Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 08556.AC0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 08556
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 209 East 2nd Street
Parker, SD 57053
Phone (605) 360-8298
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 26
Church School Attendance 15
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   First Ordained Call
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Open to both
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Growing together in faith.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

First Presbyterian Church is a community of Christian faith where each person is welcomed as a unique child of God. We want to call a Pastor to lead us in fulfilling our call as God’s people.  We seek a Pastor who can guide us through the journey of discovering God’s next call for us.

At First Presbyterian we live out this vision individually and through organized events, such as:

  • Sunday worship that is scripturally sound and personally motivating sermons.
  • Christian Education – children through adult
  • Active Elders & Deacons with many years experience
  • Active Presbyterian Women (PW) including monthly Circle meetings as well as state gatherings
Outreach – Local mission events including Backpack Program and Nutrition Volunteers.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

First Presbyterian Church is an active member of the local Ministerial Association providing multiple outreach services throughout local communities.  Activities include volunteering at the Food Pantry, serving as Nutrition Volunteers via Senior Citizen Centers as well as participating in the annual community Vacation Bible School programs.  In addition, we have had local representation at the Churchwide Gathering of Presbyterian Women.

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

We have identified a need for a spiritually grounded pastor with a passionate love of Jesus and knowledge of His word who will help us grow in the Lord and be a personal example of the journey with Christ to inspire this healthy congregation to overflow with love to our neighbors. Dynamic preaching and worship leadership to educate and inspire the congregation and appeal to new visitors. A warm and relational pastor who leads with humility, humor and strength.

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

Possess spiritual maturity by demonstrating a strong personal relationship with Christ and has a passion for all to know His love.  We want our pastor to be full of love for others, to be easily approachable and to have a sense of humor, and to be comfortable with all age groups.

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Sunday worship
  • Institute Communion to the congregation and the home bound
  • Hospital and home bound visitation
  • Conduct weddings, funerals, baptisms and confirmation
  • Presence for the youth of the congregation
  • Challenge congregation to use energies and talents
  • Be visible in the community
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Parker, SD has a population just over 1000 and is located just 30 minutes southwest of Sioux Falls.  Parker is home to the “4 Best Days of Summer” with the Turner County Fair which was established in 1880.

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Decision Making
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $13,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Pastor Jen Swier
2435 Crestridge Dr NW; Olympia, WA 98502
Former Pastor
Gayle Janzen
26052 440th Avenue, Canistota, SD 57012
Moderator of Session/ CRE
James Jones
208 E. 2nd St; Parker, SD 57053
Community Leader
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   4/30/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Kevin Veldhuisen Address  100 S Spring Ave, Sioux Falls, SD, 57104
Daytime Phone  605-595-3908 Office Phone  605-339-1912
Fax  Email
COM:   Ruth Clendenin Address 
Daytime Phone  806-893-4261 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Steph Jibben Address  Box 94, Parker SD 57053
Daytime Phone  605-360-8298 Office Phone 
Fax  Email