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The Pastoral Transition Team is pleased to welcome Rev. Bob Sheldon as the Interim Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at First Presbyterian Church. Bob is slated to begin at First Pres on October 1, and he will preach on World Communion Sunday, October 4. He and his wife, Ginger, are moving to West Chester very soon and are thrilled to join the family of God at First Pres. 

To watch a quick introductory interview with Bob, see below:

Over the past thirty-five years, Bob has continued his calling as an interim pastor, pastor, counselor, and synod executive, helping congregations across the country to prepare for God’s mission and fulfill God’s desires. 

 

Bob has dedicated his life to training and encouraging church leaders and staff, in the hope that their experience working with him would continue to bear fruit long into the future. 

 

He comes to us from the University Presbyterian Church in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where he served as their Interim Pastor/Head of Staff. Bob has served as a professional Intentional Interim Pastor in nine congregations in the following states: Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin, and his home state of Colorado.

 

For ten years, Bob served as the Director of Funds Development for the Synod of the Rocky Mountains, where he helped more than 150 congregations to expand their annual giving, provide additional funds for capital projects, and enhance their long-term support with planned giving. In recent years, Bob has enjoyed speaking, consulting and coaching across our denomination in helping the church to grow and to fund its mission. 

 

During his travels, Bob also held a leadership role in each of the presbyteries—every single one of them. He values the connection and collaboration that comes from serving together. 

 

In the broadest and deepest sense, Bob is a pastor. He has a particular passion for coaching pastors—being one himself—to gain a new orientation toward church ministry in general and church funding in particular. He also enjoys helping churches with “unique circumstances” to develop and implement “unique solutions” that change attitudes as well as checkbook balances. 

 

​​Bob’s diverse background provides expertise in several areas: 

 

  • church systems theory 

  • grief counseling 

  • conflict management 

  • financial sustainability 

  • organizational efficiency 

  • theological perspective 

 

​To better assist the church, Bob has authored several programs and workbooks, including “Tending God’s Orchard,” a workbook on church funds development, and “Guided by Gratitude...Forward by Faith,” a two-year stewardship campaign for local churches, and “For Pastors Only,” a course on serving the church in times of change. He continues to be in demand as a speaker and consultant while presently serving congregations across our denomination. 

 

​He is also a self-professed “off-the-chart-extrovert”—who can talk for days without tiring— bringing an enthusiasm and energy to ministry that is contagious. Bob enjoys playing sports (especially volleyball and basketball), camping and hiking, snowshoeing, reading, talking, listening and dreaming. His ideal day off is spent “running errands” with Ginger, his wife of 40 years. They also enjoy watching “good” movies.

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