Steve Petrunak, president and CEO of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians since May 2017, wrote to the membership today to inform them of restructuring in the organization’s national office in Silver Spring, MD. Longtime employees Paul Lagoy, secretary and mail clerk, and Peter Maher, formerly chief operations officer and more recently director of conventions and institutes, are leaving NPM. In the letter to members Petrunak thanked them “for their long and dedicated service to our Association and its members” and wished them God’s blessings in the future.
Noting that “the landscape is changing,” Petrunak wrote that “NPM must also embrace change if we are to be a vibrant and relevant association.” He cited churches closing and merging in some parts of the country, and the association “may face similar strains in the years to come.” A recent member survey showed that 3 out of 4 members are over age 50, and that the membership remains substantially homogeneous while the U.S. becomes more diverse.
“I have determined, with the support of our Board of Directors, that the current National Office organizational structure is no longer adequate to meet our needs,” Petrunak wrote. “A restructure of our staff and operations is under way here in Silver Spring, Maryland. I am confident that it will help us to better serve our mission and our members, and do so in an economically viable way.”
Petrunak plans to share more about staffing and operations in coming days and weeks, as NPM positions itself for “an exciting and challenging future.”