Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 20943.AD0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 20943
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church Of Gastonia
Mailing Address 1621 East Garrison Blvd
Gastonia, NC 28054
Phone 704-864-2651
Fax 704-864-5956
WWW Address
Ministry Size 651 - 1000 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 97%
Average Worship Attendance 254
Church School Attendance 474
Curriculum Adult - Uniform Lesson Series; Youth - Spark House; Children - PCUSA and Cokesbury
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Pastor Interim
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
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, Interim Ministry Training
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:
Following the Word with Christ's heart into the world with open arms spreading the Good News, we are committed disciples of Christ engaged in God's Word, joyfully united in worship and work, urgently taking the Good News into our community and the world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
In our desire to fulfill the gospel of Jesus Christ, we strive to live out our vision to be a church where engagement with God’s Word shapes us into faithful and committed disciples.

Our vision for ministry is to:

  • Engage--by providing exciting and diverse opportunities for all members to be engaged in worship, education and ministry;
  • Serve--by providing meaningful ways to equip every member to follow Jesus Christ where he leads and to be empowered by the Holy Spirit for Christian service;
  • Lead--by building up and empowering leadership to execute our mission, vision, values and plans;
  • Grow--the church as commanded by Christ and increase the membership broadly; and,
  • Give--accordingly of our resources of time, talent, gifts and treasures to accomplish the vision of our church.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

At FPC-Gastonia, we are called to be the hands and feet of Christ by embracing the needs of our church family, our local community and worldwide as we live out the great end to provide for the “shelter, nurture and spiritual fellowship of the children of God.”

Our responsibility to the emerging needs of our community is addressed through the ministries of FPC-Gastonia in the following ways:

  • Hundreds of children received new shoes for school this fall
  • Students are given backpacks of food to take home each weekend so that they would have nourishment
  • Homebound members receive care packages four times a year reminding them they are not alone
  • Support to victims of natural disasters
  • Cancer patients receive handmade hats and scarves reminding them of God’s love
  • Meals on Wheels for the elderly
  • Health checks, assistance with medical information, equipment, and medication are made available through our Parish Nurse ministry
  • Hospital and nursing home visits show the tangible love of God through our members and pastors
  • Serving homeless families by hosting them at our church multiple times a year
  • Educational opportunities for all ages
  • Worship options for a variety of preferences
  • Students receive a life-changing education through our scholarships at Ebenezer School in Malawi and our partnership with Primitiva Church in Guatemala

These faithful and loving acts we do to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
The interim pastor must be someone who is able to engage with both current and potential members. We believe this person will need to be authentic, collaborative, and able to engage the existing disciples of our church just as easily as the guests who stop in to give us a try. It will be important for the interim pastor to support the congregation and guide us through this period of transition so we can continue to further our mission and purpose during the time between installed ministers. Our church has both a traditional service, as well as a blended, informal service. As the informal service is the more recent addition to our worship ministries, the interim pastor shall seek to be able to help both services continue to meet the needs of worshippers and to maintain balance in our worship opportunities.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Inspiring
  • Empathetic
  • Authentic
  • Collaborative
  • Energetic
  • Engaging
  • Pastoral (as opposed to academic)
  • Practical but still forward-thinking
  • Effective communicator
  • Sense of humor
  • Strong preacher and worship leader within two styles of worship (traditional and informal)
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Lead from the front with staff
  • Partner and engage with congregation with presence at activities of the church
  • Strength in preaching in weekly worship and teaching classes and other Bible study gatherings
  • Energize staff and church members
  • Liaison to assigned committees/ministries
  • Lead weekly staff meetings
  • Moderate Session
  • Provide initial guidance to Pastor Nominating Committee
  • Provide pastoral care in collaboration with the Associate Pastor and the Pastor of Visitation, including but not limited to hospital visits, the homebound, weddings, funerals, etc.
  • Visible presence in the community and in the Presbytery of Western NC
Optional Links

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Gaston Chamber of Commerce:

City of Gastonia:

Gaston County Schools:

CaroMont Health:

Schiele Museum of Natural History:

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens:

Gastonia Conference Center:

Charlotte Chamber of  Commerce:

Crowders Mountain State Park:

U S National Whitewater Center:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Willingness to Engage Conflict
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $80,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Billy Robinson
114 Silver Creek Rd, Morganton, NC 28655
Presbytery WNC Associate
LeeAnn and Rusty Harris
4421 Chicora St, Columbia, SC 29206
Former members FPC-Gastonia
Rev. Dr. Richard N. Boyce
Dean, Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte Campus
Professor of Practical Theology
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   12/4/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (828) 438-4217 Office Phone 
Fax  (828) 437-8655 Email
PNC:  Robbie Lineberger Address  3433 Araglin Drive, Gastonia, NC, 28056
Daytime Phone  704-460-1476 Office Phone 
Fax  Email