Mary Iwamoto, Chair of the Search Committee elected by the congregation, reported back to the congregation on October 16 that they had found the right candidate for Co-Pastor. They were guided by the direction of the congregation to find a candidate who reflected the spirit, beliefs, and goals of Maxwell Street. They relied on prayer for God’s guidance. They attended a training event with Transylvania Presbytery to prepare them for their work and greatly appreciated the assistance of General Presbyter Philip Lotspeich. After carefully reviewing over 60 applications, listening to many sermons online, thoroughly checking references, teleconferencing with four candidates, hosting three finalists on site, and visiting one candidate’s home church, the ten committee members met, prayed more, and with enthusiastic and unanimous agreement voted to extend a call to Matt Falco. They brought Matt and his family to worship with Maxwell Street on October 16. Matt preached and sat before the congregation for a question-and-answer session. The congregation discussed the recommendation and then voted, just like the committee, enthusiastically and unanimously. Matt received much applause upon re-entering the Sanctuary and he and his family, also enthusiastically, confirmed their own sense of call to accept the congregation’s offer.
Matt has now been received by the vote of Transylvania Presbytery’s Transitions Commission and his beginning date at Maxwell Street has been set for December 1.
Here’s more about Matt and his family:
Rev. Matt Falco
1997-2001 Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, Penn State University
2007-2010 Master of Divinity, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
currently working on a diploma in Spiritual Direction, San Francisco Theological Seminary
Project Engineer, State College, PA
Pastor, First United Presbyterian Church of Edinboro, PA
Wife, Lauren Falco, Rhodes College, Ph.D. in Physics (Acoustics) at Penn State
Lecturer in Physics at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
Sons, Lucas Falco, 4th grade & Jonah Falco, 1st grade
Search Committee – Mary Iwamoto, Chair;
Brandon Barlow, Kathy Cseledy, Betty Gabehart, Andrew Hawkey, Elise Kalika,
Luke Morgan, Michael Morrill, Joe Paul, and Ginny Smith