Pastoral Transition


After 15 years, the Frederick Church of the Nazarene is now searching for a new lead pastor. In January 2022, Pastor Rob Merki stepped down from his leadership position to pursue a new season of ministry. We thank Rob for his 15 years of faithful service at Frederick Church of the Nazarene and in the Frederick community.

District Superintendent Dr. David Bowser, along with the Frederick Church of the Nazarene Board, is leading our pastoral transition. The process of calling a new pastor will include the development of a pastor profile with input from the congregation. Dr. Bowser announced that Dr. Dick Wilson will begin service as interim pastor on January 23, 2022.

We encourage all members, attendees, and friends of the Frederick Church of the Nazarene to be praying for God’s guidance throughout the pastoral transition. Let’s also pray for unity as our church faces a change in local leadership. 


Dr. Bowser announced the following steps in calling a pastor.  These steps outline the basic approach and may be revised as specific circumstances require.

Steps in Calling a Pastor


1. The District Superintendent meets with the local church board to begin the process of calling a pastor. This includes the following steps:

  • Urging prayer as a necessary ingredient for determining God’s will.
  • Selection of an interim pastor. (The interim pastor will not be considered as a candidate for pastor.)
  • Enabling the church board and congregation to develop a profile of the person that should serve as pastor.
  • Considering the records of those persons who are to be considered potential nominees for the office of pastor.

2. The church board, under the direction of the District Superintendent, will select a person as a possible nominee and arrangements will be made for a personal interview. The board will be expected to keep any names of potential pastors confidential, and it will be appreciated if the congregation honors this expectation.


3. Following the interview, the church board will meet in executive session to evaluate the information gained from the interview. Then a ballot vote will be taken as to whether this person will be nominated to the church membership. If at least a two-thirds majority of the board members vote affirmatively, and the District Superintendent approves, the name will be presented to the church membership for formal voting.


4. In compliance with the requirements of The Manual, the meeting of the church membership for voting on a prospective pastor will be announced in at least two preceding regular services.


5. Before voting, the congregation will have the opportunity to meet with the pastoral candidate in order to get acquainted.


6. In the church meeting, all active members (age 15 and above) will be entitled to vote. The call of the pastor requires a two-thirds favorable vote by ballot of the church members of voting age present and voting. There is no allowance for absentee voting.


7. When the call is extended to the minister under consideration, the minister will communicate acceptance of the call no later than 15 days from the date of the church meeting voting that call.




February 27, 2022:  Click here to read a letter from Dr. Bowser providing a status update on the search of a pastor.