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MIF #: 04952.AB0

Ministry General Information

Ministry Number 04952
Ministry Name VALLEY
Mailing Address 945 PORTOLA RD
Phone (650) 851-8282
WWW Address
Ministry Size 251 - 400 members
Ethnic Composition Asian 5%
Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean) 1%
Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish 2%
White 90%
Other 2%
Average Worship Attendance 140
Church School Attendance 17
Curriculum Godly Play, Echo the Story, Re:Form
Certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program   False
Yoked Church False
Community Type Town
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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:   Yes
Training/Certificate Requirements:  
Other Training:  
Brief Church Mission Statement:

The VPC family is called to risk the Spirit-led journey,

Inwardly experiencing and worshiping God's presence,

Outwardly living Christ-centered lives,

In community, extending God's grace into the world.
What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry? Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.

We are a vibrant, journey church, where we are encouraged to ask questions and explore our faith. Our community is centered on the deep belief that we are all beloved children of God and that nothing we do can separate us from this love. We are called to live our life out of this knowledge and, in gratitude, extend this love into the world through our actions and words. We value sermons that are thoughtful, creative, and challenging, and help us apply Biblical principles to our lives. We include singles, families, children, young adults, seniors, youth, artists, engineers, scientists, executives, teachers - even farriers and clowns.  Like a family, our community is strongly connected and sustains each other through high level of care and member participation in all aspects of our church life.  

We live out this vision of openness, creativity and Spirit-led growth through a rich set of programs, including:

  • Creative and engaging worship that incorporates music, storytelling, acting, and dance to bring the message to life

  • A glorious chancel choir that provides high quality sacred music from around the world

  • Stimulating spiritual education for both children and adults

  • A multitude of mission projects, extending both financial and hands-on support, serving people locally and internationally

  • Spiritual formation through spiritual direction, meditation, and prayers circles

  • Live theater that brings vitality to our church through affiliation with Portola Valley Theatre Conservatory  
How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?

During our transition, we have been vitalized by a series of inspirational spiritual catalysts who have challenged us to think in new ways about how we can address the needs of our larger community. These diverse speakers come from varied backgrounds; e.g. a missionary couple working in the Philippines; an African American community strategist raised in inner city poverty. Their sermons and workshops have spanned a wide range of topics, such as the emerging church, Celtic spirituality, being a gay Christian, and Christian stewardship of our planet. Being reminded of the struggles of a larger, less privileged world than ours, we are called to reach out beyond our comfort zone.

Although our immediate surroundings are affluent, lives here are filled with stressors, and people are subject to many of the challenges and ills any population experiences. Our members say that in church they find a spiritual home, where they feel supported, make new friends, move closer to God, grow spiritually and have opportunities to serve.  We believe that others within our geographic community also thirst for this, including the increasing number of young people who are not religiously affiliated. Not far from us, many people struggle for food and affordable housing and experience discrimination. In an environment of increased fear, hate crimes and insecurity, we are called to forge a closer connection between our church and this larger community.
How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?

During this transition, the VPC community has been connected and strong. Many have stepped up their engagement in the church.  Individuals and small groups are talking about bold new ideas and possibilities, triggered in part by our visiting spiritual catalysts.

The new pastorate has a critical role at this time.  As we consider transformational change, we know moving from ideas to strong consensus to real plans and actions requires special leadership qualities and gifts.  We know this is a challenge.

Leadership will need to both lead and contribute to the conversations at hand.  Experience, discipline, creativity, vision and courage are key.  Agility and optimism will also be important as we travel new roads and learn together.

We seek a pastor who actively listens, who ensures that all voices are heard and helps us discern the path. Our pastor will challenge us to make ambitious, but realistic, plans that build on our strengths and acknowledge our vulnerabilities.  We need an inspiring pastor who asks good questions, makes sure this journey is indeed Spirit-led and stays on track. A good sense of humor, while speaking the truth, is essential.

The VPC pastor will also be our rock, helping maintain broad congregational involvement, making sure the business of the church is well managed, stable and effective.
Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and or organization.
  • Has the experience, creativity, vision, courage and desire to lead the congregation as it discerns the direction and next steps in our communal faith journey and has the organizational skills to see that realistic plans are then developed and implemented

  • Is open to a variety of faith perspectives; is secure enough in their own faith to be able to encourage, support and comfort individuals wherever they are on their personal, Spirit-filled journeys.  Possibly has training as a spiritual director

  • Enjoys and is skilled at collaboratively planning, preparing and leading joyful, vibrant, creative worship experiences that foster inward experiences of God's presence

  • Demonstrates by word and deed what it means to live Christ-centered lives, including through thoughtful, well-informed and inspiring sermons that often use humor and storytelling

  • Nurtures relationships with a wide variety of people and has the spiritual and emotional maturity and knowledge to help us live together as a Christian community

  • Has the character, experience and vision to help us increase our membership across all ages and perspectives

  • Works well with people of all ages

  • Expands the capacity for congregational leadership

  • Has experience in extending God's grace into the world by

    • Appealing to diverse communities, beyond our church

    • seeking out and applying new ideas and understandings of how to be and do church in an ever-changing environment

    • engaging in the work of justice and peace in the world

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

FEED THE FLOCK.  Our church turns to its pastor to walk with us in our journeys of life, to see that our eyes remain wide open to discern the presence of God with us and to share in the moments of joy and sadness of our community.  We expect that our pastor will enliven our imaginations, strengthen our resolve, and push us to serve God and humankind to the fullest of our potential.  This work is carried out in building and sustaining relationships, as well as fulfilling  these areas of responsibility:


  • Plan and lead worship collaboratively

  • Preach

  • Oversee and officiate at communion, baptisms, weddings and memorials


Church Life

  • Provide direction for adult and children’s education

  • Guide the planning of annual church retreats

  • Participate in mission programs

  • Engage fully in the life of the church

Individual Faith Journeys

  • Provide pastoral care, including crisis support and grief counseling

  • Participate in and provide direction for the church’s spiritual direction activities

  • Lead new member classes

  • Devote time for personal spiritual and emotional health and development


Church Leadership

  • Oversee staff

  • Moderate session and congregational meetings  

  • Develop strategies for discerning future directions of the church and plans to reach goals

  • Actively participate in committees



  • Maintain ongoing communication with the congregation, using a variety of media  

  • Represent the church in the external community and Presbytery
Optional Links

Valley Presbyterian Church Website

VPC Mission Study

VPC Mission Study Appendices

Annual Report for 2016 - 2017

Leadership Competencies:
Preaching and Worship Leadership
Spiritual Maturity
Culturally Proficient
Strategy and Vision
Interpersonal Engagement
Self Differentiation
Compensation and Housing:   (Cost of Living Calculator)
Minimum Effective Salary: $56,500   (Effective Salary Definition)
Housing Type: Manse
Name Relation
The Reverend Bruce Reyes-Chow
1728 Ocean Avenue, 203 San Francisco, CA 94112
VPC Transition Pastor, Fmr Moderator Gen Assembly
Rev. Pepa Paniagua
8250 Cripple Creek, Frisco, TX 75034
650 387-0559
Exe. Dir./St. Andrew's Children's Ctr. Dallas, TX
Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?
Version Track Info: This MIF was last updated on   1/23/2017

Self-referral Contact Information

Daytime Phone  (415) 238-7460 Office Phone  (415) 238-7460
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PNC:  Andrew Walling / Christine Martens Address  1120 Cascade Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025 / 141 Erica Way, Portola Valley, CA 94028
Daytime Phone  650-743-8488/650-714-7213 Office Phone  415-640-7517/650-854-9114
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