Senior Pastor resume example with 16+ years of experience

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


Energetic Senior Pastor passionate about reaching people with the gospel. Familiar with church doctrine, music and scripture. Forward-thinking and well-coordinated with caring and dependable nature. Highly 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.

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Inspirational Leadership
  • Preaching
  • Discipleship
  • Shepherding
  • Budgeting
  • Staff Management
  • Interdenominational Networking
  • Teaching
  • Public Speaking
  • Biblical Stewardship
  • Fundraising
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Spiritual Leadership
  • Congregational Care
  • New Member Assimilation
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Cultivation
  • Church Calendar Coordination
  • Sick Visitation Familiarity
  • Leadership Training
  • Grief Counseling
  • Leadership Development
  • Grant Applications
  • Program Development
11/2007 to Current Senior Pastor Cushman & Wakefield Inc | Chicago, IL,
  • Led outreach initiatives to reach out to unchurched, inactive or new residents in community.
  • Reached out to unchurched, new residents or inactive church members.
  • Guided church into new seasons of ministry through dynamic sermons and meaningful discussions.
  • Worked with leadership committee to set annual church master calendar.
  • Wrote articles for church newsletters and bulletins.
  • Directed $150,000 capital project to increase sanctuary capacity and add new classrooms.
  • Visited, counseled and prayed with church members to provide pastoral care.
  • Responded to crisis situations such as deaths in family at any hour to offer support, prayer and counseling.
  • Demonstrated effective leadership to church, including managing daily operations, developing and administering annual budget and promoting compassionate pastoral care to members and public.
  • Developed and cultivated professional relationships with various third parties, including city officials, civic groups and members of public, improving engagement in workforce development activities.
  • Brought attention to youth ministry contributions through congregational awareness initiatives.
11/2016 to Current Managing Principal Finn | New York City, NY,
  • Evaluates accounting and financial reporting systems to assess quality, identify concerns and devise enhancement strategies.
  • Sets and reinforces consistent and compliant control and operational policies for accounts tracking, reconciliation and reporting.
  • Completes month-end and year-end closings, kept records audit-ready and monitored timely recording of accounting transactions.
  • Evaluates historical, current and forecast data to determine opportunities for development and enhancement.
  • Creates agendas and communication materials for team meetings.
  • Resolves interpersonal conflicts by listening, finding common ground and building relationships.
  • Verifies accuracy of accounting disbursements such as payroll and vendor payments.
  • Produces monthly and quarterly sales tax reports for each jurisdiction, prepared commissions and monitored bi-weekly payroll administration.
12/2014 to 12/2017 Chief Operations Officer Altru Health System Clinic | Grand Forks, ND,
  • Facilitated training opportunities on leadership development for youth, young adults , adults/ dislocated workers as one-stop operator for the Crater Region.
  • Coordinate and foster relationships with business Ensure client remains compliant with WIOA and other relevant State and Federal regulations Oversee workforce center partners and center staff, Directed the day-to-day operation of grant -driven programs totaling more than $1.9 million.
  • Managed 6 direct reports, 25 full-time staff, 3 part-rime staff, and 2 interns.
  • Brokered new relationships and maintained on-going relationships with community partners.
  • Conducted financial forecasting to explore strategic options and develop creative solutions to complex business issues.
  • Prepared financial reports, including budgeting, profit and loss, and legal analysis.
  • Authored constructive business plans and led facility expansion projects, leading to rapid growth.
  • Led employees to develop high-performing diverse teams and deliver on ambitious goals and objectives.
  • Accomplished leader, skilled at maximizing employees skills and knowledge, to achieve highest performance goals.
  • Hired, trained, evaluated and retained high-performing, effective, and diverse team embodying organizational culture.
  • Increased brand awareness by integrating brand development strategies into business model.
  • Developed operational policies and processes, guaranteeing staff maintained compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Orchestrated short and long range strategic plans to direct financial progress of business.
  • Maintained productive relationships and communication channels across organization.
12/2004 to 12/2011 Chief Executive Officer Precise Business Group, Inc | City, STATE,
  • Managed operations and contractors throughout the state, and nationally including: Richmond, Virginia Beach, Northern Virginia, Atlanta, and Las Vegas.
  • Spearheaded project management and planning, cost estimates and schedules for assigned projects Monitored project progress and insured compliance to reach established budget and scheduled timeline goals.
  • Managed $1.5 million budget and trade line Managed $750,000 portfolio.
  • Led organization, established business direction and actualized operational plans to meet goals.
  • Established and oversaw strategic business actions and streamlined operations.
  • Revitalized business plans and realigned company objectives to increase overall profits.
  • Built high-energy, forward-thinking team to modernize legacy operations and keep organization agile in changing conditions.
  • Cultivated and maintained industry relationships and customer partnerships to capitalize on opportunities and maximize business success.
  • Monitored business trend forecasts, adjusting budgets and operational plans to maximize growth and opportunities.
  • Oversaw strategic business decision-making to develop, enhance and enforce business mission.
  • Established start-up Construction/Real Estate Development company, overseeing strategic planning, market analysis, product development and regulatory compliance.
  • Promoted company public profile by delivering speeches, writing articles and presenting at industry conferences as public face of organization.
  • Devised strategic improvements to resolve issues and spearhead necessary operational updates.
Education and Training
Expected in 2015 | Continued Education Certificate NC State College Of Education, North Carolina, GPA:
Expected in 2012 Associate of Science | Psychology/Christian Counseling Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA GPA:
Expected in | Fredericksburg Bible Institute, Fredericksburg, VA, GPA:
Expected in | Richmond Virginia Seminary, Richmond, Virginia, GPA:

Virginia Department of Health,

Assessing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Certified Trainer

Nonprofit Management

American Red Cross License Training Provider

Certified First Aid/CPR/ AED

Certified Nurses Assistant

Awards and Recognition

Leadership Metro Richmond, 2018-2019

Young Nonprofit Professional Network Great Boss Award, 2017

Emerging Non-profit Leader, 2016

  • Grew community services 75% by developing and implementing 3-year strategy.
  • Grew church membership 60% annually by building strong relationships throughout community and by facilitating new member assimilation.
  • Increased service and engagement in community by introducing Small Groups Model.
Board and Committee Memberships

Petersburg Chamber of Commerce- Board of Directors

Future Hope, LLC- Advisory Consultant

J. Sargent Community College- Board of Directors

Honoring Choices Virginia- Board of Directors

African American Non-profit Leaders- Advisory Consultant

Math Science Innovation Center Foundation- President

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School Attended

  • NC State College Of Education
  • Liberty University
  • Fredericksburg Bible Institute
  • Richmond Virginia Seminary

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