Calvary Chapel of Delaware County - Director of Student Ministries

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, United States

Date Posted: 04/30/2018
Categories: Youth Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:



About the Organization: 

Calvary Chapel is part of the larger association of like-minded churches as a fellowship of believers in the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Their supreme desire is to know Christ and to be conformed into His image by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Calvary Chapel of Delaware County began in 1993 with a dream on the playground at Media Elementary School as Pastor Bob and his wife, Monica, played with their young daughter. They looked across the street at the Media Theatre and dreamed about all that God might do through the local church in Delaware County, PA. It was at that time that God gave them the scripture Isaiah 43:18-20: I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. The beasts of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give water in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.

Pastor Bob, sensing that God had a call on his life, began leading a small Bible study in Ridley Park. Pastor Bob met Pastor Steve Smickley and shared his vision for planting a church in Delco. The church was organized, and Calvary’s first service was held in The Barnstormers Theater in Ridley Park.

By 1996, Calvary Chapel of Delaware County (ccdelco) had outgrown The Barnstormers facility and moved to The Christian Academy building in Media, PA.

In 1998, Pastor Bob retired from Boeing to pastor fulltime, and in 1999 Pastor Steve Smickley retired from PSE&G to pastor full-time.

Sunday services moved to downtown Media - the adults meeting in the historic Media Theatre and the children in the very elementary school Pastor Bob had originally dreamed. All other ministries continued to meet at the TCA facility.

On April 18, 2010, the doors were open to their spacious new facilities located in Chadds Ford and a new chapter in Calvary’s journey continues today with a thriving, vibrant community of faith.

The current 24 acre property has become a launching pad for vibrant ministry. In addition to regional conferences, outdoor sizzling summer services, and other ministry ventures Ccdelco became a “ justice church” in 2013, partnering with IJM to see human trafficking and bonded slavery come to an end around the world. Our annual “compassion and Justice weekends “ have become a hallmark of our church, and ignited the hearts of many to serve the most marginalized of our society.

In 2014 the church embarked on a 20/20 vision, which included the opening of a classical Christian School, extension campus, phase two building project and an increase partnership with one of our global partners- Nairobi chapel in Kenya.

In 2016 ccdelco completed phase two, a 15,000 square foot addition that included a chapel with three breakout rooms, new youth and multi use space, a bookstore, and the Table, a signature gathering space with full coffee bar and restaurant.

Calvary Chapel of Delaware County continues to offer Sizzling Summer outdoor services that have seen over 1,200 baptisms and continues to be of the great evangelistic outreaches the Lord has blessed us with.

Finally, of the five countries we are involved in globally, our flagship partner is Nairobi Chapel in Kenya. Having planted over 200 daughter churches in Kenya and around the world, we are partnering with this ministry in various ways including the venture of turning a former IDP camp into a fully functioning village with a local church, school, medical center, etc.

God has been gracious and we look forward to the coming years and all the He May lead us into.


About the Position:

The Director of Student Ministries at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County, will oversee the Middle School and High School Ministries. This individual will be a relentless and tireless leader who can bring vision, clarity, and practical results. They must have a deep passion to see students develop into Christ followers. The ideal candidate will oversee, develop, and organize key staff, volunteers and leaders to greater effectiveness. The ideal candidate for Director of Student Ministries is a follower of Jesus, mature in faith and knowledge of the Bible, and faithful in following the leading of the Holy Spirit consistent with the mission, vision and values of the church.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this role will be a confident, mature, highly relational leader with an accomplished record of growth and ever increasing impact in working with students. They will have a deep understanding of youth culture, a conviction and passion to see a thriving, growing, and prevailing Student movement at Calvary Chapel of Delaware County. 

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Director of Student Ministries:


A bachelor’s degree is highly preferred for this role. A master’s degree or further theological schooling or training is not required but would be a plus.


The successful candidate for Director of Student Ministries will have at least three years youth ministry experience in a growing youth ministry. 

Personal Characteristics

Christ-Centered Vision and Values

  • A strong walk with God through a growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • A life and heart congruent with the mission, vision, and values of Calvary Chapel of Delaware County.
  • A visionary who is strongly supportive of the leadership and vision of the church.
  • A good role model.

Heart for Youth

  • Has a passion for youth ministry, students, and families.
  • Understands youth culture today.

Execution Orientation

  • Highly disciplined work ethic.
  • Self-starter and result-oriented contributor.
  • A self starter—highly motivated.

Team Orientation

  • Demonstrated leadership and organizational ability with attention to detail.
  • Teachable, with a desire to grow in their faith and abilities.
  • Team player with effective relational skills (works well with others)
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate persuasively and compassionately, both orally and in writing. 

About the Location:

The people of Ccdelco love Delaware County for various reasons, but the biggest are it’s a place where a family feel is the focus. It’s not a highly transient area, but it’s a place of diversity, with tons of things of interest for people of every age and background. People stay here, work here, and play here. Ways to get out into nature abound, with tons of parks and green spaces. The county is close to the businesses, restaurants, and amenities of the bigger cities, and is a quiet, homey retreat. 

Named for the Delaware River, Delaware County is one of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. Delco, a fast-growing county located just southwest of the city of Philadelphia, has 49 unique municipalities with a total population of 558,979 (2010 census). The county is home to 11 colleges and universities including Villanova University, Haverford College and Penn State Brandywine Campus. Chester County in Pennsylvania is where several families from the church live as well.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is an elite, public school district located in Kennett Square, PA. It has 4,039 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.

 The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides services to the 12 school districts in Chester County. This includes services to nearly 86,000 public and non-public school students and over 6,000 educators.

When you visit Delaware County, don’t miss the Reading Terminal Market, The Liberty Bell Center, Independence National Historical park, Independence Hall, Valley Forge Historical Park, Peddler’s Village, Philadelphia Zoo, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and tons of other historical and cultural attractions.

Chadds Ford is also close to several other states and towns which are great options to be close to ccdelco and the community it serves. Great housing, education and family options, as well as business, culture and entertainment are at your fingertips if you consider living in Wilmington, Maryland, or New Jersey, just across the Delaware River.

Chadds Ford, PA

Chadds Ford, is a semi-rural community located 25 miles west of Philadelphia along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. Chadds Ford is a unique mix of rolling hills and expansive vistas juxtaposed against busy suburban communities to the south, east and north. It is home to many historic sites including the Brandywine Battlefield and serves as the western gateway to Delaware County, Pennsylvania.

Major companies that bring business into the county and the Chadds Ford area include Boeing, SAP, Comcast, Banking, University of Pennsylvania, QVC, and several pharmaceutical companies.

Unionville-Chadds Ford School District is an elite, public school district located in Kennett Square, PA. It has 4,039 students in grades K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 77% of students are at least proficient in math and 90% in reading.

The Chester County Intermediate Unit provides services to the 12 school districts in Chester County. This includes services to nearly 86,000 public and non-public school students and over 6,000 educators.

Housing in Chadds Ford offers various options for families, young professionals and family dynamics. It’s a place where you can settle down and find a safe and enjoyable place to live.

A staple of downtown Chadds Ford dining for decades, Hank's Place-- where friendly people meet and hungry people eat-- is famous for its hearty breakfast options and homey atmosphere. The old Wyeth haunt remains a favorite for anyone who loves eggs and a hot cup of coffee.

The Chadds Ford historical society is responsible for preserving much of the area's history and charm. With seasonal events including the Pumpkin Carve and the Candlelight Christmas Tours, there is always something exciting to explore.

Famous for its incomparable collection of Wyeth art, the Brandywine River Museum is a beacon of culture. Visitors should make a point of not only taking in the classic Wyeth paintings, but also exploring the museum's rotating exhibitions.

With a population of just over 3,000 people, Chadds Ford is a charming small town with the history and big city ease of Philadelphia just a short drive away. Families with school age children attend Unionville Chadds Ford, and housing options are affordable, historical and homey. 



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