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Stated Clerk Nomination Committee

Stated Clerk Nomination Committee

The Stated Clerk Nomination Committee (SCNC) is elected by the General Assembly that meets prior to the end of the Stated Clerk’s term of office. The current SCNC was elected by the 223rd General Assembly (2016) and is responsible to:

  • Receive applications for the position of Stated Clerk of the General Assembly up to 180 days before the opening of the 224th General Assembly (2020), which is June 20–27, 2020, in Baltimore, MD;
  • Review the applicants and their qualifications;
  • Declare its nominee no later than 60 days before the opening of the 224th General Assembly (2020).

The Stated Clerk Nominating Committee is proud to begin the prayerful and Spirit led process of listening and discernment as we search for the person God is preparing to serve as the Stated Clerk for the next four years. Per the Standing Rules of the General Assembly, the Stated Clerk is elected every four years to a four year term. The application is available to all Ruling Elders and Ministers of the Word and Sacrament by emailing our Committee Administrator the Rev. Jennifer Burns Lewis at  We are searching for a dynamic leader who will do the hard work of leading the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) into God’s future with energy, intelligence, imagination, and love.

Our committee, which consists of Wilson Kennedy (Moderator and member of COGA), Leon Lovell-Martin (member of COGA), Marcia Mount Shoop (Presbytery of Western North Carolina), Aimee Moiso (Presbytery of Middle Tennessee), Amos Mendez-Gutierrez (Presbiterio de Noroeste), Moon Kyung Kim (Eastern Korean Presbytery), Harold Ellis (Presbytery of Detroit), Kevin Porter (Stated Clerk of Presbytery of Philadelphia), and Mark Brainerd (PMAB representative).

We will accept application until 180 days prior to the opening of the 224th General Assembly which is midnight on December 23, 2019. Interviews will begin in January 2020 and we will announce our nominee by April 21, 2020.



October 1, 2019 Stated Clerk Application Period Opens
December 23, 2019 Stated Clerk Application Period Closes
Completed Applications (electronically) due by Midnight EST
April 21, 2020 SCNC Presents Nominee for Stated Clerk
May 6, 2020 Deadline for challenges to SCNC Nominee
June 20-27, 2020 224th General Assembly (2020)
Baltimore, MD

What does the Stated Clerk of the General Assembly do?

(Organization for Mission, Chapter IV.B.)

  • Offer constitutional and spiritual leadership for the life and witness of the church and exercise pastoral authority over concerns in times of crisis
  • Is the PC (USA)'s chief ecumenical officer and its primary representative in national and international interchurch and interfaith organizations and speaks to and for the church in matters of faith and practice in accord with the beliefs, policies and actions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
  • Preserves and defends the Constitution of the PC(USA) and supports the decisions, actions, and programs of the General Assembly
  • Is responsible for General Assembly meetings (Standing Rule H.2)
  • Is the permanent ecumenical representative of the General Assembly
  • Is the chief executive officer of the Office of the General Assembly and directs fifty staff in two locations
  • Submits a proposed per capita budget to the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (COGA) for its action and recommendation to the General Assembly
  • Maintains the archives and records management of the PC(USA)
  • Promotes the harmony and efficiency of the General Assembly and its agencies, with special attention to relationships with mid councils and other General Assembly entities
  • Is the primary spokesperson for General Assembly actions

Standing Rule H.2.b.(3)(a): The slate of nominees for the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee shall consist of the following: three members of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly (nominated by the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, one of whom shall serve as moderator of the committee), one member of the General Assembly Mission Council (nominated by the General Assembly Mission Council), and five at-large members nominated by the General Assembly Nominating Committee in the following categories: one council stated clerk and four persons (two ruling elders and two clergy) from among commissioners who have attended an assembly in the past six years. The General Assembly Nominating Committee shall present to the assembly for election the slate of nominees for the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee. The slate presented shall reflect the denomination’s commitment to inclusiveness.