We Need You!

This is an exciting—and challenging—time in the life of Albany Presbytery.  During these last three years of intentional transition we have been seeking ways to be more faithful and responsive to God’s call to be the Church of Jesus Christ.

Do You Know What Albany Presbytery Does? There is more going on than you may know!

Earlier this year, after several months of discussion and debate, we adopted a new structure for the Presbytery.  In the new structure some of our “old” committees were re-organized so that the necessary work of the Presbytery can be carried out more effectively.  

Our new structure also created two new committees—the Committee on Church Development & Vitality and the Committee on Church Mission.  These committees grew out of clearly identified needs for greater support for congregations and more energy and direction for mission.

One of the goals for this new structure was greater inclusion.  To accomplish this goal, committees were given more flexibility in membership, leadership, and organization.  We have been living into our new structure for the past six months, and now we are looking forward to our first full year as a newly organized presbytery.  And we need you!

If each worshipping community in our presbytery provided 1 person to serve, we would be well on our way to equipping the committees for our work and avoiding burnout.

Our new structure will work most effectively when our committees are filled with people who feel called to use their God-given gifts of energy, intelligence, imagination, and love in service to Albany Presbytery.  The Committee on Representation & Nominations is asking you to pray about the ways you may be called to build up our work together as a presbytery.  As Presbyterians, we believe that the church is most faithful when congregations work together for the building up of God’s Reign on earth.  So we need you!

Here is a brief outline of our new structure to as a guide for prayerful consideration of your call to service:

Ministry of Governance

We have a group of committees devoted to the Ministry of Governance (the necessary work required by our Book of Order):

Ministry of Assistance, Support, & Development

We have a group of committees devoted to the Ministry of Assistance, Support, & Development.  These committees seek to support our congregations in their work and ministry:

Who Can Serve?

Members of Albany Presbytery! This includes:

  • Current Ruling Elders
  • Ordained Ruling Edlers not currently service on Session
  • Deacons
  • Church Members
  • Teaching Elders (Installed, Members At-Large, Honorably Retired)

For more information and to volunteer for one our committees, please contact the Committee on Representation & Nominations through its Chair, Jerry McKinney at: jerrymckinney1958@gmail.com.

Please consider this ministry and share with those in your worshipping community.  

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.


Jerry McKinney is the pastor of the United Church of Granville. He also served as the Moderator of Albany Presbytery and the Director of Hebron Camp & Conference Center. Following graduation from the University of Texas at Austin, Jerry taught math in Corpus Christi public schools. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1990. During seminary he was an intern with Witness For Peace in Nicaragua. Before coming to Albany Presbytery, Jerry worked as a CPE Chaplain at Presbyterian Medical Center in Philadelphia. Jerry has served Albany Presbytery as a member of the Committee on Ministry and as on Ordination Exam reader.

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The purpose of the Albany Presbytery Blog is to share information, tell stories, and promote the mission and ministry of the presbytery, synod and beyond. While the breadth of this medium is intentionally broad, it is not a platform for opinion pieces related to business coming before the presbytery unless designed as part of an initiative to provide a diversity of viewpoints at the direction of the presbytery. Exceptions to this policy may be brought to the presbytery officers who will determine appropriateness of submissions.