Rev. Tim Tinsley, former senior associate minister of Park Cities Presbyterian Church in Dallas, has been named the 13th pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Chattanooga.
He was elected pastor by the congregation last Sunday, Judge Mickey Barker, chairman of the nine-member search committee, said.
Judge Barker said, "We're excited about Rev. Tinsley. He was the senior associate at a church of about 5,000 members."
He said Park Cities is "a flagship church of the PCA."
Judge Barker said, "Rev. Tinsley is coming from one of the largest churches in America to the oldest church in Chattanooga." He noted that First Presbyterian was founded in 1840 - just after the Indian Removal.
He takes the place of Dr. Mike Milton, who left in December of 2007 to become president and professor of practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte.
The search committee interviewed a number of candidates during a year'long search.