Lead Pastor Search Profile

Redwood Park exists to be a church in Thunder Bay where “Everyone’s Welcome, Nobody’s Perfect and Anything’s Possible”. We value inclusive environments, excellence, caring communities, imperfect people, taking risks and radical generosity in becoming fully alive followers of Jesus.

The city of Thunder Bay is an amazing place of easy access to the outdoors, offering a vibrant cultural and entertainment mosaic. It is a largely unchurched city of 110 000 people and serves as a central hub in remote Northwestern Ontario with a surrounding population of 150 000 in the region, including a large Indigenous population. There is also large transitional population of people such as those who live here but work in the more remote Northwest, seasonal University/College students and staff, and others who are here temporarily for medical treatment or employment at our regional hospital. It is a city with a fascinating history and plenty of adventure.

Redwood Park is a diverse community that supports a Sunday attendance of approximately 700, where we are intentional in building relationships with people far from God and aim to be attractive in how we engage with people in our services.

This has meant taking a pragmatic approach to ministry and adjusting the way we do church from simply meeting the needs of those who already believe to providing an inclusive, non-threatening, and accepting environment. People are given the opportunity to hear the Gospel in a variety of doctrinally sound, contextually relevant and creative styles that are empowered by the dynamic presence of the Holy Spirit. There is a willingness to sacrifice comfortable evangelical traditions to prioritize the needs of those who are apart from Christ. 

Further, we value Christ-centred caring communities where authentic relationships can thrive. We encourage connection with a variety of courses, support groups, and small groups, as well as mentoring relationships and spiritual friendships. We are striving to create environments where people are safe to be real, encouraged on their spiritual journey, and challenged to extend the kingdom of God. 

We are seeking a visionary leader who will join our adventure and build on our vision, mentor and equip a dynamic staff team and congregation to grow deeper in love with God, and mobilize them towards living out our mission.

To learn more about Redwood Park Church, please visit our website: http://www.redwoodpark.ca/home

Key Documents: http://www.redwoodpark.ca/about/about

How to Apply

If interested, please submit your resume and work experience by email directly to the Lead Pastor Search Committee at:


You can find a detailed Job Description below.

Please note: An offer of employment for the position of Lead Pastor at Redwood Park Church is conditional upon successful completion of a preemployment background check and vulnerable sector police check. Interested candidates must already be, or be willing to become ordained and licensed with the Central Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. Successful candidates must agree with and adhere to the Statement of Faith, Constitution, by-laws and policies of Redwood Park Church and the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada.

Lead Pastor - Job Description

Reports to: The Governing Board of Redwood Park Church

The Position: We are seeking a visionary leader who will join our adventure and build on our vision where “Everyone’s welcome, Nobody’s perfect, and Anything’s possible”, mentor and equip a great staff team and congregation to grow deeper in love with God and mobilize them toward living out our mission.


• Provides Spirit-directed, pragmatic visionary leadership for the entire church, with a goal of drawing, developing and deploying fully alive followers of Jesus Christ.  

• Displays a teachable spirit, functions as a team player and maintains a positive attitude; a servant leader who is transparent, humble, othercentred and highly relational

• Demonstrates a commitment to life-long learning

• Model, equip and train others to intentionally build relationships with people outside of the church body, showing them the love of Christ with a proven ability to train and develop teams, inspire excellence and Kingdom impact

  • a. conducting an annual performance review with each staff member. 
  • b. recommending a salary range for staff to the Governing Board. 
  • c. ensuring proper (legal) hiring and termination procedures. 
  • d. overseeing any and all disciplinary actions

• Familiarity with Policy Governance®, the Governing Board’s framework, and openness to not sit as the chair of the board. To work with the Governing Board to provide leadership, information and guidance in order to effectively make informed decisions including: 

  • a. Provides oversight of the development of and adherence to operational policies
  • b. Develops, recommends and monitors the annual and other budgets. 

• Accountable to the Governing Board and the District Superintendent of the Central Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. 

• Cultivates cooperative relationships with pastors in the community, promoting Kingdom partnerships in reaching out to people in the region. 

• Participates in district and national C&MA events, including District Conference and Assembly

Competencies and Qualities: 

• Spiritual gifts of Visionary Leadership, Preaching, Teaching and Coaching

• Models the lifestyle of a fully alive follower of Jesus Christ with a deep and infectious faith in the goodness and greatness of God

• Owns and lives out the core values of the church with a willingness to step out in faith to do more than we can hope or dream

• Fosters the cultivation of authentic, caring relationships among believers, championing means that accomplish this mission with a personal character that reflects the integrity, authenticity, love and compassion of Jesus

• Cultural sensitivity with an ability to relate to and engage with a multigenerational, multi-ethnic and diverse socio-economic congregation and neighbourhood

Ministry Priorities: 

Teaching – Places a high priority on message preparation, content and delivery. Serves as the primary teacher. Equips, invites and develops other gifted, qualified communicators to speak. Develops a balanced, strategic message schedule. Strategically integrates with the worship experience as a life-changing encounter with God. • Vision casting – Develops long-term strategies and evaluates the progress of the church toward accomplishing it’s mission of becoming fully alive followers of Jesus who love God, love one another and love our world. 

Discipleship – Stimulates the ongoing spiritual formation of the congregation with a strong life application emphasis through preaching, teaching and other means. 

Coaching – Oversees the mentoring, and motivation of pastoral staff members toward balanced growth in Christ-like character and ministry competency. To minister to the Governing Board, equipping Board members to be effective spiritual leaders of the Church. To provide oversight of the training and mobilization of “leaders of leaders”, investing in the lives of the few for the benefit of the many. 

Other Qualifications and Educational Requirements: 

• Masters degree level in formal theological education or equivalent experience preferred. 

• Eligible for licensing with the Central Canadian District of the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada

• Experience in high-level ministerial leadership preferred