General Information

Job Title:

Pastor for Students and Families

Job Description:

Overall Objective:

  • To serve Hope Presbyterian Church as a pastor for students and their families by nurturing a strongly relational and biblically sound ministry in which students:
      • receive and grow in the embrace of the Father.
      • are equipped as disciples of the Son.
      • engage the world by the power of the Spirit.

Particular Responsibilities:

  • The Pastor for  Students & Families will articulate, develop, and implement Hope’s comprehensive ministry to students and their families.
  • The Pastor for  Students & Families will minister to the particular needs of individual youth and families:
    • Faithful biblical and theological instruction of our students
    • Invest in pastoral relationships with students
    • Integrate students into the larger life of the church
    • Partner with parents in the work of caring for their children
    • Nurture volunteers by enlisting and equipping them to care for the students of our church
    • Expand the mission of our student ministry beyond our congregation

Reporting Relationships:

  • The Pastor for  Students & Families is called by the Session and is a member of the pastoral staff.
  • The Pastor for  Students & Families reports to the Senior Pastor on a day-to-day basis.
  • The Pastor for  Students & Families oversees the middle school and high school ministry interns and volunteers, as well as the Winston-Salem Fellows, the Nursery Coordinator, and the Director of Children’s Ministry.

Position Qualifications:

Hope’s Pastor for Students & Families must be a godly man who evidences the following qualities:

  • Commitment to Student Ministry: Strong affinity for, enjoyment of, and experience with pastoring youth and their families. Desires to shape the ministry at Hope and shepherd students for a significant period of time, a 3-5 year commitment. 
  • Highly Relational: Ability to enter students’ worlds, identify with and have compassion for them, and incarnate the Gospel of Christ for them. Someone who loves “showing up” in the lives of students and living the Christian life in front of and alongside them. 
  • Theological Maturity: Solid biblical and theological grounding; loves and ministers the Gospel of Grace; and an effective balance of “head” and “heart.” Committed to the Presbyterian Church in America’s standards, as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and its catechisms. Ordained or able to be ordained within one year. 
  • Leader: Effective communicator of the vision for ministry to  Students & Families as well as the overarching mission and vision of Hope. Ability to recruit, train, motivate, and shepherd volunteers. Ability to clearly and creatively communicate biblical truth to students. Ability to communicate vision for ministry to parents and the larger congregation.

Application Deadline


Job Type:

Full Time

Salary Range:


General Information

Church Name

Hope Presbyterian Church

Contact Name & Contact Info

(336) 930-4542




Presbyterian Church in America (PCA)

City, State

Winston-Salem, NC

Description of Organization

Hope Presbyterian Church began as a church plant from Redeemer PCA here in Winston-Salem in 1998. A group of folks launched from Redeemer with the express purpose of establishing a Reformed Presbyterian congregation near the intersection of Peace Haven and Robinhood roads in western Winston-Salem. In our early years, Hope weathered a significant division within the church over leadership and vision for ministry. God used that time of trial to form Hope as a congregation dependent upon his grace and a place for broken, hurting people to find solace in the Gospel. Senior Pastor Clyde Godwin was called to shepherd Hope in 2007, and he led our congregation to a place of stability and vitality. David Speakman joined Hope’s staff in the summer of 2012 as the church’s first Associate Pastor.

In September 2012, Hope opened a new facility just blocks away from the originally targeted plant location of Peace Haven and Robinhood roads. Our campus includes an education building, a worship center, and land to expand to a more formal sanctuary in the future. Hope is strategically located less than a mile from both Mount Tabor High School and Jefferson Middle School, and we enjoy a great relationship with students, faculty, and organizations, eagerly hosting events in our building.

In the Spring of 2015, Hope received a detailed report from our 2020 Vision Team that includes strategic and tactical recommendations to ensure the sustained growth and future viability of all our avenues of ministry. That led to the October 2015 hiring of Ethan Smith as our first full-time Pastor for Students & Families. Upon Pastor Godwin’s retirement in the summer of 2017, David Speakman was installed as Hope’s third Senior Pastor. The Session, staff, and pastors are expectant and excited for this season of ministry and life together.

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