your Council helps to recruit, equip, enable, sustain, and celebrate the ministry of chaplains and their families in three departments of our federal government. Working with our mid-council leaders, we currently support nearly 150 chaplains serving around the globe. As Matthew 25 ministers, our chaplains are on the frontlines visiting the sick, working with those in prison, and supporting our women, men and their families who experience unique challenges in service to our nation.

Members of the Council provide accountability and oversight as they support PCCMP staff with advice, counsel, and assistance in the provision of ministry. As servants of the church, Council members keep us connected with local congregations and assist in mobilizing support and other resources using their gifts and experience. Six elected members from the PC(USA) will serve on three Council task forces to oversee and implement initiatives in communication, resourcing, and pastoral care.  

Skills and Expertise: Familiarity with chaplain ministry, particularly in the federal setting, is helpful but not required. More important is the ability to support our staff in the areas of communicating, resource development, and connecting with our member denominations. Council members should be comfortable in telling our story and acting as conduits to connect us with our partners throughout the church.

Time Requirement: The Council meets in person for two days once each year. Additionally, the Council has two meetings using electronic means of communicating as well as Task Force meetings (also electronic) as needed up to six times per year. Council members may be requested to voluntarily participate in interviews for prospective chaplains and make occasional visits to partners and congregations telling our story and developing relationships to better serve our members.

Nominated by GANC: Six At-Large – three at each General Assembly for four-year terms. Opportunity for three to be elected in 2020. Find out more about the Presbyterian Council for Chaplains and Military Personnel.

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee (PDA)

The purpose of the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Advisory Committee is to give policy advice, review the work, assist in setting strategic program direction and planning, and recommend an annual budget. This "is a ministry of relief and response to national and international disasters, aid to refugees and displaced persons, refugee resettlement and efforts toward development." This ministry is "carried out through ecumenical partnerships, related church agencies, middle governing bodies, and congregations." Nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly, this committee reports to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board.

Each member is expected to: 1) review and provide advice for the ongoing work of PDA to ensure that PDA is strategically aligned with the priorities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency 2) assist in setting strategic program direction and planning; 3) review and provide advice as to how designated funds should be/have been spent in large scale disasters (over $500,000) 4) be personally involved in program interpretation of the One Great Hour of Sharing; 5) contribute their knowledge and expertise in disaster relief; and 7) support the development and implementation of communication and fund-raising strategies. The committee is comprised of seven (7) At-Large members. Members are eligible to serve one four-year term and are eligible for consideration to one additional term.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Experience in disaster response or international relief ministries are a pre-requisite for membership on the he Advisory Committee. The committee additionally seeks persons with special skills and knowledge in communication/public relations, financial management, and strategic planning.

Time Requirement: Meets twice a year for 2-3 days each meeting. One to two conference calls between meetings.

Nominated by GANC: 7 At-Large - Over four year term.

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Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee (PHP)

The Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory Committee provides wisdom, passion, support, humor and care as the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP) works in the world to alleviate hunger and eliminate its root causes. With the help of inspiring partners in the US and around the world, we have identified “root cause” hunger issues including: climate change, reclaiming land unjustly “grabbed” from the poor, international trade agreements, corporate responsibility, fair wages, worker rights, food sovereignty, environmental justice, and economic/lifestyle choices of consumers. The PHP Advisory Committee reviews, allocates and evaluates the disbursement of One Great Hour of Sharing grant funds—learning alongside PHP staff, grant partners, and ecumenical colleagues about the strongest models for sustainable development, capacity building, and long-term social change.

PHP seeks to strengthen root-case hunger work in congregations, presbyteries and partners through: domestic and international grants, a national network of Hunger Action Advocates, certification programs for Earth Care Congregations and Hunger Action Congregations, education and advocacy resources, webinars, reflection-action trips, and staff leadership (at conferences, presbytery meetings, and congregations). The holistic work of PHP covers five core program areas: Direct Food Relief, Development Assistance, Hunger Education, Corporate and Public Policy Advocacy, and Lifestyle Integrity.

Each member of the Advisory Committee:

  1. Reviews funding applications from possible grant partners in the US and around the world and makes recommendations on which grants best meet current needs in the world and PHP goals;
  2. Makes every effort to attend in-person 2-3 day meetings twice a year (usually March/April and September);
  3. Attends two or three conference calls to keep in touch with key happenings in church and society and how it impacts PHP work;
  4. Shares the incredible work of our grant partners with Presbyterians, promoting contributions to One Great Hour of Sharing and the Hunger Fund; and
  5. Encourages Hunger Action Advocates, Earth Care Congregations, Hunger Action Congregations, PHP donors, PHP work assigned to staff, and any others who are engaged in PHP's work.

The PHP Advisory Committee is responsible to the Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministry Area within Presbyterian Mission Agency and carries out the following tasks: 1) recommending PHP operating guidelines; 2) making and reporting funding (grant) decisions within the approved guidelines; and 3) suggesting the development of programs and strategies for implementing the "Common Affirmation on Global Hunger," and other General Assembly policies related to hunger, poverty, and the environment. The Advisory Committee is composed of 8 members (up to/no more than 9), typically Presbyterian.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Members are selected because they are passionate, experienced, knowledgeable, and interested in domestic and international development issues, hunger and poverty ministry, environmental ministry, or other related “root causes of hunger.” They are also recruited for their regional distribution, their racial ethnic identity, their gender identity, and their status as lay or clergy persons.

Time Requirement: PHP meets face-to-face two times annually (March/April and September) and typically holds two or three conference calls each year. Reading grants in the mid to late summer is shared among committee members and requires a minimum investment of several hours per person.

Nominated by GANC: 8 (at most 9) At-Large members, each for a four-year term, with the possibility of a second term for a total of eight years of service.

Find out more about the Presbyterian Hunger Program Advisory  Committee.

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Presbyterian Mission Agency Board

The Presbyterian Mission Agency Board’s work is to

  • advise the General Assembly regarding mission priorities, programs and strategies;
  • lead the Presbyterian Mission Agency in implementing the directives of the General Assembly; and then
  • report back to the General Assembly with results and additional advice. 

It is the Board’s responsibility to make the vision for mission become reality, helping to manage the practical problems those visions and dreams might face.

Program Committees:

Program Committees are standing committees that address the programmatic and fiduciary responsibilities of the Board.  They focus on the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency to inspire, equip and connect. 

     1.         Mid-Councils Committee

The Mid Councils Committee focuses on the impact and strategic alignment of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that inspires, equips and connects mid councils for the health of the Presbyterian connectional system.

Competencies:

  • Preferred experience in the work of mid councils through service on a committee or commission in a presbytery or synod or both
  • A willingness to promote and advocate for the work of mid councils
  • Serving as an ambassador to a synod or presbyteries to foster healthier relationships between PMA and mid councils
  • Skills in coaching, consulting, and futuristic thinking and planning,  and consultations are helpful, but are not prerequisite
  • An understanding of demographic shifts
  • Builders of partnership and working collaboratively

     2.         Committee to Nurture the Body

The Committee to Nurture the Body will focus on the impact and strategic alignment of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that inspires, equips and connects congregations and other worshiping communities as centers of discipleship.

Competencies:

Communications – experience in reaching mid-councils and worshippers in the pews and pulpits to increase connections for inclusion

  • Promote full use of communications tools and technologies
  • Effectively communicate the vision actions of the committee
  • Partnerships – skills in assessing relationships and partnering
  • Collaborative efforts with agencies, institutions and other organization

Ministries– experience in interacting with young people’s and college student ministries, e.g., PYT, University Ministries, Presbyterian Youth Workers Association

  • Experience and creativity in church development and transformation
  • Intercultural ministry, including anti-racism, diversity and inclusion within churches, presbyteries, and synods
  • Experience in interaction with seminarians
  • Experience is broad range of ministry settings (big and small churches, rural and urban churches; new worshipping communities, and the like)

Oversight – the ability to evaluate the progress or lack thereof based on reports from and respectful inquiry of programs, ministries, collaborations, and partnerships

  • Effective oversight and governance of the mission work assigned to the Committee to Nurture the Body as important and essential to the mission work of the PMA
  • Experience in program evaluation to aid in determining whether a program is going well or struggling to accomplish its mission and assignments

     3.         Committee for Outreach to the World

The Committee for Outreach to the World will focus on the impact and strategic alignment of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that inspires, equips and connects to witness to God’s love and justice in the world.

 Competencies:

  • Curiosity about the work and ministry of Compassion Peace and Justice and World Mission
  • Interest in interpreting the work and ministry of CPJ and World Mission to local Presbytery and region (ambassador role of PMAB members)
  • Willingness to think critically
  • Faithfulness

Administrative Committees

Administrative Committees are standing committees that address the fiduciary and responsibilities of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. They are responsible for the stewardship of assets designated and/or dedicated for the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

     1.         Research Allocation and Stewardship Committee

The Committee for Resource Allocation and Stewardship focuses on the impact and strategic alignment of the work of the Presbyterian Mission Agency that inspires, equips and connects generous support and partnership through gifts, responsible stewardship and transparent reporting.

Competencies:

  • Strategic guidance and prioritization of resource allocation
  • Review and promote the full use of communication tools and technologies for Mission Interpretation
  • Evaluate PMA Financial Health and Ensure its Financial Sustainability
  • Monitor, review, and approve the Presbyterian Mission Agency Budget
  • Monitor, Review and Approve Capital Plan
  • Review and Monitor Giving Trends (Congregations, Individual and Special Gifts) and giving vehicles and initiatives (ie: online giving, Pillars of the Church, Special Projects, Giving Catalog, Giving Tuesday)
  • Review the work of the Special Offerings Office toward the General Assembly mandated goal of $25Million by 2025
  • Review approaches to resource gathering including the work of Mission Engagement and Relationship Building with Mid-Councils and congregations
  • Review the work of the four Special Offerings including appointing and review of the Special Offerings Review Task Force
  • Gift Administration and policy

     2.         Personnel and Nominating Committee

The Personnel and Nominating Committee reviews provides advice and recommends for action to the Board on employment-related policies, procedures and initiatives that affect the staff, and is responsible for the nominations of Board members.

Competencies:

  • Experience working with a wide range of people holding a variety of positions in an organization.
  • Human resources

It is helpful to enjoy tasks such as connecting individuals with opportunities for service on committees/task forces based on data (demographic/skills/expertise/experience) provided for consideration.  As with the PMA board, in general, it is a priority of the Personnel & Nominating committee to ensure those nominated for service represent the breadth of the church as much as possible.

     3.         Property/Legal Committee

The Property/Legal Committee focuses on the proper management of the legal and property matters of the agency and ensures appropriate consideration on matters of risk by the agency and its employees.

Competencies:

  • Litigation experience
  • General legal experience especially as it relates to property matters
  • Negotiation training and experience
  • Insurance
  • Training and expertise in ethics and ethics policies

In addition, board members are expected to be faithful and accountable as outlined in the Presbyterian Mission Agency Manual of Operations.

Diversity:
In response to the church’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity, the Presbyterian Mission Agency especially seeks persons of color, persons with disabilities, and younger teaching and ruling elders.

For a further description of the agency, annual report, mission work plan and funding, information: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/who-we-are/agency-board/

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Presbyterian Publishing Corporation Board of Directors (PUB)

The Board of Directors governs a publishing corporation that is the denominational publisher of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Presbyterian Publishing Corporation (PPC) produces both educational and worship resources for Presbyterian congregations and members, and theological and religious books and other materials for a wide ecumenical audience. Its imprints and product lines currently include Geneva Press (publisher of the official denominational curriculum), Westminster John Knox Press (a respected publisher of biblical studies, preaching, and social justice books), Flyaway Books (a new children’s book imprint), TheThoughtfulChristian.com (an online educational resource center), and PCUSAStore.com (the retail site for books and resources from the denomination).

The Board is composed of nine (9) to twelve (12) persons. The remaining directors will be nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly. Up to two four-year terms.

Skills & Expertise Needed: Expertise in publishing, business, finance, Christian education, pastoral ministry, and law.

Time Requirement: Four two-day face-to-face meetings per year (total of eight days), plus 1-2 conference calls per year.

Nominated by GANC: up to 12 At-Large - Over four year term.

Find out more about the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation Board of Directors.

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Presbyteries' Cooperative Committee on Examination for Candidates (PCC)

This Committee prepares and administers the written examinations that comprise one of the requirements for ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA). [See G-2.0607d] The Committee has twenty-four (24) members. Twelve (12) members of the Committee are elected (on a rotating basis) from among readers in six regional groupings of presbyteries. The other twelve (12) members are elected by the General Assembly, with consideration being given to areas of needed expertise, to gender and racial/ethnic representation, to an approximate balance of ruling and teaching elders, and to various sub-cultures within the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) with regard to the overall composition of the PCC. There is particular need for persons who have post-graduate expertise in one of the four areas tested by the four senior ordination examinations: Biblical Exegesis (including use of biblical texts in their original languages), Theological Competence (with special emphasis on Reformed theology), Church Polity, and Worship and Sacraments. The focus of the four senior ordination examinations is to determine one’s entry-level readiness for ministry in the Presbyterian Church (USA). The exams present pastoral challenges whereby candidates may demonstrate how they integrate their faith and theological education in practical ministry.

Skills & Expertise Needed:

The members of the Committee are expected to have training/expertise and/or significant practical experience in at least one of the four areas of examination. Members must have the ability to write resource papers to be used for preparation by the reading groups and give online presentations on the examinations as a part of training for readers. The ability to read and assess someone else’s work without imposing one’s own point of view is critical. The work of the PCC requires inclusion of members who are bilingual in Korean/English or Spanish/English.

Time Requirement:

Annual Meeting of six days in March; participation in review of reader comments during three exam evaluation periods each year (first week of February, May, and October, working from home using online technologies); preparation of resource papers, questions and presentations for training of readers (seven to ten days total on flexible scheduling)

Nominated by GANC: 12 at-large members in two staggered classes of six members each, serving four-year terms.

Find out more about the Presbyteries’ Cooperative Committee on Examination for Candidates.

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Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC)

The General Assembly Racial Equity Advocacy Committee (REAC) advocates and monitors social justice issues for people of color in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and society.  REAC seeks justice with equity for people of color in the formation of policy within the church.

REAC has direct access to the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board by means of reports, resolutions, and advice and counsel. REAC also works closely with the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns (ACWC), the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP), the General Assembly Committee on Representation (GACOR), and the Mission Responsibility Through Engagement committee (MRTI). REAC strives to articulate and promote a strong prophetic voice for justice for the church in particular regarding people of color.

REAC's Primary Functions:

  1. The committee is an advocate within the denomination maintaining an active witness for social justice in the church. REAC may address issues, dynamics, and practices in the church and in society that significantly impact the quality of life, rights, and dignity of people of color in such areas as civil rights, housing, employment, healthcare, public education, affirmative action, environmental racism, economic justice, criminal justice and immigration policy.
  2. REAC strives to identify and challenge practices that adversely affect the quality of life and restrict full participation of people of color in the life of the church.
  3. The committee recommends to the General Assembly new policy and timely revisions to existing policies and monitors the implementation of policies already adopted by the church.

Committee Composition:

The committee is composed of twelve (12) members eligible to serve one or two four (4) year terms.

REAC membership includes two members from each constituency represented by PC(USA) people of color caucuses members of the five General Assembly recognized people of color caucuses/council/consulting committee (African American, Asian American, Hispanic/Latino/a American, Middle Eastern American, and Native American) shall select one member to serve on REAC who shall be nominated through the General Assembly Nominating Committee. The remaining members of each constituency as well as the members at large are nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee and elected by the General Assembly to serve a four-year term with eligibility for one additional term.

Skills & Expertise Needed:

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice as an expression of Christian discipleship and faith; 
  • Understanding of the systemic and structural nature of racism and exclusion based on racial/ethnic/social status of individuals; 
  • Intersectional understanding of how systemic oppressions (such as sexism, heterosexism/homophobia, classism, ageism, etc.) operate simultaneously and in linked ways;
  • Knowledge and expertise in a wide range of social justice issues; 
  • Willingness to work collectively to articulate a theological understanding of systemic racial justice and to recommend strategies for to how disrupt and dismantle systemic racism both in the church and society; 
  • Familiarity with or a willingness to become familiar with the church's policy witness; 
  • Writing or communication ability; 
  • Regular access to and commitment to regularly check email. Experienced in electronic communication.

Time Requirement: The committee ordinarily meets three or four times annually in addition to electronic meetings as needed. The total time commitment may range from 15 to 25 days per year.

Find out more about the Advocacy Committee for Racial Ethnic Concerns.

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Review Committee on General Assembly Agencies

Note:
Once the cycle of individual agency reviews are completed, the GA Nominating Committee nominates a Review Committee to review the whole of the Presbyterian Church.  The 219th General Assembly (2010) directed that a review of the whole of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and its six agencies, focusing broadly on the effectiveness of the six agencies and other governing bodies in working collaboratively to implement the General Assembly’s mission directives, be integrated into the cycle of individual agency reviews. The General Assembly directed that such a review committee be appointed by the 222nd General Assembly (2016) to report to the 223rd General Assembly (2018).  Thus, the GA Nominating Committee will nominate a Review Committee to Review the Service of the Whole of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and Its Six Agencies.

Composition: The committee is composed of fourteen (14) members: four (4) commissioners from the previous six assemblies, six (6) who have previously served on the board of a General Assembly agency (i.e., Board of Pensions, Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation) and four (4) at-large. The at large members may include ecumenical partners.

The regular cycle of agency reviews will resume in 2018:  At each biennial assembly meeting, the General Assembly Nominating Committee nominates to the General Assembly for election two committees. Each committee reviews the work of one of the agencies of the General Assembly Board of Pensions, Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, Presbyterian Investment and Loan, Inc. and Presbyterian Publishing Corporation based on a six-year schedule. In 2012-2013 the Review Committees will review the work of the Board of Pensions and the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation. The Review Committee’s responsibility is to provide an objective report to the General Assembly as to the agencies’ compliance to the standards of review and the quality and acceptability of the agencies’ self-study. The committee may provide advice on areas of program improvement. The committee’s role will be to examine the agencies’ church relations, its policies and practice and its program effectiveness. The committee will review the agencies’ self study report and other documents. It will visit the agency and talk personally with leadership staff and the governing board or committee. The governing board of the agency is responsible for the internal management of the agency and its operational details. Each Review Committee reports to the General Assembly through the General Assembly committee to which the agency annually reports.

Composition: The committee is composed of twelve (12) members: four (4) commissioners from the previous six assemblies, four (4) who have previously served on the board of a General Assembly agency that is not under review. (i.e., Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, Presbyterian Investment & Loan Program, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation) other than one being reviewed and four (4) at-large. The at large members may include ecumenical partners.

Skills & Expertise Desired: 1) The ability to offer objective perspective on the work of the Board of Pensions and Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation; 2) experience in the area of work of that agency or service as an agency board member or commissioner to General Assembly. The Review Committees reporting to the 225th General Assembly will review the work of the Board of Pensions, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation, and the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program.

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