Friday, April 3, 2020
Greetings from your Transition Committee,
Meet Our New Interim Pastor, Rev. Jerri Handy
The Transition Committee is pleased to announce that after unanimous support by our Committee and discussion and vote by the church Board, Reverend Jerri Handy has been invited, and has accepted our call to be Interim Co-Pastor of First Christian Church (DOC) of Eugene.
Rev. Handy grew up in the Church of the Nazarene. She discovered the Christian Church (DOC) while attending classes in 1991 at Christian Theological Seminary. She has been active in the Disciples and the United Church of Christ congregations since that time. Rev. Handy was ordained in 2010 in the N. Ca./NW Nev. Region.
She completed her undergraduate degree at the Olivet Nazarene University, and holds advanced degrees: Marriage and Family Therapy from Christian Theological Seminary, and Master of Divinity from the Pacific School of Religion. She’s received additional training including around issues of racism, legal/ethical, boundary etc., set by the Region and the General Church.
Rev. Handy has served in a variety of capacities: as a congregational minister, a therapist, a missionary, and community caseworker. She currently works at a nonprofit group serving the unhoused in California. Rev. Handy is eager to join us in Eugene as soon as the logistics can be worked out; we expect her by May 1.
The Transition Committee wholeheartedly supported our call of Rev. Handy—noting her interests and strengths match our needs: her skill and experience in pastoral care, preaching from the Scripture, planning worship, trauma-informed care, teamwork , and the larger mission of the Church in the world. Her stated desire to be part of a progressive, Open and Affirming Congregation—a church which is so involved in community ministries—was key to our decision.
We look forward to welcoming Rev. Handy in person soon.
Blessings, your Transition Committee