Jessica Claire
  • Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105
  • Home: (555) 432-1000
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Professional Summary

Bringing a message of radical love through a joyful spirit, building community, engaging the issues of society and being fully present to people in moments of heartbreak and celebration has been the mark of my ministry in the local church for the past forty years.

  • Pastoral Care. capacity to lift, encourage, provide comfort for people in all situations but notably where help is most needed, divorce, sickness, depression, and at the impending loss of a loved one
  • Preaching in a way that connects people's own story with the larger story of the radical love of God
  • Community building, and bringing people of diverse backgrounds and walks of life together
  • Teaching classes and preaching that strengthens people's faith and gives people clarity about their lives and callings

Work History
Community Organizer, 08/1977 to 05/1978
Sheltering ArmsJamaica, NY,

responsible for organizing neighborhood organizations through identification of and mobilizing people around local issues and concerns

Associate Pastor , 07/1982 to 04/1986
Liberty UniversityLynchburg, VA,

Led Youth ministry for Senior and Junior High youth

Preached once a month, weddings, funerals, hospital visits,

Directed the Christian Education program for children and adults

Senior Pastor, 05/1986 to 07/1995
Pilgrim Congregational Church, UCCCity, STATE,

grew average worship attendance from 40 to 140 persons on Sunday

Led successful capital campaign that raised $300,000 for improvements to the building for worship, youth, Christian Education and other ministries

Instructor , 01/2006 to 05/2006
University Of KansasCity, STATE,
  • Co taught undergraduate class on leadership
Senior Pastor, 09/1995 to 06/2019
Plymouth Congregational ChurchCity, STATE,

•raised $3.3 million capital campaign,
• lead Plymouth through becoming an open and affirming congregation
• recruited, coached and equipped scores of young adults for ordained ministry.

• Received 700 new members

Doctor of Ministry: Theology, Expected in 06/1998
Chicago Theological Seminary - Chicago, IL
Honorary Doctorate: For Excellence in Parish Ministry, Expected in 1996
Chicago Theological Seminary - Chicago, IL
Master of Divinity: , Expected in 1982
Chicago Theological Seminary - Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts: Religion, Expected in 1975
Colby College - Waterville, ME,

Missing Young Pastors: Reviving vocational imagination in the local church by Jessica A Claire, Congregations magazine, Alban Institute, Nov Dec 2002.

A Joyful Calling: Mentoring young adults for the ministry by Jessica A Claire for Resourcing Christianty

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School Attended

  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Chicago Theological Seminary
  • Colby College

Job Titles Held:

  • Community Organizer
  • Associate Pastor
  • Senior Pastor
  • Instructor
  • Senior Pastor


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

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