Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06453.AK0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06453
Ministry Name Worthington Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 773 High St.
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone 614 885 5355
Fax 614 885 3101
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition White 99%
Other 1%
Average Worship Attendance 398
Church School Attendance 36
Curriculum Godly Play (K-1), Sparkhouse (2-6)
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Youth)
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor for Youth Ministry
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:
"Brought to you by Jesus . . . to make a difference" is the statement that inspires the congregation of Worthington Presbyterian Church in worship and in service. Similarly, the youth in our congregation are dedicated to "Be better together, growing in faith through connections, discipleship and service to others. #BetterTogether"
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

Members of Worthington Presbyterian Church (WPC) are inspired to make a difference in themselves and in others because of Jesus Christ and the Good News he shared. We are committed to nurture our congregation so that we are equipped and motivated to use our time, talents and resources in service to others.

WPC's history traces back to 1805 and has a rich tradition of ministry. Current ministries are addressed in the 2018 Ministry Overview, found online here:

Our mission outreach extends from our community to the world with "hands-on" and financial support. Continuing projects include monthly community dinners, supplying food pantries, PCUSA Emergency Relief, Our Lady of Guadalupe Center, lunches for the homeless and Thanksgiving dinner boxes. Special projects include Montana de Luz (AIDS orphanage in Honduras), Romanian relief, Mission to the USA Program, St. Columba's Church (South Africa), mission trip weekends and mission scholarships.

WPC's approach to youth mission service is no different than that for adults. We teach and model life-long service. From the earliest point, we begin with age appropriate, relatable projects, such as tying fleece blankets for foster children. Once youth are of middle and high school ages, they understand its importance and enthusiastically participate in things such as annual summer mission trips, CROP Walk, car washes, adopt-a-family, raking leaves for seniors, visiting with members at retirement centers and more.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

One emerging need that we have identified is the opioid crisis. WPC has become actively involved in Drug Safe Worthington, which provides education and resources related to this far-reaching epidemic as well as to all the substance abuse challenges facing our community.

Access to quality education is another. A few miles away from WPC is a school in the Columbus district, Salem Elementary. Here, there is a significant impoverished population that struggles with barriers that prevent learning. Many students are on free/reduced cost lunches during the school year. WPC members tutor at the school, provide books and backpacks, and provide food for children whose hunger is getting in the way of their education.

Finally, another identified emerging need is affordable housing, especially for seniors. We are actively involved with Stafford Village, a lower-cost housing facility for seniors. New owners plan to rebuild Stafford Village and displace residents for a time. Residents are concerned, so WPC has stepped in to provide counseling, guidance and pastoral care, as well as transportation for residents and even use of WPC's fellowship hall as Stafford's community center. Another housing-related activity in the works currently is to build portions of a Habitat for Humanity house directly in front of the church on the Village Green, April 26-28. We expect this to bring additional attention to the issue of affordable housing and to garner support for that non-profit's mission.

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

The youth ministry works diligently to nurture and direct the gifts of junior and senior youth to fulfill all aspects of the church's mission. While this position is a bridge with the youth in our congregation, in WPC, there is little difference between the expectations – and opportunities – presented to our youth versus the adult population. In this position, we are looking for a new leader but also a "boots on the ground" team member.

There are endless possibilities for how this position can contribute to our vision and mission goals. We support creativity and personal style. We think it's important for this youth leader to meet youth where they are, both emotionally and socially (not just at church but maybe at school activities, sports, coffee shops, Graeters Ice Cream store, etc.). It is our hope that this person will guide our youth in development of a long-term, sustainable mission project owned by the youth.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We want someone who loves Jesus, has a contagious faith and models for all ages a living, growing faith.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

In 2015, WPC Session acted to create the first full-time Youth Ministry position at WPC, recognizing the unique challenges today’s young people face. Our search for that initial call was guided by the principles in Sustainable Youth Ministry. Today, the ministry has grown to embody those principles. We feel the person coming into the role will, along with the other pastoral leadership and congregation, refine this ministry to align with the six core commitments found in Growing Young:

  1. Unlock keychain leadership
  2. Empathize with today’s young people
  3. Take Jesus’ message seriously
  4. Fuel a warm community
  5. Prioritize young people (and families) everywhere
  6. Be the best neighbors
A detailed job description with specific tasks and assignments is available upon request from the chair of the nominating committee, Mr. Taylor Surface.
Optional Links

Worthington Presbyterian Church: , 2018 Ministry Overview
City of Worthington:
Worthington Schools:
Columbus newspaper:
Suburban newspaper:
Worthington Community Center:
Worthington Farmers Market:
Presbytery of Scioto Valley:
Experience Worthington:
Experience Columbus:

Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Lifelong Learner
Technologically Savvy
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $51,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: N/A
Name Relation
Reverend Tim Jones
236 Thornapple Trail, Delaware, OH 43015
740 272 8309
PCUSA COM Liaison, former WPC Parish Associate, 20
Mr. Keenan Blanke
201 Chaucer Ct., Worthington, OH 43085
614 580 6199
Former WPC Youth Director (Part-time), Volunteer A
Mr. Bill Gilbert
7529 Ravens Nest Ct., Columbus, OH 43235
614 439 0155
Former Volunteer Confirmation Class Teacher, Youth
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   3/6/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   REVEREND DR. JEANNIE HARSH Address  4131 N. High St., Suite B, COLUMBUS OH 43214-3001
Daytime Phone  (614)-562-1775 Office Phone  (614) 847-0565
Fax  (614) 847-4359 Email
COM:   Rev. Jeri-Lynne Bouterse Address  4131 N. High St., Suite B, COLUMBUS OH 43214-3001
Daytime Phone  724-467-0644 Office Phone 
Fax  (614) 847-4359 Email
PNC:  Taylor Surface Address  5849 Olentangy Blvd
Daytime Phone  614 783 8180 Office Phone 
Fax  Email