Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 05597.AD2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 05597
Ministry Name Setauket PC
Mailing Address 5 Caroline Avenue
Setauket, NY 11733
Phone 631-941-4271
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 4%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 88
Church School Attendance 22
Curriculum Pre k - 7 Sparkhouse, 7 -12 Living for the word
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:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

As active disciples of Christ, we celebrate and share the love of God among ourselves and others

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

We envision our ministry as being one of faith, action and outreach to encompass the many facets of not only our congregation but of the larger area we serve. As a living example of Christ’s love, we live out our commitment to mission 12 months a year through:

  • Soup Kitchen
  • Open Door Exchange--an outreach ministry created by our church that redistributes quality furniture to those in need, and provides English language instruction and outreach in the community
  • Declaring ourselves a Sanctuary church
  • Welcoming and supporting LGBTQ individuals in our congregation and the broader community as a More Light and Covenant Network church
  • Christian Education and Fellowship as spiritual formation inclusive of living the Word in action on social issues, e.g., systemic racism, immigration, labor issues and parenting
    • children (church school, youth group, confirmation class)
    • adults (Sunday classes, Bible study, book group, small groups, congregation-wide reading, Founders Circle, Cuba sister-church partnership, Mexican border study trip, interfaith activities)
  • Participation in the Matthew 25 Initiative
  • Emergency Assistance Fund and Weekly Food Drive
  • Maureen's Haven - meals and overnight accomodations, 1 night/week, to undomiciled women    

We are blessed in our ability to carry out our vision, in part due to a bequest that SPC received in 2016. The bequest, known as The Kingsley Gillespie Charitable Trust, Bank of America N.A., Trustee, provides a sizeable sum for the church to use, with no stipulation attached. 

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

We seek to work humbly, collaboratively and proactively with the surrounding community to bring a shared sense of ownership in listening, learning and addressing existing and emergent community needs. Our congregation feels a strong Biblical imperative to help those whose needs have been negatively impacted by changing social policies, and to bring voice to the oppressed. The staff has increased and is changing. In July 2019 we added a full time assistant pastor for community outreach, who in May 2021 became our installed associate pastor. In 2020, we hired a director of spiritual formation (30 hrs/week), and in 2021, a director of communications joined the staff. We currently employ a minister of music 30 hrs./week, and the office manager/assistant to the pastor 27.5 hrs./wk. In addition we staff an active preschool to which we currently provide additional support resultant from the pandemic.
Money from the Gillespie Fund enabled our church to hire the Assistant (now Associate) Pastor for Community Outreach, increase our worship and music program, and consider other discretionary spending and projects, through a process led by the stewardship committee. Certain staff increases (described above) are now part of our budget. A portion of the Gillespie fund supplies approximately half of our annual budget. Along with congregational contributions, the fund provided for a significant portion of the recently completed rebuilding of the church’s Schantz pipe organ.

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

Our assistant pastor for community outreach, director of spiritual formation, minister of music, director of communications, and office manager, will continue to work as a team to build upon the accomplishments achieved under the outstanding leadership of our outgoing interim pastor. With this team and the congregation, the incoming pastor/head of staff will broaden the church’s community outreach and grow already vibrant ministries, as we strive to become increasingly relevant in a changing world, always seeking to glorify God and to do God’s will. The pastor will execute the church’s vision born of our recent comprehensive mission planning, which prioritized strengthening worship and music, expanding outreach, and increasing spiritual formation. The pastor will help with unifying the membership in support of prioritized capital expenditures and infusing actions with Jesus’ love and the spirit of God. First and foremost, our pastor must be a champion of social justice. 

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

We seek a leader who will unify our church family and our community while continuing to honor diversity of opinion and of action within that family and community. The pastor must have biblical interpretive skills, preach sermons that address current real-life situations within a biblical framework, provide financial administrative oversight, have an ability to build partnerships in mission and ministry, be technologically adept, have good problem-solving and listening skills, manage crisis intervention and conflict management, and work collaboratively at team building.

We seek an individual who is an excellent communicator, highly organized and open in mind and spirit with a positive outlook. An ideal candidate will be spiritually mature and able to maintain healthy boundaries as well as having an understanding of congregations as emotional systems. The candidate must be willing to overcome obstacles and take on challenges to strengthen the congregation.

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

Word and Sacrament: Plan and lead worship services, preach the word of God, administer the Sacraments monthly, call the congregation to personal faith in Christ and prepare congregants for membership, including participation in membership classes.

Pastoral: Create a church culture that embodies Christ’s example of servant leadership, officiate at weddings, officiate at services for the deceased, counsel families and individuals of the church, visit the sick at home and in the hospital, contact inactive members, contact prospective members and teach as appropriate.
Administration: serve as Moderator of Session, partner with elected church leadership to communicate our vision and direction, and provide guidance to church ministries. Serve as head of staff, supervising and coordinating all work of other members of the staff, develop and administer performance reviews of all staff that report to the pastor, and recommend staff changes as appropriate.  The pastor will represent SPC in the Presbytery, attend Presbytery meetings, ensure that Session receives appropriate reports on the activities of the Presbytery as necessary, and serve in such capacities as the Presbytery may request or direct.   

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $110,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Marie Zupka-Ludder
1106 Drew Drive, St. James, NY
Past CE Director at SPC; Current Member
Stephanie (Stevie) Morris
4814 Meriwood Dr. NE, Lacey, WA 98516
Former Member, Elder, Deacon, Head of Historical C
Gretchen Olson Kopp
8240 Keystone Drive, Omaha, NE 68134
Former Member, Active on multiple committees
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   1/3/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (631) 499-7171
Fax  (631) 499-7063 Email
COM:   Ms. Patricia Francis Address 
Daytime Phone  516-652-4490 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Roxanne Mollo Address  94 Van Brunt Manor Road, East Setauket, NY 11733
Daytime Phone  631-987-7768 Office Phone  914-843-8586
Fax  631-751-3023 Email