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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Bethel Church - Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Lodi, California, United States

Date Posted: 04/13/2016
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

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Bethel Church is a Bible-believing, multi-generational church that boasts a great heritage and serves as a historic flagship church of Open Bible Standard Churches.


Since its inception in the early 1920's, the church has remained a vital part of the community, participating in outreach opportunities while supporting several para-church ministries in the city of Lodi and adjacent area of Stockton. Bethel is made up of three distinct entities with similar purposes: Bethel Church, Lodi Day Nursery School (a private Christian preschool/daycare), and Bethel Gardens (a senior living facility). The church thrives in its missional endeavors, which include a high level of financial support and project-based involvement that has totaled over five million dollars over the past 20 years. The future of Bethel is poised for growth and success. The leadership and congregation approach this impending senior pastoral transition with a sense of expectancy and alacrity, while looking forward to what God has in store for the future of Bethel Church. 


The Senior Pastor will provide overall direction to Bethel Church through its board, staff, and parishioners, in and through establishing Bethel’s vision and mission. This process will come into fruition through the Senior Pastor's leadership on the board, his ability to lead the staff, and his investment in shepherding the congregation of Bethel Church. This position will be largely responsible for setting and administering the direction of Bethel Church, and defining the scope and relationship between the staff, congregation, constituents, and community of the church and surrounding region.


In essence, the ideal candidate will have a strong and proven history of biblical teaching, mentoring, and modeling God’s purpose for Christ followers. They will effectively and successfully facilitate the ultimate goal of Bethel in furthering the Gospel through the work performed at the church. They will possess four years of experience working with multiple staff and budgets, complemented with a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. 


Bethel Church is strategically located within the city of Lodi. The city is located between the cities of Stockton to the south, separated from Lodi by a four-mile wide green belt, Galt, Elk Grove, and Sacramento the State Capitol 35 miles to the North.


Cities of Lodi and Stockton, California, and is a mere 35 miles south of Sacramento. There is a four-mile wide agricultural buffer that separates the two communities, and the church is located in that area.


Lodi is a smaller area with a great 'small town' feel, consisting of 63,000+ residents with the most populous race being Caucasians at 53%, followed by Hispanics at 36%. The estimated household income is $46,924, with a median housing value starting at $250,000. Lodi is home to several large businesses including, Sutter Home Winery, Constellation Wines, Blue Shield of California, Archer Daniels Midland, and the birthplace of A&W Root Beer and A&W Restaurants established in 1919. Its charming downtown area is the home of numerous restaurants and shops, a 12-screen cinema, and many tree lined streets. The Lodi Unified School District ranks high in the state, with several Christian, private, and charter schools in the area. Stockton is a metropolitan community of 300,000+. It is the 13th largest city in California and home to the largest inland seaport in California. Stockton is positioned 100 miles from Lake Tahoe, 95 miles from Yosemite, and 80 miles from San Francisco. The city also houses the oldest California University, the University of the Pacific, established in 1851.


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