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Menlo Church

South City Campus Pastor

South San Francisco, California

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Weekly Attendance: 6,000

Denomination: Evangelical Covenant Order of Presbyterians (ECO)

The Neighborhood: Menlo Park, California

The Role:  The South City Campus Pastor is the leader for the staff and ministry at the campus which will include leadership over strategic growth, community building, recruiting and developing the staff team and responsibility for the weekend service. The South City Campus Pastor will lead at the campus located in South San Francisco. 

MV_ExteriorMeet Menlo Church:

Menlo Church has a rich history that dates back to 1873, when 13 men and women founded Menlo Church. Since then, many people have followed in their footsteps and sacrificially given their time, talent, and resources.

Notable events in their history include significant growth in the 1920s, post World War 1 when a Sunday school revitalized and refreshed Menlo Park, and the church became the community’s spiritual and social center. Over the decades, Menlo Park continued to expand, rebuilding sanctuaries to accommodate larger congregations and a growing interest in the church, launching two additional campuses, and continuously seeing God work miraculously in their midst. In 2014, Menlo Church officially joined the ECO denomination (A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians). Since that time, they have launched three additional campuses (two through church mergers) up and down the peninsula. Through it all, God has been faithful and will continue to be as they add ministry leaders to their team to help continue the work Menlo Church is doing for the kingdom, right where they are.

L1001330About the role:

The South City Campus Pastor is the leader for the staff and ministry at the campus which will include leadership over strategic growth, community building, recruiting and developing the staff team and responsibility for the weekend service. The Campus Pastor will oversee planning and coordination over volunteers who are coordinating set up and tear down of the facility. The campus staff team includes a FT Worship Leader, FT Operations Manager, FT Kids Ministry Director, FT Connections/Groups, and contracted PT administrator. The Campus Pastor will work closely with the Regional Outreach Director, who will support this campus.

The role will:

  • Identify and establish a permanent location in the South City area with help from the Special Projects Team.  

  • Build a winsome community in the area.

  • Expand and nurture life groups in the area.

  • Grow the overall ministry of the church plant.

  • Launch a Student Ministry.

  • Actively serve the community through outreach and community service with the Regional Director’s support.

What you bring


The ideal candidate will have a required bachelor’s degree. Theological training is desired but not required. The ideal candidate will have the ability to partner with Fuller for additional theological training. Organization leadership and teaching skills are key to this role.


The ideal candidate will have experience in church planting or a similar experience of starting or building something on their own. They will have a track record of growing ministries, and have experience working in large church setting similar to Menlo Church.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has an active and growing personal relationship with Jesus Christ, evidenced by self-awareness, action, attitude, and behavior

  • Possesses high emotional intelligence with solid listening and coaching skills

  • Is a proven leader and team-builder

  • Has a thoughtful spirit towards theology

  • Can brainstorm and be creative, and then take initiative and action to make it happen

  • Is a friendly, warm, and joyful person

  • Believes in the value of community

  • Is able to translate an idea to action that people can actually do.

  • Is happy to lead leaders

  • Is able to thrive in an environment where things move quickly and change is constant

  • Has the ability to lead with vision: is able to cast the vision for the site and has a vision to reach INTO San Francisco

  • Has an evangelism and outward focus

  • Has an entrepreneurial spirit, and can think outside the box

  • Has experience in a more urban environment

  • Is highly goal-oriented and loves the idea of growing a campus

MV_Worship3What it’s like to live in Menlo Park, South San Francisco area:

Menlo Church has six campuses up and down the San Francisco Peninsula and Silicon Valley. Menlo Park, the location of the first campus and where the Central teams have their offices, is a city at the eastern edge of San Mateo County, in the San Francisco Bay Area of California, in the United States. Menlo Park is one of the most educated cities in the state of California and the United States; nearly 70% of residents over the age of 25 have earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Menlo Park had 32,026 inhabitants according to the 2010 United States Census, which had grown to an estimated 33,888 inhabitants by 2016.

A world-class city in every respect, the stunningly beautiful and culturally rich San Francisco - Oakland - Hayward Metro Area is not only a unique place to visit, but also to live. The area has a lot going for it: exceptional arts and cultural activities, plenty of history and sense of place, a strong commercial and financial core, and all the education and services anyone could want. The climate is one of the most unusual in the world, and the area is among the most ethnically and socially diverse in the country. The many world-famous tourist attractions are nearby, including the sights of San Francisco,  Napa wine country to the north, the Pacific coastline to the west and south, and the Sierra Nevada mountains just a 4-hour drive to the east. These attractions mixed with considerable local entertainment and culture makes this area one of the most interesting and fun places to live in the country.

Although the cost of living in San Francisco Bay Area is the highest in the country, the cities have excellent public transportation and good housing options just a short distance from the main city. The San Francisco peninsula is an ideal choice for access to the cities of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland, while still having some a suburban feel to one’s day-to-day.  In the San Francisco bay area, job opportunities abound, and the unemployment rate is significantly lower than the national average. Silicon Valley, which includes Menlo Park and the areas around it, is a global center for technology, innovation and social media serving as the home of companies such as Google, Apple, Facebook,and Oracle as well as thousands of startup businesses.

Geographic and strong marine influences result in an unusual climate. It is known as the “air-conditioned city” in summer, and heavy coats are worn frequently during summer in certain locations (hence the apocryphal Mark Twain quip “I spent the coldest winter of my life one summer in San Francisco”).

All in all, this is a wonderfully adventurous and culturally interesting area to live in for any person.

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