UPDATE (3/23): Mayor Jackson tells Baristanet that he is first learning of Rev. Caldwell Gross’ leaving the BOE from the media and has not heard from him.
Montclair’s Board of Education will soon be down one of its members, just as the BOE comes closer to hiring the next Montclair Schools Superintendent.
The United Methodists of Greater New Jersey, in a statement dated March 11, 2018, announced that Rev. Jevon Caldwell Gross and his wife Nicole Caldwell Gross have accepted positions at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis:
Jevon Caldwell Gross, currently the pastor of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church of Montclair (“The Mark”) will be the Teaching Pastor and Nicole Caldwell Gross, currently the Director of Mission and Community Development will be Pastor of Missions in the Indianapolis Church beginning July 1, 2018. The Caldwell Grosses have always dreamed of being in ministry together and this appointment provides them with that opportunity
The BOE’s last meeting was March 19, but nothing has been said about the news. Indianapolis’s gain is Montclair’s loss — both for St. Mark’s United Methodist Church and the BOE. Mayor Robert Jackson will have to appoint someone to fill Caldwell Gross’s seat on the BOE. This is in addition to Jackson deciding whether to appoint two new board members or retain existing members Eve Robinson and Laura Hertzog — in just a few months.
Will Rev. Caldwell Gross still vote on the choice for new superintendent, or abstain, due to his upcoming departure from Montclair? The BOE meets again on March 28.