FPC’s Next Pastor / Head of Staff Called!

The Rev. Amy Starr Redwine

The Rev. Amy Starr Redwine

See also: Welcoming Amy

We are thrilled to announce that First Presbyterian Church has called the Reverend Amy Starr Redwine as its next Pastor and Head of Staff. Amy’s start date is to be February 6, 2019.

Amy grew up in Roanoke, Virginia and currently serves as pastor and head of staff at the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio.

The FPC Pastor Nominating Committee was charged with the task of searching for and nominating our next pastor and has worked diligently since September, 2016. We are profoundly grateful for the faithfulness and service of the nine members of the Pastor Nominating Committee: Bill Garrison (Moderator), Jane Peters (Clerk), Nelson Edmunds, Margaret Holland, Jay Johnston, Steve Mintz, Kate Reynolds, Kathy Watson, and Les Yonce.

PNC (from left to right): Kathy Watson, Bill Garrison, Jane Peters, Les Yonce, Steve Mintz, Jay Johnston, Margaret Nimmo Holland, Kate Reynolds, Nelson Edmunds.

Statement of the Pastor Nominating Committee

The Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is pleased to place in nomination the Reverend Amy Starr Redwine, to be called during the Congregational meeting this morning, as Pastor/Head of Staff. The effective start date is to be February 6, 2019.

The PNC reached out to the congregation to ask for opinions as to the characteristics and qualities sought in our next Pastor. We are grateful for the time and feedback you gave our committee.

As we searched for our next Pastor, we prayed continuously for God’s guidance, referring frequently to our Ministry Information Form, while considering a number of distinctive qualifications and prior experiences:

  • A person of spiritual maturity

  • An outstanding preacher and leader of worship

  • An individual able to foster meaningful mission opportunities

  • An effective communicator and decision maker

  • A source of stability, comfort, and collaboration for our congregation and staff

We reviewed the resumes of well over 100 men and women, including many received through the Church Leadership Connection in Louisville (the PCUSA’s national database). We also contacted 20 leading Pastors and Seminary Presidents, who recommended approximately 60 additional candidates. This search process ultimately produced face-to-face interviews with 9 candidates. Their visits to Richmond included tours of the church and our community, meals with all members of the PNC, and various activities of particular interest to the candidates. It was through this comprehensive process that God led our committee to recommend Amy Starr Redwine to be our next Pastor/Head of Staff.

Amy is an engaging, contemplative preacher, a student of the written word, and an outstanding intellect. She also has the experience we have been seeking – most recently as Pastor/Head of Staff for four and a half years at the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland, Ohio. Amy has proficient administrative skills, works well with her staff and with budgets, and values a collegial environment. She has been involved with several community boards and considers community involvement an important part of her ministry. While she has an impressive list of accomplishments, the PNC’s decision was just as strongly influenced by the warmth of her personality, her keenly thoughtful conversations with us, and her genuine calling to be an inspirational reflection of Christ in our community.

Amy tells us that she is “thrilled to join the Session and staff in leading FPC into God’s future as together we will seek to faithfully follow Jesus through inspiring worship and music, transformative education, and meaningful service with our brothers and sisters in Christ near and far.”

Amy’s story

Amy Starr Redwine grew up in Roanoke, Virginia, where she attended Second Presbyterian Church. She earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College, graduating summa cum laude in 1997. She went on to Princeton Theological Seminary, where she received her Master of Divinity degree with high honors in 2001. During seminary, Amy lived for a year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she was a Pastoral Intern at McCracken Memorial Presbyterian Church.

At Princeton, Amy met and married fellow seminarian Derek Redwine.  Since graduation, she has served churches in Akron and Cleveland, Ohio. During this time, Amy has also worked as a freelance writer for several Presbyterian publications. Since 2007, Amy has continued to write a regular department for HORIZONS (the publication of the Presbyterian Women) called “Faithful Parenting”.

Amy and Derek, Quinn, George, and Sarah

In the summer of 2013, the Starr Redwine family (including their three children) moved to Cleveland Heights, Ohio, where Derek became the senior Pastor of Fairmont Presbyterian Church. A year later, Amy accepted a call to serve as the senior Pastor and Head of Staff of the Church of the Covenant in Cleveland. 

The Church of the Covenant is located in the University Circle neighborhood,near Case Western Reserve University.  As senior Pastor and Head of Staff, Amy has guided the session and the congregation in responding to changes in the neighborhood around the church and changes to the role of the church in contemporary America. Amy has led the session through significant governance and staff restructuring; cultivated collaborative relationships with neighboring institutions; seen significant increases in the participation of college students and young adults in worship and programs; and assisted with a capital campaign for the renovation of kitchen, dining, and education space. Most importantly, Amy has had the privilege of drawing alongside members of the Covenant community during times of sorrow and celebration.

Outside of the church, Amy has served on the board of University Circle, Inc. (a service and development organization within University Circle).  She has also served in leadership roles in her Presbyteries. Since 2013, a major part of her life has been her service on the board of Urban Oak School, a Waldorf school. 

Amy and Derek’s children are Sarah (age 13), Quinn (age 11), and George (age 7). All three have attended Urban Oak School. Their family life involves lots of music (Sarah plays the cello, Quinn the classical guitar, and George the piano), playing games, watching and playing baseball and basketball, hiking and biking, going to musicals in Cleveland’s Playhouse Square, and enjoying good food (especially ice cream). Recently Amy has dusted off the violin she learned to play in childhood to join an amateur adult orchestra, which she has thoroughly enjoyed. In addition to her daily meditation practice, Amy also enjoys cooking, jogging while listening to podcasts, and reading.

The Starr Redwine family is very excited about moving to Virginia. For Amy, it is a homecoming. The whole family is eager to be close to Amy’s brother and his family in Charlottesville; Derek’s parents and his sister and her family in Hillsborough, North Carolina; and Amy’s sister and her family in Atlanta.