Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 21057.AD1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 21057
Ministry Name Tryon
Mailing Address 430 HARMON FIELD RD
Tryon, NC 28782
Phone (828) 859-6683
Fax (828) 859-6752
WWW Address
Ministry Size 101 - 250 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 120
Church School Attendance 30
Curriculum Christian Growth Committee plans curriculum for three classes from September to end of May. No children's or youth classes
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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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:  
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   No
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

To be and make disciples of Jesus Christ, who love God and their neighbor.

Tryon Presbyterian was founded in 1922; its membership practiced the ideals of the Mission Statement long before it was conceived and written. Our members have provided key leadership for the building of Foothills Hospice House and for our local Habitat for Humanity. Thermal Belt Outreach Ministry grew out of our pantry program. Steps to Hope, a domestic violence program, was started by TPC members. Both St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation and Polk County Community Foundation have benefited from TPC leadership. For 25 years, TPC has been dedicated to its partnership and the scholarship program with our sister church in Guatemala. Since its inception, Community Chorus has been peopled with presidents, directors, and musicians from our music program.

We are more a regional church than a neighborhood church, with members coming not just from Tryon but from the surrounding area, including upstate South Carolina. We are the fifth largest church in Tryon, the largest Presbyterian Church USA congregation in Polk County, and the 15th largest in our Presbytery. (2018 Mission Study, David Garnett)

Tryon, North Carolina, is a beautiful historic town in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It has long been a magnet for retirees from around the country, a horse center, and “a gathering place for artists, intellectuals, scholars, and writers from across the globe.” (“How Firm a Foundation,” Robin Lattimore)

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

Our mission, “To be and make disciples of Jesus Christ, who love God and their neighbor,” is evident in our desire for faith formation and Christian growth through dynamic and challenging sermons.

Tryon Presbyterian Church is a welcoming church, with its doors open to all. We believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ and His message to love our neighbors and care for them.

We believe our worship experience, led by the Holy Spirit, is guided by the word of God through scripture, prayer, and inspirational music. We recognize that all we have and who we are belongs to God.

Our worship is enhanced by a wide range of choral and instrumental offerings. Organ and piano solos lead us to meditation and praise; choral offerings and small ensembles open our hearts to God’s word; hand bells and our jazz combo keep our spirits alive.

Our church building is in itself a true sanctuary; rock and wood are the foundation of the building, and our beautiful stained glass windows are visual reminders of God’s gifts and His grace. Banners and paraments, many hand-crafted, are an extended reflection of those gifts.

Our discipleship is exemplified in activities at the church and in the larger Foothills community. We provide leadership roles as well as volunteer in the many non-profit organizations in our area.

As a Stephen Ministry Church, we affirm and nurture each other through joy and in sorrow. Our outreach includes local, regional, and international mission projects.

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

Our church cares about our community. From its beginning TPC has demonstrated love for our neighbors and continues to recognize and encourage individual involvement.

While our community is small, our church membership reflects wide faith traditions and geographical backgrounds. Varied professions are represented: CEOs, military, educators, lawyers and doctors, police and first responders, social workers, artists, writers, and even retired ministers. We are a programs church: we offer Sunday school, youth group, Presbyterian Women, and Presbyterian Men’s Bible and Breakfast.

Our congregation seldom misses an opportunity to share the love of Jesus. We gather socially, for mission work, to sing, to welcome newcomers, to seek spiritual guidance, to nurture each other, to share laughter, and to celebrate strawberries.

Local non-profits offer extraordinary volunteer opportunities, and any event is likely to include TPC members: Further outreach includes the Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth and Families and our church partnership in Guatemala.

We embrace the wide variety of community organizations that use our buildings, among them Rotary, AAUW, and Community Chorus. Seniors continue to be a vital part of our worship and missions, our fellowship and outreach. Our youth ministry is small, but quite alive. Our Director of Christian Growth is active with youth throughout the county, in churches and the community at large. To quote him, “All Polk County’s youth are our youth.”

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

By preaching the love of Jesus Christ, our pastor will remind us of Biblical foundations, helping us to be better disciples and contributing to our spiritual growth. These messages will challenge us to explore our own walk with Christ and share it.

As the minister leads us in prayer and Bible study, s/he will help grow our faith. By teaching the occasional Sunday school class the pastor will reinforce our beliefs and our commitment to a Godly life. S/he will join us as we seek other avenues of service and will contribute to our local, regional, and international missions.

In helping us maintain open communication within the congregation and in the Foothills community, our pastor will embrace our tradition of welcoming with open arms and warm heart newcomers and members.

As an organized moderator for Session, the minister will guide and lead a well-established body of leaders at TPC. S/he will help us recognize future leaders in the congregation and encourage us as we train and nurture them.

As head of staff, the pastor will affirm staff members’ efforts on behalf of the church and develop and evaluate as appropriate. Working closely with the finance committee, the minister will help us to be good stewards of our church coffers and ensure the sustainability of the church.

As an eager and willing participant alongside us, the minister will become a welcome part of our outreach, helping us recognize additional opportunities to be and make disciples.

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

The people of TPC seek a pastor who motivates us to be more spiritual, active and fired up, one who feeds our souls. We desire a pastor who loves traditional Presbyterian worship, but who can minister to church members with a wide range of faith backgrounds. S/he should be a continual learner who challenges us intellectually.

It is important to us that the minister support and appreciate the value of a dynamic, inspirational music ministry.

TPC seeks a minister who is organized and works effectively with staff and Session. S/he should be active in our local community, serving as an ambassador for the church, and working to address issues in our church, community, country, and world.

We want a minister who will help us grow our church and get more folks involved, young and old alike. And we expect the minister to be personable and have a good sense of humor.

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

We have capable church leadership; we seek a pastor who will walk with us in our spiritual journey. S/he will contribute in four areas: preacher and teacher, shepherd, administrator, and ambassador.

We expect our minister to take the lead in preaching and planning worship. S/he will conduct funerals, weddings, baptisms, and additional ceremonies in coordination with other pastoral leadership. S/he will occasionally teach Sunday school classes and/or Bible study.

Our minister will participate in pastoral care and visitation in conjunction with other pastoral staff, including offering communion and on-site education periodically to members at Tryon Estates and White Oak and to others who cannot attend regular services. The minister will be expected to provide pastoral counseling as needed.

Our minister will moderate the Session. S/he will be head of staff and serve with other staff to support a variety of Session committees.

The minister will participate in our local ministerial fellowship and as a member of the Presbytery of Western North Carolina.

Our community offers many opportunities for involvement; we expect our new minister to find a good fit for volunteer service and to help us find new areas for outreach in the community, region, and world.

Optional Links

Polk County See also nearby towns of Hendersonville & Asheville, NC, Greenville & Spartanburg, SC


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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Open to Manse/Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. David Garnett
430 Harmon Field Road, Tryon, NC 28782
828 859-6683
Current Interim pastor at TPC
Rachel Ramsey
615 Laurel Lake Dr. A-102, Columbus, NC 28722
828 894-3784
Church and Session member, Co-Chair of Capital Cam
Rev. Dr. David Hosick
550 Hogback Mountain Road, Tryon, NC 28782
727 599-7779
Former Pastor at TPC, Current Interim Pastor at La
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   3/8/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev D Cameron Murchison Address  114 Silver Creek Rd, Morganton, NC, 28655
Daytime Phone  404-556-8041 Office Phone  404-556-8041
Fax  828-437-8655 Email
PNC:  Gloria Underwood Address  535 Warrior Drive, Tryon, NC 28782
Daytime Phone  828 859-5531 Office Phone  828 817-2623
Fax  Email