Congregations Seeking Pastors

The Covenant Network encourages churches engaged in a pastor search to make full use of the PCUSA’s Church Leadership Connection and of their presbytery’s Executive Presbyter, Stated Clerk, and Committee on Ministry.

The following congregations that share Covenant Network’s vision of the church have openings on their pastoral staffs. Their Pastor Nominating Committees are particularly interested in considering candidates with a faithfully inclusive understanding of the church’s ministry and mission. Recommendations and self-referrals may be addressed to the PNC Chair.

Note to pastors: If you would also like to be part of our confidential file of pastors who have affirmed the Call to Covenant Community and are seeking or open to a new call, please contact Executive Director Brian Ellison.

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First Presbyterian Church
Logan, UT

Associate Pastor

Our church is Christ-centered yet open; scripture-based yet non-doctrinaire; thoughtful and serious yet filled with fun and laughter. We are seeking an energetic Associate Pastor with a vision and passion for encouraging children, youth, and adults to grow deeper and serve wider in their relationships with God and with each other. We need a leader who can navigate multiple arenas of service while cultivating and empowering lay leaders, and a teacher who can engage and challenge learners of all ages to exemplify Christ’s teachings in worship, education, fellowship, and outreach.

Website: http://www.firstpreslogan.com/.

MIF# 08884.AGo. For more information contact Merideth Thompson, APNC chair, at [email protected].

Information posted 2/13/17.

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Presbyterian Mission Agency
Louisville, KY

Unbound Managing Editor

This position is designed to strengthen the prophetic discipleship particularly of young adults in the church, by providing an online place for conversation and debate on matters of Christian conscience and public witness. It supports the work of both the Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) and the ministries of Compassion, Peace, and Justice (CPJ) by publicizing and interpreting experiences of engagement with many forms of social mission and social transformation. By lifting up issues before the General Assembly and the Presbyterian Mission Agency, it invites understanding and appreciation of broader church ministries as well. Unbound is structured as a PCUSA-operated website with its unique domain name and editorial advisors, who help guide its Reformed ethical thinking and outreach to online readers. As much as 25% of this position serves young-adult focused projects and organizing efforts of the Compassion, Peace, and Justice ministry area.

Website: www.justiceUnbound.org.

More information, including the link for applications, is available online here; and you may send a single-pageletter by February 23 to ACSWP Coordinator Chris Iosso.

Information posted 2/10/17.

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College of Wooster Center for Diversity and Inclusion
Wooster, OH

Chaplain

Come work with us!

The College of Wooster has a long tradition and commitment to a religiously and theologically diverse campus community. The Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain seeks to promote the values of the Center of Diversity and Inclusion and the College of Wooster’s graduate qualities concerning Religious Diversity to the Wooster Community. The Interfaith Chaplain is a member of the College of Wooster Division of Student Affairs and is housed within The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI).

See details here: https://wiki.wooster.edu/display/HREmpOpps/Henry+J.+Copeland+Interfaith+Chaplain.

Information posted 2/9/17.

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Friendship Presbyterian Church
Chicago, IL

Residency (Full-time)

Friendship Presbyterian Church is opening a residency program in partnership with the PCUSA 1001 New Worshiping Communities Program. The residency is focused on increasing the capacity of ministry leaders in new church and church redevelopment skills specifically in the areas of community organizing, building collaborative community partners, and experimenting with being the church in new ways.

Friendship will be transitioning to a co-locating and collaborative space model with not-for-profit partners in 2017, making it a great opportunity to get on-the-ground experience as part of a pastoral team in a congregation in a time of transition and on-going development.

This position should be of interest to seminarians seeking opportunities in new and developing churches. The position includes both a $15,000 housing stipend and an additional $15,000 stipend to cover living expenses, as well as a contribution to health coverage. It may become an ordainable position.

More information: https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/1001-2/apprenticeship/residency-in-chicago-friendship/.

Information posted 2/8/17.

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Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church
Norfolk, VA

Pastor

Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA is a welcoming, diverse, affirming and spiritual church with over 200 members.  The congregation is strongly committed and united in their mission of celebrating the gifts of God, following Jesus Christ and seeking to comfort and strengthen the lives of those we touch.  Royster is seeking a Spirit-filled leader who has five to ten years’ experience. Our new pastor will lead a diverse congregation that desires to be spiritually enriched through worship and service to the community as witnesses to God’s love and grace. Royster is an urban church, located about four miles north of downtown Norfolk. Norfolk is the center of a region with numerous recreational, cultural, and educational opportunities. Norfolk is located at the southern tip of the Chesapeake Bay, two hours from the mountains and twenty minutes from Virginia Beach.

Website: http://www.roysterpc.org/

MIF# 23102AA, or send a message to [email protected]

Information posted 2/7/16.

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Valley Presbyterian Church
Portola Valley, CA

Pastor

We are a vibrant, journey church, where we are encouraged to ask questions and explore our faith. Our community is centered on the deep belief that we are all beloved children of God and that nothing we do can separate us from this love. We are called to live our life out of this knowledge and, in gratitude, extend this love into the world through our actions and words. We value sermons that are thoughtful, creative, and challenging, and help us apply Biblical principles to our lives. We include singles, families, children, young adults, seniors, youth, artists, engineers, scientists, executives, teachers – even a farrier and a clown.  Like a family, our community is strongly connected and sustains each other through a high level of care and member participation in all aspects of our church life.

Website: valleypreschurch.org

MIF #: 04952.AB0

Information posted 1/28/17.

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First Presbyterian Church
New Haven, CT

Pastor/Head of Staff

First Presbyterian Church is a worshiping community of progressive Christian believers in the greater New Haven region.  We are a broadly diverse and welcoming congregation, and include people from New Haven and surrounding towns, as well as many from the university communities.

We gather on Sunday morning to worship God and throughout the week to be about the work of God in the world.  We are a part of the Reformed tradition, which means that we value the Word of God in Scripture, as we understand it in the midst of today’s world. In the Word of God read and proclaimed, in music which stirs the soul, in the nurture of children and adults, alike, we seek to serve God together.

We are looking for a pastor who is enthusiastic, compassionate, and welcoming to all people in a More Light Church.  We desire excellence in preaching,  with sermons which offer inspiring and incisive takes on Biblical texts and current topics.  We seek a pastor who can motivate and encourage older youth in the life of the church.  This person should be committed to leading and supporting the congregation in social justice work.

Website: www.fpcnh.org

MIF #: 04580.AB0

Information posted 1/25/17.

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Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church
New York, NY

Pastor/Head of Staff

Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church is seeking a pastor to be an inspiration for thought and conversation within our community, a leader for change, and a guide for a church that engages with the world. The congregation has a strong desire to welcome both congregants and applicants of different faith backgrounds, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, and gender identities.

Website: http://www.mapc.com/

MIF # 05641.AF0

Information posted 12/1/16.

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Central Presbyterian Church
Austin, TX

Pastor/Head of Staff

Central Presbyterian Church is a diverse and inclusive congregation in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. Central has been seeking the welfare of Austin and praying to the Lord on its behalf for 177 years. Our location a few blocks from the Texas Capitol, the seat of power, in one direction, and Front Steps, the Austin Regional Center for the Homeless, in the other direction, provides us with many opportunities to serve our community. We are seeking a Pastor to serve as Head of Staff and lead us in continuing to follow Christ as we nurture discipleship. Central has a tradition of leadership in Austin. We want to call a Pastor who will help us discern the next challenge that God has for us.

Website: http://cpcaustin.org/

[email protected]

Information posted 12/1/16.

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Fourth Presbyterian Church
Chicago, IL

Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership and Adult Education

Fourth Presbyterian Church is a light in the city reflecting the inclusive love of God. Comforted and challenged by the Gospel of Christ, we strive to be a welcoming, serving community. At the intersection of faith and life, we share God’s grace through worship, preaching, education, and ministries of healing, reconciliation, and justice. We affirm the worth of all and nurture each individual’s spiritual pilgrimage. Inspired by our heritage, we confront our future with hope and confidence in God’s purpose.

The new, unique role of Senior Associate Pastor for Leadership Development and Adult Education was defined by our Personnel Committee and Pastor to increase synergy and alignment so that we can more fully live into our vision and mission. Reporting to the Pastor, the SAP will be a close confidant of hers and responsible for three key areas: supervising pastoral staff, leadership development, and  adult education.

Website: http://fourthchurch.org/

MIF #: 01580.AP0

Information posted 12/1/16.

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Mount Washington Presbyterian Church
Cincinnati, OH

Pastor/Head of Staff

Our River is Deep & Wide

With many bridges to cross (and a ferry too!), you’ll enjoy life along the Ohio River in Cincinnati.  Since none of us can walk on water, we don’t expect our Head of Staff at Mount Washington Presbyterian Church to do so either.  Navigate to us at www.mwpc-church.org and click on Pastor Search for our Ministry Information Form.

Information posted 10/6/16.

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Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
Brooklyn, NY

Pastor

Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church (LAPC), a multi-racial, multi-cultural church located in vibrant Fort Greene, Brooklyn, seeks a dynamic, spiritually mature Solo Pastor to lead its congregation of over 200 members. The successful candidate will inspire us to apply Jesus’ teachings to a rapidly evolving community and help usher in a new phase of growth for this historic church. We hope to attract a pastor who embraces LAPC’s deep commitment to social justice, Christian education, and a rich music ministry rooted in faith. The church wants a leader who can help to increase active participation among our members and grow the number of families in our congregation, while also strengthening our financial base.

LAPC celebrates and welcomes all people, regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, religious background, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability or age.

Website:  http://www.lapcbrooklyn.org and http://www.lapcbrooklyn.org/#!pastor-search/c1xk5

MIF:  #05264.AA0.  Interested candidates can apply via the CLC or email their PIF, resume and cover letter directly to [email protected].

Information posted 8/24/16.

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Mount Auburn Presbyterian Church
Cincinnati, OH

Pastor/Head of Staff

Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church is searching for a solo pastor/head of staff to lead our committed progressive congregation.  A longtime advocate for full inclusion in our denomination, Mt. Auburn would like a Teaching Elder who is able, with our lay leadership, to guide us on our spiritual path and purpose.  Interested candidates may apply online through the PCUSA website.

Website: www.mtauburnpresby.org/

Refer to MIF #: 06284.AD0.  Or contact PNC chair Lynn Hailey at [email protected].

Information posted 5/4/16.

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Recent calls:

  • Newport Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, WA, has called the Rev. Roger Harwerth as Pastor, beginning in November 2016. He had been serving First Presbyterian Church of Pendleton, OR.
  • The Rev. Ken Henry, previously Pastor of Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA, began serving Westminster Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, VA, in August 2016.
  • Immanuel Presbyterian Church of McLean, VA, called the Rev. Katie Strednak Singer, formerly at Franklin (KY) Presbyterian Church, as Associate Pastor in July, 2016.
  • The new Pastor of the Presbyterian – New England Congregational Church of Saratoga Springs, NY, is the Rev. Kate Forer, who began her ministry with the congregation in April 2016.
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