Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 04225.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04225
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood
Mailing Address 100 East Adams Avenue
Kirkwood, MO 63122
Phone 314-965-0326
Fax 314-965-3861
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 97%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 300
Church School Attendance 173
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude for Sunday School; Faith for Life from GenOn Ministries for Logos, our youth education mid-week ministry program
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor / Head of Staff
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   MDiv or higher from a certified seminary
Brief Church Mission Statement:

We are called to be a welcoming and supportive community whose inspiring worship of God encourages everyone to deepen their faith and to respond to the needs of the world with the compassion of Christ.

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

In all that we do, we seek to be faithful to Jesus Christ and to love God and our neighbors. Worship is our response to the grace and love of Christ and lies at the center of our common life as Reformed Christians. We are an open and affirming congregation. We welcome all people into the life of our community of faith, encouraging everyone to fully participate in furthering God’s ministry. Our active music program expresses our conviction that music in worship has great power to enrich our faith. We are committed to offering both traditional and contemporary worship services.

We are here to tell a story – the story of Jesus’s love and how that love has affected our lives as individuals and as a congregation. At First Presbyterian, people of varying backgrounds and perspectives join in community to serve others and express their faith in action. Congregation members are empowered to take the initiative in identifying mission projects.

We recently became a Matthew 25 congregation, making a commitment to building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism, and eradicating systemic poverty.

Christian education is central to our life together. We provide a wide variety of Sunday morning opportunities for adult education. Active book clubs and study groups provide a range of opportunities for mutual reflection and support. Our vibrant youth education ministry features a successful mid-week LOGOS program for kindergarten through eighth grade.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

We believe Christ calls today’s church to be a transforming agent in the world.  Serving in our community is an important way we live out our faith and fulfill the teachings of Christ. Our commitment as a Matthew 25 congregation is evident through a range of activities such as the ones noted below.  A more complete list of hands-on mission projects is on our web site at  

Senior High Work Camp

  • Each summer since 1969 youth and adult volunteers spend two weeks working to make life better for people in need and enjoy fellowship.

Adult Mission Trips

  • Working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, we commit to responding to the need for disaster recovery work following major storms.

Rise Against Hunger

  • Once a year we package meals that can be sent anywhere in the world where there is need for emergency food. In the last six years we've packaged over 75,000 meals.


  • Kirkcare is a local community food and financial assistance organization helping citizens in Kirkwood. Kirkcare bags are distributed several Sundays throughout the year and as needs arise.

Christmas Giving Trees

  • Giving trees help support needy families and children. Ornaments decorated by Sunday School children list items of need; congregants purchase items in time for Christmas.

Welcome Thy New Neighbor

  • We assist new immigrants to the community as they adjust to life in St. Louis.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Our mission to serve God and others is solid.  We need a leader who is approachable, nimble, caring, and can bring a vision for the future to grow our congregation, building upon our gifts in worship, music, community engagement and youth programming.  This position will serve collaboratively with staff and church members, affirming their value in their service to the church, and empower a path to continue to serve those in need.  This will come from promoting opportunities for learning and fellowship as well as sermons that inspire us on our mission.

More specifically, our Pastor and Head of Staff is expected to:

  • Continually encourage members/friends to welcome and engage with others
  • Provide vision and strategic leadership for Session and the entire church family
  • Joyfully, diplomatically, and creatively challenge us to be responsive to the Spirit’s leading
  • Provide pastoral care, leadership, physical presence, and spiritual development for the congregation in collaboration with staff, elders, deacons, etc.
  • Value the contributions of our staff and congregants
  • Foster a strong sense of belonging
Appreciate our history and work with us to articulate a compelling future vision, craft strategies to move forward and walk with us as we live into this vision; for to be a growing church, we must continue to shift our focus from not just gathering but also connecting.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We are seeking a Pastor / Head of Staff who is connected to the congregation and can engage from the pulpit as well as provide leadership to the staff and in pastoral care.  The defining characteristics we seek are these: 


  • God of love: reflects God as inclusive, relational and loving, present in our world today
  • Spirituality over dogma: embodies a spirit of kindness and mercy, empathy and compassion
  • Joyous: uplifting and encouraging
  • Challenging: a faith that is ever-growing; a work in progress personally and as a pastor

Spiritual Nourishment of the Congregation

  • Thought-provoking: lead one to consider the topic after the service, reflect issues of the day
  • Intellectually stimulating, introduce new ways of understanding the faith
  • Call to a lived faith: encourage steps to bring the message to life, lead to transformation/spiritual renewal


  • Leads by engaging others: respected by staff as their team leader
  • Administrative skills: experience as a leader, works with Session to express a clear vision and sense of direction,  demonstrated achievements
  • Cherishes others, comfortable with self, sense of humor
  • Values the work of volunteers

Social Justice

  • Social implications in scripture and faith: makes connections between scripture and how we live our faith, demonstrated commitment to social justice issues
  • Action in support of the common good: by example, leading social justice action that aligns with First Pres values, touching lives of those in need
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Our Pastor / Head of Staff will fulfill all the functions of an ordained Presbyterian minister of the word and sacraments.


  • Plan and lead worship together with the Director of Music Ministries and Associate Pastor
  • Prepare and deliver engaging and well-planned sermons in traditional and contemporary worship services
  • Provide opportunities, when appropriate, for worship education


  • Serve as Moderator of the Session and advise committees and ministry teams
  • Serve as Head of Staff for 5 full-time and 3-4 part-time staff members
  • Oversee day to day office administration
  • Shares staff resourcing for Finance and Buildings & Grounds committees
  • Provide leadership and resources to support continued mission work
  • Provide leadership and resources for stewardship campaigns

Congregational Care

  • Provide and coordinate compassionate care to the congregation and community through counseling and home/hospital visits together with our other care teams
  • Officiate at weddings and funerals, and administer Sacraments

Faith Formation

  • Provide annual leadership training for all church officers
  • Serve as resource for those responsible for Faith Formation


During this interim time, Session has reviewed personnel policies and procedures, and engaged an outside consultant to work with members of the church’s staff team on building trust and creating a staff covenant in preparation for the coming pastoral transition
Optional Links

Worship at First Pres

Music at First Pres

Hands-on Mission at First Pres

Mission Partners

Archive of Biweekly Church Newsletters

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Culturally Proficient
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $121,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Elizabeth Kanerva
Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery, 1001 Craig Rd., Ste. 170, St. Louis, MO 63146
(314) 722-2395
our liaison to Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery’s Commi
Dr. Clint McCann
Eden Seminary, 475 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves, MO 63119
Professor at nearby seminary
Rev. Julie Allen Berger
4035 Magnolia Place, Saint Louis, MO 63110
(314) 537-2417
retired pastor; former Associate Pastor of our con
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   9/26/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Ryan Landino Address  1001 Craig Rd #170, St Louis, MO, 63146
Daytime Phone  Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Sue Hosack and Ron Evens, Co-Chairs Address  2708 Manderly Drive, St. Louis MO 63144 [Sue]
Daytime Phone  (314) 315-0111 [Sue] Office Phone  (314) 313-1349 [Ron]
Fax  Email