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MIF #: 10006.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10006
Ministry Name Troy Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 11021 Troy Pike
Versailles, KY 40383
Phone (859) 873-2373
Fax n/a
WWW Address
Ministry Size Under 100 members
Ethnic Composition White 100%
Average Worship Attendance 60
Church School Attendance 25
Curriculum Adults: The Thoughtful Christian; Children and Youth: Growing in Grace and Gratitude (PC USA) and Young Children and Worship (Stewart/Berryman)
Yoked Church False
Community Type Rural
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:   Clinical Pastoral Education Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Troy Presbyterian Church is a congregation of persons who trust and obey Jesus Christ. As such, we, the members, are the body that carries on His mission today.

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

Troy Presbyterian Church is committed to a two-fold ministry—first, to nurture and strengthen our members in their faith journey so that, secondly, we may be inspired to follow Christ’s command to serve others outside our own fellowship.

Worship is the first place where we are united, supported, and strengthened as a corporate body. Our Sunday worship service is traditional and structured without being rigid. The adoption of the Glory to God hymnal helped expand the range of our congregational singing. We may prefer a familiar order of worship but adapt to incremental changes easily. An important part of Sunday mornings are the enthusiastic, voluble greetings before the service and lingering conversations after the postlude, as we are glad to see each other once again. Troy’s long history, dating from 1872, is cherished, yet our vision looks toward the future.

Spiritual growth for our people (not all are members) is nurtured through an active women’s group; a vibrant children’s church program; an inquiring adult Sunday School class; and a small but dedicated choir, aided by a talented young director and a newly purchased three manual Allen organ. Our previous pastor, who retired after 21 years at Troy, led Bible studies, reading groups, and spiritual formation fellowships.

As with any church, reaching young people is a priority. We want to have a vital youth program, but seek also to reach whole families, so that Troy becomes a church home for both parents and children.

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

Troy people have been active in responding to community needs: many work regularly at the local food bank, and participate in the Woodford County Backpack Program, providing food on weekends to students in need. Each year, we furnish school supplies to area elementary schools; several times a year, particularly at Christmas, special donations of food and clothing are provided to several local families and senior citizens; and The Presbyterian Women’s Least Coin offering has long had generous support. Throughout the year, we sponsor events to which we invite our neighbors - an annual community fish fry, an Easter Egg Hunt, Vacation Bible School, Summerfest, and Trunk or Treat.

Under the influence of an expanding Lexington, the Troy vicinity is experiencing residential building and population growth. What was historically a farming community has become home for persons who often work in nearby Lexington, Nicholasville, and Versailles.

Moving beyond our local area, Troy is a long-time supporter of our presbytery camp, Burnamwood. We have been active for over a decade in Living Waters for the World, including mission trips to Mexico and, more recently, by participating in the Zoë Project. We sent relief kits to victims of Hurricane Harvey, and annually sponsor the Souper Bowl of Caring.

In recent congregational surveys, two top categories are “Helping People in Need” and “Community Service.” Troy people habitually step forward to help others in times of need.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
Our people come from a variety of social and economic backgrounds. We may have various theological and political viewpoints, but conflicts have been avoided over the years because of a tolerance and mutual acceptance. We emphasize working together as faithful disciples of Christ, rather than striving to impose one particular viewpoint on others. We believe that opportunities for growth and outreach abound for Troy Church. In 2012 we completed a 4,022 sq. ft. freestanding education building, providing much needed classroom and meeting space. Even with this expansion, Troy remains a debt-free church. The new education building would be a good facility for community activities, possibly including cooperation with the public library, the school system, and the county health department. What we need at this time is the leadership and inspiration to guide us in developing the opportunities we believe are present for our church.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
The pastor should have good Biblical understanding and the ability to apply this in engaging preaching and inspirational worship. In our surveys, preaching was the top skill chosen. He or she should have an outgoing personality and the ability to reach out to new people of all backgrounds. A good sense of humor is vital. Empathy with others is important, as it would apply, for example, to visiting the ill and bereaved and in counseling persons in times of personal distress. Although a small congregation like ours does not require extensive administrative skills, such things as presiding over Session, communicating with the Clerk of Session, the Music Director, and the congregation, and working with standing committees would all be necessary.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The pastor will be responsible for planning the weekly worship service and for leading those services, including preparing and delivering a sermon. There are also special seasonal services throughout the church year that are observed.

Certain pastoral care duties are necessary, including visiting those who are ill or in the hospital, those who are bereaved, and those requesting personal counseling. He or she should be available to give guidance to the various organized groups within the congregation, including those persons working with activities for youth.

The pastor will need to preside over and coordinate the work of the Session and may sometimes need to attend and work with standing committees. Annual planning of the church’s programs will be important. He or she will be encouraged to contact possible new members and to reach out to existing members who have become inactive. The pastor should also identify and encourage the pursuit of service opportunities in the community and further afield.

Finally, while the required tasks cannot be narrowly defined, this person will need to guide the congregation in reaching the goals mentioned above. We believe the potential is here; we are searching for the one who can lead us as we follow the path of discipleship, both as individuals and as a corporate fellowship.

Optional Links

Troy Presbyterian Church:
Transylvania Presbytery:
Burnamwood Camp and Conference Center:
Living Waters for the World:
Woodford County:
Jessamine County:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Tim Noel
109 Aberdeen Drive Danville, KY 40422
(859) 329-8529
Interim Pastor at Troy
Rev. Mary Baber Reed
110A Spring Run St. Versailles, KY 40383
(302) 535-1188
Former Music Director; pulpit supply
Larry Snyder
3817 Keene-Troy Pike Versailles, KY 40383
(859) 873-8212
Troy PC Elder and Commissioned Lay Pastor, Transyl
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   8/27/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  502-938-2707
Fax  (859) 264-8869 Email
COM:   Lisa Eye Address  601 Master Street, Corbin, KY 40701
Daytime Phone  859-329-9026 Office Phone  606-528-1444
Fax  606-526-9065 Email
PNC:  Ms. Sioux Finney Address  220 Roberts Rd. Versailles, KY 40383
Daytime Phone  859-321-3352 Office Phone  859-879-3751
Fax  n/a Email