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MIF #: 10118.AE0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10118
Ministry Name Leesburg Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 207 W. Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20175
Phone 703-777-4163
Fax 703-777-4666
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 151
Church School Attendance 77
Curriculum Sparkhouse Digital (K-5); various for adults
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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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:   No
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

Rooted in our nearly 225-year history in Leesburg, Virginia, we join together as a community of faith to receive and share the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit.  As God’s people in an ever-changing world, we believe God is calling us to be a vibrant congregation of children, youth, and adults where we:

  • Foster a sense of deep belonging to God and to each other.
  • Embrace people at different stages of their faith journey and nurture a deeper understanding of the Christian faith.
  • Engage the world through ministries of compassion.
  • Commit ourselves to gather on the Sabbath for the joyful worship of God and to disperse into the world as bearers of Christ’s love.
  • Invite and welcome all to experience God’s transforming presence in our midst.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

As we emerge from a transitional period, we seek a pastor who will help us go out into the world in a way that brings our joyful congregation closer to God, builds on our connections with one another, spreads love and fosters healing, even as we embrace change.

A warm, open and affirming congregation, we worship in a quaint and intimate sanctuary in the historic district of Leesburg, a town located about 35 miles northwest of Washington, DC.  We are eager to re-envision the purposes God might have in mind for using our historic space. During the pandemic, we have expanded the boundaries of our congregation through weekly online worship services, outdoor activities for all ages, and small group meetings via Zoom when gathering in person is not advised. 

We realize we have room for growth as our congregation and our country emerge from the pandemic during a period of troubling political, social, and cultural division within the society around us. As a mainline Protestant church, leaning progressive theologically, we welcome diversity in our members and value our differences. We are eager to seize the opportunity now to look forward, not backward. We hunger for a presence beyond our church walls. We want to connect more with younger people so that they may fully develop and live their faith. We cherish our youth and wish to foster more intergenerational fellowship.

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

We welcome all to Leesburg Presbyterian, wherever they are on their journey of faith. We strive to nourish the soul, challenge the mind and lift up the heart. We pray that we can all experience the joy and grace of a community of all ages who gather in the living presence of Jesus Christ and share His tender mercies with the world. God is calling us to serve.

We maintain active outreach and spiritual formation programs. We sustain ongoing and robust relationships with Loudoun Hunger Relief and other programs for people in need. Our preschool is reopening as we emerge from the pandemic. Our spiritual formation program offers activities from pre-school and active youth groups to adult classes that study the Bible and explore the wider contexts within which Christian history and theology emerged. We have an engaged session dedicated to working with our pastor and a committed diaconate to support the pastoral needs of individuals and families in difficult times.

Among our outreach projects that are ongoing, or that we hope to reinvigorate, are:

  • Grace to Go (a meal preparation program for people in need, free to the community and organized by St. James Episcopal Church)
  • Interfaith and social justice involvement
  • Hands-on national and international mission support in places such as West Virginia and Cuba.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We seek a called pastor to help us discern God’s vision for us.  Our pastor will lead us as together we chart a path that will help us exemplify our highest ideals and deepest values:

  • We value community. Specifically, we value the kind of community that knows, accepts, welcomes, cherishes, celebrates, and cares for one another across generations, perspectives, backgrounds, spiritual journeys. We value a community that is present to another in times of joy and sorrow, in worship and service, in fellowship and learning.
  • We value life alongside one another – children and youth, long-term members and new, young families and old – as we worship, serve, learn and celebrate. We value belonging to one another.
  • We value a welcoming spirit within our church as well as compassionate, “go-to” people who reach and respond to the world around us. We want a church that blesses our community, that connects our spiritual life to the way we relate to everyday concerns and issues in the world around us. We want to be a place of comfort, community, and safety for a variety of groups.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

Leesburg Presbyterian Church is a thoughtful, connectional church with about 300 members who run the gamut from young families to seniors, liberal to conservative, united in our determination to maintain our connection with God and one another through mutual respect and commitment to truth. Spiritually grounded, we are open-minded seekers eager to learn, question, and grow closer to God.  

  • We are searching for a pastor to join us and lead our spiritually deep and open-minded congregation as we face the future together.
  • We seek a dynamic pastor with new ideas and bold leadership even as we preserve our heritage.
  • We seek a courageous pastor with a vision of how ministry in the Reformed tradition can thrive and contribute to a healing world, and the determination to unify us around that vision.
  • We seek a pastor committed both to preaching and pastoral care.
  • Finally, we seek a pastor who can build on the healthy foundation of our congregation by helping us work together to discern God’s vision for LPC and plan strategically to grow and adapt to a changing world and community.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The pastor will oversee a part-time staff of four -- a director of music, a director of youth ministry, a church administrator and a bookkeeper. He or she will be able to rely on a strong session and diaconate as we navigate together the remaining time during the COVID-19 pandemic and, we hope, the transition to a healthy future that aligns with God’s will for us.

Other primary areas of responsibility for the pastor will include:

  • Preparing and conducting meaningful worship experiences for the congregation that effectively blend Scripture, preaching, music, liturgy and prayer
  • Attracting, educating, inspiring and equipping lay leadership in the life of the church, including stewardship development and the training of elders and deacons
  • Leading the congregation in its mission of reaching out in concern and service to the local community and the world
  • Providing pastoral care and counseling to the congregation
  • Developing, with the session, the overall program and staffing of the church
  • Moderating the session
  • Participating in the church’s spiritual formation program, to include periodically leading adult studies and a biennial confirmation class
  • Establishing clear lines of communication both among church staff and between the various programs of the congregation
  • Representing the congregation in denominational, ecumenical and community life.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Culturally Proficient
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $85,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Deborah Dodson Parsons
6 Cheshire Court, San Antonio, TX 78218
703-728-5410 (cell)
LPC's Pastor, 2008-2021
Ms. Rebecca Caprio
1812 John Hancock, Williamsburg, VA 23185
703-732-1830 (cell)
Former member who moved away
Ms. Samy Febles
318 Lake View Way NW, Leesburg, VA 20176
609-947-6472 (cell)
College student, former Youth Group member
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   7/1/2022

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev John Molina-Moore Address  11300 Rockville Pike #408, Rockville, MD, 20852
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (240) 514-5348
Fax  Email
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (240) 514-5348
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PNC:  Jim Barnes Address  1114 Janney Street SW, Leesburg, VA 20175
Daytime Phone  703-777-1380 (home) Office Phone  703-595-6054 (cell)
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