May 15th, 2019 UPDATE

Recognizing the importance of relationships and the role they play in team unity through this process, the PTC (+spouses) gathered for a casual evening of food, fellowship, and prayer on Monday evening. The business portion of the evening included reviewing where we are at with the entire Pastoral Transition process and making sure we are in agreement with upcoming steps to be taken. We are approaching a phase of complexity as we continue to accept applications, narrow down those already accepted, and move forward to the interview process with recommended applicants. Seeking God's wisdom and discernment is our utmost priority. We firmly believe He will continue to guide us - the PTC, staff, elders, and body of DEC - and protect us on this journey to a new Senior Pastor.  

If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your friendly elder or email  

May 8th, 2019 UPDATE

The Search team has completed video conference call screening of the first three potential candidates. The PTC is currently reviewing these recorded interviews and weighing in with their impressions and opinions. The team will meet within the next several days to decide on which candidates will move to the next step in the process. 

Applications are still being accepted.

Please continue to pray for clarity and unity for the PTC and the elders. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your friendly elder or email

April 24th, 2019 UPDATE

The Pastoral Transition Committee's Search subteam has identified three potential candidates from the applications received thus far.  These men will be contacted for a phone call screening this week. We continue to accept applications as we pursue more infornation on these men.

If you know someone who would be a good candidate, please encourage them to prayerfully consider applying.

Please continue to pray for clarity and unity for the  PTC and the elders. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your friendly elder or email

April 17th, 2019 UPDATE

The Senior Pastor job has been posted in multiple venues and applications are coming in. The PTC is running all applications through a screening process and following up accordingly. Please be praying for God's guidance as DEC seeks the man God has called to us.

April 10th, 2019 UPDATE

At their 4/4 meeting, the Board of Elders reviewed and approved the Senior Pastor Role Description and Job Description. Both documents will be posted on and be further disseminated according to the PTC Search sub-team's distribution plan.
The PTC is meeting with Dave Smith on 4/9 to receive further expert guidance with the search process.

March 27th, 2019 UPDATE

PTC met together on March 25th and reviewed the Search Committee Sub-team's front facing Job Posting description and their 4-Phase search plan. Both documents will undergo additional editing and be submitting to the Elder Board by 4/4/19 for final approval and public posting. 

Multiple conversations have occurred with others who have successfully founded, led and transitioned churches in New England. Common recommendations are being noted and considered regarding each phase of seeking and transitioning to a new pastor.

The Search Team's 4 Phases:

Phase 1: Create Summary Job Description & Process for Posting Position 

Phase 2: Distribute & Communicate Senior Pastor Position 

Phase 3: Collate & Screen Applications

Phase 4: Conduct First Round interviews & select candidate for visit

The Senior Pastor Job Posting will be available soon at

Contact with any questions.

March 20th, 2019 UPDATE

The Search  committee sub team (Carla Evans and Kasey Dillon) has submitted a draft of the Senior Pastor Job Posting to the Pastoral Transition Committee for review and comments. Also, the committee is compiling a list of points of distribution for the job posting. 

Please pray for clarity, unity, wisdom, and discernment the  PTC, our pastors, and elders. Any questions? Contact the


The DEC elders will be commissioning the Pastoral Transition Committee on Sunday, March 24 during both services.

Any questions can be addressed to


Kasey Dillon and Carla Evans have been selected to the Search Subteam. They will be "casting the net" to identify and contact the various sources (local churches, seminaries, personal contacts, Christian organizations, etc.) and let it be known that DEC is in search of a lead pastor.

Pamela Hilton and Alana Lepine have been selected to the Communications Subteam. Look for their PTC updates on Facebook,, and DEC Happenings.

The Board of Elders is finalizing the Role Description that will be used for the Pastoral Job posting.

Any questions can be addressed to


Dear DEC Members and Attenders,

We, at DEC, have been graced and honored to have had a team of spiritual leaders through whom God has worked to bring the truth of the gospel, the love of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to Durham, the New Hampshire seacoast, and throughout the world.  And now God is working in the process of leadership change at DEC. We have no doubt that Jesus will continue to build DEC and lead us into new leadership.

As we seek to conform to God’s will, the Elder Board at DEC has prayed about, discussed and taken action towards transitioning our leadership.  To guide and drive this transition, a Pastoral Transition Committee (PTC) will be created as directed by the DEC Constitution (seen as “pulpit committee” in Article X, Section E-1).  The Elder Board has created a Focus Team (FT) to choose and equip the PTC with what is needed to guide the process effectively and with a clear purpose of conforming to God’s will for DEC.  Its members are Governing and Emeritus Elders, currently made up of Pastor Terry, Elder Joe Cheslock, Elder Chris Miller, Emeritus Elder Tom Brink, Emeritus Elder Bill Bryon and Emeritus Elder Mark Valliere.

The Focus Team will be

  1. Seeking God’s will for DEC including counsel and experience-sharing from Christ-centered, Bible-believing sources beyond DEC

    1. The Board, Staff and Leadership Council have been actively engaged in prayer, retreats and meetings specifically devoted to seeking and defining direction for DEC

    2. The Focus Team has already had conversations with staff at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary who have excellent experience and skills in Pastoral Transitioning

  2. Reviewing the present Organizational Structure of DEC and presenting an Organizational Vision of where God wants DEC to have positions to carry out His will for DEC

  3. Creating Ministry and Person descriptions in alignment with God’s will for DEC for the positions to be filled

  4. Selecting the Pastoral Transition Committee (PTC) members to include the Focus Team members that are Elders, DEC Staff and DEC Members

  5. Presenting the PTC with a Charter

  6. Establishing proper communication between the PTC, Elder Board, DEC Staff and DEC congregation

  7. Providing support, encouragement and blessings to the pastors who are transitioning out of their current positions

We are hopeful that the Focus Team will have the PTC in place and equipped by mid-January, and the PTC will have the leadership changes complete in the 2020 timeframe.

Please be in prayer with us as we walk in love and obedience through this transition with Jesus as He leads DEC into the future.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

The Board of Elders