Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22282.AJ0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22282
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 540 William Hilton Parkway
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Phone 843-681-3696
Fax 843-681-2065
WWW Address
Ministry Size 1001 - 1500 members
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 579
Church School Attendance 346
Curriculum Adults – Monday Morning Bible Study, Wednesday Night Programs, Thursday Morning Pastor’s Bible Study, Low Country Lessons (Sun AM), Family of Faith (S
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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Information about the position

Position:   Head of Staff (Multi-Staff Pastor, who supervised two or more teaching elders and other staff)
Experience Required:   10 Years or more
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:


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

Our vision: Every member in ministry (I Corinthians 12:27 & I Peter 2:9)

In August 2016, First Presbyterian Church began a planning process to discern the direction in which God is leading us. We call this spirit-guided strategic plan “the Way forward.” The Way forward process envisions the success of FPC, expressing that by the end of 2021, “as Christ leads, we are an open, inviting, and joyful church, vibrant and vital as a community and in the world.”

As we work to discern God’s will for us, we prayerfully seek God’s guidance in our mission of changing lives and making disciples for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • Changing lives is the result of putting our faith into action by serving those in our church, our community, and the world. We trust that God uses our inspirational worship, Christian Education programs, fellowship, witness, and mission opportunities to change us and others for God’s glory.

  • Making disciples is facilitated through meaningful worship, Bible-based Christian Education, small group fellowship, and mission programs to enliven and feed a hunger for opportunities to apply God’s word in our lives. We seek to nurture disciples by helping them identify their God-given talents and providing them with opportunities for spiritual growth and service to the Lord.

By honoring and glorifying God in this way, we trust the number of lives we touch and disciples we make will increase our membership so we might better serve God’s purposes in the world.

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

We are a multi-generational congregation, blessed with an unusual abundance of experienced, bright, and capable individuals with discretionary time and financial resources.

We live in a location that is a destination for vacationers, snowbirds, and many retirees as well as service workers and young professionals. Thus, we see opportunities to expand our reach for Christ beyond those who currently worship with us by inviting more visitors, new retirees, and especially more families and young people to make FPC their church home.

  • We attract many visitors and new members who are recently retired and at a transitional inflection point in their spiritual lives as they relocate to a new community and begin a new chapter in their lives. Thus, we see an opportunity to attract those seeking to renew and grow their relationship with the Lord through worship and study.

  • We are located in South Carolina’s wealthiest county, although it contains pockets of great need. It is surrounded by adjacent counties that are among the very poorest in the nation. Thus, we see an opportunity to better serve our neighbors in need, both globally and those just outside our doors, by more fully exercising our talents and other resources.

  • We are a community church, perceived broadly by members and non-members alike, as a focal point for community activity, problem solving and support. Thus, we see an opportunity to be an essential participant in community activities and discussions.

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

We expect the Pastor will help us reach our vision and perform our mission through:

  • Proclamation - Preaching and teaching God’s word in truth, and with power.
  • Leadership - Inspiring, empowering, mentoring, guiding, and holding staff and lay leaders accountable to high levels of excellence in all of the ministries to which our church is called.
  • Connection - Building unity in Christ among our members. Also, as the principal face of FPC, bringing the salt and light of Christ’s presence to the community, engaging in its opportunities and struggles.
  • Pastoral Care - Ensuring effective pastoral care to a range of ages within the church, from children and young families to recent retirees, and those seeking God’s joy in the closing chapters of their lives. 

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Spiritually grounded, with strong personal faith.
  • Theologically grounded, with a passion for understanding.
  • Shows a genuine care for FPC and is committed to the PC(USA).
  • Bible-based preaching and teaching.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to present sermons and lessons that challenge and inspire the congregation intellectually and spiritually to become more committed followers of Christ.
  • Experience leading an effective Christian Education program for all age groups.
  • A doctoral degree is strongly preferred.
  • Values traditional as well as innovative alternative worship and music.
  • Experience leading a large congregation. Able to inspire and embrace a congregation of diverse ages with diverse gifts and needs.
  • Values small group fellowship.
  • Exhibits a passion for mission.
  • Considers family, youth and children ministries a high priority.
  • Recognizes, encourages and can develop leadership skills in FPC members, associates, staff, and lay leaders.
  • Experience leading a large staff, delegating work, and managing people.
  • Excellent problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution skills. Displays tact and respect.
  • Possesses warmth, energy, a sense of humor, and excellent listening skills.
  • Inclusive, creative, transformative and flexible. Able to shepherd a diverse group of people, encouraging their potential.
  • A visionary with a proven record of growing church membership.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

Continuing a strong pulpit, education, and Bible-study ministry.

  • Ensuring the development of more effective children, youth, and family ministries.
  • Enhancing the excellence in our music ministry.
  • Enabling success of the WAY forward strategy for our congregation.
  • Creating opportunities to invite and enjoy greater diversity.
  • Empowering us all for ministry and evangelism.
  • Leading and inspiring staff, lay leadership and the congregation.
  • Overseeing the mission and outreach ministries.
  • Extending and coordinating pastoral care.
  • Looking toward the Lord’s blessing of greater numbers in response to our faithfulness.
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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Change Agent
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $130,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Ms. Andrea Siebold
67 S. Port Royal Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Volunteer Director of Volunteer Ministry
Dr. Douglas Fletcher
540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Pastor, Head of Staff
Mr. Jack Alderman
67 Dolphin Head Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926
Ruling Elder on Session, long-time member of FPC
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   2/13/2019

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (843) 708-7127 Office Phone  (843) 766-4219
Fax  (843) 766-2804 Email
COM:   Rev. Rebecca Albright Address  P.O. Box 1226, Beaufort, SC 29901-1226
Daytime Phone  (843) 816-3060 cell Office Phone  (843) 524-3051 cell
Fax  (843) 766-2804 fax Email
PNC:  Richard Burnette and Jim Wagner Address  540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Daytime Phone  843-802-4427/404-307-9677 Office Phone  404-375-9951
Fax  843-681-2065 Email