A congregational meeting was held Sunday, March 27 immediately after worship. A quorum was present, and the Session presented two motions for the congregation to vote on.
Motion one: severing the pastor/congregation relationship
Rev. Tucker-Motley requested that the Presbytery of the James dissolve her pastoral relationship with OPC effective April 30, 2022. The Session voted unanimously accepted her request at their last stated meeting.
The Session's motion was that the congregation also accept this request. The congregation voted to accept.
Motion two: severance
The Session held a called meeting with Interim General Presbyter Fred Holbrook. They discussed severance packages and supply pastor options.
The Session unanimously voted to give the pastor one month's continuation of salary. This would include salary, housing, and benefits. And it would exclude continuing education and mileage. Presbytery would cover the pastor's health insurance for an additional month after that.
The Session's second motion recommended that the congregation approve the salary continuation for the month of May. The congregation voted for approval.
The Session shared that they will begin looking for a part-time covenant pastor. They pointed out that the next few months will be challenging. But with all of us working together, we can move to the next chapter of OPC's faith journey.