Announcing Rev. Dr. Mark C. Tumney and Family

Dear Bay Presbyterian Church Family—

A year ago, you nominated the 12 of us to serve on your Pastor Search Committee (PSC) to call a new Lead Pastor to Bay Presbyterian Church. We understood our assignment to be of the utmost importance. The author of a resource we studied put it this way:

Each Sunday when a pastor preaches, he is called to prepare his people for times of weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing. If the Word is not preached, if the flock is not shepherded, then they will not be prepared. It is a job of supreme significance.”  - Chris Brauns, When the Word Leads your Pastoral Search

Over thousands of hours, collectively, we have prayed, read, listened to, watched, talked to, met with, evaluated and discussed candidates and their application submissions. Together, we’ve submitted ourselves to faithfully discern God’s appointment for this essential role. And we have an announcement for you all—finally!

As a group of friends and colleagues, we are delighted to introduce to you the candidate we believe God is calling to the office of Lead Pastor at Bay Presbyterian Church. That person is the Rev. Dr. Mark C. Tumney.

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We are eager for you to learn more about Mark and his family, and there are several ways to do that:

  • Read the introductory brochure about Mark and the Tumney family.

  • Watch a video that describes more of the PSC’s search process that led us to recommend Mark.

  • Watch a video greeting from Mark that was shared during our church family meeting on December 9.

  • Watch one or more sermons that Mark has delivered in his current role as Senior Pastor/Head of Staff at Christ Community Church in Milpitas, California.

  • Attend an informally moderated “Meet and Greet” with Mark and his family on Saturday, December 15 in Auburn Hall from 9:00-10:00 a.m. Can't make it? We'll live stream at

Finally, we invite you to join us at the Congregational Meeting at 10:15 a.m. next Sunday, December 16, in the Sanctuary and vote to affirm the PSC’s recommendation of Mark Tumney to become the next Lead Pastor of Bay Presbyterian Church. We look forward to this as a time of celebration and hope you will attend. Meanwhile, you may submit questions or send a note to us at

Gratefully and with excitement—

Eric Peterson, Moderator, Stacy Windahl, Vice Moderator, Bridget Baumgartner, Jim Busch, Jesse Hudson, Paul Lang, Marcia Lowe, Steve Moore, Mike Parks, Terri Trowbridge, Margie Townsend, Kyle Wilkinson