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First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn

Executive Minister of Family Ministries

Glen EllynIllinois



Weekly Attendance: 380

Denomination: Presbyterian / PCUSA

Location: Glen Ellyn, Illinois - Greater Chicago area

The Role: The Executive Minister of Family Ministries will partner with the Senior Pastor and staff to help develop and sustain a variety of ministries designed to support and enhance families' growth in Christ by helping children, students, and parents embrace a vibrant faith journey together.


Meet First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn: 

First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn is committed to helping people live out their faith anywhere and everywhere. We are an active, Christ-centered community with events and gatherings, missions, small groups, and study opportunities that take place every day, all the time. And we want more for you: more opportunity for personal growth, more connection, more serving and missions, and more ways to expand your knowledge and deepen the foundation of your faith.

We invite Christ to move in our lives through missions, family, study, and relationships. Whether you serve with one of our Engage mission partners, participate in family programming, join a small group, or take advantage of one of our many education opportunities, we celebrate that your faith is about more than just Sunday mornings.

About the Executive Minister of Family Ministries: 

The Executive Minister of Family Ministries will partner with the Senior Pastor and staff to help develop and sustain a variety of ministries designed to support and enhance families growth in Christ by helping children, students, and parents embrace a vibrant faith journey together

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The Executive Minister of Family Ministries will: 

  • Mentor, develop, and (with the assistance of personnel) hire Children’s Ministry, Student Ministry, Preschool Ministry, and Family Ministry staff as they lead, recruit, train, deploy, and coach volunteers for each ministry; encouraging these staff members to embrace their unique gifts and calling.

  • Provide vision, oversight, accountability, and support to all ministry teams that serve children, students, and families, empowering them to effectively minister to young people of the congregation and the surrounding community.

  • Provide continuity for a clearly articulated discipleship pathway for children and students, birth through college age, assisting other staff members with choosing appropriate curriculum within a defined scope and sequence.

  • Lead the Family Ministries department in the development of ministries of Christian discipleship for parents of birth through college age children, creating Christ-centered community, parent education, and the equipping of missional living.

  • Annually evaluate all ministries that seek to support children, students, and families, seeking to offer recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness of these ministries.  

  • Participate in worship leadership, preaching, and the celebration of the sacraments on a consistent basis.

  • Participate along with other program staff members in activities such as worship, pastoral care and visitation, weddings, funerals, baptisms, administration, strategic planning, New Membership classes, and other duties as required by the Senior Pastor.

  • Ensure that all control and compliance documents are annually evaluated and updated, including child protection policies and safe practices, and ensure that all volunteers serving children and youth have been background checked and participated in safe practices training.

What you bring: 


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree and a seminary degree in a related field of ministry study and be ordained.


The ideal candidate will have at least five years of ministry leadership experience for this role.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a strong biblical knowledge and a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Is an approachable, faithful leader of leaders. 

  • Is an available leader who is both present to the various staff and volunteer teams, and present relationally with the people of the congregation and community. .

  • Is well versed in current Children’s, Youth, and Young Adult Ministry practices and trends.

  • Has a passion to see transformational change in children, students, and families.

  • Is outreach-oriented, and discipleship focused.

  • Has a theology, missiology and personality that fit with First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn. 

  • Is a team player that can work easily with many different staff members from different perspectives and backgrounds.

  • Can easily connect with multiple types of adults and students.

  • Is a gifted communicator.

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What it's like to live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois: 

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

In the heart of DuPage County, the scenic Village of Glen Ellyn is a prosperous, civic-minded community with much to offer by way of shopping, dining, the arts and entertainment. The village is just 23 miles west of Chicago, which is easily accessible from Glen Ellyn's downtown Metra station, and is convenient to major highways and airports.

Glen Ellyn's historic downtown offers a variety of dining choices from casual to gourmet, including American, Irish, Italian, Mexican and Thai food. Glen Prairie, adjacent to the Crowne Plaza, features fine dining with bold, natural and locally grown ingredients.  Reserve 22 and Marche' are also favorites among residents and visitors.

Historic Downtown Glen Ellyn is filled with locally-owned shops like Marcel's Culinary Experience. It is a pedestrian friendly area where a number of family-friendly events are held throughout the year. Farther south, Roosevelt Road is bursting with nationally recognized stores, restaurants and commerce.

The village is convenient to Oakbrook Center, Yorktown Center and Stratford Square Mall. It is also a short drive or Metra commuter train ride from Chicago's shopping district.

The Glen Art Theatre, built in the 1920s in Downtown Glen Ellyn, shows first run movies on four screens.

The McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage (The MAC) is home to several resident professional ensembles, student productions and world-class touring attractions, plus the Gahlberg Gallery for visual arts.

The Glen Ellyn Park District maintains an outdoor aquatic facility, four recreation buildings, 23 multipurpose parks and playgrounds, and two lakes. Highlights of the 88,000 square foot Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center include an indoor turf field, 3 basketball courts, rock-climbing, batting cages, fitness center and a multi-lane elevated running track.

Village Links Golf Club boasts an 18-hole championship course that has hosted over 40 USGA and PGA Tour qualifying events, plus a regulation length 9-hole course, practice facilities, and a clubhouse with dining and banquet rooms.

Nature lovers will enjoy Willowbrook Wildlife Center, with over 80 native Illinois animals and open to the public 7 days a week. Hikers, bikers and joggers can hop onto the Illinois Prairie Path in Downtown Glen Ellyn.


A world-class commercial, industrial, and cultural city, Chicago functions as a major national center and as the major regional center for America’s heartland. It originally emerged as a transport center for cargo headed west and agricultural products headed east by land and water. Although transportation technology has changed, the role has not. The city is the most important passenger and freight transport hub in the country, with the largest number of air departures and the most rail traffic in the nation. The commercial and manufacturing economy stands out both for its size and diversity. Over 30 Fortune 500 companies in an assortment of industries have headquarters here. Factories and warehouses extend for miles from the downtown area. Chicago is also a major center for small manufacturing and business. There is probably no more diverse economy in the country.

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