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Vanderbloemen Search Group

St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church - Senior Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Newport Beach, California, United States

Date Posted: 06/28/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church was founded in 1947 by a group of churches in Los Angeles as a new church plant to reach out to the emerging city of Newport Beach and the surrounding Orange County area. Upon several leadership transitions, facility expansions, and programming modifications over the many years following, St. Andrew’s has grown to a total membership of 3,338 as of 12/31/2016, with average weekend attendance of 1,840 across four services. 

St. Andrew’s recent history includes a number of important developments, and in June of 2014, St. Andrew’s changed denominations from the Presbyterian Church USA to the Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians (ECO).


In 2015, St. Andrew’s initiated its Welcome Home/2020 Vision campaign, a bold series of kingdom advances supported by $23.7 million in capital pledges that are now over 83% funded. The four principal outcomes: 

1. Extinguished its entire outstanding debt of $11 million in 2015. 
2. Completed a $7 million building/remodeling program and dedicating a new campus in March of 2017. This milestone has significantly added to the availability of program-specific space and dramatically enhanced the welcoming, home-like feel of the campus. 
3. Initiated a new wave of mission innovation through investments in digital ministry, church planting, and partnerships to alleviate child homelessness and combat human trafficking.
4. Developing plans for a Discipleship Institute that will foster one-on-one, intergenerational spiritual formation, welcoming participants from within and outside the St. Andrew’s family. 

Today, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church finds itself in the forefront of progress as it conducts a search for a new Senior Pastor. The church has successfully sustained an unwavering doctrinal and missional position over the years, and proven itself to be a thriving organization poised for catalytic Kingdom impact.

About the Position:

Using the spiritual gifts for ministry, with a particular emphasis on the gifts of teaching and leadership, the Senior Pastor will nurture the spiritual health and maturity of the body of Christ at St. Andrew’s, equipping the church family to partner with God in His redemptive work in the world. This position will be subject to the direction and supervision of the Session (board of elders). 

This individual will continue a strong heritage of senior leaders who have served throughout St. Andrew’s distinctive history. The Senior Pastor will provide leadership and direction to all of the ministries and activities and be a highly strategic manager of change and growth, while championing St. Andrew’s vision and mission.  

What We Are Searching For:

The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 6 years of full-time pastoral experience, preferably including service as a Senior or Lead Pastor within a large church environment. The prospect will demonstrate appropriate hands-on ministry experience and mentoring, as well as significant theological and biblical competence. The Senior Pastor must adhere to the Essential Tenets of ECO and be approved by the Presbytery.


A bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) and ordinarily a minimum of a master’s degree from an accredited theological seminary in biblical or theological studies.

  • A deep love for and understanding of God’s Word. 
  • A shepherd’s heart, marked by an ability to connect with people with warmth, humility, authenticity and transparency. 
  • A demonstrated ability to motivate and empower both staff and lay leaders. 
  • A demonstrated history of fostering strong inter-generational connections.
  • An evident calling to our local community as a mission field. 
  • Meeting the biblical qualifications of an elder/pastor as outlined by St. Andrew’s.  
  • Embodying our R.E.A.L. values and mission measures.
  • Leadership skills that balance professionalism with personal humility.  
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • An ability to handle conflict and engage fruitfully with different personalities. 
  • Adaptive problem-solving skills in collaboration with others. 
  • Strong time-management practices. 
  • An ability to adapt to the evolving needs of the culture without compromising the value to live biblically. 

About the Location:

The City of Newport Beach is located in the coastal center of Orange County, with Los Angeles County to the north and San Diego County to the south. It has an estimated permanent population of 86,738 but during the summer months, the population grows to more than 100,000 with 20,000 to 100,000 tourists daily. 

Newport Beach is known for its fine residential areas, modern shopping facilities, strong business community and quality school system. It surrounds Newport Bay, a 21-square-mile harbor area teeming with wildlife and watercraft. The bay area and the City’s eight miles of ocean beach offer outstanding fishing, swimming, surfing, and aquatic sports activities. 

Located within one of Newport’s most desirable residential neighborhoods, yet with more modest socio-economic communities within a five-mile radius, St. Andrew’s is blessed to be situated in a vast and fertile mission field.