Trending: New Associate Pastor

Trending: New Associate Pastor

The Associate Pastor Nominating Committee
presents our nominee:

Jane Doty MacKenzie

for Associate Pastor of Community Care

About Jane

Jane Doty MacKenzie brings an extraordinary combination of a deep faith and spirituality, a compassionate and caring spirit, and remarkable leadership skills to her candidacy as our next Associate Pastor.

Jane communicated a clear understanding of the role of caring ministries in the life of the church:

Caring ministries are a response to the extravagant love of God in creation, redemption in Jesus Christ, and the presence of the Holy Spirit. Individuals who are involved in caring ministries represent Christ to others in their words and deeds. Standing in for Jesus, they provide practical care to those in need.

Jane earned a degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan and an MBA from UC Berkeley. She had an impressive career with Chevron Corporation, ultimately in Human Resources. In her last six years as General Manager of Global Workforce Development, she was a member of the Management Committee and Secretary of the Human Resources Committee, working with senior executives on key human resource and leadership development priorities for the organization.

Those who worked with Jane at Chevron described her as a natural leader with a selflessness and genuine interest in helping others that made her a highly effective member of the management team.

But Jane heard God calling her in a new direction and she stepped out in faith to pursue a second career — in ministry. She has since graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary. In the words of the seminary’s president, Craig Barnes:

Jane brought maturity, wisdom, and a thirst for spiritual growth to her studies at Princeton Seminary. While she was here, she became an integral member of our community of faith and scholarship. And she left with a clear sense of call to pastoral ministry. She and BurlPres will be a great blessing to each other. 

Jane’s home church, since 2000, is Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church (LOPC) in the East Bay, with 1,800 members. In addition to being a commissioned Stephen Minister, Jane has served as Elder for Spiritual Formation, and occasional consultant to the senior pastor on strategy, organization structure, and team development.

She has led contemplative prayer and journey groups and is a member of LOPC’s Spiritual Formation Leadership Team.

Jane has also received two grants from Yale Divinity School to pilot its Life Worth Living program to take the gospel into the marketplace.

Those with whom Jane has worked closely at LOPC describe her as compassionate, a caring listener, gifted in teaching and prayer, a humble servant, and a very fun person to be around. The LOPC Senior Pastor said “Jane is the real deal. She makes everything better!”

Upbringing & Family

Jane was raised in Royal Oak, Michigan and has been a life-long Presbyterian. Her mother was one of the first women elders in the Detroit Presbytery. Jane credits her mom with nurturing the seeds of her faith. Jane has two siblings — a brother and a sister. As she often says, “If we met at a party, we would have very little in common to talk about since we are so different, but we love spending time with each other.” 

Despite being spread across the country, these siblings are often together and are committed to providing on-going care and support for their 98-year-old father, who lives in Michigan.

Jane, David, and Charlie Parker

Jane and her husband, David, met at First Presbyterian Church, Berkeley, when they both moved to the Bay Area to begin their careers. David is a dentist in the East Bay.

They have two daughters, Libby and Megan. After living in Australia for seven years and becoming an Australian citizen, Libby moved back to California and is currently a leadership development and strategy implementation consultant in San Francisco. Megan just began a master’s program in clinical social work at Smith College. 

Jane, Megan, David, and Libby

As a family, they love to travel, cycle, hike, see musicals, binge-watch Game of Thrones, and share meals together. Charlie Parker, the fur-baby of the family, is happy to join in whenever possible.

From the Associate Pastor
Nominating Committee

After an extensive search, a great deal of prayer, and much time in discernment, we believe God is calling Jane Doty MacKenzie to this vital position.

We are 100% confident that Jane will be the next in a long line of excellent Associate Pastors at BurlPres. Her many gifts are a wonderful complement to those of existing staff. It has been an utter pleasure to get to know Jane through this process and see how God has worked in her, the APNC, and BurlPres — to bring us to this day.

Let us all welcome Jane to BurlPres, get to know her, and support her ministry in the years ahead.


Associate Pastor Nominating Committee

Todd Bower Marie Frykberg
Lou Carlos Scott Hallsted
Janet Chapman Elizabeth Roepke
Donna derAshotian Rodrigo Salas

Save the Date!

You are invited:

Congregational Meeting & Vote

Sunday, June 30, 2019 at 12:25 PM