senior pastor resume example with 20+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
, , 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor (555) 432-1000,

Seasoned Pastor with 31 years of experience achievements in providing spiritual leadership to individuals of diverse backgrounds. Adept in preparing sermons, leading worship services and providing pastoral care and counseling. Skilled in directing day-to-day operations when developing programs to grow ministry and outreach.

  • Crisis Management
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Leadership Development
  • Grief Support Background
  • Active Listening
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Training & Development
  • Friendly, Positive Attitude
  • Planning & Organizing
  • Relationship Building
  • Supervision & Leadership
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • People Skills
  • Problem Resolution
05/2001 to Current Senior Pastor Florida Conference Of Seventh Day Adventist | City, STATE,
  • Responded to crisis situations to offer support, prayer and counseling.
  • Managed all aspects of ministry.
  • Conducted special services like baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • Worked with leadership committee to set annual church master calendar.
  • Carried out church mission by planning and leading worship services, writing sermons and working with church leaders.
  • Visited, counseled and prayed with church members to provide pastoral care.
  • Reached out to unchurched, new residents or inactive church members.
  • Established SDA Chaplaincy ministry for local police, state and military officers in the Brandon Fl area who where members of local congregations. We service military personnel from McDill Air Force base. From 2003 to 2008
  • Presided The Tampa Bay Council of Adventist Churches with the purpose of bringing synergy to the adventist presence and outreach efforts in the greater Tampa Bay area. Served from 2003 to 2006. We worked with all area churches from Southeastern Conference and Florida Conference.
  • Guided staff and volunteers in administering education, youth, social action, fellowship and pastoral care ministry programs.
  • Wrote articles for church newsletters and bulletins.
  • Directed $1,000,000 capital project to increase sanctuary capacity and add new classrooms.
  • Worked with church leaders, staff and ministry teams to achieve growth of church and to foster positive community impact.
  • Improved operations and functions of church committees by clarifying objectives and empowering other committee members to take responsibility.
  • Establish SDA Volunteer Chaplaincy service at Okeechobee Correctional Institution where we served an inmate population of 1800. We had very humble beginnings with only about 10 SDA inmates but with God's blessings and the enlistment and training of volunteers, we were able to baptize over 150 inmates. This ministry ran from 2012 to 2020.
  • Developed partnership between Florida Hospital Heartland Division (Advent Health) and the Lake Placid SDA church in order to bring better service to our communities of the health initiatives the local congregation is providing. Worked very closely with the hospital administrators in planning and organizing relevant outreach events.
  • Assisted local chaplains at Advent Health when they needed additional staff. All volunteer work. We provided pastoral care for the staff and patient population. Provided pastoral assistance and support to both patients and loved ones during crisis situations. Related effectively with clergy and individuals from variety of faith and non-faith traditions. Handled emotionally disturbing situations. Facilitated and participated in prayer services while honoring religious preferences of patients, loved ones and staff within hospital. Supported medical teams, offering compassionate assistance when handling traumatic and end-of-life situations.
  • Developed and cultivated professional relationships with various third parties, including city officials, civic groups and members of public, improving engagement in outreach activities.
  • Actively involved in outreach programs as D.A.R.P., C.H.I.P., Financial Peace University, Creation Health, etc.
1991 to 2001 Senior Pastor Wisconsin Conference Of Seventh Day Adventist | City, STATE,
  • Served in the following districts in Wisconsin Conference:
  • Green Bay, Sturgeon Bay, Fish Creek 1991-1992
  • Richland Center, Lancaster, Prairie Du Chien 1992-1996
  • Racine, Kenosha, Franklin 1996 - 2001
  • Managed all aspects of ministry.
  • Responded to crisis situations to offer support, prayer and counseling.
  • Conducted special services like baptisms, weddings and funerals.
  • Worked with leadership committee to set annual church master calendar.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership to church, including managing daily operations, developing and administering annual budget and promoting compassionate pastoral care to members and public.
  • NAPS Outreach. Coordinated a major community program with the National Association for the Prevention of Starvation in the city of Racine. Over 250 people benefited from this program. Worked with student from Oakwood College. 1997
  • Racine Family Radio. Started a project for the formation and development of the first Adventist radio station in the city of Racine and in the state of Wisconsin. 1997
  • Formation of the Committee for Adventist Marketing and Sponsored Evangelism. Developed a unique program that conducts marketing research used for evangelism and outreach based on social needs. 1998
  • India Project. Developed a plan to sponsor the construction of a new church building in India with the capacity to host 250 to 350 occupants. 1999
  • 3ABN and Project Racine. Worked along a project outreach in the city of Racine to host centers of influence and evangelistic endeavors for a period of 12 months. These events were in combination with the Racine Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  • Visited, counseled and prayed with church members to provide pastoral care.
1985 to 1988 Combat Medic US Army | City, STATE,
  • Provided fast and accurate emergency response to injured teammates, providing first aid and Buddy Care.
  • Gathered information about patient medical histories and current health conditions in order to make sound decisions for treatment.
  • Instructed personnel on environmental hazard reduction and PPE use, driving standardized procedures and supporting team health and performance.
  • Conducted tests, gave vaccines and administered medications for acute and long-term conditions.
  • Administered lifesaving treatments in high-stress situations, stabilizing personnel for transport to field hospitals.
  • Led diverse training simulations to prepare teams for combat and emergency situations.
  • Facilitated conflict-resolution by implementing protocols and investigating issues through resolution.
Education and Training
Expected in 2017 | Disaster Relief And Crisis Management NAD Training , West Palm Beach, FL, GPA:
Expected in | Theology and Pastoral Ministry Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN GPA:
  • 1988 to 1991
Expected in 1990 | Clinical Pastoral Education Florida Hospital Pastoral Care, Orlando, FL, GPA:
Expected in 1985 | Combat Medic Specialist Training Program Fort Sam Houston, Texas, GPA:
Expected in 1985 | Basic Military Training Fort Jackson, South Carolina, GPA:
  • Expert Rifle
  • Expert Grenade
Expected in 05/1984 Bachelor of Medical Science | CETEC University School of Medicine, Dominican Republic, GPA:
Expected in 05/1980 High School Diploma | Academia Adventista Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico, GPA:

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School Attended

  • NAD Training
  • Southern Adventist University
  • Florida Hospital Pastoral Care
  • Fort Sam Houston
  • Fort Jackson
  • CETEC University School of Medicine
  • Academia Adventista Metropolitana

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