New Senior Pastor

Northminster Call Rev. Gregory S. Kennedy as Pastor/Head of Staff

With gratitude to God, the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) was pleased and excited to present Rev. Greg Kennedy to Northminster as our finalist candidate for Pastor/Head of Staff during a “candidate weekend” July 13-16.  Rev. Kennedy preached at Northminster’s single worship service on Sunday, July 16. At our congregational meeting following the worship service, Northminster members voted with a very positive affirmation (99.5% voting “yes”) to call Rev. Kennedy as our next Pastor/Head of Staff.

Greg is a graduate of Texas Christian University and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and has been ordained in the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) since 1992. In addition to experience as a Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Solo Pastor in PCUSA churches, Greg and Connie started a new Presbyterian church in Daphne, Alabama in 2001. Greg served as Pastor for 12 years for this new church (Covenant Presbyterian Church) as it grew to a weekly attendance of 150.

Greg’s experience over the past four years serving as a “pastor to other pastors” at SonScape Retreats in Colorado has further enhanced his skills in staff coaching and leadership, team building, and pastoral care. Greg brings skills and experience that are a wonderful for match for Northminster, and he feels a strong call from God to join us a Pastor/Head of Staff. He has a deep love for Jesus, is passionate about helping others and sharing God’s love, and is a strong preacher, teacher, and leader.

Greg and his wife Connie met as students at Texas Christian University. They have been married for 31 years and have two children, Michael and Laura. Greg and Connie are busily preparing their house in Colorado for sale, and will be wrapping up their current ministry with SonScape Retreats in the next few weeks.  Greg, Connie, and their daughter Laura are very excited about moving to Cincinnati soon.  We anticipate that Pastor Greg’s first official day at Northminster will be in early to mid-September.

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) would like to thank all of you who prayed for us over the past ten months, and trusted that God was leading us as we worked through the many steps to call Rev. Greg Kennedy as our new Pastor/Head of Staff.  We sensed the leading of the Holy Spirit throughout the search process, and are delighted that Greg also felt God’s call to pastoral ministry at Northminster. Thanks be to God!

In Christ, Doug Smucker (PNC Chair), Laurie Barrett, Claire Dingle, Mark Kremzar, Patty Payne, Teri Spindler, and Dan Winters