Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 00796.AG0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 00796
Ministry Name Calvary Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 2515 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone 415-346-3832
Fax N/A
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 8%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 90%
Average Worship Attendance 325
Church School Attendance 60
Curriculum Feasting on the Word + staff-adapted/created material
Yoked Church False
Community Type Urban
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (Multi-Staff Pastor, who supervised two or more teaching elders and other staff)
Experience Required:   10 Years or more
Specific Title:   Pastor & Head of Staff
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Calvary’s mission is to nurture and inspire our faith community to transform lives for Christ.

A full statement of our Mission, Vision & Values are included in the 2018 Mission Study and can be accessed at

What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We believe God is calling Calvary to a bold vision that seeks to be “the hands and feet of Jesus” – share the love we have received and ultimately transform lives for Christ. To do this, we aim to nurture our members while inspiring congregants to engage more deeply in issues affecting our brothers & sisters in the Bay Area and the world. 

Members enjoy how Calvary combines “old & new” and, as a 160+ year-old congregation, we continually strive to honor tradition and evolve. Our worship style is familiar to regular church goers while offering contemporary spiritual practices that open new ways to experience God for both long-timers and newcomers.

We offer an array of ministries (music, children, youth, seniors, education, Bible study) that fosters fellowship and builds community. Our programs and musical offerings regularly draw people from around the Bay Area.

Calvary’s Faith in Action program promotes a breadth of volunteer opportunities both inside and outside the church walls. Since 2014, we’ve developed deep partnerships with four non-profits focused on breaking cycles of poverty, which receive significant support in time, talent and treasure.

We strive to be a strong voice and champion for all God’s children. From our early advocacy on race- and gender-based inequality, hosting a support group during the 80s AIDS crisis and co-creating the SF Interfaith Council to our 2018 affirmation as a Sanctuary church, Calvary has a deep heritage of engaging in social justice.

How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

We see our constituency as all God’s children, encompassing those already engaged in Calvary and extending to our city, region, and world.

We believe that serving the spiritual, emotional and physical needs of Calvary members is core to our mission and strive to “feed our flock” through Sunday worship, prayer, bible study, education, music, fellowship, contemplative services, retreats, and pastoral care. This foundation powers our ability to reach out and support those in need beyond our walls.

In recent years, Calvary has intentionally chosen to be a more outwardly mission-oriented congregation and strives to be a tithing church. This is lived out through a diversity of volunteerism and partnerships with four key non-profits, noted above and detailed in our Mission Study.

We seek to understand and address issues of racial inequality and immigration. Our recent relationship with the historically black church Grace Tabernacle and current work with SF Achievers have helped promote a deeper understanding of contemporary racial concerns. Our Living Sanctuary team guides us on immigration issues, including adult and youth mission trips to the Mexico border, direct support for local immigrants and refugees, and discussions in the congregation.

Calvary publicly declares itself an open and progressive congregation, with banners on the façade reflecting the Black Lives Matter movement, LGBTQ inclusion, and that “We welcome everyone.” With God’s help, we hope to live into that promise.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We have an ambitious vision to continue growing in faith and achieve our Mission, Vision & Values. As the steward of this vision, our Pastor will be a visible leader in the church and a strong voice for Calvary in the city.

To Nurture and Inspire spiritual development, s/he will provide excellent preaching and ensure cohesive, rich worship services, provide pastoral care, and empower staff and leaders to help Calvary grow in faith and in numbers. 

To Create Community, s/he will sustain and create avenues for fellowship, embrace diversity and help bridge diverse viewpoints, and work with lay leaders in building a sustainable financial foundation, enabling Calvary to be a beacon of Christ’s love into the future.

To Transform Lives for Christ, s/he will challenge us to live out our faith, inspire us to engage more deeply with those in need, and guide us on issues that call for justice, love, or mercy.

This will require strong, graceful leadership, and though our goals are ambitious, our next Pastor can take comfort in the abiding strength of Calvary. We are an energetic, engaged congregation with an historically significant physical footprint, a talented staff, financial resources, a compelling history, and a willingness to continue listening to what God calls us to be in the world.

Our hope is that our next leader will be a person with the vision, commitment and spiritual depth to guide our church forward for the next 10+ years.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

In Calvary’s next Pastor & Head of Staff, we are seeking:

A prophetic, inspirational preacher and teacher who can work collaboratively and creatively with love and imagination to bring God’s Word to the people through worship and the daily life of the church. 

A person with a future-oriented mindset about what the church can be and who understands the evolving landscape that faith communities must address to remain vital. 

A person who desires to connect in authentic ways beyond Sundays and can provide pastoral care to a wide variety of people.

S/he will have the capacity to engage our congregation effectively in challenging issues, work to build bridges and lead us toward a shared vision for the future.

A skilled communicator and influencer who can clearly convey vision and new ideas, articulate decision-making trade-offs, and effectively address conflict through the power of listening and empathy. S/he will be knowledgeable about how technology and modern communication channels can enable outreach and community engagement.

An energetic, resilient leader who is emotionally mature and confident in his/her leadership ability, while having the humility to know what s/he doesn’t know and is not afraid to ask for help or be challenged to hear and seek new perspectives.

Organizationally savvy and adept at building alignment across a diverse staff in order to deliver high-quality programs and ministries; can skillfully navigate the complexities of a large, historic, urban church.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Calvary’s Pastor & HOS will preach inspiring, relevant sermons connecting Scripture to the challenges and opportunities of today, striving to stimulate the mind and stir the heart. Through work with the Director of Music and other pastors, s/he will deftly integrate preaching and teaching with music to create worship experiences that bring God’s Word to life. 

As we seek to live out our current Mission, Vision & Values, s/he will lead Session in achieving our goals as well as guide the evolution of our strategic vision over time so that we remain true to where God calls us in the future.

S/he will be a strong voice for Calvary externally as we work with others such as the SF Interfaith Council, SF Presbytery, Bay Area Faith in Action, and key mission partners, to help make God’s love visible in our city and world.

S/he will balance responsible management of current financial resources while supporting stewardship programs to stimulate more generous giving among those currently pledging while encouraging non-givers to pledge, and will participate in discussions related to the Calvary Foundation, a separate 501(c)(3) legal entity, which is a partial funder of Calvary ministries.

S/he will supervise and partner with our other pastors, program and administrative staff to ensure cohesiveness across ministry programs. As a part of this, s/he will partner with the Personnel Mission Team and Session in how we evolve our staff to effectively and efficiently support our ministries.

Optional Links

We encourage candidates to consult these resources for additional information.

- Our church website: Calvary Presbyterian Church

- Fall 2018 Mission Study:

- Key mission partners: Rafael House, SF Achievers, New Door Ventures, Boys & Girls Club,

- SF Interfaith Council:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $145,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Maggi Henderson
1751 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
Pastor, Old First Presbyterian Church & Calvary’s
Rev. Glenda Hope
249 Niagra Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Co-Founder, San Francisco SafeHouse; attends Calva
Rev. Dr. James L. McDonald
105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo, CA 94960
President and Professor of Faith and Public Life,
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   4/7/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Elder Jennifer Sacramento Streett Address  545 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA, 94530
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (510) 849-4393
Fax  Email
COM:   Betty Delaney Address  47 Exeter Street
Daytime Phone  (415) 656-0705 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Jennifer Gee Address  2443 Fillmore Street #337
Daytime Phone  415-254-6463 Office Phone  N/A
Fax  N/A Email