During this season of transition, the Elder Board has been meeting regularly to pray for our church and our community. Over the past few months, a committee of elders and former elders has been actively searching for a Transitional Pastor for Menlo Church to bring us new hope and a fresh start. We are deeply grateful for your patience, your support, and your prayers that God provide the right candidates for our church and for the Holy Spirit to guide our selection process. As elected overseers for Menlo Church, the Elder Board’s highest calling and desire is for Menlo Church to fulfill its mission and vision in a unified and prayerful way to help anyone and everyone find and follow Jesus.
The Elder Board is pleased to announce the selection of a Transitional Pastor, John Crosby, from Edina, Minnesota. The Transitional Pastor search committee received 14 nominations from the staff, congregation and Presbytery, with candidates from across the nation. They narrowed this list to four serious candidates and then two finalists. The committee was looking for a candidate with experience in leading a large church, who demonstrates great listening and discerning skills, can lead in ways that are both collaborative and courageous, is an effective communicator, and demonstrates compassion and humility. The Transitional Pastor’s role is to provide for and guide the healing of our congregation and staff, and to rebuild trust; to unify our congregation and staff around our mission and vision; and to provide appropriate preaching/teaching to facilitate our transition to our next senior pastor.
Pastor John Crosby is a seasoned leader with deep skills and experience in church and denominational leadership, strong listening and relational skills, and extensive experience at preaching and teaching. Last year, he retired from 30 years as Senior Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, Minnesota. He provided interim leadership and mentoring to the International Church of Lucerne earlier this year where he helped heal a split in the congregation and mentored their lay leadership back to health. According to Pastor John, he “feels privileged to join Menlo’s strategic impact for the Kingdom throughout the Bay Area, loving people to Jesus and sending them out to bless their communities”.
John and his wife Laura have two adult daughters. He is recovering from a recent knee replacement surgery, so he will start work remotely on Monday, November 2 with the goal of moving here in mid-November. You can read more about his ministry journey in the biography below.
Please join us in welcoming Pastor John Crosby as our Transitional Pastor. He looks forward to getting to know Menlo Church and engaging with our congregation and staff to build our path forward.
Get to know John Crosby
Don't miss the opportunity to meet John Crosby at our virtual Town Hall meeting on November 15 at 1pm. More details will be coming soon. You can also read more about him in his biography.