Job Opportunities

Senior Pastor

Religious | Presbyterian Church in America

Covenant Presbyterian Church
8451 E. Brainerd Rd
Chattanooga, TN 37421



Posted: Aug 10, 2023

Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2023


CPC, a church in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), is located in the suburbs of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Including being home to Covenant College, Chattanooga and its surrounding areas are richly blessed with twenty-two well-connected, hospitable PCA churches. In 2022, Chattanooga was rated the fastest, growing city in Tennessee. When you live here, you can be on the water, in the mountains, enjoying dinner out, or sitting with friends in twenty minutes from anywhere in town. Some folks even refer to Chattanooga as the Biggest Small Town in America because our population is around 528,000 (when you include the surrounding areas)

Our Mission: Covenant Presbyterian Church exists to love God and our neighbors by making Christ known in all of life.

Our Vision: Covenant Presbyterian Church exists to love God and our neighbors by reverently and winsomely proclaiming the salvation we have received from Christ, the union we enjoy with Him, and the restoration He brings to all things.

Who We Are: CPC is a traditionally suburban, middle-class PCA church which has grown as the community around us has developed. We embrace the PCA’s objectives to be faithful to the Scriptures, true to the Reformed faith, and obedient to the Great Commission. With a thirty-five year history of steady growth, the result of God‘s amazing grace, we have discipled the people God brought to us and humbly sought to care for the community of people around us. We are thankful to God for His provision and His faithfulness. We have been blessed with a solid foundation and a godly heritage, but we also eagerly await the unique opportunities God will open before us to share the gospel and make disciples in our community. This truly is a wonderful church family who is ready for what God will call us to for the next thirty-five years!

Salary: >=$90K


Goals and Objectives

We are praying for a pastor who is called to:

  • Lead our church into the next generation as a solid, vibrant PCA church seeking to do God’s will
  • Help our church humbly and authentically live out the Great Commission in a way that is relevant for our community and our city at large

This pastor’s gifts will match these currently identified opportunities for growth:

  • Develop and Train Leaders:
  • Develop Elder Leadership (of our 14 active elders, 9 are age 65+)
  • Identify additional Deacons and Sunday School teachers/Small Group leaders
  • Enable the younger women in our church to mature into appropriate areas of biblical leadership and service
  • Cultivate Hearts for Outreach:
  • East Brainerd community impact
  • Chattanooga at large
  • Encourage our body to become more outwardly focused
  • Build and Grow Staff for Strategic Objectives:
  • We need to consider hiring a Congregational Care Pastor, a Youth Pastor, and a Music Director - all full-time positions
  • As we craft a strategic direction for CPC, the new Senior Pastor will have significant influence in this process, along with the Session
  • The Senior Pastor will provide guidance and leadership in any capital projects going forward
  • Assist the Overall Church Leadership to Achieve These Goals:
  • Attract and retain young people and young families
  • Build a strategic plan that harnesses the gifts and demographics of our church body to dynamically equip us for worship, discipleship, outreach/missions, and generosity/giving
  • Continue to grow, encourage, and enhance our shepherding efforts (a core component of CPC since its inception)

Pastoral Profile

  • Thoughtful and Enthusiastic Leader of Corporate Worship: Enjoys leading the congregation into the throne room of God in a traditional liturgy
  • Skilled Master of Communicating Through Preaching: Is an expository preacher who follows the text where it leads and is skilled at communicating truth and grace and its application in a faithful and compelling way that encourages response
  • Strong Leader of Staff and Officers: Is a leader who is earnest in discipling the Session, staff, and interns; is confident leading a large session, articulating a vision, achieving buy-in, and making decisions; is a man that other men want to follow; and is an effective manager and shepherd of the staff, effective at delegating responsibility
  • Joyful Participant in God’s Creation: Appreciates God’s good gifts of food, drink, fellowship, and the arts, and desires to foster a joyfully connected covenant community where these gifts are rightly honored
  • Enthusiastic Teacher of God’s Word: Eagerly seeks out teaching opportunities, formal and informal; will clearly address and apply Scriptural truths and wisdom to contemporary issues facing members
  • Loving Shepherd of the Church Family: Delights in meeting with members and communicates an openness and warmth with grace that assures members they can approach him to discuss matters on their hearts, although congregational care is not his primary focus
  • Approximate age: Between 40 and 55 years old
  • Experience since Ordination: A minimum of ten years of pastoral experience since graduating seminary
  • Management Experience: A minimum of five years of experience on a multi-pastor staff (required) or leading a multi-pastor staff (preferred)

How to Apply

Please know that we are praying for you as you consider where the Lord would have you serve in His church. Thank you for considering our local body of believers in the East Brainerd community of Chattanooga. We hope this profile gives you an overview of our church. If you have any questions or want to continue this conversation, please contact Chuck Frost at McGowan Global Institute ( or our committee chair, Jason Coffey (

For the King,

CPC’s Pastoral Search Committee

Jason Coffey (chair), Pat Barber, Jason Collins, Gary Cosby, Justin Martin, Will McDaniel, Susan Miller, Hannah Pittman, and Lisa Wright

Primary Contact: Chuck Frost


Phone: 601-946-6838

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