Pastoral Transition – Updates from the Session

In June of 2022, Pastor John Willingham shared his plan to retire after 20 years as Senior Pastor and Head of Staff at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. The last Sunday in August 2023 will be his final worship service here.

As our congregation moves through this time of transition, a process will be developed that involves feedback from the congregation, election of a Pastor Nominating Committee, and guidance from the Presbytery of Philadelphia.  While none of us know exactly how long that effort will take, we trust that God already knows who will be the next pastor to serve our church and thus commit ourselves to prayer and patience as this time of mutual discernment unfolds.

While emails sharing updates on Session’s actions will be sent to members periodically, we encourage you to check this page as new and previous communications regarding this pastoral search will be posted here.


Listening Sessions have been Scheduled

Click Here to see the full schedule of Listening Sessions organized by the Mission Study Task Group throughout February. Please come, share your thoughts, and contribute to the work ahead as we navigate these next steps.


An Update from the Mission Study Task Group – January 5, 2023

Click Here to read this update and view a video that answers some common questions about the Mission Study Task Group and its work.


An Update from the Session – November 22, 2022

Click Here to read this update that includes the names of the newly formed Mission Study Task Group as we move forward in this process.


An Update from the Session – August 25, 2022

Click Here to read this message from Clerk of Session, Doug Barnett and to view a video from he and Becca Bateman, Associate Pastor of Education and Family Ministries.