senior pastor resume example with 20+ years of experience

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

A highly motivated clergy person. Applicant has the ability to motivate parishioners to look at new possibilities for Christian/Congregational growth, and yet simultaneously respect the time-tested traditions that were in place prior to arrival. Applicant believes in striking a balance between innovation and tradition. The Applicant believes that Pastoral transitions must been done with the utmost care. In other words, applicant agrees with the words of wisdom articulated by the late Rev. Dr. Benjamin Elijah Mays, past president of Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA, who said, A Leader with NO Followers is just taking a walk.

  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Congregational Care
  • Budgeting
  • Teaching
  • Staff Management
  • Fundraising
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Officiating
  • New Member Assimilation
  • Conflict Resolution
Work History
09/1989 to Current
Senior Pastor Saint James Missionary Baptist Church , ,
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and nursing home services with assistance of Deacons, Deaconesses, Associate Ministers, and Church Mother
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Facilitated guidance programs focused on helping middle and high school students prepare for college or vocational education opportunities. Also, periodically reviewed student report cards and publicly affirmed all students that received special certificates, or entry level jobs. Most of these youngsters came from low-income at-risk contexts.
  • Coordinated and spearheaded programs to increase church members' service throughout community.
  • Partnered with city officials, non-profit resource organizations, civic groups and members of public for outreach to at-risk children.
  • Developed mandatory 7–8-month study period for anyone that wants me to officiate at their wedding.
  • Was privileged to have such distinguished scholars as Cain Hope Felder, New Testament professor, formerly of Howard University, now deceased, and Gayraud Wilmore, historian, theologian, scholar, who prior to his passing taught at several prestigious seminaries, one of which was Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC), Atlanta, GA and World War Two Buffalo Soldier, who fought Italian Fascist and German Nazi troops in the all-Black 92nd Infantry Division speak for us. We also had John Patton, Jr., He played in The Color Purple teach us Negro Spirituals as we celebrated our choir's annual day. Finally, we were privileged to have Reverend Allan Boesak, Anti-Apartheid leader and colleague of deceased President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela preach for our Sunday morning Service. finally, we were privileged to have as our special guests on separate occasions, retired California State Judge Horace Wheatley and former Oakland Mayor, Elihu Harris as guest speakers. Worked with other churches in our district association to host a scholarship concert with past Secretary of State, Condelezza Rice as guest concert pianist.
07/1983 to 06/1988
Senior Pastor Shattuck Avenue United Methodist Church City, STATE,
  • Oversaw administration and management of all areas of ministry. This was done in accord with United Methodism's Book of Discipline
  • Coordinated and spearheaded programs to increase church members' service throughout community.
  • Officiated special services such as weddings, funerals, baptisms and nursing home services.
  • Led programs such as worship, study, fellowship and service opportunities.
  • Established and managed church budget of $100,000.00 per year.
  • Found Church in July of 1983 with a $10,000.00 T-Bill and $300.00 banked. When I left in 1988, total banked funds were at $40,000.00. Due to steady stewardship classes, we were, by 1986, able to file a fully funded budget of $100,000.00 per annum.
  • At the inception of my pastorship (1983), 19 people were in attendance in Sunday Morning worship. Shattuck's median age was around 73. By 1988, attendance had grown to around 65 per week Sunday. Demographically wise, the medium age had dropped to 30 years old Sanctuary held approximately 200 attendees
  • Due to skills and dedication of a licensed contractor in the membership, we were able to utilize his skills to repair and/or replace degraded aspects of Shattuck's physical plant, thereby saving the congregation several thousand dollars in repair and upkeep costs.
  • Invited such outstanding Sunday Morning speakers as descendants of Hiram Revels, pre/ post-Civil War AME preacher and Senator from Mississippi. Also, was privileged to have various members of Oakland, CA City Council speak for us on Sundays
01/1983 to 06/1983
Youth Pastor Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church City, STATE,
  • Raised congregational awareness of needs and contributions of youth to church life and operations.
  • In charge of budget totaling $25,000.00 allocated for Taylor's (Methodist) Youth Fellowship
  • Scheduled and managed teams of youth volunteers.
  • Set goals for youth in church and communicated with parents regarding progress.
  • Reorganized Youth Choir that had dissipated over several years
10/1976 to 12/1982
Youth Pastor Third Baptist Church , ,
  • Planned weekly groups as well as special events and overnight retreats.
  • Responsible for management of $50,000.00 per annum budget in funds allocated for Youth Department
  • Initiated Tuesday night Basketball session for Church and Neighborhood Youth, mainly young men on Monday nights. Event was supervised by adult volunteers
  • Supervised 100 voice youth choir, in concert with adult musicians and adult counselors
  • Led Fourth Sunday Morning worship, as well as preached with Youth Choir singing.
Expected in to to
Doctor of Ministry: Fundraising For Black Church Related Colleges
Pacific School of Religion - Berkeley, CA,
Expected in to to
Master of Divinity: Religion And Social Ethics
Pacific School of Religion - Berkeley, CA
Expected in to to
Bachelor of Arts: Religion
Bishop College - Dallas, TX,
  • Past member Rotary Club International, Bayview Branch
  • Chaired Board of Directors, Bayview Hunters Point Network of Elders
  • Bay Cities Baptist Minister's Union, headquartered in Oakland, CA
  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Incorporated
  • Past Member of the Society of Biblical Literature/American Academy of Religion
  • American Baptist Historical Society

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School Attended

  • Pacific School of Religion
  • Pacific School of Religion
  • Bishop College

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  • Senior Pastor
  • Senior Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Youth Pastor


  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Master of Divinity
  • Bachelor of Arts

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