The Reverend David M. Baker is challenging the nomination of the Reverend Dr. J. Herbert Nelson for the office of Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
Baker, stated clerk of the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, notified the Stated Clerk Nomination Committee (SCNC) of his intention to stand against the committee’s nominee on May 4, 45 days before the opening of the 222nd General Assembly (2016) and the deadline for challenges.
Baker was one of the thirteen persons who completed the committee’s application process, making him eligible to challenge the committee’s nomination. The SCNC announced on April 19 that Nelson, director of the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness in Washington, D.C., would be its nominee.
Nelson’s name will be placed in nomination by the committee on Sunday, June 19, during a plenary session of the General Assembly in Portland, Oregon. Baker’s name also will be placed in nomination at the same time by an assembly commissioner of his choosing. The election will be held on the morning of Friday, June 24.
In addition to being the stated clerk in the Presbytery of Tampa Bay, Baker also is its director of communications.