04/14/2021: LAC’s New Senior Pastor is Rev. Dr. Peter Bynum!

Beloved LAC Community,
Last Sunday was a momentous occasion for our church! Our Pastor Nominating Committee led worship and Rev. Dr. Peter Bynum preached a sermon titled “Lifted Up.” (You can watch the service here [LINK] if you missed it!) Later that afternoon, we gathered via Zoom for a Congregational Meeting where the Pastor Nominating Committee shared a full report of their search process and answered questions.
PNC Co-Chair Thea Beaver introduced Rev. Bynum:
You have already “met” our candidate during this morning’s worship, but it is my honor now to formally introduce Rev. Dr. Peter Bynum. Rev. Bynum is the Pastor and head of staff at Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church in South Carolina. That church has 2800 members! Something for us to strive for?
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Davidson College and later attended the University of Virginia law school where he earned his JD. His career took a turn when he entered Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond Virginia. He received his Master of Divinity in 2009. In 2017, he earned his Doctor of Divinity at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia.
Reverend Bynum has inspired the PNC with his energy, spiritual maturity, and leadership ability. Having already considered over 100 candidates when we first met Reverend Bynum via Zoom, our committee was immediately impressed. As we continued our conversations with him, our confidence grew. 
In early March, he visited Larchmont with his wife, Stephanie, and his daughter Molly who is currently attending Columbia University. His younger daughter, Kate who is 15, was unable to make the trip, but registered her excitement on the Zoom call when Jim & I told Peter that he was our nominee. 
When the Bynums were leaving Larchmont after the in-person interview with our committee, I told Molly that her father “blew me away.” Immediately, this 18-year old smiled knowingly and said to me, “He blows me away every single day.”
LAC voted unanimously (93 votes in favor, 0 opposing) to call Rev. Dr. Peter Bynum to serve as our next Senior Pastor. He will begin on April 28th, 2021, and his first Sunday leading worship at LAC will be May 9th, 2021. We look forward to welcoming Rev. Bynum and his family into our community!

04/07/2021: Congregational Meeting on April 11

Beloved LAC Community,
Christ is risen, indeed! Hallelujah! This Eastertide is buzzing with exciting news for our Church! In case you missed Sunday’s special announcement (check out the full service here [LINK]), our Pastor Nominating Committee has found someone wonderful to serve as our new Senior Pastor! The candidate will preach this Sunday, April 11th, during our online service, and there will be a special meeting of the congregation of the Larchmont Avenue Church at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom to receive the report of the Pastor Nominating Committee and to vote to call our new Senior Pastor.
Your participation is crucial! In order to conduct the business, we need a quorum of 57 members, preferably on separate devices in order to tabulate votes from multiple-member households.
Please plan on joining us on ZOOM!
Clark Morehouse and Leah Griggs Pauly
Co-Clerks of Session

12/30/2020: An Update from the PNC

Dear Devoted LAC Members,
As you know, our committee has been working since March as we dedicate ourselves to the important task of finding our next pastor. After reviewing and discussing over 100 applications and conducting several dozen Zoom interviews, we have narrowed our search to two exceptional candidates. We are enthusiastic about these pastors and they are excited about the prospect of serving at our church.
We were in the process of scheduling in person interviews when safety concerns about travel during the pandemic arose. Although these final interviews have been temporarily delayed, we will schedule them as soon as prudently possible. During this brief hiatus, we have been in regular communication with both candidates, who are as eager to meet with us as we are to meet with them. Thank you for your patience – we promise that we will be welcoming a wonderful new senior pastor here at LAC very soon!
Your Pastor Nominating Committee
Thea Beaver & Jim Hanley, Co-Chairs
Stacy Brandom, Kim Christiansen, Anthony Manson,
Allison Martin, Won Min Song, Mary Sykes, Samantha Udondem