Transitional Pastor Position - Middle Octorara

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ContactErin Cox-Holmes
AddressMiddle Octorara Presbyterian Church
1199 Valley Road
Quarryville, PA 17566 Get Directions

Info About Opportunity

The Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church in Quarryville, PA in Donegal Presbytery, is looking for a half time transitional pastor. If working post-retirement, the time frame would be that allowed by the Board of Pensions.  The position will begin as soon as possible.

These are the following job responsibilities:

  • Lead the session and congregation in a time of transition.
  • Moderate meetings of the session and congregation
  • Lead Sunday Worship, including a children's message and other special/seasonal services
  • Administer the sacraments of Baptism, the Lord's Supper, Weddings, and Funerals of church families
  • Oversee the process to ordain and install Ruling Elders and Deacons
  • Make hospital and other critical care visitation
  • Provide visitation to church members in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes, as time is available
  • Conduct new member and officer training classes when needed
  • Work with committees as negotiated in the time frame

This position likely will be for a period of six-twelve months, while the congregation searches for a new pastor. The transitional pastor would be eligible to apply for the next Installed Pastor position and this will be a separate search.  A pastor who is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) Teaching Elder, is preferred but pastors from other denominations would be considered

Compensation will be negotiated from presbytery minimum. Benefits are negotiable depending upon the situation and mileage reimbursement is included at the standard IRS rate. The contract will be negotiated with the Session, in consultation with the Donegal Presbytery's Connecting our Ministries Commission. The length of the contract will include a 60-day termination notification.

PIFs and resumes should be sent to the Executive Presbyter, the Rev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes, at   Please feel free to contact her with any questions about the position. The Transitional Pastor Search Committee will be in touch with applicants with whom they wish to arrange interviews. The position will be open until it is filled. Those who are interested are encouraged to apply immediately, as the search will be immediately active.