Ministry Information Form Query

MIF #: 23184.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23184
Ministry Name Lexington Presbyterian Church
Mailing Address 120 S MAIN
Phone (540) 463-3873
Fax (540) 463-1885
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 1%
White 99%
Average Worship Attendance 125
Church School Attendance 54
Curriculum Feasting on the Word and Beginner's Bible
Yoked Church False
Community Type College
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Information about the position

Position:   Solo Pastor
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:
We believe God intends for us to be sound in our faith, our service to one another, and our mission
beyond our walls and doors. Our task is to understand, embrace, rejoice in, and share that intention.
To that end, we seek:
● To be an authentic, vigorous community of Christian believers within the Presbyterian-Reformed
tradition and loyal to the Presbyterian Church (USA);
● To put into practice our understanding of God's grace by being welcoming and inclusive;
● To present effectively God's Word through our worship, preaching, Christian education, music,
serving, and congregational life;
● To emphasize understanding the Bible and God's call through it;
● To draw nonbelievers to faith and believers to spiritual depth; and
● To use our gifts to do God's work by reaching out in love to the community and the world at large.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.
Lexington Presbyterian Church, founded in 1789, is a vital spiritual presence in the Lexington and Rockbridge County communities. Our vision for ministry is well-stated in the above mission statement.  We live out this vision in a variety of ways. Our services include both an 11 A.M. traditional service and a more informal service meeting at 8:45 A.M. We have an active music ministry led by an exceptionally talented and devoted director of music, who oversees all musical expressions of our faith.   Christian Education offers Sunday school classes for every age, with adult classes focusing on Bible study, parenting and marriage issues, and theology.  With a shared concern for social justice issues, we have read engaging studies on this topic both in adult Sunday school classes and as a church. Recent books include Strength to Love by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. We also take very seriously the call to reach out to the mission field both in our community and the world at large.  We have long supported international missionaries, the Rafiki Foundation, and have helped to build a health clinic in Zambia.  We also actively support local community organizations.  Our involvement in the local food bank, the community health clinic, the women’s shelter, Habitat for Humanity, and many other organizations represents considerable devotion of both time and treasure from our members. 
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?
Located at the center of Lexington, our congregation is a microcosm of our small college town. The church serves as an anchor for the community, with its doors open daily, providing meeting locations for numerous non-profit organizations. We actively invite W&L and VMI students to share in our worship services, and host musical performances in the sanctuary throughout the year for the community as well as our membership. Our Culinary Ministry provides countless meals to our membership and the larger community, while our Festival of Faith initiative seeks to enhance spiritual growth through distinguished speakers and programs. A recent church survey revealed the congregation has a healthy diversity of perspectives. As a community of faith, we love and support each other despite inevitable differences. The survey also noted a consensus among our members that the Church should more actively address the needs of those on the margins of society. As we emerge from the Pandemic, we are well aware we must revitalize the Church, encouraging our congregation to return to ecclesiastical worship and to renew their participation in the Church’s many programs. At the same time, we realize our membership is aging, and we seek to attract younger families. Our new pastor will have a unique opportunity to lead and support us through changing and challenging times as we fulfill the promise of our calling. The need is clear, and we are well-positioned to fulfill that need.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

We are excited to develop a long-term relationship with our new pastor. In this position, he/she will provide vital leadership and support for our church, bringing renewed energy to the congregation through participation and collaboration in all current programming. With experience in previous church settings, the new minister will also bring a valuable perspective to this programming, including suggestions for change and new opportunities. As we transition from a more staff-centered model and seek to empower our committees, we seek a flexible, imaginative leader to lead a diverse and evolving staff, creating a cohesive and effective team.  He/she will foster creativity, optimism, and vision in both staff and congregation. (Please see our website for photos and descriptive profiles of our current staff.) Our minister will recruit, nurture, and empower volunteers to fill vital committee positions and encourage participation beyond worship. The greatest challenge our church faces is how to serve the young families of our church and recruit youth, and they will have a vital opportunity and challenge to be an energetic presence and spiritual mentor in the lives of our young families. Finally, this leader will be active in the community, helping strengthen our outreach efforts and coming to love it as much as we do.

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

The new minister, first and foremost, should “walk with God” and live out his or her daily faith in service to the church, the congregation, and the larger community. The new minister should be an effective communicator in the pulpit, capable of delivering clear, insightful, and scholarly sermons that both interpret scripture and reflect on how we are called to live as Christians. He or she should likewise be an effective teacher in smaller settings, from Sunday school classes to mid-week gatherings. The new minister should possess the interpersonal skills to be able to connect with a variety of ages and perspectives, and be comfortable with an evolving structure, providing insight, support and guidance to both new and experienced leaders. Bringing new energy to our family of faith, the new minister should feel confident and comfortable reaching out to our members who may have lost touch during the pandemic and to potential new members.  Because we have a great need for new and vigorous engagement with the youth of our church, we are in the process of hiring a part-time Director of Christian Education. His or her support of the DCE will be important for our children and youth as they prepare for confirmation and beyond. At the same time, the minister should possess the maturity to be a comforting presence to our older members, providing pastoral care to them and to others in need within our congregation who may not be well enough to join us in person. 

What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?
  • Serve as the spiritual/administrative leader of the congregation, session and staff. Part-time employed staff: parish associate, director of music, DCE (in the process of hiring), youth director, financial secretary, admin. assistant, communications assistant, and director of culinary ministries. Church custodian is full-time.
  • Mentor and encourage professional development of the staff.
  • Help manage the Church’s budget and finances in collaboration with the Administrative Committee, the church treasurer, and the financial secretary.
  • Plan and lead worship services in coordination with staff, in particular our director of music.
  • Administer the sacraments.
  • Moderate the Session.
  • Further the work of session committees through encouragement of volunteers. 
  • Provide pastoral care in coordination with parish associate.
  • Support various educational ministries of the church in conjunction with the DCE and youth director through direct involvement, teaching if time allows.
  • Participate in the Shenandoah Presbytery and locally with RAMA (Rockbridge Area Ministerial Assoc.).
  • Encourage church members, especially new members, to become active participants in the life of the church.
  • Represent a Christian life in thought, word, and deed.
Optional Links
Lexington, Virginia is consistently rated one of the best small towns in America, with a vibrant downtown
and excellent schools. Our church is a beautiful architectural presence in downtown Lexington,
occupying a prominent place on Main Street. We also enjoy fabulous outdoor opportunities with the
Appalachian Trail and Blue Ridge Parkway traversing our county.
Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Decision Making
Organizational Agility
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $75,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Dr. Harlan Beckley, Ph.D.
503 Jackson Ave., Lexington VA 24450
(540) 460-1713
long-time community resident, friend of the Church
Dr. Elizabeth Oliver, Ph.D.
205 White St., Lexington VA 24450
(540) 458-8637
long-time community resident, friend of the Church
Rev. Thomas Groome
120 S. Main St., Lexington VA 24450
Current interim pastor
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   12/9/2021

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 433-2556
Fax  (540) 433-6830 Email
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  (540) 459-2646
Fax  (540) 662-7097 Email
PNC:  Michael Strickler Address  630 Stonewall St., Lexington, VA 24450
Daytime Phone  540-570-0274 Office Phone  540-464-1166
Fax  Email