The members of Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church voted unanimously on August 24, 2014, to call John H. “Jack” Haberer to be their next installed pastor. He will start service when he preaches in the morning services on Sunday, October 26th.
Haberer has been a Presbyterian minister for 30-plus years, having served as pastor of the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Satellite Beach, Florida, for 10 years, as pastor of Clear Lake Presbyterian in Houston for 12 years, and then, for the last nine years, as editor-publisher-CEO of The Presbyterian Outlook Foundation. The Presbyterian Outlook (pres-outlook.org) is an independent, biweekly news and ministry resource magazine now in its 196th year, the only magazine of its kind in American Protestantism. It is widely known as “the thought leader” of the Presbyterian Church. He also is the author of two books, “GodViews: The Convictions that Drive us and Divide Us,” and “Living the Presence of the Spirit” (both Geneva Press).
Jack is married to Barbie, and they have two children and three young grandchildren. They presently live near the Johnson Space Center in Houston.
Haberer has issued a letter of greeting the members, friends and neighbors of VPC:
Dear Soon-to-be friend,
If in his novel, A Christmas Carol, Dickens can put on the lips of Tiny Tim, “God bless us, everyone,” then perhaps this pastor-writer can utter, “A VPC welcome to us, everyone!”
The congregation threw out a grand welcome mat before Barbie and me this past August when voting to extend to me the call to be their next pastor. That welcome was enlarged by the kind well-wishes, handshakes and hugs.
The VPC church family’s reputation for friendliness preceded it, and it lived up to it with exclamation!
Now the congregation, Barbie and I all extend a warm welcome to you. Yes, “Welcome to you!”
I have wrapped up my work at the Presbyterian Outlook; Barbie and I have been packing up our Texas home, and we’re bursting with anticipation to be worshiping with you on October 26th. Please join with us if you are in the area; if out of the area, do join with us in prayer (and then check out the online broadcast of the service later that week).
The more I learn about VPC, the more I discover ministry upon ministry, outreach upon outreach, cultural experience upon cultural experience. This congregation seems to know no limit to its inventiveness, resourcefulness and kindness.
At a time when this pastor couple is jumping on as newbies in the midst, we invite you to be a newbie, too. Come check out the Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church. Let us live together into the adventure that is the love, grace and mercy of God in Jesus Christ.
See you on the 26th – or soon thereafter.