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Marvin United Methodist Church

Director of Student Ministry

Tyler, Texas



Denomination: United Methodist Church

Weekly Attendance: 1,200 +

Location: Tyler, Texas

The Role: The Director of Student Ministry will lead students into deeper faith in Jesus, through fellowship and friendship, engaging programming for students, and discipleship. 


Meet Marvin United Methodist Church: 

When Tyler was founded, all denominations met in a union service in a log courthouse located on Tyler’s square. The Methodists were the first denomination to organize and began meeting in a blacksmith’s shop. This group, later to be known as Marvin United Methodist Church, was the first organized congregation of any denomination in Smith County, founded in 1848. In 1890, a pressing need for a new meeting house coincided with an inspiring city-wide revival led by evangelist Sam P. Jones. From that spiritual renewal came the building of the fine brick sanctuary which still serves the church today. For decades, its spires have dominated the Tyler skyline. Marvin was known as the “Cathedral of the West.” The sanctuary celebrated 125 years in 2015. Of course, the campus has grown over the years and includes the beautiful, historic sanctuary with stunning stained glass windows and pipe organ (a lovely, more intimate chapel, with its own version of beautiful stained glass), Herd Worship Center (a recently-remodeled state-of-the-art worship and performance space that houses our Core contemporary services), an entire floor dedicated to our Student Ministry, a full gymnasium, a lovely fellowship hall large with a large commercial kitchen (big enough to host church-wide events) a beautiful nursery and children's wing, and of course, ample space for gatherings and Sunday School classes. Today Marvin Methodist Church is considered to be a spiritually forming church that is known for excellence in worship, missions, and Christian Education.  


The Director of Student Ministry will: 

  • Lead and develop ministry on Sunday mornings, Sunday evenings and Wednesday evenings.

  • Develop and implement programming that supports students in their relationship with Christ in the spirit of the Marvin Way.  

  • Multiply ministry through sustainable structures of recruiting, developing and empowering volunteer leaders.

  • Work with other staff to integrate students into the life of the church.

  • Work with and provide leadership to the Youth Council.

  • Continue to develop and oversee college small groups and their leaders.


What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have three or more years of ministry experience, managing a budget, staff and/or volunteers. While prior experience as a Student Pastor is helpful, other similar work experiences could include college campus pastor, church planting, and more. 

This candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (not necessarily but ideally) in a related field such as Bible or religion; a seminary degree is a bonus. The ideal candidate does not have to come from the Methodist context but they must be familiar with and embrace Wesleyan theology.


What it's like to live in Tyler, Texas: 

Charming brick streets. Antique shops and unique specialty stores. Crystal-clear lakes. Challenging golf courses and scenic campgrounds. Tyler, Texas has something for everyone. Tyler is the county seat of Smith County, located in east-central Texas. The city of Tyler has long been Smith County's major economic, educational, financial, medical, and cultural hub. The city is named for John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States. Tyler had a population of a little over 100,000 and continues to grow. 

Tyler is America's Rose Capital, home of the annual Texas Rose Festival and one of Livability.com's Top 10 Gardens to Inspire. The city is also proud to host a breathtaking Azalea & Spring Flower Trail each year when Spring rolls around. Located 95 miles east of Dallas, Tyler is the advanced manufacturing, healthcare and retail center of East Texas and Texas' first Certified Retirement City. The city has an impressive youth recreation program, ballet, symphony orchestras, art museums and is also home to several colleges.

As a regional educational and technology center, Tyler is the host for more than 20,000 higher education students, a College of Engineering, and a University Health Science Center, two regional, billion-dollar hospital systems, and a variety of technology startups. Tyler's higher education institutions include the University of Texas at Tyler and the University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, both part of the University of Texas System, as well as Texas College, the city's only HBCU, and Tyler Junior College. Public primary and secondary education for much of the city is provided by the Tyler Independent School District, which includes high schools John Tyler and Robert E. Lee, as well as Premier High School of Tyler, a public charter school (Cumberland Academy). Several Tyler schools offer international baccalaureate and advanced placement programs.

Tyler has world-class medical care. It is the regional medical hub for East Texas. Gleaming, sprawling new hospitals and medical centers have attracted top healthcare professionals from all over. Christus Trinity Mother Francis' cardiology is ranked in the top five of the nation behind only the renowned Cleveland Clinic. Other specialties from oncology to neurosurgery abound. Tyler city government runs a tight ship, keeping their city clean and well maintained, with low crime and robust new infrastructure. People entertain and hang out with each other, making Tyler a more easygoing, family-friendly place.

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