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NEWS RELEASE: Jim Kitchens to lead CHC West, Amy Derrick joins CHC

December 15, 2014
Rev. Jim Kitchens

The Center for Healthy Churches ( is pleased to announce that Rev. Jim Kitchens will assume the role of Coordinator for The Center for Healthy Churches-West. His primary focus will be to coordinate services to and among the churches and clergy along the west coast and in the Rocky Mountain west.

Rev. Amy Derrick

Additionally, Rev. Amy Derrick, of Denver CO, will also immediately join the CHC consulting group and assist with expanding opportunities throughout the west.

Bill Wilson, Director of CHC, said: “Jim has a wealth of experience as a pastor and consultant, and has been an invaluable part of our first year of work. With this announcement, we expect to significantly expand our work in the western United States. Jim is well-known throughout the country as an innovative and dynamic thought-leader of the 21st century church.”

“Amy Derrick is a friend to many ministers and churches across the country as a result of her years of work with the Student.Go program. She has strong gifts of discernment and encouragement and I am thrilled that she is joining our team.”

Kitchens retired in 2014 after thirty-five years as pastor of Presbyterian churches in Northern California and Tennessee. A certified interim ministry specialist, Jim also served as interim pastor for Calvary Presbyterian in San Francisco and Woodland (CA) Presbyterian. He is the author of The Postmodern Parish, published by the Alban Institute and serves as one of four regional mentors for The Company of New Pastors, the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s transition into ministry program. As a consultant, Jim has worked with CHC in various churches and specializes in working with congregations facing adaptive challenges.

In thinking about his role with CHC, Jim says: "I have a great heart for congregations and the people in them who seek to be true to the way of Jesus when the culture around them – and its support of religious faith – has radically changed. We live in an exciting time when the Holy Spirit is inviting us to imagine new ways of being the church for this new context. I love watching church leaders gain a new sense of hope as they wrestle honestly with the reality the American church now faces.”

Derrick has served in a variety of pastoral care settings and international ministry settings. For the last eighteen years she worked with the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship as Field Services Selection Manager. During that time she launched and directed the Student.Go program, enabling undergraduate and graduate students to experience cross-cultural ministry opportunities around the world.

Amy says: “I'm very excited to be joining the Center for Healthy Churches team. I love the local church and am a firm believer in the power of process and the importance of the journey. I'm really looking forward to the opportunity to walk alongside congregations in both.”

The Center for Healthy Churches continues to grow and expand to meet a rising number of opportunities. CHC-West is the fourth regional Center to emerge, joining CHC-Carolinas (Mike Queen and Jayne Davis, Co-Coordinators), CHC-MidAtlantic (Travis Collins, Director), and CHC-Southeast (David Hull, Coordinator). Other regional Centers will be announced in the near future.

The Center for Healthy Churches provides assistance to churches and clergy in the areas of strategic visioning, conflict intervention, pastoral transition services, and staff enrichment. For more information, visit the web site at

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