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MIF #: 23245.AC2

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 23245
Ministry Name Opequon PC
Mailing Address 217 Opequon Church Ln
Winchester, VA 22602
Phone (540) 662-1843
WWW Address
Ministry Size 401 - 650 members
Ethnic Composition American Indian or Alaskan Native 1%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
White 98%
Average Worship Attendance 215
Church School Attendance 50
Curriculum Growing in Grace & Gratitude” (Preschool-5th Grade); “Theocademy” & “Professing our Faith” (Confirmation Class -8th graders); “Generations in Faith
Yoked Church False
Community Type Small City
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Information about the position

Position:   Associate Pastor (Other)
Experience Required:   No Experience
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:

"Prayerfully Equipping Disciples of All Generations to be Christ's Hands, Heart and Feet in the World"

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

Opequon Presbyterian Church (OPC) is dedicated to prayerfully equipping disciples of all generations to be Christ’s hands, heart and feet in the world. We are a lively, welcoming and growing congregation and faithful community that ministers not only to our own congregation but reaches out beyond our walls. Our vision is to use every part of our campus for mission and the ministry of Jesus Christ in the world. We seek to welcome anyone who walks through the doors of our church, learn their name, and engage our new friend in the life of our church and the ministry of Jesus Christ. Blessed with a congregation with an array of gifts to offer our community and our Lord, we seek opportunities to strengthen our relationships with each other and with Jesus Christ both within and beyond the church walls:

    • Two services every Sunday with a strong musical program; between the services our intergenerational Faith Formation hour with many different classes.
    • Regular intergenerational events outside of normal Sunday worship hours, as listed on our website include multiple opportunities for Adult Ministry and an exciting program for children and youth, including our 22nd year of LOGOS.
    • Support 4 missionaries in the Middle East and Ethiopia; fund a primary school at our sister church in Ethiopia; and send a group to Baja, Mexico for the past 4 years to help build houses for families in need. Partnering with Church World Service, we donate ~1000 blankets annually at Christmas.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

The emerging needs of OPC and the Winchester community are eliminating food and shelter insecurity and addressing our growth while adapting to a more secular society reliant on technology. Responding to the call as servants in the ministry of Christ, we practice radical hospitality, serving and ministering to those in our community, building relationships, and living out our faith in action:

    • Youth and leaders spearhead our monthly Motel Ministry, providing support and daily supplies to our temporarily homeless neighbors living in extended stay motels.
    • Participate as a founding member in the Winchester Area Temporary Thermal Shelter (WATTS), the only low barrier shelter in Winchester; collection for “Habitat for Humanity”.
    • Maintain a community organic Garden, growing and providing fresh produce and perishables to the community food bank, Highland Food Pantry, and provide Thanksgiving boxes to CCAP and Orchard View School.
    • Enhance and creatively expand our opportunities for worship, including new and different styles and times of worship. OPC recently established monthly WOW (Worship on Wednesday) in conjunction with LOGOS. OPC started live streaming, making the worship experience available to those who physically can’t attend Sunday service.
    • Practice radical hospitality through efforts to expand our accessibility to hearing, visually, physically and cognitively impaired community.
    • Develop a program of social entrepreneurship within our youth ministry.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?
    • The new AP will help us envision where God is calling us as a church.
      • Blessed with an array of gifts to offer our Lord, OPC seeks opportunities to reach beyond its walls and into the community and larger world for ministry.
      • Cultivate member engagement by developing an infrastructure of networking, training, and identifying members gifts, passions and skills.
    • The new AP will work as a colleague to creatively energize our current programs and help expand members’ initiative for new programs.
      • A historic church, OPC began worship on its grounds in 1732; some of our families have worshiped at OPC for over several generations.
      • A stable, experienced, deeply committed, and passionate church staff who hopes the new AP will compliment their gifts. They enjoy working together and are supportive of each other.
      • OPC remains aware of the need to be open to change, essential to the vitality of the church - always reforming.
    • The new AP will help us develop programs that are creative and imaginative for all the generations, integrating them with worship and mission.
      • Aware of the changing climate and culture of church today, the new AP will explore/discern opportunities to take church in new directions through the use of social media and technology.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.

We are looking for someone who:

    • Is invested in OPC and its ministry focused on nurturing discipleship and outreach through congregational care, evangelism and mission;
    • Demonstrates a genuine and vibrant relationship with Jesus;
    • Is passionate to serve and has the heart of a shepherd; loving and caring;
    • Is approachable with a warm personality and able to relate to people of all ages;
    • Exhibits a strong spiritual grounding with an ability to understand, teach and relate/explain God’s Word;
    • Is highly adept at nurturing, motivating and empathizing across all generations;
    • Has a humble teachable spirit: committed to life-long learning, admits mistakes, and handles criticism positively;
    • Relates well to people at all levels of spiritual maturity;
    • Is willing to meet people where they are in life;
    • Is willing to demonstrate responsive and empathetic pastoral care to situations as they arise;
    • Exhibits a professional demeanor in presenting oneself as a representative of OPC;
    • Is reliable, with a strong work ethic;
    • Is a team player, yet able to work independently;
    • Possesses good communication skills with staff and the congregation;
    • Is a self-starter and well organized.
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

The primary responsibilities:

    • Provide specialized knowledge and leadership to establish new, and support existing and new small groups as the need and opportunity arises;
    • Be the resource person for the Mission and Evangelism Teams:
      • Support the church’s mission program by expanding member involvement and finding new opportunities to expand our outreach;
      • Find imaginative and effective ways to support and encourage the evangelism ministry;
    • Learn the talents and needs of new members and connect them within the congregation;
    • Expand the reach of our ministry through innovative communication tools, including the creative use of social media and technology;

The shared responsibilities with the current pastor and staff:

    • Build positive and nurturing relationships across all generations and demographics;
    • Provide aspects of pastoral care, including hospital visits, and meet unscheduled pastoral care needs as they arise;
    • Provide support and insight to the Congregational Care Ministry Team (Deacons);
    • Provide spiritual care, resources, guidance and leadership for people seeking to deepen their faith in Jesus Christ;
  • Plan and order the worship services including preaching the sermon approximately 12 times per year; administers the sacraments in fresh and creative ways consistent with the Reformed tradition;
  • Partner with the staff, Session and other lay leadership to develop and facilitate the vision, ministry, and plans for the church.
Optional Links

OPC web URL:

LiveStreaming via You-Tube – Opequon Church (from website) OPC FaceBook: @opequonpresbyterianchurch

Winchester, VA, located in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, 75 miles West of Washington, DC:

Shenandoah National Park:
Shenandoah University:

Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Personal Resilience
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $45,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. Nancy Meehan Yao
1111 N. Main St, Harrisonburg VA 22802
(540) 433-2556
Associate General Presbyter
Rev. Jonathan Bunker
POB 46, Berryville VA 22611
(540) 955-1096
Neighboring pastor
Liz Perraud
POB 4, Springdale PA 15144
(877) 937-2572
Exec Director LOGOS
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   11/22/2021

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:  Ann Dennison and Ann Smith Address  146 La Costa Court, Winchester VA 22602
Daytime Phone  703-307-0032 Office Phone  703-622-9726
Fax  Email