Senior Pastor - Walnut Creek Presbyterian

February 4, 2019



Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church seeks to continue a 140-year legacy of reaching out and caring for this dynamic east San Francisco Bay community. They are seeking a Senior Pastor who will lead by example beyond their beautiful campus and into the neighborhoods and businesses that make this corner of the world what it is. The committed members of this church are eager to mobilize and engage the big questions of life and faith. They desire to love and accept people for who they are and demonstrate compassion through acts of service in their community.






“We desire to be a strong community reaching the unchurched with the Gospel, and in doing so, seeing God transform our lives, our neighbors, and our world.”





The community’s goal and passion is to be faithful to the Great Commission: to be a strong community that is reaching the unchurched with the Gospel and, in doing so, seeing God transform individuals, neighborhoods, and the world. Already responsive to emerging needs in the community, the leadership of this group of nearly 400 active attendees note a need to be united and renewed. Elders, deacons, and staff have been prayerfully discerning and discussing a new path forward.




Leadership is committed to nurturing a community that is united in Jesus Christ through worship, service, and reliance on prayer and Scripture. Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church is an ECO Presbyterian Church that was founded in 1878. The church maintains a high view of Scripture and a strong identification with the Reformed tradition. For decades this community’s ministry focus has been on world and local programs targeted to children and youth and they hope to continue to grow in these areas. 






Walnut Creek, California



Our city enjoys some of the best weather of the San Francisco region. Once a quiet, distant suburb of San Francisco, Walnut Creek is a bustling center of commercial, retail, and urban living. Walnut Creek serves as a hub for its neighboring cities because of its location at the junction of the highways from Sacramento, San Jose, and San Francisco/Oakland and its accessibility by metro rail (BART). Because of this, Walnut Creek has experienced tremendous residential growth in its downtown core. Walnut Creek is viewed as a comparatively cost-effective alternative to living in San Francisco, while maintaining an active downtown neighborhood featuring hundred-year-old buildings alongside extensive high-end retail establishments, restaurants, and entertainment venues.










Anticipating a season of renewal, WCPC seeks an experienced and discerning leader. To thrive in this role a candidate will need to be a dynamic preacher with a contagious curiosity about the Word of God and excitement for God’s work in the world. The community is ready for a leader who demonstrates humility and authenticity as he or she shepherds the congregation with the kind of genuine care and love for people that leads to deeper relationships. 






Qualifications & Traits


Agreement with ECO’s mission, core values, and ordination standards 


Recognition of SF Bay Area culture and the unique challenges it creates for the life and growth of the church


M.Div. (or equivalent) preferred, four-year degree required


Ten years of pastoral experience in a dynamic and discipleship-oriented environment preferred


Passion for evangelism


Demonstrated ability to build and develop high performing teams 


Experienced leader and change manager


Passion for the Gospel and WCPC mission with ability to provide clear, influential communication


Ability to inspire personal and spiritual growth in staff and congregation


Gifted Bible teacher with the ability to communicate nuances of Scripture in ways that can be understood by people unfamiliar with the Church or the Christian faith


Strong shepherding skills that demonstrate how to care for broken, hurting people and groups


Humility and authenticity that is demonstrated generously but with appropriate boundaries




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Ryan Church is leading this search. Ryan is a seasoned consultant that brings nearly 20 years of experience in working with churches and non-profit organizations to his role at AGORA. Most of his career has been spent in pastoral ministry. Ryan is passionate about the local church and desires to help communities change at the right speed to meet the needs of the community as they unceasingly serve God.


For further details regarding this role, please contact:



Ryan Church

AGORA Search Group






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