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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Owosso , Michigan, United States

Date Posted: 05/01/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church (Community EPC) is the result of college Bible studies dating back to 1974 at John Wesley College. The church was officially formed, constituted and incorporated in 1975 under the name, Community Church of Owosso. People gathered each week for worship at the YWCA and also met for home meetings on Sunday evenings.

In 1981, after many months of prayer and discussion, Community Church decided to affiliate with a denomination. Several churches were examined. The elders agreed to join the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, which is theologically reformed, representative in government and dedicated to the individuality of the local church. The EPC maintains a strong evangelical statement of faith, holding to the Westminster Confession of faith. Once affiliated with the denomination, the name of the church became Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church.

On June 21, 1987 Community Church moved to its current meeting place on Riley Road outside the city of Owosso. This site was a gift from the former New Haven United Methodist Church and land maintained its legacy as dedicated to the glory of God. This property continues to serve as the main center for worship and ministry. The church maintains a second campus in the city of Owosso. This site houses the office and provides space for small meetings.


Size - 200
Denomination - EPC
Location - Owosso, MI

About the Position:

The primary purpose of this role has the intended purpose for this person to eventually become the Senior Pastor at Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church following the retirement of the church’s current Senior Pastor in February/March 2019. This position will operate in a ‘shared’ lead pastoral role during the first year, with a voice and influence over the future of the church while bearing responsibility for shaping and implementing shared vision, goals, strategic initiatives, and all forthcoming endeavors in partnership with the current Senior Pastor. Moreover, this individual will have a high sense of discernment, so as to effectively sustain and build upon both current and past ministry strategies to ensure Community EPC has a continued impact in its community and beyond.

This position will serve in close partnership with Senior Pastor Dr. Don Galardi. During this time, the prospective candidate will learn and champion the DNA of the church, so as to effectively carry the mission and objectives of Community EPC following the succession of its current Senior Pastor. This individual will fully understand and be passionate about initially leading from the ‘second chair’ with the many opportunities that it affords; and be completely loyal to and serve as a trusted confidant of the Senior Pastor with a high degree of dedication to minister in the church through this position.

Following Senior Pastor Dr. Don Galardi’s retirement, this role will be solely responsible for weekend teaching, strategic oversight, operational planning, as well as staff and volunteer leadership, while building each area within the context of the vision of Community Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Success in this role will be measured primarily by the physical, spiritual, and relational development of the church and its constituents, in alignment with the overall vision, and mission of the church.

What We Are Searching For:

The successful candidate will be exceedingly gifted in expositional teaching and pastoral care ministries. They will show additional strengths in ministry development, team building, discipleship and spiritual formation strategies with proven success in implementing these strategies. The candidate should have a solid track record of ministry leadership and growth evidenced through organizational development, effective communication, and pastoral care. The individual's theology will align with that of Community EPC, which can be identified as biblical reformed. They will draw from such theological tenets when delivering expository style sermons during weekend services.

This individual will possess strong people skills and a driving passion to help people grow deeper in their faith. They will show proficiency in administration and goal-setting, led by core attributes of wisdom, humility, and shepherding that will be essential for the successful execution of this role.


A Master of Divinity degree is required. Competencies will include:

  • Expository Preaching
  • Communication
  • Pastoral Care
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Multi-generational Relatability

About the Location:

Nestled amongst tree-lined streets of neatly landscaped lawns and well maintained businesses is the community of Owosso. Owosso offers fun festivals and events, art galleries, historic homes, great restaurants, unique shopping, the Steam Railroading Institute, cultural activities and a real castle. Owosso was incorporated as a city in 1859 with 1,000 people who called it home. The region is encompassed by beauty of its natural features and the charm of the historic buildings that are found throughout its business and residential districts. A lengthier observation of the community will make clear that Owosso is an example of an intimate community and rural small town surrounded by farms.

Owosso boasts a vibrant downtown district with shopping, dining and entertainment establishments, and residential neighborhoods featuring mixed architecture, incomes and uses, as well as a comprehensive network of sidewalks to encourage walking. The city’s businesses offer a wide range of service and manufacturing employment, with an anticipated job growth of 39.7% backed by a recent job growth higher than the national average ( The neighborhood elementary schools and an extensive park system add to the family-oriented nature of the city, with many recreation options such as quiet peaceful strolls and bike rides along the River Walk, and many more. The city’s major employers include the public school system and the healthcare system.

All these features combine to provide an excellent quality of life for the city’s nearly 16,000 residents in the City of Owosso that embodies genuine hospitality.