Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 22646.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22646
Ministry Name Westminster Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 400 Rugby Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone 434-293-3133
Fax 434-296-7208
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 1%
Middle Eastern 1%
White 96%
Average Worship Attendance 232
Church School Attendance 150
Curriculum Growing in Grace & Gratitude (K-6); Journey to Adulthood (7-12)
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Assoc. Pastor, University & Social Justice Mission
Employment Status:   Full-time
Language Requirements:   English
Other Languages:  
Statement Of Faith Required:   Yes
Clergy Couples:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

“Sustained by grace, we are called to serve Christ, share God’s love, and work for justice in a complex world.” With faith, hope, and love as bedrock Christian values, we also cherish thinking and learning, inclusiveness, fellowship, stewardship, and courage. Following Jesus means we care for the environment, reject racism, forgive often, ask questions, welcome strangers, stand with the oppressed, love God, and love one another.

Westminster Presbyterian Church was founded to minister to and with the University of Virginia community in Charlottesville. In a changing environment, University mission remains of vital importance to our congregation. Through eighty years, we have sought to be a leader in our community and denomination for economic and social justice, benevolence, mission, and outreach.

Valuing inclusiveness and courage as we stand with the oppressed and love one another means Westminster welcomes and supports LGBTQIA+ persons in our congregational fellowship and leadership. We embrace the reform of our denomination and society to become more just, inclusive, and equitable for all God’s diverse people.

We are proud to be a progressive congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in the reformed faith tradition. In worship, fellowship, study, and service we seek to spread the Good News of God’s love, through Christ, enlivened by faith in the Holy Spirit, hoping to “let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”

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

Sustained by grace, Westminster members seek to serve Christ, share God’s love and work for justice in a complex world. We cherish our tradition of inclusivity and social justice trailblazing—in the community, denomination, and globally.

We share the good news in word and deed; we demonstrate joy and love; we pray and work for peace and justice for all people. Two strong preachers lead us in Sunday worship, which draws from progressive theologies and Reformed heritage and is enhanced by robust music from a diversity of traditions. Trusting God’s grace and nurturing Christlike care and compassion, we deepen our faith through high-quality Christian Education programs and sustain one another with fellowship, prayer, loving care and pastor and deacon support.

UKirk at UVA, a foundational mission to the University of Virginia, is housed in a dedicated facility and supported by an active committee. Outreach to UVA students includes meals, Bible study and student fellowship. UKirk actively partners with other faith groups at UVA to provide programming on current issues (e.g., sexual violence, racism, gun violence, LGBTQIA+ inclusion and income inequality) in settings for both students and the entire church, which includes many University faculty and staff.

Members provide generous benevolent support for mission and outreach endeavors. With keen minds steeped in a tradition of rigorous inquiry, Westminster cherishes exploring new concepts and aiding marginalized groups.

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

UVA Community: We have a strong commitment to University Mission, and the UKirk student fellowship offers a faith-based response to current challenging and controversial topics. We are engaged in the UVA Interfaith Coalition and United Ministries interfaith religious leaders’ group. We seek fresh perspective and dedicated energies to guide our university ministry and advance student, faculty and staff members’ spiritual growth through interfaith, intergenerational and cross-cultural programs. 

Broader Community: Our faith calls us to action, and WPC expands its reach through advocacy and benevolence. With other congregations, WPC successfully petitions local governments to implement social justice actions, and we shelter area homeless men for two weeks each winter. Approximately 20% of pledge income is dedicated to mission/benevolence. We welcome persons with disabilities through our Opening Doors Ministry and are an Earth Care Congregation.  For over forty years, WPC has housed a sliding-scale childcare center, and we offer subsidized rent to nonprofits in our buildings. The violence Charlottesville experienced in the summer of 2017 led our community to reflect on and recommit to actively addressing systemic racism and bigotry in our society. We support LGBTQIA+ persons, immigrants/refugees, and all marginalized people in our culture.

We are positioned to build on our rich history and extend our outreach to UVA and the broader community through active mission opportunities.

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

Our new Associate Pastor will help us:

  • Draw from the rich resources of the University and congregation to initiate innovative opportunities for faith formation through intellectual engagement in our church and  community;

  • Enhance and promote to the University a welcoming community of fellowship and service;

  • Provide challenging and inspirational leadership to UKirk by organizing innovative programs to promote spiritual development and respond to current community/national/international issues and challenges;

  • Renew our commitment to social justice by:

    • being attuned to significant issues in our community and the world beyond,

    • connecting those needs to our Christian faith, and

    • inspiring us to respond by increasing our outreach to distressed people and communities;

  • Engage and support members of the congregation in mission activities to promote personal growth in faith and practice;

  • Responsibly share our resources including our exceptional physical facilities and manage the Common Grounds building tenants, budget and relationships in ways that enhance our mission; and

  • Encourage a spirit of inquiry that addresses contemporary issues grounded in Christ’s teachings, as faith plays an important role in how we navigate and understand our responsibilities in a complex world.

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

We seek a gifted and innovative program-builder who is able to imagine and design a new framework for University mission at our church. Westminster enjoys a dedicated UKirk facility in Common Grounds and an historic commitment to serve a university constituency. We are prepared to encourage and support a bold, creative, entrepreneurial thinker and organizer.

We invite a compassionate and hopeful advisor, a listener who understands pastoral care to lie at the heart of social justice and university ministry. Our pastor will be especially adept at understanding the mental and spiritual health challenges inherent in the lives of students and faculty, and will provide guidance, comfort and help in time of need, as well as inspiration in times of complacency.

We require a culturally-proficient and media-fluent communicator who will be able to celebrate and draw from UVA’s intellectually vibrant position at the locus of a UNESCO World Heritage site imbedded in a historically complex and living community of faith and trouble. This person will be able to engage and respond deftly through public speaking, social media, and community event platforms.

We look for a strong witness, a justice leader whose prophetic instincts lie close to home. As our community and world remain in need of healing and repair, we look to a pastor who will join colleagues and our church family in standing with the oppressed, working for peace and inclusion, extending hospitality, and modeling service in Christ.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

This is a permanent full-time, ten month position with responsibilities that run concurrent with the University academic year.

University Mission

  • Has primary responsibility for leading our University Mission programs and actively working with students and all members of the university community

  • Creates and implements new programs and opportunities to attract, engage, enrich and promote the faith journeys of students, faculty and staff  

  • Provides pastoral care, counseling and visitation to University community members, shared with pastoral staff and Pastoral Deacons

  • Ministers, counsels, and shepherds undergraduate and graduate student members of UKirk in their faith journeys and participates in campuswide ministry through United Ministries and the Interfaith Coalition at the University of Virginia

  • Guides the activities of the University Mission Committee and volunteers

  • Supervises any staff or student assistants who may be assigned to this effort


Social Justice Mission

  • Inspires, leads and joins the congregation in a wide array of ministries and mission opportunities

  • Serves as a Westminster representative for justice issues in the community

  • Provides staff support and guidance to Peace, Justice, and Inclusion Division committees including Benevolence, Missions, Green Team, and PACEM (hosting a homeless shelter for two weeks each winter)



  • Manages the Common Grounds building in areas of budget, programming and its use as a nonprofit incubator

Optional Links




Westminster Child Care Center

University of Virginia  

VA Interfaith Coalition

Charlottesville (Cville) Clergy Collective

Cville Pride


Albemarle County

Cville Tomorrow   

Cville Family
Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Culturally Proficient
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Renee Ritchie
1203 Oak Hill Drive, Unit C; Charlottesville VA 22902
Recent Co-Moderator of UKirk at UVA
Rev. Jill Duffield
3101 Martin Kings Road; Charlottesville VA 22902
Presbyterian Outlook editor and publisher; communi
Jane Penner
2980 Magnolia Bend; Charlottesville VA 22911
Active congregation member; recent PNC member; and
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   11/29/2018

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Rev Fred Holbrook Address  3218 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond, VA, 23227
Daytime Phone  (540) 421-4421 Office Phone  (804) 262-2074
Fax  (804) 612-0583 Email
COM:   Rev Caitlin Deyerle Address  7500 Hull Street Rd, North Chesterfield, VA 23235
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (804) 276-1749
Fax  Email
PNC:  Ronald D. Wiley Jr. Address  911 Locust Lane, Charlottesville VA 22901
Daytime Phone  434-960-6665 Office Phone  434-979-6457
Fax  N/A Email