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Solana Beach Presbyterian Church

Associate Pastor of Students and Children

Solana Beach, California



Weekly Attendance: 1,000

Denomination: Presbyterian

Location: Solana Beach, California


About the Organization: Meredith- Presentation Pic

JANUARY 1944: Geraldine Cox, Mary Buzan, Francis Nelson, and Florence Wilkens began conducting a small Sunday School with the dream of becoming a “church for the community.” They met in Justice Court, part of the Solana Beach Hotel on the plaza. Their first service was attended by seven people.

MARCH 31, 1946: The church was formally organized as Solana Beach Community Church.

DECEMBER 1946: The first church building was dedicated. The chapel was purchased as military surplus from Camp Callan (the current site of Torrey Pines Golf Course).

1957 - 1959: The church was growing and started to look for a new place to gather. In 1957, a suitable new location of five acres was found out “in the sticks” at the corner of Skyline Drive (present day Lomas Santa Fe Drive) and Stevens Avenue (our current location). A new chapel and fellowship building were dedicated in January 1959.

1960: We changed our name to United Presbyterian Church of Solana Beach.

1963 - 1964: Our first children's buildings were built and the Solana Beach Presbyterian Preschool was opened in 1964.

1970: We changed our name to Solana Beach Presbyterian Church.

1970s and 1980s: The church continued to grow and added to the sanctuary and built Debin Hall as a new gathering place. We continued our outreach to the community and worldwide.

1995: We purchased an additional two acres to add to our campus which eventually became the home of our preschool, Hispanic worship center, and our offices.

2014: We completed construction on our new children's building, chapel, and expanded outdoor spaces. Our campus has become a launching pad for ministry at home in our community through Community Serve Day, Casa de Amistad, youth and children's programs, our preschool, MOPS, and to our world with global partnerships in Hungary, Ethiopia, El Salvador, Mexico, and more.

We continue to strive to become a growing community of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

About the Position:

The Associate Pastor of Students and Children will strategically lead and pastor the high school student ministries and provide oversight to the middle school and children’s ministries by working collaboratively with staff and church leadership, and recruiting and equipping student and adult volunteer leaders.

This person will be a member of the Ministry Leadership Team and Session and as such will contribute to the implementation of the broader church strategy.  He or she will also be called to lead worship services and perform other ordained pastoral duties.  

This person will be a person of integrity and authenticity, creating a welcoming and safe environment for students and children with different backgrounds, families, experiences, and disabilities. This position requires that the candidate be ordained in the PCUSA or will be qualified and willing to be ordained in the PCUSA within one year of hire.


What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:


An M.Div. is required for this position. In addition, the ideal candidate will be ordained in the PCUSA (or another qualifying denomination) or will be qualified and willing to be ordained in the PCUSA within one year.    


The ideal candidate will have three years or more of full-time experience leading a student ministry, and experience as a children’s or student pastor.

Personal CharacteristicsMeredith - kids?

  • Possess a strong and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
  • Someone who is influential, intellectual, and a great communicator.
  • Someone who is collaborative and loves to work with a team, and who has a high degree of emotional intelligence and a high capacity to work with many people of different backgrounds and experiences.
  • Someone who is adaptable, poised, and culturally sensitive. 
  • Someone who is a visionary leader of leaders, and leads with confidence and self-discipline.
  • Someone who is approachable and accessible as a leader.
  • Someone with pastoral spiritual gifts like leadership, shepherding, evangelism, or encouragement.
  • Someone with a heartfelt passion for serving in the church and inviting students and children to know Jesus.
  • The ability to lead change, think theologically and strategically about ministry, collaborate with others, and communicate clearly the good news of Jesus Christ.
  • A personality that is authentic, mature, humble, and relational.
  • Experience in following Jesus and leading others to faith.


Meredith -StudentsAbout the Location:

Solana Beach is a beautiful, coastal city in San Diego County, California with a population of 12,867 at the 2010 U.S. Census. The charming, seaside community of Solana Beach is nestled along the northern coast of San Diego County, and is approximately a 30 minute drive from downtown San Diego. Its main access routes include Interstate 5, Highway 101, Lomas Santa Fe Drive, and Via de la Valle. The city is home to a vibrant train station that serves both Amtrak and the Coaster, one of only three in San Diego County.

The city lives up to its name with temperatures that average 62 degrees in the wintertime and 77 degrees in the summer. It offers 1.7 miles of coastline for swimming and surfing. Most days you will see locals drop by to watch the sunset at the award-winning Fletcher Cove Park.

The city is a favorite destination for those looking to enjoy the beach, eclectic shops, great dining, golfing, nightlife, and nearby hiking.

Solana Beach has various options for entertainment, including the Cedros Design District. The Cedros Design District is located in Solana Beach, and consists of more than 85 art galleries, import and antique stores, boutiques, and cafes. The Design District is also home to the Solana Beach Farmers Market, which operates every Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and offers locally grown fresh cut flowers, organic produce, and veggies. Another prominent venue on Cedros Avenue is the Belly Up, a live music space operating since 1974.

Solana Beach is served by the Solana Beach School District and the San Dieguito Union High School District. It includes three public high schools, one middle school, and two elementary schools. Additionally, Santa Fe Christian School is a private school serving ages K-12. Thus, Solana Beach is one of the most welcoming, exciting, and adventurous places for any couple or family to live in.


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