Interim Pastor Position Description

First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis

171 Duke of Gloucester Street Annapolis, MD 21401



The pastor acts as the coordinator of all aspects of the life of the congregation providing:
  • Theological and spiritual guidance within the framework of progressive Reformed theology;
  • Coordination of staff, officers and volunteers to fulfill the Five Year Goals;
  • A pastoral touch for persons, church and society in the midst of rapid change.
The Annapolis area community is more than a small town and historic State capital located on the Chesapeake Bay.  It is a university town, home to St. John’s College and the United States Naval Academy, with Anne Arundel Community College north of the city.  Annapolis is culturally rich with an arts district, galleries, professional symphony, opera, theaters, ballet, chorales, youth symphony and film festival.  It is located a short, equal distance to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.
Preach and lead worship in conjunction with the professional staff and Worship & Music Committee.  
Coordinate all worship services, preaching approximately 75% of the time, in coordination with Associate Pastor, interns and guests.
In worship, meetings and Session, provide a clear and consistent foundation for the congregation’s life together and consistent with the Book of Order.  In particular, focus on Reformed theology, Bible based, ecumenical and interfaith in spirit, committed to human rights and social justice.
Lead special services such as weddings and memorial/funeral services.  This includes pre-wedding counseling and meeting with family members making funeral arrangements.
Moderate the Session and congregational meetings. 
As Head of Staff, lead weekly meetings with our skilled and dependable professional staff.
Organize staff to ensure that every working group of the congregation has staff support and liaison.
Provide clear lines of communication with the Session, Trustees, Deacons and other working groups of the congregation.
Coordinate with staff a comprehensive plan of communication through word, print, email, web and social media.
Coordinate with Mission Committee and staff our local, regional, national and international ministries.  These include:
  • Bay Area Disciples Hispanic Ministry: Comunidad Presbiteriana La Trinidad
  • Cuba Partnership
  • Czech Partnership with Letohrad Parish of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethern
  • FPC Action
  • FPC Food Share
  • Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake
  • Haiti Reforestation Project
  • Light House Shelter
  • Refugee Committee
  • Taize worship collaboration with St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
  • Winter Relief Week through Arundel House of Hope
  • STAIR – Start the Adventure In Reading
  • Connect Rwanda Inc.
Maintain ties and manage relationships with Bay Area Disciples, the Presbytery of Baltimore, General Assembly, ecumenical and interfaith partners and the emerging chapter of the faith-based community organization of the Industrial Area Foundation (IAF).
Coordinate short term and longer term financial stewardship work, providing guidance to the Capital Campaign.
Provide pastoral care for members with Associate Pastor and Deacons, with a focus on persons in the hospital, nursing home, or in transition.
Provide guidance to congregational discernment study, following the process approved by the Session, which will lead to election of the Pastor Nominating Committee and the Minister Information Form.
Welcome new members and lead new member orientation.
This is a full-time position.
The successful candidate will have: 
  • Approximately 10 years experience as pastor, desired but not required 
  • Approximately 5 years as interim pastor, desired but not required
  • Certification through Transitional Ministry Education Consortium (TMEC)
Spanish language skills are desired but not required.
Presbytery Staff Members
Committee on Ministry (COM) and/or 
Elders in churches served as interim pastor
The position is initially for 12 months and can be extended with mutual agreement.  The position can be cancelled by either party with two months’ notice and concurrence by the Committee on Ministry.    Minimum compensation and benefits shall be paid through the sixty-day notice period.  
With four weeks vacation and two weeks study leave.
The Interim Pastor Search Committee will accept applications beginning April 1, 2018.  It will continue to accept applications until the search is successfully completed.  Please send applications to Connie Scott (chair) at email: