Sid and Cathy Batts Pastoral Residency Program

First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro is committed to becoming a church that teaches and learns from seminary graduates in transition to their first called pastorate. To that end, we have created the Sid and Cathy Batts Pastoral Residency.

Funding for the residency program was initially provided by a generous gift from the estate of the late Cynthia Price, a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church. The program is now being sustained in honor of our former pastor Rev. Dr. Sid Batts and his wife Cathy. 

We offer a two-year position as pastoral resident to a recent seminary graduate who holds the M.Div. Degree and who is on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA). Certified candidates may be ordained to this position during their residency.

We will welcome our sixth pastoral resident for a two-year term in August 2019. Applications will be accepted through January 8, 2019. 

In our residents we seek aspiring pastors who desire a comprehensive residency experience in a large church. The primary focus of the residency program is to identify and develop leadership skills and a collaborative leadership style. Our program is designed to nourish pastoral residents as both spiritual and organizational leaders and to provide a well‐balanced start for their pastoral careers.

Throughout the term of the residency, the resident will develop leadership skills and a leadership style that will help the resident serve God, the larger church, and future congregations.

Throughout the term, the resident will participate in the following:

  • worship leadership
  • preaching
  • teaching
  • outreach
  • church governance.

The resident will also serve in a series of rotations, in such areas as Christian education, recruitment and assimilation of new members, pastoral care, stewardship, finance, outreach and operations.

To further develop the resident’s servant leadership, he/she will engage in study, be mentored by staff and members, and seek out other experiences to develop as a collaborative leader. The resident will also be welcomed into the life of the congregation and community by a liaison support group of members.

For more information about the Sid and Cathy Batts Pastoral Residency of First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro please contact Debby Foster at or 336-478-4702.

Sid and Cathy Batts
Pastoral Residency Committee

Becky Veraar, chair
Chris Barbee, vice-chair
Annie Keys
Ginger Booker
Abby Willis
Will Martin
Lorie Jones
Todd Nabors
Jim Gentry
Dolly Jacobs
Neil Dunnavant
Donna Chase

Learn More

For details of the Sid and Cathy Batts Residency Program download the full description.


Please download and print this application (pdf) and follow its directions to apply.