Lead Pastor at Chapel in the Pines
Twain Harte, CA

About the Church:

Chapel in the Pines is a non-denominational church, nestled in the beautiful small town of Twain Harte, California – located in the Sierra foothills. The multigenerational congregation displays a great spectrum of young families to senior adults. Engaging Bible teaching, authentic vibrant worship, and strong community have been core values of this charismatic congregation. The people of Chapel in the Pines come from a variety of denominational backgrounds and Christian experiences, but tend to lean toward the more charismatic side of things. There is a strong tradition of church involvement among the laity at Chapel in the Pines and congregational involvement is higher than the average church, with willing servants who love to see God at work.

Financially, the church is in good standing with funds to invest in new ministry efforts. While in the past, the church has swelled in some seasons of ministry to several hundreds. Chapel in the Pines has experienced some decline in the last couple years and current Sunday attendance runs about 130, with much potential for growth.

Chapel in the Pines is an elder-led church, with the pastor leading the charge.  We also have an active team of deacons. Chapel in the Pines has a solid track record of caring for our pastors well and have had just four lead pastors in our 80-year history. Our desire is to work as a team with a collaborative, strategic and Spirit-filled leader.

About Twain Harte:

Twain Harte is an amazing place to live and raise a family. It offers small-town quaintness, incredibly beautiful landscape and friendly people. There is plenty to do outside, from wonderful hiking in gorgeous evergreen forests, to swimming in one of our many mountain lakes, or skiing at Dodge Ridge in the winter.  Yosemite, one of the jewels of the Sierras, is just a short drive away.

About our next Lead Pastor:

Our interim pastor has helped prepare the church to embrace the next season of ministry and to welcome our next pastor. We are looking for a humble man of God, who is also a strong, innovative and energetic leader. He must have a gracious heart for people and lead relationally. He should be able to cast vision, communicate well, and implement healthy change in partnership with the leadership team.  We expect, and indeed, look for a pastor who is passionate about building upon the foundation of what makes Chapel in the Pines a special place to worship God.

The right pastor for Chapel in the Pines will be a capable man of God, who is passionate about seeing the church thrive. He will authentically display the fruit of the Spirit, have great relational intelligence, possess strong leadership qualities and value organization. He will be able to rally teams, build relationships, encourage individuals and lead people to Jesus. He will not be perfect, but will be a lifelong learner and welcome a good laugh. He will be committed to long-term ministry, knowing that great churches take time to grow and mature.

The next pastor at Chapel in the Pines should possess these qualities:


Relational: a sincerity and joy in connecting with staff, leadership, congregation and community
Authentic: a willingness to be honest and approachable
Humble: a desire to grow and embrace ongoing development
Good Sense of Humor: a fun spirit, who does not take himself too seriously
Relatable: an easy-to-know personality, able to make and foster connections
Energetic: a drive to invest in the work of ministry and a spirit for including others
Family: a passion for being a good husband and father as his first ministry priority


Good Communicator: able to teach in engaging and Bible-centric ways
Visionary: able to identify, implement and lead creative ministry endeavours
Administrative: able to lead staff and teams in a coordinated effort
Organized: able to manage a range of responsibilities and lead with clarity
Collaborator: able to serve as a team player and face conflict with confidence and grace

Knowledgeable: loves to study and communicate the Word of God
Faithful: an ongoing, still-growing, passionate desire to follow Jesus no matter what
Committed: an understanding that quality ministry happens over the long haul
Devoted: a genuine heart for fostering authentic community
Obedient: a gracious and confident concern for resolving differences in healthy ways

Would you be a good fit? Please submit a cover letter and a resume to: thchapelsearchcommittee@gmail.com


Chapel in the Pines
15850 Cherokee Drive
Twain Harte, California 95383


Pastor Search Team



Twain Harte, CA
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Full Time
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Ordained position
Exempt status
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