senior pastor resume example with 18+ years of experience

(555) 432-1000,
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
Ministry Objective
To be used by God to magnify the name of Jesus by bringing people to Christ and into membership of His church, discipling them to Christ-like maturity, equipping them to serve God in the ministry of the local church, and leading them to live on mission for Him within the surrounding community even unto the uttermost parts of the earth.
Liberty University Lynchburg, VA Expected in 2012 : Master of Religious Education (M.R.E.) - GPA :
Mid-Continent University Mayfield, KY Expected in 2009 Bachelor of Science : Christian Ministry - GPA :
Paducah Community College (now WKCTCS) Paducah, KY Expected in 1999 Associate of Arts : Business - GPA :
Marshall County High School Benton, KY Expected in 1997 High School Diploma : - GPA :
Ministry Path
Slaughters Baptist Church - Senior Pastor
City, STATE, 11/2011 - Current
  • Helped church recover from a split that occurred prior to my arrival
  • Started a men's weekly prayer gathering
  • Led the church to fill volunteer positions based on spiritual gifts
  • Hired a new minster to students and ordained new deacons
  • Developed a strong and active women's ministry
  • Led short term North American mission trips
  • Initiated and developed partnership with NAMB church plant in Indianapolis
  • Refocused church vision from survival to growth oriented
  • Mentored men who are now serving in vocational ministry
  • Started G.R.O.W. outreach ministry
  • Eliminated church debt and led the church to financial stability
  • Revamped disciple-making process through new life groups and Bible studies.
Smithland First Baptist Church - Pastor
City, STATE, 11/2005 - 11/2011
  • Led in a major remodel of the church sanctuary and education space
  • Started specific outreach to new residents to the community
  • Tripled undesignated receipts
  • Increased associational giving by 400%
  • Launched new Sunday school classes
  • Started mid-week children's and ministry
  • Developed partnership with the school to provide food for underprivileged students
  • Expanded outreach efforts to coincide with community events
  • Witnessed significant growth.
Sugar Creek Missionary Baptist Church - Bi-vocational Pastor
City, STATE, 11/2003 - 06/2005
  • Started married couples Sunday School class.
  • Built new fellowship hall.
  • Remodeled church sanctuary.
  • Doubled weekly worship attendance.
Walnut Street Baptist Church Served - Bi-vocational Associate & Youth Pastor
City, STATE, 06/2002 - 11/2003
  • Coordinated and expanded church outreach efforts
  • Started young adult Bible study
  • Directed church recreational ministries
  • Restructured children's and youth ministries
  • Supplied pulpit and assisted with pastoral care.
Personal Information
  • Date of Birth: December 20, 1978
  • Wife: April Dawn (Howell) Claire (Married, September 1999)
  • Children: Alex Claire (Born May 2002), Avery Claire (Born August 2005)
  • Licensed for Ministry by Iuka Baptist Church (May 2001)
  • Ordained for Ministry by Iuka Baptist Church (August 2002)
  • Personal interests: sports, reading, music, and watching movies 
Community Involvement
  • In Livingston Co, I served as substitute teacher and crisis counselor at the local schools.
  • Two years experience as a youth football coach for Hanson Elementary and Hopkins Co. YMCA
  • Currently working with the Madisonville Marching Maroons (Marching Band) as a Band Booster and Pit Crew Member
Ministry Statement
Doctrinal Position
I believe that the Bible is the inspired, inerrant, and infallible Word of God. Therefore, I have a high view of Scripture, and I am convinced that the church should operate by biblically based principles. I fully embrace the doctrinal teachings reflected in the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message with no reservations.
Leadership Style
First, and foremost I believe that Jesus is the Head of the Church. We must depend upon Him to provide us with vision and guidance. I am convinced that my role as the leader begins in the pulpit, but must also manifest itself in the example that I set before the people whom I pastor. My leadership approach is one that calls for feedback from other leaders and is more conducive to a team setting. I am not a dictator or authoritarian leader. I believe that we go much farther when we go together. I believe in setting goals and developing ministry plans for committees and teams.  This will keep us more organized and also help us become better stewards of the resources and tasks that the Lord has entrusted to us.  
Ministry Style
It is my belief that the mandate for all believers is to fulfill the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Acts 1:8). We must do that through personal evangelism, deliberate discipleship, church outreach,  and intentional mission strategy. My first responsibility is to prayerfully teach the Word of God (Acts 6:4).  Pastoral responsibility also includes equipping believers to do the work of the ministry (Eph. 4:11-12). The pastor must also lead the way in evangelism (2 Tim. 4:5). Furthermore, I believe that the pastor is to be a servant of the church displaying the compassion of our Lord to the people under his care.  
Salvation and Calling
Like many, I had an emotional experience in church when I was 8 years old. I "joined" a church and was dunked in a baptistery, but I was not truly saved. I truly gave my life to Christ and was saved after a revival service when I was 17 while attending Elva Baptist Church in Marshall County. God called me to serve in the gospel ministry three years later while I was serving as youth director at Iuka Baptist Church. I started out in youth ministry, but even then I knew that God had placed upon my heart the calling to shepherd His church. Since then, I have had the privilege to be involved in preaching ministry for over 16 years and serve in pastoral ministry for over 14 years.

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School Attended

  • Liberty University
  • Mid-Continent University
  • Paducah Community College (now WKCTCS)
  • Marshall County High School

Job Titles Held:

  • Senior Pastor
  • Pastor
  • Bi-vocational Pastor
  • Bi-vocational Associate & Youth Pastor


  • Bachelor of Science
  • Associate of Arts
  • High School Diploma

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