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MIF #: 73001.AA1

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 73001
Ministry Name Cedarkirk Camp and Conference Center
Mailing Address 1920 Streetman Drive
Lithia, FL 33547
Phone (813) 685-4224
Fax (813) 689-9170
WWW Address
Ministry Size N/A
Ethnic Composition Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 10%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 10%
White 80%
Average Worship Attendance 0
Church School Attendance 0
Curriculum N/A
Yoked Church False
Community Type Suburban
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Information about the position

Position:   Executive Director
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:
Cedarkirk Camp & Conference Center is the year-round camp and conference center of the Presbyteries of Tampa Bay and Peace River. It is located southeast of Tampa, FL on the Alafia River within 170 acres of woodlands, wetlands, and uplands. Our mission statement is to be a place apart to build up the body of Christ in love.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

In a busy world full of chaos and uncertainty, Cedarkirk strives to be a welcoming place to experience the wonder of creation and the love of Christ for people of all ages and stages.

Accredited by PCCCA, Cedarkirk’s summer camp programs have been a meaningful outdoor ministry experience for generations of families. We rejoice at the new opportunities to be a resource for a wider diversity of groups and organizations as a place apart where all can come for programs of study, worship, rest, fellowship, and service.

As we look to the future, Cedarkirk is moving forward with additions to its facility and programs. Regardless of these updates and improvements, the staff and Board at Cedarkirk remain committed to keeping this “a place apart.” Our uniqueness lies in our beautiful setting encapsulated by burgeoning suburbia and a dedicated ministry of hospitality embodied in the homemade baked goods prepared by one of our longest-term employees.

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

Today, Cedarkirk serves over 1,000 children, youth, and adults each summer.  It also provides a ministry of hospitality to thousands through year-round programming. The vast majority of guests come from the Peace River and Tampa Bay Presbyteries. The relationships with local churches are critical and the staff and Board are always looking for new ways to be a resource to these congregations.

As we look to the future, we know that our support needs to come from a broader base of constituencies.  How can we expand beyond our current friends and families to reach out to a growing community? A world that we know needs a place of hospitality, a place where creation is honored, a place where love is experienced, a place of community… a place apart.    

We hope our current capital campaign will meet the expanding demands of our facility by allowing us to serve the needs of guests through additional accessibility and a new dining hall.

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

The Executive Director is the heartbeat of Cedarkirk.  They are responsible for the spiritual, fiduciary, program and administrative vision of the ministry.  With a staff of 21 dedicated employees, the director is involved in much of the day-to-day operations and management.  Leadership and mentoring is very much a part of this position. Each year our “Discernment Through Service” Program provides the opportunity for two interns to experience both the joys and challenges of outdoor ministry. 

The Executive Director serves as a liaison to Cedarkirk’s Board of Directors - consisting of members from both Tampa Bay and Peace River Presbyteries.  This aspect of the position results in shared energy and ongoing commitment from these covenant partners.   

In addition, they are the prime development officer for Cedarkirk - providing vision and identifying funding sources for the future of the camp and its programs. Responsibilities include developing relationships with “Friends of Cedarkirk” and future supporters, overseeing grant writing process, and organizing fundraising events.

Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
We hope our next Executive Director is a person who has the savvy to navigate two particular worlds - the one of camp ministry and the one of business matters.  How comfortable are you moving from the campfire circle to a boardroom table? We envision a person can both spend the day with campers and counselors (leading songs and hip pocket games, tying on a carabiner, offering a blessing for a meal, mentoring a young adult) AND then attend a worship with a local congregation on a Sunday morning at which they are called upon to offer a clear and concise minute for mission and then take a potential donor out to lunch and ask for a gift to the annual fund. Above all, this person is a collaborator - one that knows how to ask for help when needed and can work with the talents of others that have been called to this ministry. 
What specific tasks, assignments, and program areas will this person have responsibility?

• To serve as head of staff under the direction of the Board of Directors providing guidance and direction for the staff

• To provide oversight for ongoing on-site operations and make decisions regarding operations, with the consultation of the Board of Directors if needed

• To interpret and implement the vision and mission goals of PCCM

• To provide leadership in funds development for operating expenses and capital improvements

• To have general oversight and stewardship of the ministry of PCCM including preparation of the annual operating budget.

• To assist presbyteries and churches in promoting the various conferences, retreats, and camps sponsored by PCCM

• Work to ensure good public relations with the Presbyteries, local churches, current and prospective user groups and neighbors

• To relate to the Presbyteries of Peace River and Tampa Bay as outlined in the Covenant Agreements

• To interface with all committees of the Board of Directors through staff and committee chairs

• Other duties assigned by the Board of Directors

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Leadership Competencies:
Spiritual Maturity
Public Communicator
Media Communicator
Strategy and Vision
Funds Developer
Bridge Builder
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $55,000   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Housing Allowance
Name Relation
Rev. John DeBevoise
Palma Ceia Presbyterian Church, 3501 W San Jose St, Tampa, FL 33629
(813) 293-9685
Local Pastor - Tampa Bay Presbytery
Rev. Elizabeth Shannon
Tampa Bay Presbytery, 455 Scotland St #1, Dunedin, FL 34698
(813) 868-4800, ext. 3
Tampa Bay Presbytery Staff & Former Camper
Rev. Elizabeth Deibert
Peace Presbyterian Church, 12705 FL-64 E, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34212
(941) 779-4900
Local Pastor - Peace River Presbytery
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   4/2/2020

Self-referral Contact Information

EP:   PATRICE HATLEY Address  455 Scotland Street Suite 1 Dunedin, FL 34698
Daytime Phone  Office Phone  813-868-4800
Fax  (813) 200-1054 Email
COM:   Laurie Palmer Address  5340 Primrose Lake Circle, Tampa, FL 33647-35-89
Daytime Phone  813-476-0233 Office Phone 
Fax  Email
PNC:  Suzi Regulski Address  4261 Cascade Falls Drive, Sarasota, FL 34243
Daytime Phone  941.374.1106 Office Phone 
Fax  Email