Announcement: New Chair for Property Management and Support Team

If you were at the September 9th Presbytery Gathering, you heard the exciting news that the Property Management and Support Team now has a leader. Brandon Peart has been raised in the Presbyterian Church, and is an elder and member of the finance committee at Elizabeth Avenue-Weequahic Presbyterian Church in Newark, NJ. He is a full-time, licensed New Jersey real estate agent who specializes in bank REO, foreclosures, and residential sales. Prior to becoming a real estate agent, he spent five years working as a commercial painter for local union 1004. As a painter, Brandon was able to gain an understanding of general contracting and renovation.

But Brandon cannot be a one-man show! Now that you don’t have to worry about being recruited to chair the team, please be in touch with me if you are willing to serve. Especially if you have a background in the trades, building maintenance, or property management, we’d like to hear from you!

Within the next few weeks, Brandon will be sending each church a Building Assessment document. Let me reassure you right from the start, in response to some rumblings I’ve heard – this is NOT a back door attempt to close churches or sell buildings! Rather, this is a PROACTIVE step to help churches identify and plan for upcoming needs rather than react to emergencies. In this way, we might be able to help negotiate better pricing if – for instance – a number of churches are in need of the same work. Also, we will be compiling a list of “tried and true” contractors based on your experience that we can share among our churches, as well as collecting names of people right within our own churches that have needed skills. That will also be a question on the survey!

It is my prayer that you will see this effort in the positive light it is intended. If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me – revdocbsmith@gmail.com