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Ministry ID   05169_____________________________________________________

Ministry Name      Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church_____________________

Mailing Address     2291 Western Avenue__________________________________

City     Guilderland_________________State      NY_____ Zip Code    12084_____

Telephone Number      518-546-5410________  Fax Number    518-456-0002_______

Email   hupc@hamiltonunionpresbyterianchurch.org_______________________

Web site    www.hamiltonunionpresbyterianchurch.org__________________________  


Congregation or Organization Size (Select one)

                       Under 100 members

    101 - 250 members

       251 - 400 members

       401 - 650 members                     

       651 - 1000 members

       1001 - 1500 members

       More than 1500 members



Average Worship Attendance          80                   

Church School Attendance              45         

Church School Curriculum  Our Sunday school curriculum is the Story Time Bible for the children.  Our Adult Bible study is Feasting on the Word.                                                                                                                                                        


     Check if certified as eligible for participation in the Seminary Debt Assistance Program


Ethnic Composition Of Congregation (in whole %):

Enter the percentage of each racial ethnic component of your congregation.

     0%      American Indian or Alaska Native

     2%     Asian

     2%      Black or African American (African Native, Caribbean)

__0%___ Hispanic Latino/Latina, Spanish

__0%___ Middle Eastern

    0%       Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

    96%       White   

Other __________________________


Presbytery       Albany                                                  Synod            Northeast                    

Community Type (select one)

                College                                   Rural                      X             Suburban

                Small City                             Town                                      Urban    

                Village                    _______Recreation            _______Retirement



Clerk of Session Contact Information:

Name     Gertrude Hutchinson                                                                                                                                                                       

Address    2568 Western Avenue, Apt. 3-09                                                                                                                                                 

City        Altamont                                                                                              State       NY          Zip Code   12009                

Preferred Phone  518-334-6125                                                       Alternate Phone  n/a                                         

E-mail                                                                FAX        n/a                                                         


*Select below the position to be filled and the minimal number of years of experience required (e.g. no experience, first ordained call, up to 2 years, 2-5 years, 5-10 years, or above 10 years)

Years of Experience

Position Type

Years of Experience

Position Type


Solo Pastor


General Assembly Staff


Head of Staff (Multi-staff Pastor, who supervised two teaching elders and other staff)


Church Business Administrator


Head of Staff (supervised one teaching elder and other staff)


Executive Director


Associate Pastor (Christian Education)


Director of Music (non-ordained)


Associate Pastor (Youth)


Minister of Music (ordained)


Associate Pastor (Other)


Mission Co-worker (International)


Pastor (Church Planter, New Worshipping Community)


Christian Educator (Certified)


Pastor (Transformation/Redevelopment)


Christian Educator (non-certified)

5-10 years

Pastor Interim




Pastor ( for a designated term)


Funds Developer


Pastor (Other Temporary i.e., Supply, Student)


Finance Manager


Pastor, yoked/parish


Media Specialist






Executive Pastor




Evangelist or Mission Pastor


Youth Director (non-ordained)










Pastoral Counselor




College/Seminary Faculty




Seminary Staff




Campus Ministry




General Presbyter/Executive Presbyter

Presbytery Leader




Stated Clerk (Presbytery)




Synod Executive




Mid-Council Program Staff



You may also specify the position title (if appropriate)        Interim Pastor            ______                       

*Employment Status

                X             Full Time                                               Part Time                                              Open to Either

                _______ Bi-vocational (able to provide employment through outside partnership)


Is this a yoked congregation?  X      No                   Yes

(If yes, please complete the Yoked Congregation Detail Form.)


Clergy Couple (Are you open to a clergy couple?) Yes  ______       No  X_____


Certification/Training (check below the desired certification or training needed for the position):


Interim/Transitional Ministry Training     X______               Interim Executive Presbyter Training         _______

Certified Christian Educator                          _______                                Certified Business Administrator                  _______

Certified Conflict Mediator                            _______                                Clinical Pastoral Education Training          _______

Other ____________________________________________


Language Requirements

X_____English                        _____Spanish              _____Korean               _____French

_____Arabic                _____Armenian                       _____Creole                _____Portuguese

_____Japanese                        _____Russian              _____Swahili               _____Burmese

_____Cambodian        _____Indonesian         _____Laotian              _____Thai

_____Vietnamese        _____Taiwanese          _____Cantonese          _____ Mandarin Chinese

_____Twi                    _____ Sign Language  _______________ Other      



Statement of Faith Required   X______ Yes                      ______ No



Mission Statement


What is your congregation’s or organization’s Mission Statement?


Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church strives to understand the Christian Community as a long-term commitment to the mission of Jesus Christ and to one another, to be a multi-generational community focused on spiritual growth for all ages, to foster a collaborative environment and to follow strong spiritual leadership as we weather the challenges of serving Christ.  We strive to remain mission-minded, open and welcoming to all. 





(For each narrative question, please limit your responses to no more than 1500 characters including spaces and punctuation.)



1.   What is the congregation’s or organization’s vision for ministry?  Additionally describe how this vision is lived out.


The vision of Hamilton Union, as stated in the mission statement, is lived out in a variety of ways. To highlight just a few examples, at the congregational level we have a vibrant Deacons’ ministry; varied Christian education opportunities for children and adults; and diverse fellowship and congregational life activities.  We serve the surrounding community through participation in city missions and the Guilderland Interfaith Food pantry, as well as by supporting students at Cornerstone Campus Ministry at SUNY Albany.  At the level of the world-wide community we are involved in outreach through a committed relationship with Bandawe congregation, Chituka Village, Malawi; through Church World Service projects; and through learning and service mission trips (most recently regarding immigration at the Mexican border).


We are a mission-minded church and committed to social justice. We value worship of God and love of God’s children more than political and theological beliefs. When there are differing theological perspectives on pivotal issues, the congregation meets, and members are given the opportunity to share their thoughts and are listened to with openness and respect.


All these activities help the congregation grow in faith as well as encourage new ways to serve the community, both local and worldwide.  We welcome an IP who will challenge us to find new ways to live out our mission.


2.      How do you feel called to reach out to address the emerging needs of your community or constituency?


We have a congregation with diverse needs.  We seek to serve all of those needs and currently focus on two particular ones, those of members later in their life journeys and those of families raising young children.  Possible ways to serve these groups include:

§  Improving transportation for older members;

§  Cultivating and promoting a young adult/youth group for those members who will be reaching their early teens in the next 5-10 years;

§  Fostering multi-generational programs for younger and older members to come together in order to increase opportunities for fellowship in their respective journeys in Christ;

§  Finding creative ways to accommodate families with busy lives and competing/conflicting commitments; and

§  Reaching out beyond the church to support our younger members’ activities such as plays and sporting events through attendance and/or participation.


In our surrounding community, we the congregation feel called to serve by:

§  Extending welcoming messages of love to those of different denominations and faiths, to those who feel no affiliation with faith and to those of faith who feel no affiliation with any church specifically or the institution of church in general;

§  Reaching out to those exploring their spiritual relationship with God;

§  Engaging community members through a variety of focused communication avenues such as speakers and lecture series to promote goodwill and potentially identify and attract new members; and

§  Promoting volunteerism.


3.      How will this position help you to reach your vision and mission goals?


We are looking for an interim pastor to initially assist the congregation to process the retirement of our current pastor through support and compassion, to guide and motivate us past the loss and to keep us positively on track in our mission.  Our congregation is rich in caring members committed to sharing the word of God.  We have many motivated individuals excited to participate in mission work and fellowship both within and outside the church.  We look forward to the growth of HUPC with excitement and flexibility as we take the first steps in the next chapter of our journey.  We would welcome an individual with a fresh perspective who can assist us in assessing our current methods of operation and offer ideas for improvement while balancing the preservation of our history and traditions.


4.      Provide a description of the characteristics needed by the person who is open to being called to this congregation and/or organization.


We seek an interim pastor who is first and foremost compassionate, in tune with the spiritual needs of the congregation.  The IP will help sustain the life of the church in Christ through preaching and worship leadership.  We seek an IP who is hopeful of what God may bring in our future.


We are looking for an interim pastor who will excel in communication: able to express ideas clearly and simply, in person and in writing. This person will also be an effective, caring listener to both congregation members and the larger community.


The IP will lead and assist the congregation in discerning how Hamilton Union seeks to grow in the future. The IP will assist the church in developing strategy and vision, and effectively act as a change agent to help us move forward. Equally important, the IP will offer sound advice and work with multiple interests in a collaborative way.


Hamilton Union is embarking on a period of change, which with God’s guidance will enable us to grow as a congregation.  The IP will help motivate members of the congregation to contribute to the life of the church, each in their own way.  The IP will also inspire groups and individuals to find common ground and work together for the good of the congregation and the effort to fulfill our mission. The person will be a natural bridge-builder who will energize and embolden people of different perspectives, opinions and cultures to communicate and work together.


5.      For what specific tasks, assignments, and programs areas will this person have responsibility?


  Responsibilities will include:

A. Worship

o   September through mid-June:

§  Organize, prepare and lead at weekly traditional service

§  Participate in informal early service (prayers and communion)

o   Mid-June through August:

§  Organize, prepare and lead at weekly traditional service

o   Communion once a month at each service

o   Home communion each month for those unable to attend communion services as organized by the Deacons

o   Special services during Lent, Advent and Holy Week including the Interfaith Advent Service, Advent Service of Light and other similar services

o   Work with Worship Committee and Session to enhance the worship experience

o   Officiate at weddings, funerals, and baptisms.

B. Pastoral Care

o   Hospital, nursing home and home visits

o   Spiritual care and counseling

C. Administration

o   Moderate Session meetings

o   Attend and facilitate Deacon and committee meetings

o   Serve as head of staff (including secretary, organist, custodial staff and child care providers)

D. Christian Education

o   Adult education: lead educational series (approximately two 4-week sessions per year)

o   Confirmation preparation as needed

E. Outreach

o   New Member Development

F. Other expectations

o   Plan and guide activities associated with transitional ministry

o   Active participation in Albany Presbytery

o   Participation in Guilderland Interfaith Council




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(Select 10 leadership competencies from the list below that are required for the position.)




Compassionate – having the ability to suffer with others; being motivated by others pain and is called into action as advocate; is motivated by caring for others while concurrently keeping the organizational goals clearly in focus.


Hopeful – maintains stability in the moment and hope for the future; provides direction, guidance, and faith when describing basic needs; and helps followers to see a way through chaos and complexity.



Preaching and Worship Leadership: Is a consistently effective preacher and worship leader; is able to inspire from the pulpit; communicates a clear and consistent message through sermons that are carefully prepared and artfully delivered; projects the identity and character of the congregation through worship leadership presence.



Spiritual Maturity: Shows strong personal depth and spiritual grounding; demonstrates integrity by walking the talk and by responding with faithfulness of purpose; is seen by others as trustworthy and authentic; nurtures a rich spiritual life; seeks the wisdom and guidance of appropriate mentors; is able to articulate a clear and consistent theology.


Lifelong Learner – individuals who use every experience in life as a potential tool for growth; one who pursues continuing education; and those who build on strengths and seek assistance to improve weaknesses.



Teacher creates learning environments where students are active participants as individuals and as members of collaborative groups; designs lesson plans that teach concepts, facts, and theology; effectively uses multiple learning tools to reach a wide variety of learners; revises instructional strategies based upon ministry/organization context.




Communicator - Advances the abilities of individuals and the organizations through active listening supported with meaningful oral and written presentation of information.



Bilingual – having the ability to use two languages, especially with equal or nearly equal fluency; able to use multiple languages in communication.



Public Communicator - Demonstrates a comfortable ease when speaking in a variety of settings (both small and large groups); is effective at addressing a variety of topics; can get messages across with the desired effect.



Media Communicator: Has experience developing materials for a variety of written or multimedia forms of communications (print, Internet-based, social media, etc.)



Technologically Savvy - the ability to navigate successfully the world of technology using software, blogging, multi-media, and websites as tools for ministry.






Advisor – an individual others turn to for counsel and guidance; provides coaching; expertise for congregations or other organizations.


Change Agent – having the ability to lead the change process successfully; anchoring the change in the congregation’s/organization’s vision and mission.



Contextualization – the ability to assess accurately the context, environment, history, relationships and uniqueness of a congregation or organization.


Culturally Proficient – having solid understanding of the norms, values and common behaviors of various peoples, including direct experience working in multiple cultural and cross-cultural settings.


Externally Aware - identifies and keeps informed of the polity of the church and/or the organization; maintains current with laws, regulations, policies, procedures, trends, and developments both internally and in the larger society.


Entrepreneurial - leaders that are creative in using resources; identifies opportunities to develop; is willing to take risks, initiates actions that involve a deliberate risk to achieve a recognized benefit or advantage.



Risk Taker – persons with the ability to take appropriate risk to accomplish needed goals; one who thinks outside the box and who is not afraid of challenging the status-quo.


Task Manager - Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization; holds self and others accountable for rules and responsibilities; can be relied upon to ensure that projects within areas of specific responsibility are completed in a timely manner and within budget; and monitors and evaluates plans, focuses on results and measuring attainment of outcomes.


Willingness to Engage Conflict: Steps up to conflicts, seeing them as opportunities; reads situations quickly; good at focused listening; can identify common ground and elicit cooperation from others in crafting mutual solutions.


Decision Making: Makes effective decisions, balancing analysis, wisdom, experience, and judgment; is aware of the long term implications of choices made; is generally regarded as offering solutions and suggestions that are correct and effective.


Organizational Agility: Is astute about how congregations and/or organizations work; knows how to get things done through formal and informal channels; understands the importance of supporting good policy, practice, and procedure; appreciates the power in the culture of a congregation; is politically savvy.


Strategy and Vision: Sees ahead clearly, keeping focused on the larger picture; can anticipate future consequences and trends accurately; is future oriented; casts a compelling and inspired vision for a preferred future; sees possibility; crafts breakthrough strategies.


Financial Managerdeliver results by maximizing organizational effectiveness and sustainability through the best use of available financial resources; allocates and manages finances transparently; implements strategies to achieve operational efficiencies and value for money; puts in place rigorous and comprehensive financial accountability systems.


Funds Developer – maintains the ability to solicit donations used to fund the budget of the organization; effectively expresses the needs for funds to potential donors; responsible for adding new potential donors to the organization's contact list; prepares statement of planned activities and enlists support for mission initiatives.


Collaboration: Has a natural orientation toward getting people to work together; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue; lets people finish and be responsible for their work; creates strong feelings of belonging among group members; is a good judge of talent and can accurately assess the strengths and limitations of others.





Interpersonal Engagement - Displays a consistent ability to build solid relationships of trust and respect inside and outside of the organization; engage people, organizations, and partners in developing goals, executing plans, and delivering results; use negotiation skills and adaptability to encourage recognition of joint concerns, collaboration, and to influence the success of outcomes.


Bridge Builder – possessing a certain responsibility for the unity of the congregation and or organization; works to connect people of different cultures, worldviews, and theological positions.


Motivator - Creates and sustains an organizational culture which permits others to provide the quality of service essential to high performance. Enables others to acquire the tools and support they need to perform well; and influences others toward a spirit of service and meaningful contributions to mission accomplishment.


Personal Resilience: Learns from adversity and failure; picks up on the need to change personal, interpersonal, and leadership behaviors; deals well with ambiguity; copes effectively with change; can decide and act without having the total picture; comfortably handles risk and uncertainty; seeks feedback; expresses personal regret when appropriate


Initiative: Demonstrates ambition is highly motivated; is action oriented and full of energy for things seen as challenging; seizes opportunity; pushes self and others to achieve desired results.


Flexibility - Adapts behavior and work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, unexpected obstacles, or ambiguity; remains open to new ideas and approaches; and works concurrently on related and conflicting priorities without losing focus or attention.


Self Differentiation: Demonstrates strong and appropriate personal boundaries in relationships; has a healthy appreciation of self, without being egotistical; is emotionally mature; can maintain a less- anxious presence in the midst of turmoil; is not overly dependent upon outside affirmation; works to build a strong personal support system.





*COMPENSATION AND HOUSING:  A range is needed for matching purposes. The maximum salary is not published anywhere.  Effective salary is cash salary plus housing allowance or manse value and other compensation considered “effective salary” by the Board of Pensions of the PC (U.S.A.)


See Effective Salary Definition at Board of Pensions.


Minimum Effective Salary $             $48,019                 Maximum Effective Salary               $66,752

Housing Type                                   Manse

                                                X             Housing Allowance            

                Open To Either (Manse or Housing Allowance)

                Not Applicable (For Non-pastoral Positions Only)



The unity of believers in Christ is reflected in the rich diversity of the Church’s membership.  In Christ, by the power of the Spirit, God unites persons through baptism regardless of race, ethnicity, age, sex, disability, geography, or theological conviction.  There is therefore, no place in the life of the Church for discrimination against any person.  The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shall guarantee full participation and representation in its worship, governance, and emerging life to all persons or groups within its membership.  No member shall be denied participation or representation for any reason other than stated in this Constitution. (F-1.0403)


Each Pastor Nominating committee and Search committee is expected to undertake its search for a Teaching Elder in a manner consistent with the good news that in the church “….as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”


Has the Pastor Nominating Committee and Search Committee affirmed its intention to follow the Form of Government in this regard?

                                    _X_ Yes


                                    ____ No




Below, please list three persons who know your congregation. You might list your Presbytery leadership, a neighboring pastor, or other persons whom you believe can give a clear and accurate reference for your congregation.


Name       Reverend Sandy Damhof________________________________________

Address   Cornerstone Campus Ministry, SUNY Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222  

Phone Numbers   518-489-8573___________________________________________

Relation    mission connection_____________________________________________

E-mail    sdamhof@albany.edu____________________________________________


Name    Lynn Horan____________________________________________________

Address   PO Box 24, Spencertown, NY 12165________________________________

Phone Numbers   518-847-9115 ___________________________________________

Relation   neighboring pastor_____________________________________________

E-mail   lynnmhoran@gmail.com_________________________________________


Name     Wally Plock___________________________________________________

Address   2 Mercy Care Lane, Guilderland, NY 12084_________________________

Phone Numbers   518-562-6274___________________________________________

Relation   neighboring pastor_____________________________________________

E-mail __________________________________________


*Pastor Nominating Committee/Search Committee Chairperson/Mid-council Search Committee Chairperson:


Name                     Nancy Messersmith                                                                                                                          

Address                  137 Okara Drive                                                                                                                                               

City                        Schenectady                                         State        NY         Zip Code             12303   

Preferred Phone                   518-356-2394                                                                                                                     

Alternate Phone                   518-698-8966                                                                                                                     

E-mail Address for PNC Communications (required):                              



Pastor Nominating Committee/

Search Committee                                                                                                                              Date                      



Clerk of Session                                                                                                                   Date                      



Presbytery                                                                                                                             Date