Pastor: Old Cambridge Baptist Church in Harvard Square

The Old Cambridge Baptist Church (OCBC) in Cambridge, MA is seeking a part-time pastor to provide leadership and vision for a growing congregation committed to living out God’s forgiveness, justice, and resurrecting love in ways that transform individuals, move us toward Beloved Community, and engagement in mending the world.

OCBC is a progressive and inclusive Christian community in the American Baptist tradition that seeks to offer God’s radical hospitality to all, holding fast to love and justice for the earth and all its peoples, welcoming all who are seekers. Through our common life of prayer, worship, spiritual development, and the arts, we strive to follow the example of Jesus and to work, through active nonviolence, for social, racial, economic, and ecological justice, and for peace. OCBC, a Welcoming and Affirming congregation since 1983, has a long history of supporting the civil and ecclesiastical rights of all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We are fully committed to racial equity, gender equality, and accessibility to persons of all abilities. We invite people from all backgrounds and walks of life to worship with us on Sunday mornings and in our daily lives.

The church building is an historic landmark located in Harvard Square, just steps away from Harvard University. Tourists from all over the world visit the church and gardens daily. OCBC is a strong supporter of the arts. OCBC’s vibrant music program is a highlight of our worship. OCBC also rents space to the Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre and other non-profit organizations.

We hope to welcome a gifted preacher and a warm, empathetic, and outgoing minister with a background in local church ministry, an understanding of organizational dynamics, and experience in leadership development.

To view the complete job description, and our church profile, please visit http://oldcambridgebaptist.org/what-s-happening/pastoral-search.
If you are interested in becoming a candidate for this position, please send your current American Baptist profile (PDF) or the equivalent to searchteam@oldcambridgebaptist.org.

Senior Pastor: Hopewell Baptist Church (Holton, IN)

Hopewell Baptist Church is an American Baptist Church located in a beautiful rural setting in southeastern Indiana. The church is located within 90 minutes of 3 major metropolitan cities: Cincinnati, Oh, Indianapolis, IN, and Louisville, Ky.

Hopewell Baptist Church is a community minded church with emphasis on missions, youth, community outreach, and providing a warm, Christian atmosphere for people of all ages to fellowship with one another and grow spiritually from the many programs, special events, and biblical teachings offered each week.

The church has experienced steady growth over the past years requiring the need to expand facilities which now include a new, technologically advanced 500 seat sanctuary, a family life center constructed in 2004 complete with stage/lighting, classrooms, and gymnasium to accommodate a membership made of predominately middle aged to younger generation church members. Sunday morning church attendance is approximately 250 – 300.  The church has a modern parsonage with 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, basement and 2 car garage as part of the package. It is located approximately ¼ mile from the church and family life center property.

Hopewell Baptist Church is a fiscally responsible, financially sound congregation with a track record for meeting budget and operating in the black year in- year out.

The Senior Pastor will serve as the spiritual leader of the church.  The successful candidate must have excellent speaking abilities who can communicate relevant, Biblically accurate messages weekly.  This person must be an energetic facilitator with strong organizational skills who will interact with a 5 member deacon board and numerous committees and event coordinators in planning the annual church calendar.  In addition, the Senior Pastor will be responsible for effectively sharing the gospel and communicating the vision of the church, as well as leading and developing the staff and lay leadership of the church.

Please send resumes to the attention of:       Don Comer, Search Committee Chairperson Address: 1038 N County Rd 850W; Holton, IN  47023  Cell: 812-756-0315    Home: 812-689-6934     Email: doncomer5@aol.com

CRCDS Alumnus to be ordained

We are proud to announce the ordination of Arthur "Nick" W. Smith, CRCDS '13. Nick will be ordained by The Right Reverend Gladstone B. Adams III, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Central New York, on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Trinity Church in Fayatteville, NY.

The CRCDS community congratulates Nick as he begins a new chapter in his spiritual journey.

Opportunities with American Baptist Churches of New York State

The American Baptist Churches of New York State (ABCNYS) invite CRCDS students and alumni to consider ministry opportunities around upstate New York. The ABCNYS Region serves 294 churches in a variety of ministry settings, urban and rural, suburban and small town.  A number of our churches are dually aligned or in a federated or union relationship with varied mainline Protestant or other Baptist denominations. To learn more about our Region, visit www.abc-nys.org.

If you are interested in having your information shared with an ABCNYS search committee, please send a letter of interest along with an up-to-date American Baptist Personnel Services (ABPS) profile and three current professional references knowledgeable of your ministry skills and experience to:  Rev. Jerrod Hugenot, Associate Executive Minister 518/380-4510  or  jhugenot@abc-nys.org.

Mailing address: 115 Hazelhurst Avenue, Albany, NY 12203

If you do not have a current ABPS profile, please contact the American Baptist Region with which your local church membership is affiliated. If you are not currently aligned with ABC/USA, please send a resume detailing skills, experience, and three professional references along with your affiliation and standing with your current denomination.

For more information about ABCNYS search and call support, visit:  http://www.abc-nys.org/who-we-are/regional-enhancement-team/ret-clergy-placement

Retired Bishop Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey named Chairperson of CRCDS Board of Trustees

mckelveyColgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School is pleased to announce the appointment of Rt. Rev. Jack M. McKelvey as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees. McKelvey follows Rev. Stuart A. Mitchell III, who served in that role for three years.

Rev. McKelvey has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 1999 and served as interim President of the school for 18 months following the retirement of Dr. Eugene C. Bay, until the appointment of Dr. Marvin A. McMickle as President in October, 2012.

Rev. McKelvey, a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Rochester, NY was the 7th Bishop of the Diocese of Rochester serving from 2000 until he retired in 2008. A former Episcopal priest in Delaware and New Jersey, he received a Master's of Divinity and honorary doctorate degree from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The Board's new Chairperson is active in the community and volunteers his time and talents to many diverse causes. He has served on the Boards of Episcopal Senior Life Communities, Rochester Red Wings, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Water for South Sudan.

The Episcopal Diocese recently interviewed Bishop McKelvey and recorded his thoughts about the CRCDS' past, it's future, and his new leadership role. The podcast of that interview can be viewed here: http://vimeo.com/98575639