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Saint James United Methodist Church

Executive Pastor

Montgomery, Alabama


About the Organization:

Saint James United Methodist Church is located on a 60-acre campus in East Montgomery in the fast-growing community of Pike Road, Alabama. We have close to 2,000 members, and we average around 800 in worship. Our many and varied ministries impact thousands of people in our community each week. We offer Sunday morning worship experiences, Life Groups, Children's Ministries, Student Ministries, Women's Ministries, Weekday Preschool, Upward Soccer, Leap Gymnastics, Scouting, Celebrate Recovery, Young at Heart, Support Groups as well as various Mission and Outreach opportunities. There are also many nonprofit organizations, ministries, educational groups, neighborhood Associations, and businesses that use our facilities for community impacting events each week!

The journey of Saint James began in 1946 as a house church in the Ridgecrest neighborhood located in West Montgomery. In 1947, the first Pastor was appointed for an interim start up first year. And then, in 1948, Rev. G. Stanley Frazer was appointed, and the church began under the name Saint James Methodist Church. A vision was birthed to find property and build a church. A chapel was the first thing built on the then new Court Street location in 1949 followed by a large sanctuary (1953) and a children's wing (1956).

Throughout the years, many outstanding events happened at this original Saint James UMC location. Countless weddings, baptisms and funerals occurred at the beautiful gothic cathedral on Court Street. And many famous people belonged to Saint James over the years. Governors George C. and Lurleen B. Wallace were active members as well as the famous quarterback Bart Starr, who grew up at Saint James.

Saint James has grown from a struggling, aging congregation in the late 1980's and early 1990's to a vibrant growing church. Saint James has a history in recent years of being one of the fastest growing churches in the Alabama West Florida Conference of the UMC and is listed among the top 100 largest United Methodist Churches in America.

With all our faithful members, dedicated staff, extensive missions partnerships and a fantastic location combined with our deep passion to share the love of Christ and the grace of God, the future of Saint James has never been brighter. We desire to continue to be a church focused on our mission to make, empower and send out fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ! As we continue to build the right Pastoral and staffing team, we believe that the best is truly yet to come and that God has an amazing future in store for Saint James United Methodist Church!


Size: 750-800

Denomination: Alabama - West Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church

Location: Montgomery, AL



About the Position:

The Executive Pastor is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of church staff, leading all functional areas in the accomplishment of the church’s mission. This includes outreach, arts, pastoral care, group life, student and children’s ministry areas as well as strategic planning, finance, administration, human resources, and operations. This position is responsible to and serves under the immediate supervision of the Senior Pastor.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Executive Pastor:


  • 10 to 15 years of experience as a senior leader in a large church or corporate business environment. Experience or specific training as an executive pastor in a large church setting would also be a plus.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Pastoral/Ministry Leadership, or another related field is required.
  • Master’s work in Ministry Leadership/Divinity/Biblical Studies is a plus. The successful individual must have a proven track record of effective leadership, judgment, and above-reproach character.
  • Wesleyan theology / theologically compatible/ evangelical

Personal Characteristics 

  • Deep walk with Christ
  • Someone who is grounded, with business maturity
  • A strong, deeply devoted follower of Christ who believes in the power of prayer
  • Someone who can think in a “large church” way, to help the church grow past a certain attendance threshold. The ideal Executive Pastor will be able to implement large church strategy, systems and processes to do this
  • Lead and develop staff and be able to speak into their ministries
  • Approach decisions and communication with gentleness and thoughtfulness
  • Takes initiative and is organized and focused
  • Bold but not brash
  • Diplomatic
  • Visible and approachable
  • High-energy person with a balanced personality
  • Fair person with a skill towards discernment
  • Someone who is able to multiply the gifts of the staff and able to get every person on board and excited about a vision. The ideal Executive Pastor will be someone who is a motivator and an inspirer
  • Able to grow the staff in leadership roles and work professionally while still building strong friendships and relationships on staff
  • Called to role as Executive Pastor
  • Team player and team developer/ recruiter
  • Administrative gifts/ church business skill set
  • Vision for impactful ministry and ability to empower various staff, teams, departments and ministries
  • Driven to excellence/ a professional
  • Strong work ethic
  • Enforces accountability structure / regular evaluations of staff
  • Great chemistry with Lead Pastor, Associate Pastors and Leaders
  • Develop wills and legacies team
  • Assist in stewardship development/ address resource challenges
  • Maintain current and establish new highly effective systems and processes
  • Help lead development of new strategic plan
  • Ability to oversee all major operations / staff / programming, finances / facilities

About the Location:


Montgomery is a hidden gem of Alabama. As the capital of Alabama and the county seat of Montgomery County, it was named for Richard Montgomery and is located on the Alabama River, in the Gulf Coastal Plain. As of the 2013 Census, Montgomery has a population of 201,332. It is the second-largest city in Alabama, after Birmingham 

Montgomery is nationally known for its many historic/cultural landmarks and events such as the Alabama State Capitol, Dexter Avenue King Memorial Church, First White House of the Confederacy, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Hank Williams Memorial, Alabama War Memorial and Alabama Shakespeare Theater. The city attracted the first electric streetcar system and Wright Brothers (Orville & Wilbur) first school for powered flight. Today, Montgomery is the home of both Maxwell and Gunter Air Force Bases. 

The city consists of several public schools: thirty-six elementary, twelve junior/middle and eight high schools. Additionally, Montgomery has a total of thirty-seven private schools. The city is the home of several public and private colleges, as well as military schools. Montgomery’s fifteen colleges, universities and military schools provide world-class educational opportunities.

In 2004, Montgomery landed one of the biggest economic development projects when Hyundai Motors Manufacturing Alabama built its $1.4 billion automotive plant. The Montgomery location became the first assembly and manufacturing plant in the United States. It employs over 3,000 team members and currently produces the next generation Sonata sedan and Santa Fe sport utility vehicle. 

That same year, Montgomery acquired a minor league baseball team called the Montgomery Biscuits, Class AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The Biscuits are the 2006 and 2007 Southern League Champions. The team plays in a newly renovated 7,000-seat facility known as Riverwalk Stadium and owned by the City of Montgomery. The stadium consists of several style seating: executive box, super box, and lawn and suite level. 

Today, Montgomery is known for its renaissance of historic downtown and redevelopment of the riverfront. Montgomery is a city rich in history, yet clearly focused on the future. Once the capital of the Confederacy, Montgomery grew to become the center of the Civil Rights Movement. They are more than just the capital of Alabama - they are the epitome of economic prosperity. They enjoy being the showplace for southern hospitality, beautiful weather, and high-tech jobs, and they live up to their motto for being a place where “dreams start here.”

Pike Road

The Town of Pike Road had an amazing experience of growth and development. The Town has categorized its development into four basic categories that are supported by a strong administrative system, conservative fiscal policy and a dedication to communication. The Four Pillars of the town are Planning, Education, Quality of Life and Services. As the Four Pillars are integrated into the daily activity, it becomes clear that they are a part of each and every decision that the town undertakes.  

Over the time from 2010 to 2015, the town has experienced phenomenal growth. The development of property and the annexation of parcels within neighborhoods have made the town one of Alabama’s fastest growing communities. Yet at the same time, the town has been careful not to force annexation. Every individual property owner has been given the opportunity to enter the town at a casual pace. In 2010, the town was just over 5000 people. By 2015 the growth had surpassed 8000. 

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