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Interim Senior Pastor Named

Bruce Lancaster grew up in Vidalia, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Northeast Louisiana University in 1973. He was the Assistant Director of Lookout Mountain Camp and Conference Center in Mentone, Alabama prior to entering Columbia Theological Seminary in 1976. (He also had a brief stint as a cook on an offshore oil rig just before seminary!) He received his Master of Divinity in 1979 and his Doctor of Ministry from Columbia in 2007.

Dr. Lancaster served installed pastorates for 26 years prior to receiving the call to interim ministry. He has served as Interim Pastor for the past 11 years and has just finished serving as the Interim Senior Pastor at University Presbyterian Church in Austin, Texas.

Bruce and his wife Cathi have been married 40 years. Cathi works as an Educational Consultant. They have two daughters, Eleanor and Emily. Eleanor, her husband Jeff, and their son Marshall live in Atlanta. Emily is married to Beau, and they live in Portland, Oregon. Cathi and Bruce like to travel and always look for more time to spend with their family, especially their grandson! They enjoy photography, walking, and entertaining in their home. Bruce likes to cook as a way of relaxing. He enjoys playing golf and wishes he had more time for it but says that the way he plays shows that his wish has never been granted! He also enjoys watching most of the spectator sports, especially college football and basketball. He likes to sit back with a good novel or biography for pleasure reading, is eclectic in his musical playlists, and drinks his coffee black!

August 5, 2016

Dear First Presbyterian Church Family,

At a called meeting on Wednesday, August 3, 2016, the session unanimously accepted the
recommendation of the interim search committee to hire Dr. Bruce Lancaster for a one-year contract effective September 8, 2016 as the Interim Senior Pastor and Head of Staff for First Presbyterian Church of Athens.

Dr. Lancaster is a highly qualified minister with 26 years of experience in called pastor positions and 11 years in interim ministry. With outstanding references, education, and skills, the search committee feels Dr. Lancaster has leadership ability that is ideal for this congregation in style and substance. Dr. Lancaster received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Northeast Loui-siana University, and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Columbia Theo-logical Seminary.

When Dr. Glenn Doak retired, the interim search committee was appointed and immediately began the research and work to find the appropriate Interim Senior Pastor that would fit our congregation. With the help of Transitional General Presbyter Hilary Shuford and the Northeast Georgia Presbytery, a pool of candidates was selected. The search committee consisted of Rod Canfield (Chair), Diane Adams, Bill Childers, David Cole, Amy Cowsert, and Joy Holloway.

After interviews with several well-qualified individuals and prayerful consideration, Dr. Lancaster stood out as the best person to lead our congregation as we together seek God’s vision for our future.

Please welcome Dr. Bruce Lancaster and his wife Cathi as they become part of our wonderful congregation.


Jerris Hayes
Clerk of Session

Rod Canfield
Chair, Interim Search Committee

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