Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 06841.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 06841
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 353 E. Pine Street
Wooster, OH 44691
Phone 330-263-2398
Fax n/a
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 3%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1%
White 94%
Average Worship Attendance 65
Church School Attendance 8
Curriculum n/a
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   2 to 5 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:

We are an Intentionally Inclusive Church. 
Westminster embraces the “house” metaphor for our community.
We have a strong sense of hospitality and desire to be a welcoming and inclusive church for all. 
We endeavor to give voice to a progressive expression of Christianity that emphasizes among other things:

    • intellectual integrity in matters of faith; acceptance of all people regardless ethnicity, creed, age, cultural background or sexual orientation

    • openness toward the value of other religious renditions

    • a strong commitment to social justice, peacemaking and the care of our planet

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

At the heart of this position is a deep desire of the congregation to engage and lead us  in Social Justice issues, working towards resolutions through peaceful means. Our Mission Cohort’s annual report in 2017 summarized some of the specific ministries and general areas that have been supported through the efforts, energy, and financial support of the congregation. We advocate and support issues of racial justice, immigration and LGBTQIA+.

    We work on local economic justice concerns like Wayne County Habitat for Humanity, Meals on Wheels, The Salvation Army, Help Me Grow and The Hope Fund.  There are health concerns that we participate in like The Startzman Free Clinic, Planned Parenthood, Central American Medical Outreach and One-Eighty, a women’s shelter.  Also, there are international concerns such as the Israel/Palestine conflict and PCUSA missions. We have participated in the Church World Services hygiene and health kits preparation for many years.

    Along with all of these, we are a congregation in residence at The College of Wooster.  The College of Wooster is a four year liberal arts college with roots in the PC(USA). A main focus (not the only one) is our ministry to students and faculty by providing them with a place to feel at home in a church and a welcoming place to exhibit their faith. Westminster’s Director of Student Ministries is charged with providing time to supporting College of Wooster programs in conjunction with their Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

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

In addition to the ministries described in Question 1, we are active in ministering to disadvantaged members of the congregation, supported by the Congregational Care Committee. Another important aspect of ministry for the congregation is our work with College of Wooster students, which has included outreach through UKirk (a group for college students), support for students who are involved in the Living Wage Campaign on campus and Greenhouse (an environmental organization on campus). Many of these activities are coordinated by our Director of Student Ministries. The Vegan Potluck, held monthly at the church during the school year, is an occasion for students, congregation, and community members to gather for food and conversation.  

In addition, the Mission Cohort noted that other issues like prison reform, legal aid/support for those unable to afford it, addiction recovery, environmental justice, and gun violence, affect the lives of all peoples and are on our minds and in our hearts. 

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

The person we hire will help to provide initiative, inspiration, leadership, and coordination for this mission and to the congregation. They will be the leader who works with the congregation to guide them through the support of selected initiatives throughout the year.  They will essentially be Westminster’s “spokesperson” in the community and through the media as we work for social justice for all.

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

Westminster is looking for a person who exemplifies the qualities as stated in question 3.  This person must come with strong leadership skills, the ability to work with the congregation and community in a collaborative but focused manner, and help guide the congregation in our mission of justice and equality for all.

    We have selected the following characteristics as being MOST important from the list provided in the Ministry Information Form.

•  Preaching and Worship Leadership - willing to explore various forms of worship, settings, timing and locations.

  • Organizational Agility - including financial fundraising and planning.
  • Collaboration - working with our congregation, the College of Wooster and the greater Wayne County community.
  • Compassionate - caring for our congregation and those in need.
  • Communicator - using various sources to communicate including our electronic resources.

•  Financial Manager - helping in the best use of available funds, generating new sources of revenue to further our congregational vision.

• Strategy and Vision - guiding the congregation through new and current commitments. 

• Interpersonal Engagement - willing to work with the Westminster Community to meet their individual and collective needs.

• Bridge Builder - navigating the diverse needs of the congregation, their relationships with each other and the greater community.

• Spiritual Maturity - staying grounded in the Presbyterian Doctrine striving towards social justice for all.

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

Specific tasks include organizing and designing meaningful worship experiences, presenting sermons that are relevant, thoughtful, challenging and well prepared for a diverse congregation, providing updated content for the website, sending regular newsletters to the congregation, moderating Session, supervising staff (Admin. Asst., custodian) and Director of Student Ministries as well as working closely with the congregational volunteers who provide leadership. Another area of responsibility is working with our Interns and other students from the College of Wooster. COW interns, paid positions, have in the past, worked with our church school, social media contacts, UKIRK liaison and our Sunday morning worship projections and other areas as session has seen fit to fund.

Other tasks, assignments, and program areas may depend on the strengths and interests of the candidate.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $60,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. James (Jim) Collier
2482 Towsend Drive, Wooster OH 44691
retired PCUSA pastor
Rev. Charles Cureton
4699 Deer Creek Drive, Wooster, OH 44691
retired PCUSA pastor
Rev. Virginia Birks
East Canton, OH
former Transitional pastor @ WPC
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   6/28/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev. Matt Skolnik Address  122 James St SW, North Canton, OH, 44720
Daytime Phone  330-494-2133 Office Phone  855-603-0604
Fax  Email
PNC:  Rich Drushal Address  5952 Township Road 212, Lakeville, OH 44638
Daytime Phone  330-231-7766 Office Phone  330-378-3567
Fax  n/a Email