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MIF #: 22783.AF0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 22783
Ministry Name First Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 1015 Fifth Avenue
Huntington, WV 25701
Phone 304-523-6476
Fax 304-523-6476
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 140
Church School Attendance 65
Curriculum Varies
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
Experience Required:   No Experience
Specific Title:   Head of Staff
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:

Our Mission  

To Know, Love and Serve

  • To know Jesus Christ
  • To Love as He Loved
  • To Serve as He Served

Our Vision 

To create an irresistible church, where Jesus is Lord and God’s love is unconditional.

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

The First Presbyterian Church’s goal is to create an irresistible church where Jesus is Lord and God’s love is unconditional. Our vision is lived out with our family-oriented programs, community service and warm inviting Sunday services.

Worship is the centerpiece of our life together, the doorway through which we enter God’s presence. In our beautiful Sanctuary, we experience the majesty, power, and grace of God. Our eclectic worship music is designed to be moving and powerful, bringing us into His presence. Our pastor’s messages are timely, uplifting and inspiring.

Families are exposed to a variety of Bible studies and opportunities to volunteer together, such as the ‘Shoebox Ministry’ and the Christmas Day dinner for the homeless. Our most popular intergenerational program is Logos; Wednesday evenings will see 75-100 children and adults connecting through faith and building life-long relationships.

Since 1838 mission has been a cornerstone of our values. We give witness to God’s love by compassionately serving others through concrete, tangible and visible acts of kindness. As a downtown church we have a special opportunity to serve the homeless and those in recovery from a variety of addictions.

FPC is Christ-centered, mission-driven, grace-filled and child-focused. We strive to be a community of faith in which everyone is known, valued and loved, and give witness to the transforming love of Jesus Christ in our community, region, and world.

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

The US is one of the wealthiest nations, yet many suffer from hunger, homelessness, and drug addiction. Huntington, WV is no different. But, it is fast-becoming the epicenter for recovery (Washington Post, 11/3/19). The multi-sided, multi-organizational attack is bringing real success and FPC has helped solve these problems. In 2016, we renovated and dedicated our 1018 building adjacent to the church for recovery ministries. Recovery Point, a residential treatment program, uses 1018 for classes Monday-Friday along with several NA and AA groups. We are on target to launch a Celebrate Recovery Ministry in the spring of 2020.

Hunger is a problem for many in our area. FPC helps provide food for children on the weekends through Blessings in a Backpack. Twice a month we serve 80-100 Harmony House clients breakfast or lunch. We provide tangible and financial support to Cridlin Food and Clothing Pantry, Marshall University Food Pantry, Harmony House, Facing Hunger Food Bank and City Mission.

The Cabwaylingo Presbyterian Chapel, FPC’s signature outreach mission, is located in an impoverished rural community 40 miles away. Our chapel ministry has become an agent of transformation through its after-school children’s ministry, gym night, Vacation Bible School, food & clothing pantry and the Wayne County Workcamp. The food pantry provides supplemental food for over 300 families a month. Every summer we build at least one new home and repair another 12-15 homes.

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

The church feels one’s vision and mission goals can best be fulfilled by the pastor being our religious leader, inspiring volunteerism, managing the staff, being a resource person, building relationships with the community and delegating projects with respect. The pastor should have a vision for growth and a creative spirit to help us increase membership.

An integral part of all these elements is to have a church that is at the forefront of using technology to invite, inform and interact with the congregation and the community. We see technology continuing to help us manage the business of the church, for both internal tasks like bookkeeping, and external opportunities like recording a project to be distributed online. The pastor needs to be savvy and comfortable with different software and platforms to enable and support these functions.

In 2016, our church suffered a blow when some 100 members and the senior minister abruptly left to form an ECO congregation on their own. While the split seemed devastating at the time, our associate minister stepped up to lead the congregation through a time of reconciliation, vision, and re-definition. As a result, we are stronger now and seek a minister who will honor our history, yet help us look to the future as one body in Christ.

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

First, we want our new pastor to be humbly committed to Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior and be committed to God’s unconditional love. Theology, Presbyterian doctrine and mission are values we want to see in this position.

As we look to our next pastor after the church split, we know that trustworthiness and integrity are critically important characteristics.

We want a leader with strong communication and listening skills that can encourage the congregation to stretch their talents. We need someone who can expand our ranks, easily talk to us and challenge us with a sense of humor.

We feel our new leader should be a good decision maker, know how to delegate responsibilities plus solve church issues in a transparent Godly manner.

Time management skills and efficiently prioritizing tasks are a necessity. Both young and old appreciate timeliness in meetings, morning worship and programs.

This church has a strong emphasis on our children as exhibited by the Logos program. This intergenerational program is a special heartbeat for us and we want a pastor who will continue to support it and other youth programs.

Finally, we want a pastor who can continue to provide vision, optimism, leadership, and growth for our church family.

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

Specific responsibilities include leading worship and Christian study, pastoral care, financial accountability, managing staff and volunteers, directing mission obligations, and providing vision, optimism and leadership to FPC.

For Sunday morning worship, sermons should be meaningful, theologically-directed and well-timed. We want a leader who can uplift and encourage music as part of our worship, plus teach classes in theology & Presbyterianism.

It is important that a new pastor have a strong understanding of our financial needs, stewardship, resources, and expenditures, and be transparent.

We would like a pastor that is technologically savvy in publishing church news, staying in touch with the congregation, and management of the church operations and finances.

Managing people with compassion, respect and efficiency is necessary. A pastor should fairly decipher strengths and weaknesses in church employees and volunteers and utilize talents where best-suited.

Pastoral care is an important element to this position. We want someone who can get to know the congregation where they live, celebrate and mourn.

FPC is a downtown church that interacts with and supports the community. Our minister must coordinate how we help those in need at our back door.

Our congregation is sensitive to the needs of the pastor and his/her family. We will help our leader maintain a work-life balance. We want to help do the work required for our programs – the pastor is not expected to do it all alone.

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Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Public Communicator
Technologically Savvy
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $70,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Amy Sutherlun
FPC, San Marcos, TX, 410 West Hutchison St., San Marcos, Tx 78666
Previous Associate Pastor
Rev. Cinda Harlkess
167 Iroquois Trail, Ona, WV 35545
Local Pastor
Dr. Cal Kent
75 Sycamore Dr. #171, Elizabethtown, Pa 17022
: 304-634-8299
Former 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   4/10/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   Edward J. Thompson Address  520 Second Avenue, South Charleston, WV 25303
Daytime Phone  304-744-7636 Office Phone  304-744-7634
Fax  304-744-7649 Email
PNC:  Alan Morrison Address  1404 Washington Blvd., Huntington, WV 25701
Daytime Phone  304-633-8315 Office Phone  304-522-2205
Fax  Email