Senior Pastor Search Committee Update

Dear New City East Lake,

As we set out to search for a senior pastor, our leadership and members of the congregation helped us paint a picture of the characteristics we believed would serve our church well in the next pastor. We have prayed for a candidate who, among other qualities:

  • ‍Has a palpable love for Jesus and people
  • Is a student of scripture and a strong teacher
  • Is an equipper and mobilizer of others
  • Has a heart to shepherd the neighborhood into the church and our church into the neighborhood
  • Is passionate about the neighborhood of East Lake
  • Is willing to be vulnerable, comfortable sharing weakness
  • Is a lover of diverse cultures

Over these last nine months, the committee has reviewed 70+ applications from around the world. We completed initial interviews with 20 candidates and brought 4 candidates to NCEL for a weekend long interview with the committee. We are thankful for each of the men God has put in our path in this process. It has been exciting to see how God is at work around the country in places like East Lake, the passion He has given leaders in our denomination for cross-cultural ministry and how He has been preparing hearts to explore a new call in East Lake. We now have a potential candidate we would like to present to you for consideration.

Jon Storck has worked in cross-cultural, urban ministry in Memphis, St. Louis, Atlanta, and Queens for the last 18 years, including the last 11 as an ordained pastor. Originally from Memphis, TN, he and his wife, Jen (who is originally from Chattanooga), met while he was a student at the University of Tennessee and Jen was on staff with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF). For the last 8 1/2 years, Jon pastored Grace Fellowship Church (GFC), part of the New City Network in Sunnyside, Queens. Sunnyside is considered the most diverse neighborhood in all of New York City. During that time GFC’s ministry to children of immigrant families during the summer, City Camp, has grown to the point that it has formally spun off from the church and formed its own non-profit. This non-profit will seek to expand ministry to immigrant families in Queens. Jon is currently serving as the director of that ministry. His passion is investing in and raising up leadership among indigenous, minority ethnic groups. Jon and Jen have 3 teenage boys, Bud, Walt, and West, and all 5 are avid St. Louis Cardinal fans.

Jon will be candidating at New City East Lake the weekend of September 9. More details will be coming over the next few weeks as we put together opportunities for you, the congregation, to meet Jon. In the interim, here are some key dates to keep in mind:

  • ‍August 19, 2018: Church Meeting, come learn about what to expect during the candidate visit
  • September 7-11, 2018: Jon Stork, Pastoral Candidate, Visits New City East Lake

Please save the date and plan now to participate in these upcoming church events.


The NCEL Search Committee: Amy Smith, Aner Navarro, Eunice Mendoza, Greg Davick, Laini Huffine, Micheal Lane, Tom Horne