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MIF #: 20943.AE0

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 246
Church School Attendance 71
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:   Head of Staff (who supervised one teaching elder and other staff)
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Senior Minister
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:

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we study God's word, worship joyfully, serve the community, grow together in faith, work for justice and peace, and share the blessings of comfort and grace with all.

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

First Presbyterian is a community of faith. In everything we do, we strive to fulfill our vision to be a church where engagement with God’s Word shapes us into faithful and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. We joyfully unite in worship, missions, and fellowship, inspired to minister for justice and peace. By sharing the Good News in transformational and sacrificial ways, we hope our example encourages others to follow Christ.

We fulfill our mission by a committed focus on our Reformed theology shared through meaningful and relevant worship experiences, inspiring music and engaging sermons. Our congregation is focused on the needs of others, both in our community and the world. Our priority is to use our time and efforts to reach out to others through acts of service, meeting each where they are and opening our doors for the greater service to which we are called. We nurture our congregation through Christian education that helps to feed the mind, body and spirit. We support engagement through active ministries, discipleship opportunities and vibrant programming where purposeful, direct and personal connections are possible. 

We have substantial skills, capabilities, and resources, and we are learning together how best to use them for God’s purposes. We welcome collaborative leadership to help us focus our vision for God’s church.

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

Within our calling as a large church in its local sphere, we must continually identify emerging needs and emphasize ministries to let our members engage their faith in loving and charitable ways. Spiritual health is a dominant goal for church members of all ages and those who are served by our outreach. Our congregation is committed to using its individual gifts of time and treasure, providing service and leadership in numerous community mission endeavors, including Family Promise of Gaston County, Boys and Girls Clubs, and school mentoring programs (see for our missions). We strive to meet the needs of individuals, families, children, youth and older adults, both within our congregation and in our community, acknowledging the challenge to embrace diversity and to reach the unchurched.

FPC has a long history of allocating more than 10% of its annual congregational giving to benefit local and foreign missions including the homeless, underserved schools, and our Guatemala and Malawi partnerships.  In addition, our church endowment uses 4% of its value each year to fund grant requests. The missions of our church will continue to be nourished and adapted to meet changing needs while grounded in Christian faith and love.

We will continue to reflect on our passion, evaluate our efforts, and look more at our changing community. We will evaluate where we focus our outreach and financial support and proudly declare our efforts to the glory of God.

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

Our Senior Minister will:

  • Communicate God’s will by preaching meaningful, relevant, thought-provoking Biblical truths as expressed in Reformed theology, engaging congregants and giving them the tools necessary for spreading Christian influence in their everyday lives
  • Help us answer God’s call to love our neighbors as ourselves, to help us demonstrate kindness, compassion, acceptance and respect toward all people regardless of race, gender or extraneous circumstances
  • Provide passion, inspiration and consensus building, fostering an atmosphere that encourages innovation, yet recognizes the strengths and gifts that we bring forward
  • Collaborate with religious and other community leaders to address the needs of our community and our world
  • Engage personally by presence and support of ministries, activities, fellowship, and missions
  • Understand the importance of our church history but help us make needed changes in an ever-changing world
  • Lead us to new depths of faith and Christian commitment
  • Guide our staff members and lay leaders to realize their full potential in shaping church ministries toward success in reaching their respective goals
  • Provide thoughtful and insightful guidance in matters of church policy, personnel, and finances
  • Work with the Session to further define our mission, including radical hospitality and purposeful mission, and determine how best to channel our resources
  • Personify a steadying influence in times of trouble, confusion, and doubt
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

First Presbyterian Church Gastonia is a multigenerational church seeking a minister who can express faith through motivational worship in a contagious and convicting way, delivering thought-provoking sermons that guide us in today’s world. We seek a person with compassion, empathy, humor, courage, and vision, who can help us use our rich heritage to lead us into a vibrant future, full of hope and promise as we engage in our community as the hands and feet of Jesus.  One of our strengths is a commitment to financial giving and stewardship of our endowment; we desire to continue this tradition and foster even greater participation in missions inside and outside the church. It is important for our next minister to be fully present in the life and ministry of the church both inside its walls and in the community.

Our hope is that this person will be a motivator and collaborator and able to integrate our congregation, young and old, into one solid body of Christ. We are a congregation that enjoys celebration and engaging with our staff. We want a leader who will build trust and respect with our staff and congregation and who is able to lead the traditional and blended worship services and the music that accompanies both. We seek someone with the ability to use technology to enhance all ministries of the church.

Most importantly, we want a minister who is joyfully led by the Spirit with the desire to lead a strong growing church as we evolve into our next phase of life!

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

Preaching and Worship

  • Plan and lead formal Traditional and informal Thrive worship services, as well as weddings and funerals, in collaboration with pastoral staff, by preaching the Word of God on occasions as established by the Session

Pastoral Care

  • Work with the Associate Minister and Minister of Visitation in providing pastoral care and provide pastoral counseling where appropriate
  • Encourage and nurture the spiritual development and beliefs of the congregation through periodic teaching of the Bible and special Christian Education opportunities

Missions and Community

  • Represent the church by serving on appropriate councils and committees of the denomination
  • Engage the community through mission-oriented service, outreach and active participation in local organizations

Leadership and Administration

  • Work with Session in implementing the vision and direction of the church
  • Moderate the Session and equip the leadership through officer training and retreats
  • Serve as Head of Staff as well as directly supervise the Associate Minister, the Minister of Visitation, the Director of Music Ministries, the Business Administrator, the Presbyterian Weekday School Director, and an Administrative Assistant
  • Lead weekly all-staff meetings and facilitate staff retreats
  • Serve as Staff Representative to the Personnel and Worship and Music Committees
  • Engage the congregation in year-round stewardship
  • Cooperate with the Session by performing other agreed upon duties
Optional Links

Chamber of Commerce:

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CaroMont Health:

Schiele Museum of Natural History:

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden:

Crowders Mountain State Park:

US National Whitewater Center:

Gaston YMCA:

United Way of Gaston County:

Community Foundation:

County Museum:

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Technologically Savvy
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $83,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. David Christy
166 East Main Avenue, Gastonia, NC 20852
District Superintendent, Methodist Church Catawba
Ms. Cathy W. Howell
105 April Lane, Dallas, NC 28034
704 842-7502
Retired Executive Director, Crisis Assistance Mini
Ms. Emily C. Craig
212 Screven Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Non-resident 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   9/8/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Byron Wade Address  114 Silver Creek Rd., Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  ‭(828) 430-1515‬ Office Phone  828-438-4217
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Ellen Cinq-Mars Address  2436 Armstrong Circle, Gastonia, NC 28054
Daytime Phone  704-689-2161 Office Phone  704-867-4360
Fax  704-867-4360 Email