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MIF #: 72535.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 72535
Ministry Name Presbytery of the James
Mailing Address 3218 Chamberlayne Avenue
Richmond, VA 23227
Phone 804-262-2074
Fax 804-612-0583
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition Asian 4%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 4%
White 92%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Yoked Church False
Community Type N/A
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Information about the position

Position:   General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter/Presbytery Leader
Experience Required:   5 to 10 Years
Specific Title:   Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration
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:

The mission of the Presbytery of the James is to support leaders, congregations, and ministries in growing followers of Jesus Christ who joyfully live out God’s mission in the world.

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

These are the goals and objectives we hope our Mission Statement inspires over the next 5 years:

  • Christ-centered Spiritual Growth: specifically as this relates to POJ staff resourcing and supporting church leaders, pastors, and ministries.
  • Communication and Coordination: specifically as these relate to connecting churches and ministries with one another and creating vital partnerships.
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

God is calling the Presbytery of the James to do a new thing.  Connection, communication, and collaboration among ministries and ministry leaders is the focus of our strategic vision - that we become a more relational presbytery led by three presbyters who are sent out to meet our people where they serve.

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

The Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration will partner with the Presbyter for Relational Care and the Presbyter for Congregational Life in visioning how to support ministries in growing followers of Jesus Christ in the diverse contexts and communities of the POJ. Together, the three presbyters will encourage, support, and guide leaders and faith communities in connecting and better communicating with each other and in strengthening bonds with the presbytery.  As a team, the three presbyters will model connectedness and consensus in leading the Presbytery.

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

The Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration will be an exceptional listener, effective communicator, perceptive leader, and a forward-thinker. This person has a passion for engaging in active listening of the stories of our Presbytery to comprehend our past and our present; analyzes how these stories could affect our future; and effectively communicates ways in how we can transform our future by leading the Presbytery in its vision.  The Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration will be skilled at organizational tasks, problem solving, and management responsibilities and is committed and comfortable with the position of leadership among the three presbyters. This person can perceive institutional identity, navigate change, and supervise peers with grace and equity.

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

The Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration will:

  • Work closely with the Presbyter for Congregational Life and the Presbyter for Relational Care in developing effective communication strategies, as well as designing and supporting new initiatives for partnerships throughout the POJ.
  • Travel regularly throughout the presbytery, visiting the various ministries and churches in their context.
  • Supervise Presbytery of the James staff in various ministry program areas as determined by the presbytery.
  • Administer the presbytery’s budget under the direction and guidance of the POJ Budget Committee.
  • Be a resource to the Mission Council & Trustees.
  • Provide New Professional’s Orientation; serve as staff liaison to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) and other presbytery entities.
Optional Links

The Presbytery of the James is seeking to hire three executive presbyters to work in concert as a team and guide the presbytery’s mission: Lead Presbyter for Vision & Collaboration, Presbyter for Congregational Life, and Presbyter for Relational Care. 

(To see the other two executive positions, please visit

Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Change Agent
Externally Aware
Strategy and Vision
Financial Manager
Interpersonal Engagement
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $90,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: N/A
Name Relation
Warren Lesane
3601 Seminary Avenue Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 342-0016
Executive & Stated Clerk, Synod of the Mid-Atlanti
Fred Holbrook
3218 Chamberlayne Ave Richmond, VA 23227
(804) 262-2074
Interim Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of the Jam
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:  2/1/2022
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   12/17/2021

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
PNC:  Rev. Jess Cook and Barbara Flynt Address  PO Box 5162 Richmond, VA 23222
Daytime Phone  (804) 852-0906 Office Phone  (804) 389-6611
Fax  Email