Rev. Joe Cobb has announced his resignation as Pastor of MCC of the Blue Ridge, effective May 31, 2017. As we acknowledge our grief in this transition, we are also committed to creating a healthy transition for the church. In this spirit, the Board of Directors will be posting regular updates on the Pastoral Transition. We encourage all who are connected to the church to be engaged in this process, sharing your questions, concerns, prayers, support and encouragement.

May 11 Update:

During this transitional period, the Board is pleased to announce that Rabbi Kathy Cohen will be preaching on Sunday, May 28, to begin our season of transition, and that our In-Care Student Clergy, Rhonda Thorne, will be our guest preacher for June.  Reverend Jenny Call, Chaplain at Hollins University, will be our guest preacher for July.

May 4 Update:

The Board confirms that Rhonda Thorne, our in-care Student Clergy, will be preaching during the month of June, and Rev. Jenny Call, Chaplain for Hollins University, will be preaching during the month of July.

We continue to be in prayer and conversation with Rev. Pressley Sutherland and the MCC Office of Church Life and Health in identifying a person to serve as our Transitional Pastor.

April 27 Update:

On Sunday, April 23, the Board met and elected Kelly Bryant as the new Vice Moderator, Charlotte Runyon as the new Treasurer, and appointed Rhonda Thorne to fill the open board position.  All of these persons will serve in these positions through the end of this year.
Then, the Board met with Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Associate Director the MCC Office of Church Life and Health, to begin planning for this transitional season.
During this transitional period, the Board will be scheduling guest speakers as part of our Sunday worship celebrations, while also working with Rev. Pressley to identify a Transitional Pastor.  Once we receive additional information on this person(s), the Board will share the profile(s) with the congregation.  The congregation will have an active role in meeting the candidate(s) and confirming the appointment.
The Board also identified liaisons who will work with different ministry areas of the church during the transition, including:  George Lellis (Staff Liaison); Jeff Yates (Building Liaison); Charlotte Runyon, Linny Caldwell (Worship Liaisons); Kelly Bryant, Linny Caldwell (Transition Liaisons).
Beginning this Sunday, we will have a brief Q and A as part of worship, giving updates on the transition process.

April 23 Update:

The Board will be meeting on Sunday, April 23, with Rev. Pressley Sutherland, Associate Director of the MCC Office of Church Life and Health to discuss beginning steps in the process. Following this meeting, the board will share information with the congregation on these next steps.

Jeff Yates, a board member, is working with a committee in the church to plan farewell activities for Rev. Joe. Please stay tuned to updates on these events.

We lift our congregation and Rev. Joe in prayer during this time of holy transition.