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Lead Pastor

Grace Church of Lockeford
Posted: 03/06/2023
Salary/Range: TBD
Lockeford, CA

Grace Church of Lockeford (Lockeford, CA) – Lead Pastor

The Big Picture

Grace Church of Lockeford ( is prayerfully seeking a Lead Pastor.

Our Church and Community

Grace Church of Lockeford has been in existence for 160 years. It was formed in 1862 as a Congregational Church. In the 1970s it became affiliated with IFCA. We livestream the Sunday morning service on Facebook, and on Wednesday night we have a Bible study and prayer time after a potluck dinner. On the last Sunday of the month, we enjoy a potluck fellowship immediately after the morning service. The community of Lockeford has a population of around 3200 people. Demographically, 60% of its residents identify themselves as white and 35% Hispanic. 27% of the population claim to be Catholic and 60% claim no religious affiliation whatsoever. Our town is located about 30 minutes east of the city of Stockton, which has a population more than 300,000, and about 45 minutes from Sacramento, the capitol city of California. The church is debt-free, and has a newly remodeled four bedroom, two bath parsonage with attached two-car garage, which can be used by the selected pastor and his family if so desired.

The Candidate

Qualifying candidates should possess a pastor/teacher mindset which is humble, gentle and gracious. We are seeking a pastor with a true shepherd’s heart, committed to our church, devoted to developing true disciples of Jesus Christ, has a passion to evangelize the lost, and encourages spiritual maturity among the believers, all of which bring glory to God.

The Qualifications

We require a man who meets the spiritual qualifications found in I Timothy 3 and Titus 1. He must also affirm and adhere to the Constitution of the Church and its by-laws. Our preferred minimum education is a seminary graduate, but we may also consider a candidate who is still actively working on his seminary degree. We desire a strong expository preacher who is ordained or willing to be ordained. Working in conjunction with the elders and deacons, our next pastor should express a vision for the church, provide leadership and care for the congregation, and effectively lead the staff toward that end.

The Expectations

The acceptable candidate must be a man who is born again. He must be a man who knows Jesus Christ personally as Lord and Savior. He must be a man called by God to the ministry of pastor/teacher. The candidate must hold the view of inerrancy of scripture and follow a literal, historic, and grammatic interpretation. He must possess a servant’s spirit, yet at the same time remain firm in the deployment of church discipline. He should be spiritually mature himself and have an advanced knowledge of the Holy Scriptures by means of his education and his own personal study. He should possess a love for teaching and a willingness to disciple anyone in need.


The Compensation

$57,750 annual base salary plus 4-bedroom parsonage

$8000.00 annual medical/dental contribution.

Up to 5% of the base salary in matching retirement contributions


The Process

Please look over this job description and the church website. Along with your resume please answer these questions:


Why do you believe that you might be a good fit as the Lead Pastor at Grace Church?


Describe your experiences in ministry and how you may be qualified to serve as the Lead Pastor at Grace Church?


In just a few sentences please give a summary of your theology and how that is in line with the beliefs of Grace Church?


Please send your resume, the answers to these questions and a link to at least one online sermon to

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