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. They have also indicated full openness to consideration of openly LGBTQ+ candidates. Recommendations and self-referrals may be addressed to the PNC Chair.

If you are an LGBTQ candidate or minister seeking a call and would like assistance navigating the process, information on congregations who are seeking a pastor, or any other support, please contact Executive Director Brian Ellison.


Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church
Shepherdstown, WV


Shepherdstown Presbyterian Church (SPC) is an inclusive spiritual community. We welcome all who long for meaning, hope, and belonging. Our faith and practice are rooted in the way of Jesus and are enriched by wisdom from all sources. We are committed to being and becoming a people of radical compassion, working for justice and wholeness in ourselves and in the world. We are engaged with the exploration of racism and white privilege, support for migrant and immigrant families, solidarity with the Muslim community, affirmation of LGBTQIA+ people, donations for children in need, a ministry to homeless people, and environmental stewardship – which we emphatically demonstrated when we became one of the first solar churches in WV. As a school of love, we strive to be lifelong learners as our understanding of God’s love grows deeper and we discern what God is calling us to do.

We are seeking a pastor who will help us maintain the vibrant and progressive spirit of our congregation and lead us toward becoming a more fully inclusive and genuinely multicultural organization.  We seek a spiritually mature and engaging preacher with the ability to inspire and empower a diverse and questioning congregation. Our pastor will help us continue a tradition of creative liturgy, collaborative leadership and a vibrant music ministry, and be committed to supporting our strong education programs, with particular attention to children, youth, and college students. We are a thriving, multigenerational congregation of about 350 members, currently celebrating our 275th anniversary. We are located in a small, historic university town, just a little more than an hour from Washington, DC to the south and Baltimore, MD to the east.

Learn more by emailing [email protected].

See our MIF #23213.AC0

Posted 12/12/18


Westminster Presbyterian Church
Charlottesville, VA

Associate Pastor for University and Social Justice Ministry

Westminster Presbyterian Church of Charlottesville, VA (PCUSA) seeks an Associate Pastor for University and Social Justice Mission. We stand ready to welcome an innovative and compassionate minister to join our Head of Staff and our Associate Pastor for Christian Formation in sharing leadership of a diverse and inclusive 600-member church founded in service to the University of Virginia (UVA). Our congregation values intellectual and theological curiosity, community activism, justice work and witness, and environmental stewardship. This position requires a gifted media communicator and public speaker, as well as a pastoral advisor attuned to the particular needs and hopes of university students and faculty. This person must possess an eagerness to work toward ecumenical and multicultural partnerships within the larger community. Westminster enjoys a beautiful and historic setting in view of  the Blue Ridge Mountains and adjacent to UVA, a UNESCO World Heritage site designed by Thomas Jefferson. We encourage recent seminary grads and those recently or soon-to-be ordained to apply.

Learn more by emailing [email protected].

See our MIF #22646.AF0

Posted 12/7/18



Central Presbyterian Church
Atlanta, GA

Pastor/Head of Staff

Central Presbyterian Church, located in downtown Atlanta, is currently searching for a new pastor and head of staff to serve our vibrant, inclusive and justice-seeking congregation. Our Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC) is hard at work receiving and reviewing Pastor Information Forms (PIF) from potential candidates. The committee is listening to the ways that the Spirit moves in this process and is faithfully considering who our community is called to bring here as our next church leader.


See our MIF #22073.AFO

Posted 12/7/17


Broad Street Ministry
Philadelphia, PA


Broad Street Ministry is a broad-minded Christian community that practices radical hospitality and works for a more just world through civic engagement. It seeks to be dynamic in its expression of worship, embracing those on the margins of faith, those who are on the margins of society, and those who have enjoyed the embrace of the church.


See our MIF #79068.AA or email [email protected].

Information updated 8/10/17



Recent calls (previously listed on this page):

  • Collegiate Presbyterian Church, Ames, Iowa, called the Rev. Brett Becker as pastor/head of staff in July 2018. He previously served churches in Oregon, Montana and California.
  • St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach, Calif., called the Rev. Hayes Noble as associate pastor in July 2018. Hayes served churches previously in California.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Morgantown, W.V., called the Rev. Zac Morton as pastor in March 2018. The organizing pastor of The Mustard Seed Project in Suwanee, Ga., Zac began his service in May.
  • Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church called the Rev. Jenny McDevitt as pastor/head of staff in April 2018. She will be installed this fall. She had previously served at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS.
  • Second Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Mo., called the Rev. Travis Winckler as pastor in January 2018.
  • First Presbyterian Church, Logan, Utah, called the Rev. Meg Vail as associate pastor in January 2018. She began serving in March.
  • The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, named the Rev. Alexander Serna-Wallender the Henry J. Copeland Interfaith Chaplain. effective July 5, 2017.
  • Wauwatosa (Wisconsin) Presbyterian Church called the Rev. Brett Swanson as co-pastor in November 2017. He previously served churches in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
  • Friendship Presbyterian Church in Chicago called the Rev. Sarah Jordan as pastoral resident. She was ordained in October 2017 after graduating in May from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
  • Royster Memorial Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, VA, called the Rev. Brian Harroff in September 2017. He most recently served two interim pastorates in Scioto Valley Presbytery.
  • First Presbyterian Church in New Haven, CT, called the Rev. J.C. Cadwallader, beginning in September 2017. She comes from National Capital Presbytery where she served in two extended interim pastorates.
  • Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago called the Rev. Lucy Forster-Smith as senior associate pastor for leadership development and adult education in October 2017. She served most recently as Sedgwick Chaplain to the University and Senior Minister in The Memorial Church at Harvard University.
  • Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley, CA, called the Rev. Jenny Warner as its new pastor, beginning September 1, 2017. She most recently served as pastor for justice, spirituality and community at First Presbyterian Church, Bend, Oregon.
  • Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati, OH, called the Rev. Debbie Whaley as Pastor/Head of Staff in September 2017. She most recently served as Interim Pastor at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA.

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