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MIF #: 05347.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05347
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Society of Buffalo
Mailing Address 724 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo , NY 14209
Phone 716-884-9437
Fax 716-884-3450
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 2%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 176
Church School Attendance 55
Curriculum • The Pre-School Age 3-5 Class follows the “Wee Believe” Curriculum • Grades 1-5 began following PSUSA’s “Growing in Grace and Gratitude” this y
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Western New York
Community Type Urban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Christian Education)
Experience Required:   0 to 2 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor of Youth and Christian Education
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:
Westminster is people in relationship with God and one another serving the community. 
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

For over one hundred sixty years, the people of Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) of Buffalo have been dedicated to worshiping God, growing together in faith, and serving together to strengthen our community.

In 1894, Westminster established Westminster Community House-the second settlement House in America! WPC’s outreach to immigrants and refugees in Western New York continues in various forms to this day. Through WEDI (Westminster Economic Development Initiative), as well as the centers of nurture and education we are able to provide on our campus with WECP (Westminster Early Childhood Program) and ENERGY, WEDI’s after-school tutoring program for children of refugees, we continue to develop key insights and our passion for urban mission. Westminster has a strong tradition of supporting social justice programs and outreach. We are also deeply committed to inter-faith dialogue and sharing friendship with congregations of all faiths. And we wholeheartedly embrace the ideal of neighborly love and equity, including gender equality. The first same-sex Presbyterian marriage in New York State was performed at Westminster in 2011.

Worship in Westminster’s beautiful, stain-glassed sanctuary is characterized by Rev. Dr. Thomas H. Yorty’s leadership in prayerful reflection and inspiring calls to action, and the awesome music, provided by Westminster’s highly-acclaimed choir, Organist and Director of Music, Garrett F. Martin.

Our motto is “Nurturing heart, mind and community.”

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

A natural extension of WPC’s life as a Christian community is its commitment to social justice. From its founding of America’s second settlement house on the East Side of Buffalo in 1894 to its establishment of the Westminster Economic Development Initiative (WEDI) in 2005 as a non-profit, small business coaching and loan program directed to underserved and immigrant communities in WNY, WPC has sought to aid and assist those who are underprivileged and live at the margins of society. Included in WEDI’s outreach is ENERGY, an after-school English language learner and mentoring program for children of new immigrants, located on the WPC campus and staffed with volunteers from the congregation and community. WPC’s newest mission partnerships are focused on the east side of Buffalo and include a developing relationship with First Shiloh Baptist Church as well as an extension of the WEDI initiative to this area in need. Westminster has also been a leading “More Light” congregation within the Presbyterian denomination, welcoming the full participation of WNY’s LGBTQ community. Finally, WPC’s multi-faith initiatives are extensive, and include deep ties with Temple Beth Zion that are nearly a century old and a relationship with the Muslim Public Affairs Council that dates from September 11, 2001. For all sharing WPC’s desire to serve the cause of peace and justice, we offer many opportunities to get involved and to grow – both as an individual and as a community.

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

We are a center of nurture and education, with a rich program of faith formation classes for adults as well as children. This position will support personal, spiritual education and growth. Additionally, it will encourage involvement in the life of the church and participation in the greater community to do God’s work. It is time to grow Westminster’s “Next Generation” for our important ministries.

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

Exceptional creativity, charisma, energy, and enthusiasm, as well as technological proficiency, communication and organization skills, initiative, persuasiveness, a sense of humor, a spirit of collaboration, and a strong work-ethic are requirements for this position.

The new Associate Pastor will be an enthusiastic educator, advocate, planner, and organizer for Westminster children, youth, and families—and will help Westminster build our “Next Generation.”

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

The primary focus of our new Associate Pastor (AP) will be the programs and processes of Christian education and nurture for families, children, and youth. The AP will participate in weekly planning of worship, and will advocate for the needs of children in the worship service and in the life of the church. The AP will be responsible for organizing the Sunday School, as well as fellowship and milestone events that involve children and youth. In addition the AP will work with WPC’s Committees to foster programming for the Congregation’s spiritual formation and growth from cradle to grave:

  • Assignments
  • Provide quality Christian Ed. programs
  • Encourage engagement in church life
  • Organize youth activities & fundraising
  • Participate in worship planning
  • Preaching as needed

  • Recruit/Advise
    • Sunday School teachers
    • Confirmation mentors
    • Christian Ed. & Youth Advisory Committees
    • Volunteers

  • Develop
    • Christian Ed. Budget
    • Curricula
  • Family Life programs
  • Communicate
    • Newsletter
    • Social media
    • Connect with Other Youth Programs

  • Children’s Ministry and Worship
    • Sunday School
    • Child Care
    • Weekly children’s message
    • Outreach to WECP families

  • Youth Ministry
    • Confirmation Class
    • Youth Fellowship
    • Mission Trips
    • Fundraising & grant writing
    • College outreach
    • Camps and Conferences

  • Adult Education
    • Spiritual Life
    • Case Library Series
    • Seniors program
    • Bible Study

  • Special Events
    • Rally Day
    • Bible gifting
    • Advent Workshop
    • Christmas Pageant
    • Palm Sunday Breakfast

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Leadership Competencies:
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $49,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Ken Hughes
First Presbyterian Church, One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY 14201
Co-Chair Committee on Ministry, Presbytery of West
Rev. Laura Norris-Buisch
Riverside Presbyterian Church, 84th St., Niagara Falls, NY 14304
716-283-9752, 716-713-636
Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Western NY
Rev. Leslie Latham
First Presbyterian Church of Tonawand, 149 Broad St., Tonawanda, NY 14150
Colleague in ministry
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Deadline date for this MIF:  (none)
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   12/18/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

COM:   Ken Hughes. Bruce Levine Address  425 Maryvale Dr Buffalo, NY 14225
Daytime Phone  Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Carol Greetham Address  111 Halwill Dr., Amherst, NY 14226
Daytime Phone  716-982-6769 Office Phone  716-310-8902
Fax  Email