Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 10981.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 10981
Ministry Name Presbyterian Church of Chestertown
Mailing Address 905 Gateway Drive
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone 410-778-6057
Fax 410-778-9780
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 132
Church School Attendance 22
Curriculum Growing in Grace and Gratitude (3 year cycle)
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
Last Information from Statistics of the Church  * (  Show Statistics  )
* Data availability is not guaranteed

Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Pastor and Head of Staff
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:   Ordination
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The Presbyterian Church of Chestertown is a community of believers who worship an ever-creating God, seek to follow Jesus of Nazareth as our model for living, and led by the Spirit, willingly partner with people everywhere who choose to live in peace.

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

Founded on the back porch of a Chestertown home in 1985, PCC has always envisioned being “a different” church rather than just “another” church. Our motto is “Planted Deep, Growing Strong, Reaching Wide” which describes our traditional worship, our opportunities for spiritual growth, and our mission vision and participation.

Sunday worship is supplemented by Wednesday morning and Thursday evening prayer services led by lay members, special services directed by the liturgical calendar or current events, Bible study and spiritual discussion groups on and off site, and congregational events, ranging from weekly Sunday morning coffee hours to “learn and lunch” and social dinners.

Our programs include a strong youth-centered curriculum led by our Associate Pastor, Sunday School, hosting community-wide VBS, voice and bell choirs, and mission opportunities for all ages. We plan to expand our forums on current events and social issues.

We are fiscally responsible, having a well-maintained, mortgage-free facility that is used by a variety of community organizations, provided they do not charge admission for their programs.

Our members are talented and generous with their gifts of time and money, allowing us to reach around the globe as well as into our own community.

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

Mission has been a priority since our founding, when we vowed to tithe all income. Currently, twenty percent (20%) of all donations received for annual budget expenses, new construction, or unexpected maintenance is directed to mission.

Our physical plant provides a winter shelter for the homeless for one month, working in conjunction with two other host churches. We host a weekly meeting space for AA as well as many other community groups. One of our rooms serves as headquarters for Rebuilding Together, a group founded by our members to provide maintenance for lower income housing. We also provide rehearsal and concert space for the local community Chorale.

We support with time, effort, and funding other community groups including the weekly Community Table and the local backpack program, as well as the Community Food Pantry and the Good Neighbor Fund, both of which were founded by our members.

We have reached beyond our local community, sending teams to Upstate New York, the hurricane-devastated Gulf Coast, and to the watermen-based communities of Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore in response to natural disasters. Our knitting group sends handmade scarves, caps, and sweaters around the world.

We partner with a Presbyterian congregation in Malawi, exchanging visiting delegations and providing materials for construction, secondary school scholarships, and mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria.

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

We are seeking someone to lead our vibrant congregation into the future as we continue to grow and flourish. Our new head of staff will help us reach these goals by leading us forward in worship, programming, outreach, and technology.

This person would be an integral part of the day-to-day work of the church. They will take the lead in planning meaningful worship, preaching and teaching, and pastoral care, guiding our Associate Pastor, other staff, session, and committees.

We expect this leader to help expand and enrich our education programs at all age levels and in all locations. We currently hold adult Bible Study class at Heron Point, the local retirement community, as well as studies at the church for those who are more mobile.

We seek someone with a heart for local and global mission and outreach. Our community presence is strong, and we want someone who will reach out, lead, and get involved. We also expect our pastor to continue our involvement with the Chester Valley Ministers’ Association, which also sponsors ecumenical services and events. We want to maintain and develop our partnerships at Washington College within our community, our presbytery, and our world.

We wish to continue moving forward with technology, reaching out into the virtual world and building an accessible presence there.

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

Our pastors are expected to have the patience of Job, the wisdom of Solomon, the oratory skills of Peter, the hospitality of Martha, and faith enough to move mountains, while working collegially with our existing staff and membership.

We are of all ages and represent nearly every religious background. To unite us requires an understanding of where we have come from, and finesse to lead us out of many into one.

Our pastors should live what they preach. As a mission-oriented congregation, we want a leader who feeds that spirit in speech, and is also a willing and active partner in our outreach activities.

Working with us can be a bit like herding cats, and the only honest reaction is a good belly laugh. While our pastors will surely cry with us in times of pain and sorrow, we want them to be able to laugh with us at our all-too-human foibles.

We know that pastors can be overworked. There must be boundaries that are understood by everyone. We may need a gentle reminder from time to time that a pastor is also human and requires personal space.

Most of our adult members are college-educated, currently working at or retired from careers that demand intellectual acumen, whether in a corporate boardroom or running a thousand-acre farm. We continue to educate ourselves; our pastor must do the same.

We are a creative people of artists and craftsmen. Our church experiences throughout the week should be as enriching inside the church as our lives are outside of church.

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

PCC is an active, involved congregation looking for a Head of Staff who can harness our energy and enthusiasm into productive Christian life and service.

Our worship program should be planned and implemented in conjunction with other staff members and appropriate committees, and includes Sunday mornings, liturgical seasons, and all events common to the life of the church such as funerals, baptisms, and weddings. Participation in other ongoing services would be encouraged.

As head of staff, oversight of spiritual formation and Christian education programs is expected, whether these occur in the church, in other public facilities, or in private homes.

Being a leader also means bringing the rest of the staff along, guiding them and providing the support essential to creating a successful team.

Our congregation is an extended family, but the Head of Staff is also the family head, taking the lead in directing staff, Elders, and Deacons in the area of pastoral care and the reception of new members.

This role includes such administrative duties as serving as Moderator of Session, a resource for and advisor to standing committees of the church, and being an active member of New Castle Presbytery.

Familiarity with technology and how it can serve to enhance our mission would be a desirable asset.

In sum, we are looking for a person who combines a strong faith, good leadership skills, creativity, personal warmth, and humor with a loving spirit.

Optional Links

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Task Manager
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $65,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Alison Halsey
1606 N. Jackson Street, Wilmington, DE, 19806
Part-time Interim Consultant
Laurie Loveless
PO Box 205, Crumpton, MD 21628
Member of New Castle Presbytery
David T. Ryan
401 High Street, Chestertown, MD, 21620
Minister Christ UMC and First UMC
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   6/1/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Tracy Keenan (Sara Holben) Address  1102 W Church Rd, Newark, DE, 19711
Daytime Phone  302-757-5621 Office Phone  302-366-0595
Fax  Email
COM:   Rev. Brad Martin Address  530 Harlan Blvd, Unit 607
Daytime Phone  (410) 708-0292 Office Phone  302-475-5495
Fax  (302) 366-0714 Email
PNC:  Lanny Parks Address  129 Washington Ave., Chestertown, MD 21620
Daytime Phone  410-778-3040 Office Phone 
Fax  Email