Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 07824.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 07824
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church of Easton
Mailing Address 333 Spring Garden St,
Easton, PA 18042
Phone (610) 253-3579
Fax N/A
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 13%
White 86%
Average Worship Attendance 73
Church School Attendance 6
Curriculum Whole People of God
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
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:
First Presbyterian Church of Easton strives to be a vital and energetic congregation by increasing our devotion to God, our fellowship with one another, and our outreach to others so that we may be a witness to Jesus Christ in our community and world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
We envision First Presbyterian Church of Easton as a growing church that NURTURES, through Christ’s love, people of all ages; EMBRACES the surrounding suburban communities from our downtown location; and WITNESSES to an ever deepening devotion to God by moving outside ourselves and our daily lives through outreach and mission with our church’s urban neighbors.

We are a multi-generational congregation, ranging in age from newborns (on the way!) to members over 100.  We are living in times of challenge and change.  Our nation is experiencing strife as we deal with issues of political disagreement, race, sexual orientation, gender, and so much more.  Our congregation strives to face these issues faithfully through adult and child education programs, worship services, and mission opportunities that address the differing worldviews and experiences of all of the generations in our congregation.

In order for this vision to be lived out, we as a congregation must be accepting of our changing times.  Our church’s children have accepted it and have spoken diligently about wanting to hear more about diversity and inclusion.  The adults have started to voice this request as well.  We are looking for a pastor who is accepting of diversity and inclusion and will never lose sight of the people of this church and our community as we welcome all those who walk in the way of the Lord.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
First Presbyterian Church is a mission-centered congregation committed to minister to Easton, and our members volunteer their time and talents generously.  We see the emerging needs of our community to be related to hunger and hospitality; therefore, we reach out to our community through numerous programs and partnerships that support these causes.
For example, with support from Second Harvest Food Bank, we offer a series of six-week classes throughout the year called Cooking Matters.  These take place in our church kitchen to teach both cooking skills and basic nutrition to local adults who are referred to us.

We provide food for dinner on the first Monday of every month for Safe Harbor-Easton, a local emergency shelter.

We partner with ProJeCt (Protestant-Jewish-Catholic) of Easton, making monthly contributions of food and cash to the Interfaith Food Pantry.  We often donate over 90 boxes of pasta each month!

Furthermore, FPC-Easton shares its facilities with the Genesis Church (a local Hispanic Pentecostal church), AA, Al-Anon, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), and Narcotics Anonymous.

For a complete list and description of our mission programs and community partnerships, please visit our website.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are a resilient church.  An example of this is following an embezzlement of funds that was discovered in 2013, which would have caused many churches to fold, we not only met the challenge, but we have thrived and grown.  This position will help us to continue to learn from our past while focusing on the bright future we are already growing into.

We were able to survive this challenge because we came together as a congregation.  Our future vision and mission goals will be achieved to the extent that the new pastor has a deep understanding and an acknowledgement of our oneness, focusing on what unites us and helping us to find common ground even when we disagree.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
Based on our 2014 Self-Assessment, the church believes the most important things our pastor does is preach, perform administrative functions, visit the ill and home-centered, and support congregational development. We are also looking for a pastor to plan worship services that are intentional about proclaiming the Word in every aspect; coordinating sermons, scripture readings (from the Lectionary), hymns, and anthems around a central theme.

These characteristics were affirmed in focus groups held by the PNC in August 2016. Additional characteristics that emerged from those focus groups included good people skills and communication abilities, strong management skills, and staying focused on the vision for the church. The pastor will be expected to encourage collaboration within the church and identify opportunities to connect the church to the community, including numerous downtown organizations and churches.

Another characteristic that will be important is the ability of the new pastor to seek to involve members in the life of the church. This is important given the small size of the church and the passionate commitment of its members to the work of the church in our community. We call ourselves the Little Church that Can (and Does!).

One of the hallmarks of our church is its welcoming nature. The pastor will be expected to mirror the congregation’s enthusiastic embrace of visitors and new members.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
Spiritual Leadership
  • Weekly worship leadership
  • Arrange for pulpit supply on any Sundays not present
  • Officiate at weddings and funerals
  • Play an active role in Christian Education for all ages
Congregational Care
  • Visitation of ill and home-centered
  • Connect with visitors in meaningful ways to grow membership
  • Foster and respect diversity/inclusivity within the congregation (including but not limited to ethnicity, race, age, gender, and sexual orientation)
Administrative Tasks
  • Moderating of Session/congregational meetings
  • Provide administrative leadership
  • Work with committee chairs; encourage and foster lay leadership
Mission Tasks
  • Work with the social media committee to communicate with members and the community via e-mail and social media
  • Grow and maintain connections to downtown community and organizations
Optional Links
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $44,353   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. John Heinsohn

retired pastor, friend of the congregation
Rev. R.C. Smith

610-253-4792 (office); 21
neighboring pastor
Janice D. Komisor, M.Ed.

CEO of ProJeCt of Easton (mission partner)
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   7/20/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Vacant Address  710 N. CEDAR CREST BLVD, ALLENTOWN PA 18104-3494
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (610) 391-9020
Fax  Email
COM:   Sue Marie Baskette Address  214 Mahantongo Street Pottsville, PA 17901
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  570-622-1760
Fax  Email
PNC:  Dr. Phyllis Finger & Kevin Joshua Address  118 E. Wayne Ave. Easton, PA 18042
Daytime Phone  610-253-6040 Office Phone 
Fax  Email