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St. Luke's United Methodist Church - Chief of Staff

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Houston, Texas, United States

Date Posted: 02/07/2018
Categories: Executive Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



Weekly Attendance: 2206

Denomination: United Methodist 

Location: Houston, TX


About the Organization:

St. Luke's United Methodist Church is one of the largest and most respected United Methodist churches in Houston. Founded in the 1940's, St. Luke's is situated in a well-established section of the city, an area known for its tree-lined streets, world-class restaurants, and boutique shopping. Its membership includes many key business and civic leaders.  It is a regional church, drawing from areas beyond its neighborhood, reaching across the western corridors of the city.

With membership of 7,500 and average weekly attendance of more than 2,200, St. Luke’s is a well-regarded church in the Houston area and enjoys a national reputation within the United Methodist denomination. Dr. Tom Pace, an energetic third-generation UMC minister, leads the St. Luke’s staff.  

Dr. Pace has served as senior pastor at St. Luke’s for 11 years. Before coming to St. Luke’s, he served at several churches throughout the greater Houston area since the early 1980’s, including as an associate minister at St. Luke’s early in his career. 

St. Luke’s is an active part of the Texas Annual United Methodist Conference of churches. In 2008, Gethsemane United Methodist Church merged with St. Luke’s and became the Gethsemane campus. They are located about five miles west of St. Luke’s core campus and serve a highly diverse area of the city. 

Two congregations worship within the St. Luke's campus on Westheimer—a traditional service in the sanctuary, followed by a contemporary service in the Fellowship Hall. Additionally, two years ago, The Story Houston was launched—a unique worship experience focused on reaching non-religious Houstonians. This community of faith has grown very quickly, with more than 600 gathering every Sunday in four services. 

St. Luke’s has embraced Houston’s growing prosperity and diversity, continuing to find ways to reach the community for Jesus Christ. The church is one year into a five-year vision and is making progress toward growing to a worshiping community of 3,500 regular attendees. They have been blessed with strong leadership, high-capacity staff members, and engaged laity ready to move forward. This strategic addition of a Chief of Staff comes at a key time in their story—and will help put feet to the vision before them.


About the Position:

The Chief of Staff at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the church ministry staff, leading the leaders who oversee all ministry areas of the church.

In summary, the Chief of Staff works to ensure the accomplishment of St. Luke’s mission and vision through coordinated strategic and tactical planning, alignment of resources and culture, and plan execution. He or she will provide leadership and oversight to staff, as well as help provide innovative and sustainable solutions for the growth and implementation of the vision and plans for St. Luke’s and its campuses.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Chief of Staff:


Experience and a proven track record of leadership and growth are more crucial than formal education. However, a Bachelor's Degree is anticipated, and an advanced degree in business, leadership, ministry, or equivalent is preferred.


St. Luke's UMC has a high capacity, driven staff of leaders who include both independent self-starters and collaborative team players. The ideal candidate is already known as a great leader with high emotional and relational IQ. They are a self-motivated, proactive leader with ten or more years of executive experience (ideally with a mix of both business and large church organizations). There will be a strong preference for candidates who have experience in complex organizations or multi-site environments. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of building culture, leading teams, and growing organizations.

Personal Characteristics 

  • An authentic and growing relationship with Jesus Christ, exhibiting the fruit of Galatians 5.
  • Demonstrates a high level of integrity and sound judgment, and shows a proper balance between professional and personal life. 
  • Leadership gifts that are evident, confident; yet humble in spirit.
  • An ability to lead conversations and drive results.
  • Not afraid of confrontation. Approaches tough conversations with grace, and is gifted in leading towards resolution.
  • An effective team leader who can inspire others to work together to achieve organizational excellence. 
  • The ability to work collaboratively in a high functioning, high capacity team.
  • Proven skills that foster trust, fairness, and teamwork among staff, members, and volunteers—and a common focus on excellence in all areas.
  • The ability to build and lead teams of people stronger and smarter than themselves.
  • A proven track record of building a ministry or organization. He or she has a missional bent, but is well-steeped in business practices to bring alignment and synergy.
  • Creative and innovative thinker.
  • Agility in an ever-changing environment.
  • An individual who can honor St. Luke’s strong heritage. 

About the Location:

Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States and the largest city in the state of Texas. The city has a population of 2.3 million people within an area of 579 square miles and is anticipated to surpass Chicago in population by 2025. Houston is the home of the Texas Medical Center, the world's largest concentration of healthcare, research institutions, and NASA's Johnson Space Center where the Mission Control Center is located.

Rated as a global city, Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. It is also leading in health care sectors and manufacturing oilfield equipment; only New York City is home to more Fortune 500 headquarters.

The city has a population with various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston recently eclipsed Los Angeles for being the most racially and ethnically diverse major city in the country. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District, and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.

The Westheimer campus of St. Luke's is located in the historic, residential neighborhood of River Oaks, located in the center of Houston, between the 610 Loop, Downtown, and Uptown. River Oaks is a beautiful, affluent neighborhood with more than 14,000 residents. Some of St. Luke’s members live in River Oaks, while others reside in West University and other neighborhoods all over the western corridor of the city. The church has leveraged its strategic location where it is in close proximity to both the very affluent as well as the under-resourced. They have intentionally become a church that is highly engaged in work in and for the city.