Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06077.AH1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06077
Ministry Name Hitchcock Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 6 Greenacres Avenue
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone 914 723-3311
Fax 914 723-3648
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 15%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 15%
White 70%
Average Worship Attendance 174
Church School Attendance 125
Curriculum Grace Notes.
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   2 to 5 Years
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Mission, Community Outreach,
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:

“We come to be in the presence of God,

so that we can be the presence of God in the world around us.”

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

We strive to live out our mission statement both inside and outside our walls.

  • We celebrate our diversity and encourage fellowship among members.
  • We are challenged and inspired by thoughtful and powerful worship.
  • We support creative children’s and youth ministry programs. We hope to teach the next generation about faith in Jesus and love.
  • We integrate our exceptional music program deeply into our ministry and worship.
  • We provide pastoral care to make sure that members of the congregation of all ages and circumstances feel supported.
  • We offer adult education on Sunday mornings and during the week that is intellectually stimulating and deepens our individual and communal spiritual lives.
  • We provide members with opportunities for service both within the church and in the community.
  • We are a welcoming place for seekers and those who are new to faith.
  • We focus on the importance of stewardship to sustain the ministries of this church.
  • We make our facilities available to local organizations and community events.
  • We provide financial support to outside organizations whose work aligns with our vision.
  • We are a safe place of worship for all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. We are a PC(USA) More Light congregation.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

While Hitchcock is located in a generally affluent area, we are called to serve the broader community, which includes households with a wide range of socioeconomic circumstances. We want to connect to our neighbors of different faiths or of no faith, and we hope that our new associate pastor will help us to identify new opportunities consistent with our vision. Our current efforts include:

  • Preparing and delivering food and clothing to NYC's homeless population through Midnight Run.
  • Presbyterian Women’s activities, such as managing a thrift shop and donating the proceeds to charities, and preparing 200 meals monthly for a local soup kitchen.
  • Weekly Adult Forum and youth programs.
  • A Wednesday program that includes children’s choir practice, community dinner and Kerygma Studies for the adults.
  • Providing meeting space for AA.
  • A health ministry with several health care professionals.
  • Providing worship space for the Union Japanese Church of Westchester.
  • Hosting the New Choral Society, whose concerts are attended by the community.
  • Serving as a chartered organization for Cub Scout and Boy Scout troops.
  • Hosting community events, such as the annual Christmas Carol Sing and Party, Chili Cook-off and Lenten Organ Recitals.
  • Maintaining the Hitchcock School with certified teachers, offering an excellent pre-school education.
  • Living in America, which provides cultural and language immersion for international adults living in our community.
  • Monthly worship services for a local senior living facility.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

Our newly-created position, “Associate Pastor for Mission, Community Outreach, and Church Families”, will facilitate the next and most important step in Hitchcock’s evolution. We are thriving, enthusiastic, diverse and very active. With the addition of a full-time ordained pastor concentrating on mission and membership, we will be able to clarify, communicate and expand on what the Lord is calling us to do for our congregation, our community and the world.

Our vision for mission is to be the hands and feet of Christ. We desire to manifest the will of God through action.  Working with the mission committee, this position will help inspire, expand, and implement, current and new mission opportunities.  

Our vision for community outreach is to foster and to create connections within the walls of the church and beyond. We aim to extend the reach of the congregation into new communities without pretense.  This position, working with the membership and church growth committee, will help to increase the presence of Hitchcock in the community through community involvement, social media engagement, and new member development.  

Our vision for our church families is to nurture relationships with people of all ages and minister to the entire family unit.  Working with the Faith and Nurture Committee and the Hospitality Committee, as well as the Christian Education staff members, this position will seek to engage the entire family unit in spiritual growth and active participation. 

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • A pastor who is compassionate, nonjudgmental, approachable, and engaging. 
  • A visionary leader who is interested in our mission and outreach to the greater community.
  • A citizen of the world who appreciates and celebrates the blessing of our diversity.
  • A servant of God who is rooted theologically in the progressive Reformed tradition.
  • A strong communicator who is comfortable in a variety of settings, including social media.
  • A willing partner who is able to encourage, support, and develop our many existing programs.
  • An able representative of Hitchcock in the wider interfaith community.
  • A shepherd who, leading by example in both personal and professional life, inspires us in our journey to live as God would have us live.
  • An individual who is seeking a long-term relationship with Hitchcock Church.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The Associate Pastor for Mission, Community Outreach, and Church Families is a unique position that will reach across a broad but related range of the church’s activities.

Mission responsibilities include establishing and working with a mission committee, managing the mission budget, working with our current mission programs and planning mission excursion opportunities for members of all ages.

Community Outreach will involve projecting the vision and mission of Hitchcock beyond the walls of the church, establishing and working with a membership committee focused on church growth, and participating in local ecumenical and community organizations.

In the area of Church Families, our associate will work with the Christian Education staff related to our programs for children and youth, and will seek to extend ministry for the entire family unit through programming and social opportunities, with a focus on intergenerational interactions and relationship building.

In addition, as an ordained Presbyterian minister, the associate pastor will be involved in pastoral duties that include participation in worship and pastoral care for members of the congregation. While preaching every Sunday is not a requirement for this position, the ability to deliver a well-organized, meaningful sermon will be expected as many as 12 times a year.

Optional Links - Hitchcock Presbyterian Church – the first 100 years. - More Light Presbyterian

Leadership Competencies:
Media Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
Mr. John E. Gould
20 Ridgecrest West, Scarsdale, NY 10583
(914) 723-6332
Chairman of New Choral Society
Rev. Elizabeth Smith-Bartlett
Larchmont Avenue Church, 160 Park Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10583
(940) 390-8140
Former Minister of Formation and Nurture
Myrna Manners
67 Charlotte Place, Hartsdale, NY 10530
(718) 986-7255
Former member
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   10/11/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Elder Deborah Milcarek Address  655 Scarborough Rd, Scarborough, NY, 10510
Daytime Phone  410-404-8320 Office Phone  914-941-2100
Fax  Email
COM:   Yzette Swavy-Lipton ( or Jean Kaiser) Address 
Daytime Phone  914-262-4757 Office Phone 
Fax  914-941-2263 Email
PNC:  Catherine Manix Feintuch Address  32 Ferncliff Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Daytime Phone  (914) 419-9339 Office Phone 
Fax  Email