Posted August 12, 2016 in Around the Synod

Note: Commissioner profiles are appearing regularly in the Synod of the Trinity enews.

Jean2Family (spouse, children, grandchildren, pets): Joseph J. Kennedy III (spouse); Joseph J. Kennedy IV (son) and shared granddaughter, Dionn Elise Megginson

In what capacity do you serve (church name and leadership position, presbytery board, synod committee, etc.)?: East Liberty Presbyterian, Clerk of Session; General Assembly, Permanent Judicial Commission

In what other capacity have you served in the past (former churches, committees, etc.)?: Staff of Pittsburgh Presbytery, Director of Justice Ministries and Mission; Moderator of both Pittsburgh Presbytery and Synod of the Trinity; Commissioner, Committee Moderator and Committee Assistant at General Assembly; Health Network of Presbyterian Health, Education and Welfare Association; Representative on Faith and Order Commission, National Council of Churches

When you’re not serving your church, what can you be found doing?: Lots of activities with family and friends

Describe yourself in one word: Caring

What was your childhood dream job?: Medicine

What steered you into this ministry field?: Combining concern for people with deepening faith

What goals do you have while serving as commissioner?: Connecting with God and others as we all demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ in this world

Why do you feel God has called you into this position of commissioner?: Trusting God to guide and equip me for what God calls me to do

Any closing remarks?: A former Stated Clerk used to advise that our polity provides a way to do whatever we are willing and agree to accomplish according to God’s will. It has been my experience that our Synod continues to practice that kind of leadership in this region and beyond. Thanks be to God.