Dear Trinity,

This is a report from the Associate Pastor Nominating Committee for the position of Associate Pastor for Family Ministries. Our committee began meeting in mid-October and recently completed our Ministry Discernment Profile (MDP), which has been approved by both the Session and the Presbytery. This document reflects the qualities we desire for this important position, which will both lead and guide our ministry with children, youth and their families, setting vision for their spiritual formation and participation in the life of the church, and ensuring alignment across all age groups.

In addition to potential candidates from the PC(USA) website for searches, we are receiving recommendations from our seminaries and other ministry friends, which we greatly appreciate. We would also welcome any well-qualified candidates you may know and wish to refer. You can submit your referrals to any member of the committee or contact us directly at

You are welcome to view Trinity’s MDP and the official job description for this position.

We will continue to report on our progress in a timely manner. In the interim, please know we appreciate both your interest and prayers as we work to discern who will answer this important call to our ministry.

Respectfully submitted,
Mark Stancil, Grace Powers, Kenny Kraft, Olivia Wall, Libby Gray Hall, Shannon Sale and Trey Reese

Meet the Committee

Libby Gray Hall

Libby Gray Hall is in 11th grade at North Atlanta High School and plays tennis on North Atlanta’s team. She has been a member of the church her whole life, having been baptized and later confirmed into the Trinity family. She participates in a wide variety of church activities, including youth group, youth choir, Montreat, and many other activities. 

Kenny Kraft

Kenny Kraft has been attending Trinity Presbyterian Church his entire life. Kenny was baptized at the church as a baby, grew up singing in the choir, and married his wife (Catherine Love Kraft) here in 2012. Kenny and Catherine have three young children: Hodge (8), Betts (6) and Hanle (4). Each of them love coming to church and contribute to our congregation in different (yet consistently energetic) ways. Currently, Kenny chairs the Children’s & Family Ministries committee and he also serves on Session. His wife Catherine served on the Pastor Nominating Committee most recently and is actively involved in Congregational Life.

Grace Powers

Grace Powers grew up going to Trinity and served as a youth elder in 1996. Recently she served on the board and as the finance chair for the Trinity Presbyterian Preschool. She was on the search committee for the TPP Executive Director earlier this year. Her family has been very active in CFM and YFM. Her husband Richard has served as an elder and her children, Max and Kinsley, participate regularly in youth group and youth trips. Grace is a medical device regulatory consultant helping small companies with FDA submissions.

Trey Reese

Trey Reese has been a member of Trinity since 1999 and is a current member of Session. At Trinity, Trey has taught Sunday school to children and youth, is active in the youth ministry and assists in administering Trinity’s youth basketball league. Trey and his wife, Susan, have four children: Will, Elizabeth, Sam, and Ben, all of whom were baptized and confirmed at Trinity.

Shannon Sale

Shannon has been attending Trinity with her family since the early 2000s. She and her husband were married at Trinity in 2007 and officially joined in 2011. Shannon served on the Session at Trinity from 2018-21. During her time on the Session, she served on the Children and Family Ministries Committee. She has also served on the Trinity Early Learning Center Board and was chair for a year. She taught Sunday School for many years and served on the Agape Spring Benefit Committee for two years. Shannon recently joined the Faith in Action Committee. Shannon is the Chief Strategy Officer for Grady Health System and with that position sits on both regional and national Boards. She and her husband Rick have one son: James (12).

Mark Stancil

Mark Stancil joined Trinity in 1989. During that time, he has served on the Session, Finance Committee, Investment Committee for the Trustees, Senior Pastor Nominating Committee, Infrastructure Task Force, taught Sunday School, co-chaired the annual Commitment Campaign, and various other committees. He is employed by United Capital Financial Advisors. Mark and his wife Cindy have two adult daughters who grew up at Trinity and one grandson.

Olivia Wall

Olivia and her husband, Zach, joined Trinity in 2011. Olivia has served on the Congregational Life Committee since 2022, teaches Sunday School, and has volunteered for many church events like VBS and the Christmas pageant. Olivia serves on the Foundation Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Skyland Trail Advisory Board, and volunteers with other community organizations like Meals on Wheels Atlanta and Agape. She is particularly interested in the children and youth and music ministries at Trinity, with three children – Zach (13), Quincy (10), and Harriet (7) engaged in those programs.

Terms to Know

(APNC) Pastor Nominating Committee: a group of individuals nominated to discern the needs of the church and extend a call to an associate pastor on behalf of the congregation.

(COM) Committee of Ministry: to facilitate the relations between congregations, ministers, and Certified Christian Educators, and the presbytery.

(MDP) Ministry Discernment Profile: the resume of your church describing your church – a description of the open position and traits you are seeking in a pastor

(PDP) Personal Discernment Profile: resume of a minister interested in the open position

(CLC) Church Leadership Connection: online PC(USA) denominational job prospect matching database

(TOC) Terms of Call: A document which specifies the compensation agreement with the minister. It includes salary, housing, 50 percent of SECA, manse, Board of Pension dues, continuing education, vacation, sabbatical, study leave, moving expenses, telephone expenses, automobile expenses, and Professional Relations Committee.

Steps in the Process

The bolded step highlights the step the team is on currently.

  1. Electing an APNC
  2. Discern leadership needs
  3. Congregation elects APNC
  4. APNC creates a MDP
  5. MDP is approved by COM
  6. MDP is uploaded to CLC database
  7. APNC receives PDPs
    • APNC receives candidate referrals from the CLC, congregants, past PNCs, and others affiliated with Trinity
  8. APNC checks references, reviews, visits, interviews, and researches each
  9. APNC decides on a prospect and asks for Session approval
  10. Prospect is introduced to congregation
  11. Congregation votes
  12. Prospect is installed into the church