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MIF #: 07343.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07343
Ministry Name Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 300 East Simpson Street
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Phone 717-697-0351
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 235
Church School Attendance 110
Curriculum Elementary: Sparkhouse Confirmation: Presbyterian (Sparkhouse), Theoacademy Adults: Varied and the Wired Word
Yoked Church False
Presbytery Carlisle
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Associate Pastor (Designated - 4 year)
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:

The Mission of the Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church is to glorify and serve God as a community of believers, and to bring people into the transforming presence and power of Jesus Christ through:

Worship: Worship expresses our love for God through praise, prayer, and proclamation.

Christian Education:  Christian Education invites us to risk opening our minds to transforming possibilities.

Christian Nurture:  Christian nurture puts a human face on God’s love.

Mission Calling:  Our ministry to others sets our feet in Christ’s footprints.

Welcoming The Stranger:  Welcoming the stranger brings everyone into a relationship with God, not just into our building.

In order to be faithful to this Mission, we will be:

A welcoming, diverse and hospitable community of faith,

Committed to open communication within the community of faith, and

Willing to risk our time, talent and financial resources, trusting in God’s faithfulness. 

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

Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church is an inclusive, progressive, and high energy church. We are cognizant of the ever-changing society around us while recognizing and embracing tradition. The Session of MPC works under the guidance of the following moral framework: Being inclusive, Being respectful, Being honest, and Having integrity. We are focused on helping others, specifically on justice and reconciliation. We believe Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Our church name is often abbreviated to MPC and we embrace that to also mean More People Caring in addition to Mechanicsburg Presbyterian Church. As a Matthew 25 church, we are actively engaged in the world through our commitment to building congregational vitality and dismantling structural racism. As a More Light and Covenant Network of Presbyterians congregation, we are dedicated to the realization of the full participation of LGBTQIA+ people in the life, ministry, and witness of our church. We believe we can be a unified witness to generous hospitality and faithful justice by protecting diversity, equity and inclusion within our community and within MPC. 

We continuously work as a family to keep us vibrant and strong for today with bright hope for tomorrow. We are looking for an individual who can share their passion for Christ and the Word from the pulpit…in a manner that educates and gives our members the opportunity for spiritual improvement, thought, and living out More People Caring. 

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

MPC has a strong relationship with the local community; known not only for our generous monetary gifts, but also our material and physical contributions to organizations and people around us. This year we helped an Afghanistan family find and furnish a home, secure transportation, and employment. This is but one example of where we are the hands and feet of Christ.

In preparation for this Associate Pastor (AP) search, a congregational survey uncovered that we are a transformational church with high energy and high satisfaction. We are looking for someone to help us connect that energy with places where our community needs it most. The AP will work with our awesome staff and leadership to coordinate current and future programming and mission opportunities to help us live out our moral framework.

In 2021, our church joined the PCUSA’s Matthew 25 initiative with a focus on congregational vitality and dismantling structural racism. We want to continue learning, but we also want to start doing and serving. We are ready to do more than just talk. We wish to be known as a congregation that is characterized by racial justice, willing to live out that justice in our personal beliefs, our congregational life, and our action in the community.

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

The new AP will be someone who can help harness and direct our energy towards creating meaningful relationships with the community. Our congregational survey also discovered a significant portion of our congregation wants to be engaged more, but has yet to find their passion. We are looking to enhance our current missions by executing our vision: to be actively engaged in God’s mission in our community by demonstrating we are the hands, feet, heart and mouth of Christ. Our AP will be someone who can take the ideas of the congregation, guide us through education and discernment, and then lead us towards action and implementation. We hope to bring new members to MPC and enhance our congregational vitality by reaching out and forming new partnerships within the local community. 

We are not afraid to try new things. We are looking for someone to discern the interests and talents of our congregation, find the hidden sparks within us, and with bold ideas, challenge us to put our gifts into action. As this is a four-year designated term position, we are looking for someone who is also not afraid to try new things; to ask questions, assess programs, and try again should anything need to be reworked.

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

The ideal candidate will be a team player who is self-motivated, not afraid to fail, and has a healthy sense of humor. They will be willing to think outside the box, take risks, and challenge the status-quo. This person will thrive in and create a culture of ‘yes and’; and be willing to experiment, fail, and try again. This person should also be able to motivate and influence others while exhibiting resilience and hopefulness when things don't work out as planned. 

We seek someone who can build relationships between people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and theological positions in order to help people work together with love to effect change. This person should exhibit compassion - both towards others and in their delivery and interpretation of the Word. We are a congregation that is open, affirming and inclusive of all of God’s beloved children and seek an AP who demonstrates God’s love and grace to ALL people. Our candidate should be willing to listen and learn from others while challenging biases and assumptions. Most of all, we seek an individual who feels that God is calling them to be a part of the unique mission of MPC.

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

Working in conjunction with our staff and leadership, the AP will coordinate youth and family programming, education, and outreach through mission opportunities with our community. The AP should be someone who can deliver pastoral care to all ages, races, genders, and sexual orientations in collaboration with the staff team. We are a congregation that wants to serve and our AP will be challenged to get to know our members to: 

  • encourage everyone toward further community engagement in ways they are passionate about

  • coordinate programming and mission occasions across generations that increase opportunities to continue our vision, ministries, and outreach to the community

  • understand the needs of our community and present and implement ideas for further engagement through service opportunities

  • enhance our practice of ministry within our surrounding community so everyone can experience that we are More People Caring.
The AP should be an affable person who will easily interact with our members to draw out their special gifts and interests in order to incorporate these talents into a renewed effort to engage our members in church life and mission. Our intellectually inquisitive and theologically sound AP will be asked to challenge the congregation and inspire us toward deeper spiritual understanding.
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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Risk Taker
Interpersonal Engagement
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $57,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Cheryl Galan
2601 N. Front St., Harrisburg, PA 17110
(717) 737-6821
Interim Executive Presbyter
Mark Allio
263 W. Water St., Slippery Rock, PA 16057
Former Associate Pastor
Rich and Lyn Blessing
847 Fountain Trail, Kennett Square, PA 19348-1928
Former members
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   9/15/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Cheryl Galan Address  2601 N Front St #107, Harrisburg, PA, 17110
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  717-737-6821
Fax  Email
COM:   Rev. Lou Nyiri Address  19 E. High St., Gettysburg PA 17325
Daytime Phone  717-334-1235 Office Phone  717-334-1235
Fax  Email
PNC:  Tim Wonder Address  152 Warm Sunday Way Mechanicsburg PA 17050
Daytime Phone  717-503-0721 Office Phone 
Fax  Email