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Richwoods Christian Church

Lead Pastor

Peoria, Illinois

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Theology: Independent Christian Church

Weekly attendance: 900

Location: Peoria, Illinois

The role: The Lead Pastor will be the main leader and teacher of Richwoods Christian Church and will take primary responsibility for its spiritual and numerical growth, and its continued multi-site expansion.

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Meet Richwoods Christian Church:

Highlighted in Christian Standard's 2018 list of "emerging megachurches," Richwoods Christian Church is a vibrant, joyful church that is teeming with young families, and it is known in the community for being a safe place for the unchurched and “over-churched” to find and follow Christ. RCC is a multi-site, non-denominational community of believers with roots in the Restoration Movement. This movement was built around a message that resounds today: a call to unite with other Christians, regardless of denominational constructs, seeking unity around biblical essentials and living together in grace in the gray areas. Or, as the saying goes: “In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.”  Some other hallmarks of Independent Christian Churches are the celebration of communion at every worship service, and baptism by immersion.

Richwoods started in September 1967 with a group of 25 people meeting in a basement.  They moved into their first building in 1976, and then into their new, seeker-friendly campus in 2008. They experienced a period of astronomical growth, rapidly growing from 50 to 1500 people. After investing in a multi-site model for growth, Richwoods currently has four services across two campuses, and currently averages an attendance of around 1,100 a week.

About the Lead Pastor:

As the primary leader and teacher of Richwoods Christian Church, the Lead Pastor will be an infectious Christian, a developer of leaders, and a very talented speaker/teacher and visionary.

The Lead Pastor will:

  • Overarching goal is to reset the church (both campuses) to a healthy growth mode.

  • Preach bible based, Christ magnifying sermons that challenge and teach the saved and unsaved.

  • Work to improve all children’s and youth programs.

  • Work with the Richwoods’ Executive Pastor to strengthen church staff. 

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What you bring:


The ideal candidate for this role will hold either an undergraduate degree. A Masters of Divinity is strongly preferred.


The ideal candidate will have experience managing multiple staff members and leading or helping lead a medium to large church or as a staff member in a  large church.

Personal Characteristics

  • Fully devoted follower of Christ who leads others by their contagious faith. 

  • Display honesty and integrity beyond reproach.

  • Be a high energy self-starter with a good work ethic.

  • Understand and appreciate Restoration Movement principles and values.

  • Be a “down-to-earth” people person. 

  • Have a good sense of humor, obviously enjoy life, and weave fun into being a Christian.

  • If married, have a supportive spouse. 

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What it's like to live in Peoria, Illinois:

Peoria is a great place to live and raise a family. A 4-time “All American City” award winner, a recent Top 50 metropolitan area on Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list, and frequent Top 10 “Best Mannered Cities,” Peoria has something for everyone. We have a vibrant river front and minor league hockey and baseball teams. There are over 9,000 acres of parks and trails, along with many other centers of culture and entertainment such as a Broadway Show or a Bradley Braves basketball game at the Civic Center, or spend some time at the Riverfront Museum, the Planetarium, the Botanical Garden, the Zoo, or the wildlife park. There is a burgeoning food and pub scene, giving a very long list of date night options. With diverse employers including multiple magnet teaching hospitals, Caterpillar manufacturing, and multiple universities, Peoria is the quintessential slice of Americana (look up Peoria’s place in pop-culture!). It is also beautiful, offering four seasons, hills and rivers, and a view that President Theodore Roosevelt described as “the world’s most beautiful drive.” With its low cost of living, excellent schools, superb entertainment opportunities, international business, and ideal location, Peoria offers all of the big-city amenities with a small-town feel and is an ideal place for a couple or family to live!

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