Jessica Claire
  • , , 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK 100 Montgomery St. 10th Floor
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

I am a seasoned Senior Pastor bringing more than 20 years' expertise in shepherding a community, building strong relationships with a variety of people and building meaningful programs and ministries that have reached out to the community and helped many grow in their personal faith, service to others and further the purpose and goals of our church. I look forward to bringing my unique blend of gifts, skills, experience and leadership to a new context.

  • Spiritual Leadership and Instruction
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Congregational Care
  • Budgeting
  • Teaching
  • Staff Management
  • Officiating
  • Disciple-Making
  • Emotional Support
  • Sick Visitation
  • Sermon Writing and Delivery
  • Volunteer Management
Work History
Senior Pastor, 11/2001 to Current
Covenant Baptist ChurchCity, STATE,
  • Oversaw administration and management of all areas of ministry.
  • Coordinated and spearheaded programs to increase church members' service throughout community in ministries such as eleven seasons of Upward Soccer, Lifetree Cafe, Vacation Bible School and special outreach projects.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and special events.
  • Provided spiritual care, encouragement and mentoring through visitation, counseling, prayer, one on one discipling and personal relationships with individuals in a wide variety of age groups, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and socio-economic situations.
  • Planned and conducted worship services, wrote and delivered sermons and worked with key church leaders to carry out church mission.
  • Worked with stewardship to promote responsible biblical stewardship.
  • Established and managed church budget of $120,000 per year.
  • Provided spiritual and administrative leadership to the church and managed daily operations.
  • Partnered with neighboring churches, OSU ministries, the Filipino Christian Fellowship and a local brewery to develop ministries and mutually beneficial goals.
  • Helped to organize and support community outreach programs such as ESL classes for adults and homework help for children.
  • Led and worked alongside elder and deacon boards, ministry teams, ministry leaders and volunteers in a variety of projects, ministries and day to day activities.
  • Reliably and professionally sustained and improved core ministries, events, functions, teams and facilities with creativity, inspiration and passion.
  • Coordinated and spearheaded adjustments and changes through the COVID-19 crisis.
Missionary, 08/1997 to 09/2001
International TeamsCity, STATE,
  • Volunteered in La Bonne Nouvelle church in various roles including preaching, leading Bible studies, relationship building and serving on the leadership team.
  • Participated in and led inner-city outreach activities such as coffee bars, teaching English and providing help to individuals in need.
  • Engaged in personal relationship building and spiritual mentoring with individuals of French and other nationalities.
  • Learned much about living in a different culture and getting along with people who live and think differently than I do.
  • Experienced the challenges of raising a family, renting a home, sending my kids to school, making new friends and so on in a different culture and language.
French Teacher and Head of Foreign Language Dept., 07/1987 to 06/1992
Pulaski AcademyCity, STATE,
  • Employed diverse teaching approaches to help students from elementary school through high school to understand and enjoy French language and culture.
  • Sourced optimal curricula and developed lesson plans to fully cover target material for each course.
  • Communicated with students in French to foster oral proficiency.
  • Served as foreign language department head for two years working with Spanish and German teachers to develop and update course curricula, meet the school's overall goals and for mutual encouragement.
  • Worked full time alongside the building and maintenance team over summer breaks for cleaning, preparation and special projects.
Bachelor of Arts: French, Expected in
University of Arkansas At Little Rock - Little Rock, AR
Master of Arts: Master of Divinity, Pastoral Studies, Expected in 05/1997
Trinity Evangelical Divinity School - Deerfield, Illinois,
  • Developed and introduced our children's Upward Soccer program to increase engagement and service within community.
  • Designed and implemented a three-year vision plan to develop a culture of disciple-making in our congregation.
  • Collaborated with team of six church leaders and influencers in the development of Disciple-making culture.
  • Collaborated with a team to rework Sunday School classes to be a better planned and meaningful experience for participants which led to greater participation and meeting more needs.
  • Managed organizational expenses by creative use of resources and providing additional opportunities for volunteers.
  • Trained volunteers in the use of specific means to help others grow in their Christian walk.
  • Cultivated and promoted positive relationships in a fairly diverse congregation.
  • Created and promoted opportunities for people to become involved, develop relationships, to serve and to be involved in outreach, such as Life Groups, Sunday School classes, Lifetree Cafe, Upward Soccer, discipleship TRIADS, One to One studies, annual yard sales, neighborhood community fair, and more.
  • Increased giving in church significantly over past 20 years through clear, meaningful communication, non-pressured requests and developing resources for online giving.
  • Turned around a handful of financial downturns over the years.
  • Supervised teams of ministry volunteers, Deacon and Elder Boards and staff members through a variety of projects and the ups and downs of the past 20 years.
  • Initiated and led volunteers through a number of costly facility related issues and repairs.

Converge Worldwide, Bethel Road Pastors' Group, Central Ohio Converge Pastors' Group

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