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Stated Clerk Nomination Committee



Carol McDonald, teaching elder, is moderator of the SCNC. She is synod executive emerita, Synod of Lincoln Trails, and a member of the Presbytery of Wabash Valley. McDonald lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she worships at Northminster Presbyterian Church. She is serving her second term on the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly. McDonald was a commissioner to the 192nd, 208th, and 210th General Assemblies (1980, UPCUSA), (1996), (1998), and has served as an assembly assistant for five assemblies. From 2010–2014 she chaired the Special Committee to Review Biennial General Assemblies. “I hope that the committee’s nominee will be a person of vision, passion, and deep faith.”

Milinda Benallie is a ruling elder from Window Rock, Ariz.  She is clerk of session at Kayenta Presbyterian Church  in Kayenta, Arizona. She is active in Grand Canyon Presbytery, and was a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly (2012) (Pittsburgh).

The Reverend Dr. Arthur W. Canada Sr.; born in Philadelphia, Pa.; lives in Charlotte, N.C., and pastors the McClintock and Catawba Presbyterian congregations; Arthur has  served at all levels of the denomination. Most recently he has served the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy, and nominating committees for the Presbytery of Charlotte/the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic.

José Manuel Capella-Pratts has been a teaching elder since 1996. He has served in numerous committees and task forces at presbytery, synod, and general assembly levels. Pratts has also served as stated clerk of the Presbytery of San Juan and as guest instructor of Presbyterian polity and theology at the Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico. He is currently the pastor of the First Spanish Presbyterian Church in Miami, Florida, and a D.Min student at Asbury Theological Seminary, Orlando Campus. “I hope that the SCNC, following the lead of the Spirit, may find the person God has already chosen.”

Jerrod Lowry is a teaching elder serving the Community of Grace Presbyterian Church in Sandy, Utah. He is a proud graduate of Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary and has served on the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and the GA Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations. Lowry has been a member of Montreat Summer Youth Conference Planning Teams, and serves as a planning team member for the Synod of Rocky Mountains Western National Leadership Training Conference and the Church Wide Conference on Race, Ethnicity, Racism, and Ethnocentrism. “I am not only hopeful but truly excited about this process. I am convinced that the prayerful discernment of this committee, an individual, and the commissioners to the 222nd General Assembly will remind us that God not only provided past guidance, but is very much active making known ‘the hope to which [we have been called]’ (Eph. 1:18). Ase!”

Scott Prouty, a teaching elder, lives in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, with his wife, Rev. Pamela, and three children, Elizabeth (age 16), Julia (age 14), and Matthew (age 12). Scott has served the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls, Minnesota, since 2002. He currently serves on the committee on ministry and the nominating committee for Minnesota Valleys Presbytery. Scott is a past moderator of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies and currently serves on the search committee for the synod financial manager. Scott has served as commissioner to General Assembly both in 2010 and 2012, and served on the Review Committee of the Board of Pensions in 2013–14. “I hope that the Stated Clerk Nominating Committee finds a candidate that has a strong faith in Jesus Christ, a thorough understanding of the Reformed tradition and Presbyterian polity, an endearing personality that can make people from all different backgrounds feel welcome, a good sense of humor, an ability to think outside the box, and an inner strength to withstand any storm on the horizon.”

Virginia Rainey is a ruling elder in the State College (Pennsylvania) Presbyterian Church. She is stated clerk of the Presbytery of Huntingdon and a member of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly and of the Board of the Presbyterian Historical Society. She has a passion for helping councils preserve and access their records. “My hope is for a clerk who follows in the tradition of past clerks of being firmly and theologically grounded in the Reformed tradition and who can help our denomination find its vision for the 21st century.”

Claire Rhodes lives in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is a commissioned ruling elder (CRE) serving with her husband, Kenneth, at West End Church, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, for twelve years. She is a member of the Kirk in the Pines, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Claire is currently a member of the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Arkansas and has previously served on various committees at churches in New Jersey and Arkansas. She served as moderator of the Presbytery of Arkansas in 2009 and has also served as a commissioner to the 220th General Assembly (2012). “It is very exciting to see God at work and feel God’s Presence among the committee members as we discern God’s will. I am encouraged and confident that God is directing us through this process of selecting our next Stated Clerk of the PC(USA). My prayer is ‘Not our will, but God’s be done.’”

Linda Therien is a ruling elder and stated clerk of the Presbytery of San Diego. She was born and raised in San Diego and has lived there all her life. Therien graduated from San Diego State University and after college enjoyed a thirty-year career in local government. Linda is a member of Palisades Presbyterian Church and at the presbytery level served virtually every committee. She was presbytery moderator in 2001, and served on the Permanent Judicial Commission of the Presbytery and Synod of Southern California & Hawaii, and served a partial term on the Advisory Committee on the Constitution of the General Assembly. “I hope for continued strong leadership in the Office of the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly.”

Kathy McMullen Lueckert (staff to SCNC) is a ruling elder and director of finance/administration at Village Presbyterian Church, Prairie Village Kansas. She is active in Heartland Presbytery and was stated clerk in the Presbytery of Seattle. Kathy served on the Committee to Review Biennial Assemblies, and is a tracker at General Assembly. She is a 12th generation Presbyterian. “I hope that the SCNC’s search process is open, fair, inclusive, and full of excitement about the future of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).”

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