Lead Pastor

Date Posted: August 6, 2022
Hours Per Week: 40
Knowlton Presbyterian Church
Columbia, NJ, USA
Job Type: Lead/Head/Senior Pastor
Other Details

Knowlton Presbyterian Church (PCA) (Columbia. NJ) Senior Pastor

The Big Picture

Knowlton Presbyterian Church (knowltonpca.org) is seeking a Pastor who will join us as we have a heart for authentic worship, are passionate about the local church, and are on a mission to see God’s Kingdom embraced throughout the earth.

The Church

We hold to a firm commitment to the Truth of Scripture. We believe that God’s word in the Bible is His inspired, infallible, inerrant and authoritative word to us. The Bible guides, encourages and transforms us through the Holy Spirit to live a new life committed to growing in love and awe of God, worshiping Christ together as we show the love of Jesus as we serve in our church and community. We hold firm to the Reformed Tradition, in its expression of the doctrines of Scripture, of God, and of Man, and we affirm that the Westminster Confession of Faith and the West- minster Catechisms contain these systems of doctrine taught in Holy Scripture.

We have a deep desire to Glorify and Praise God in vibrant worship. Knowlton Presbyterian Church (KPC) highly values Christ-centered preaching of the whole counsel of God, God-centered liturgy that encourages genuine repentance, and joyful adoration and praise. God calls us frequently through His Holy Word to worship Him in Spirit and in Truth. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and love for God’s grace, faithfulness, and mercy, acknowledging the amazing sacrificial gift of our salvation bought by the blood of Jesus. We long to worship and praise Him with all our heart, mind and soul through the singing of hymns, confessing our sins, professing what we believe, praying, and presenting our tithes and offerings. We are renewed during Worship as God speaks to us through His Scriptures, in both the Old and New Testaments, as we read scripture together, listen and contemplate the preaching of God’s word, united in communion and encouraged and sustained by the Assurance of Pardon and the Benediction.

We are a church in and for the community, striving to be an example of who God is and how He works in our lives by the power and undeserved gift of His love. We want to share the true gospel, beginning with the redeeming work of Christ at Calvary, our utter unworthiness, and God’s overwhelming grace in offering His salvation. We seek to live out our faith and impact God’s world, both local and global, for the glory of Christ. We actively seek to build fellowship with our congregants as well as local Gospel believing churches.

The Candidate


  • As laid out for our example in 1st Timothy and Titus, we are seeking someone who’s personal life is exemplified by dedication to living a holy life pleasing to God.
  • Desires to engage with us in an approachable, compassionate manner and be part of our lives and part of the local community.
  • Possesses a genuine, personal love of the Gospel and God, and is eager to share that love with us.
  • Counsels from a Godly perspective, and ministers to the poor in health and spirit meaningfully.
  • Is a humble leader.
    • Able to work graciously with others to achieve goals & find solutions.
  • Leads and cherishes his family with Christ-like love and grace.
  • Is comfortable taking the initiative to meet the needs and vision of the church.
  • Understands his own need for grace.
  • Communicates effectively and openly with the staff and congregation.

Theology and Sound Teaching

  • Able to preach and teach, within our confessional standards, the whole counsel of God’s Word in love and humility, and with passion and conviction.
  • Skilled in expository preaching that lends itself to practical application.
  • Committed to helping the congregation develop a passion and love for Scripture and its application to daily life.
  • Collaborates with the Session on developing preaching and teaching schedules and themes that address the spiritual needs of the congregation.

Congregational Growth & Development

  • Promote opportunities for congregational connection and fellowship so that members get to know, love and encourage each other.
  • Provide compassionate biblical counsel & visitation as needed, involving leaders as much as possible.
  • Provide training and encouragement to support church leaders and to raise up new leaders.
  • Is able to communicate hard things and confront sin with humility, love and grace.
  • Is able to plan ahead, communicate plans openly and wisely guide the congregation.

Ministerial & Staff Leadership

Because of our small size, a lot of responsibility falls first to the pastor – we are looking for someone who will be competent in many areas, and also someone who will be able to delegate responsibly.

The Compensation

  • Salary and Housing starting at $85,000 per year commensurate with experience.
  • Family Health Care.
  • Retirement and Social Security.
  • Books, Conferences, and Travel.
  • Continuing Education (with session approval).
  • Vacation, Sabbatical, and Guest Preachers.

How To Apply

The Process

Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these questions:

  • Why do you believe that you might be a good fit to be the Pastor at Knowlton Presbyterian Church?
  • Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Pastor of Knowlton Presbyterian Church?
  • In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the doctrine of Knowlton Presbyterian Church?

Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to [email protected].