Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (555) 432-1000,
Professional Summary

Seasoned Ministry Leader offering 30+ years of experience in pastoral care and spiritual leadership to growing church. Committed to creating thriving community and guiding individuals transformed by gospel. Successful background in organizational leadership, ministry program development, and mission-oriented strategic planning.

  • Budgets
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Professional development training
  • Solutions development
Work History
08/2014 to Current Ordained Minister/Senior Director of Development New Life Covenant Church | City, STATE,
  • Collaborate with church leadership on goal setting and planning of events.
  • Establish and manage multi-divisional budget of $500K per year.
  • Hire, mentor, and supervise instructors and volunteer staff to carry out program goals.
  • Provide crisis response and counseling to church members as needed.
  • Partnered with financial and customer operations teams, driving business transactions using customer data and Lean concepts., Generated savings and improved profit margins by driving operational improvements such as strategizing to decrease actual spending from $250K to $125K through reducing budgets for events, office supply spending, temporary assistance, and vendors.
  • Boosted long-term business success and increased profit levels by devising, deploying, and monitoring processes such as creating Transitional Training Unit which required all new employees to receive both group and individual training for roles and not be released from training until results were documented and demonstrated understanding of business to articulate to clients, resulting in turnover decrease from 35% to 20% within 1 year.
  • Implemented methods to reduce operational risks while organizing sales and ministry data to forecast performance trends through developing employee Intranet that outlined all employee policies, procedures, and internal data, mitigating risk of data being seen by external parties.
  • Increased employee loyalty through creating and implementing innovative programs, including employee incentive program and employee of the month initiative, allowing employees to receive recognition for their accomplishments, resulting in 0 turnover for 18 months after program's execution.
  • Recruited, hired, and trained employees, establishing key internal functions and outlining scope of positions by partnering with peer executives and HR to create onboarding program which allowed each new client opportunity to learn specifics about the company via 1:1 meetings, shadowing employees, and groups sessions.
  • Chaired weekly meetings with executive leadership, identifying opportunities for improvement, establishing milestones, and tailoring products to individual markets.
  • Increased Forefront's visibility and advanced work by cultivating relationships and developing collaborations across the state to increase Forefront's visibility and advance its work.
  • Improved church members' service throughout community and increased attendance at functions from 1.2K to 6.5K attendees monthly by coordinating and spearheading programs such as implementing social media sites as well as virtual and physical meetings for 8 ministries which increased traffic and exposure.
  • Associate Pastor - Apostolic Pentecostal Church of Morgan Park , Chicago Il.
10/2009 to Current Chief Operating Officer/Para-Pastor DAN Ministries | City, STATE,
  • Develop quarterly business plans to evaluate cost projections.
  • Provide direct leadership and oversight to all program functions and operations within organization.
  • Create and implement fundraising goals, collections policies, security standards, and disbursement plans.
  • Delivered strong and sustainable organizational leadership by developing and implementing new strategies and policies in collaboration with executive partners to establish and achieve long-term business objectives.
  • Generated new business through participation in trade shows and initiating communications with prospective clients via phone and email, resulting in consistent increase in total number of volunteers from 10 in 2017 to 28 in 2019; increase in number of attendees to annual Empowerment Luncheon from 152 in 2017 to 550 in 2019; and increase in fundraising efforts from $2.6K in 2017 to $6.9K in 2019.
  • Reduced expenses from $35K to $12K annually by spearheading change management and strategic turnaround for company during significant restructuring and business reduction, initiating restructure of organization, and hiring consultants as opposed to full time staff.
  • Strategized resource allocation and established performance metrics by developing comprehensive performance reports using Google Analytics.
  • Created and implemented new business unit, DANCARES to help meet needs of the community such as offering food to families and safe locations for children during bad weather;
01/2000 to 01/2014 Associate Pastor Apostolic Church Of Morgan Park | City, STATE,
  • Prepare and delivers relevant messages based upon the Word of God in absence of Pastor
  • Provided Christian advice and mentorship services to parishioners as directed by Senior Pastor
  • Coordinates age appropriate events and activities including youth events, Pastoral banquets, concerts and annual leadership activities
  • Develops and executes new projects within a church setting including summer camps, youth activities, symposiums, and relevant activities as directed by senior pastor
  • Meet individually with ministry staff for encouragement, skill development, management of expectations, vision alignment, and conflict resolution
  • Responsible for fundraising campaigns and operations within the church
  • Provide Management oversight to operations as directed by Senior Pastor
  • Create, oversee and execute revenue generating strategies for church operations
  • Oversee Children’s ministry, choir and activities •Oversees worship services as needed •Assists with musical coordination as needed.
  • Coordinated and spearheaded programs to increase church members' service throughout community.
  • Planned and conducted worship services, wrote sermons and worked with key church leaders to carry out church mission.
  • Provided spiritual care through visitation, counseling and prayer.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
01/1986 to 01/2000 Associate Minister St. James Church Of God In Christ | City, STATE,
  • Prepares and delivers relevant messages based upon the Word of God in absence of Pastor
  • Establish, monitor and adjust pastoral staff Growth Point Objectives to align with mission
  • Conduct quarterly “interim reviews” of pastoral staff Growth Point Objectives
  • Preach, teach, instruct, conduct visitations & share the Gospel on a regular basis
  • Oversee & assist in the development of all Children’s, youth and adult Christian education
  • Conduct job searches for open pastoral staff positions
  • Chair “All Support & Pastoral Staff”
  • Oversee and coordinate all weekend worship experiences
  • Oversee & assist in the development of all Welcoming Team efforts from front to back door.
Expected in Ph.D. | Organization and Management Capella University, School of Business And Technology, Minneapolis, MN GPA:
Expected in 07/2004 Doctorate of Divinity (non-accredited) | Calvary School of Ministry , Chicago IL, GPA:

of Divinity,- Calvary School of Ministry / Affiliate of Grace Theological Seminary, Loris SC

Expected in 2003 Master of Arts | Business Administration DePaul University, Chicago, IL GPA:
Expected in 07/2002 Master of Divinity (non-accredited) | Calvary School of Ministry / Affiliate of Grace Theological Seminary, Chicago IL, GPA:
Expected in 2000 Bachelor of Arts | Business Management DePaul University, Chicago, IL GPA:

DePaul University Chicago Il

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School Attended

  • Capella University, School of Business And Technology
  • Calvary School of Ministry
  • DePaul University
  • Calvary School of Ministry / Affiliate of Grace Theological Seminary
  • DePaul University

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  • Ordained Minister/Senior Director of Development
  • Chief Operating Officer/Para-Pastor
  • Associate Pastor
  • Associate Minister


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  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Divinity (non-accredited)
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