ContactExecutive Presbyter, the Rev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes
AddressCentral Presbyterian Church
100 West Uwchlan Ave
Downingtown, PA 19335 Get Directions

Info About Opportunity

The Central Presbyterian Church of Downingtown, PA in Donegal Presbytery, is looking for a Interim pastor for a fulltime position. The position is available on April 19, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible.

These are the following general job responsibilities:

  • Lead the session and congregation in a time of pastoral transition, including the resumption of in-person activities when conditions permit and the downsizing of pastoral leadership from two pastors to a solo pastor model
  • Lead the implementation of a new strategic vision adopted just prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Work with the Session in the implementation of a new staffing model, including a new Operations Manager
  • 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 train, ordain and install Ruling Elders and Deacons
  • Provide for pastoral care in collaboration with other staff and volunteers
  • Conduct new member classes as needed
  • Work with committees as assigned

The successful applicant will be an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) Teaching Elder, or from a Formula of Agreement congregation. Formal training in Transitional or Interim Ministry is required. The preference is for someone with at least three years' experience as a pastor or as an associate pastor. 

This position likely will be for a period of twelve – twenty-four months. The Interim Pastor will not be eligible to apply for the installed pastor position.

Compensation will be negotiated commensurate with experience, with a housing allowance available. 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.

PIFs and resumes should be sent to the Executive Presbyter, the Rev. Dr. Erin S. Cox-Holmes at The Interim 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.