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Senior Pastor

Senior Pastor

Company: Calvary Fellowship Ottawa
Contact Person: John Cowan
Location/Address:
816 Bank St.
Ottawa, Ontario , K1S 3V8
Phone: 613-769-3576

Position Description

Calvary Fellowship Ottawa is a vibrant church of young families with young children. With the founding pastor, Andy Falleur, relocating back to the United States, the church is looking for the man God has called to be their Shepherd for the next season of ministry. 

Overview

Calvary Fellowship of Ottawa (CFO) was founded in 2005 by Pastor Andy Falleur who moved to Ottawa from Florida with the blessing of two sending churches, Calvary Chapel of St. Pete (Pastor Danny Hodges), and Calvary Chapel of Palm Harbor (Pastor Brett Robinson). He fostered strong relationships with the recovery community and university students, some of whom became interns and went on to plant churches or start missionary works in Ottawa and beyond. Today many of the once young singles are married and driving minivans full of young children to church every Sunday. Our children’s ministry (with 30+ kids under 10 years old) is a growing part of our fellowship of approximately 100 adults. The majority of people at Calvary are university educated and serve in various roles in government and commerce.

Calvary is thick with relationships. One of CFO’s distinctives is its habit of including interaction during the Sunday services. At the end of the service, we break into groups of 2-5 (men-with-men, ladies-with-ladies) to share and pray for each other. Over the years, this practice has developed deep and gracious community.

Having met in many different facilities over the years, the church is once again looking to relocate to a more suitable location. Calvary currently shares space with 4th Ave. Baptist Church, meeting in the downstairs gym for Sunday services, while having full-time space for a small office and the ‘Upper Room’, a small, comfortable multi-purpose room. 

Currently, the ‘Upper Room’ also serves as a part-time Christian Bookstore offering curated used books along with new Bibles and publications from the Canadian Bible Society. The lack of any Christian Bookstores in Ottawa makes this an important resource for the community.

Current Status

Calvary is recovering from a few set-backs experienced over the last couple of years impacting both attendance and morale. 

As is common with transitions, the dynamics surrounding and leading up to Pastor Andy’s eventual decision to leave Ottawa produced a certain amount of discouragement and insecurity. Some people quietly wandered away. In addition, this has taken place during the challenges of navigating the ‘uncharted waters’ of Covid restrictions.

These, and other factors, have had an accumulative effect on the church leading to a decline. Thankfully, Calvary is a healthy church with a core of committed believers. Currently, the church is rebounding as some of the ‘wanderers’ have returned, new people are coming, and new ministries are being launched and growing.

Qualifications of Pastor

1 Timothy 3:1-7 - “1 This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to teach; 3 not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; 4 one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence 5 (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall into the same condemnation as the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.”  
Strong Bible Teacher | Solid Family Man | Proven Ministry | Team Leader | Calvary Chapel (or Like-Minded) 

Because of the cultural and governmental dynamics of living and ministering in Canada, it would be preferable if the next pastor of CFO is Canadian. If not, it will be important to be committed to long-term ministry in Canada and willing to be flexible in adjusting to ministry in this country. 

The church offers a full-time salary of @ $60,000 CAN. 

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If you have questions or would like to pursue this further, please contact me directly: Pastor John Cowan, Poimen Ministries | Calvary Fellowship Ottawa

email: john@calvaryottawa.ca | pastorjbc@gmail.com
cell: 801-831-8546 (call or text) | Canada: 613-769-3576

If you are applying for the position, please provide: 

  • A resumé, including education, work, ministry and family experience.
  • A minimum of 3 personal references, including 2 pastors.
  • Links to audio or video samples of your teaching/speaking.
  • A brief letter sharing why you are applying and interested in this opportunity.
Posted: July 14, 2022 | Expires: January 12, 2023
Posted Under: Pastoral
Career ID: [ 10923 ]