Leadership Profile

ENCOUNTER Church is seeking an Executive Pastor to manage and direct, in partnership with the Lead Pastor, the implementation of the vision and ministry plan. We are a dynamic and evolving contemporary church that is looking for a strong and compelling leader to oversee strategic planning and goal setting across numerous ministries as we look to grow our reach into Ventura County. As the primary driver of group life, the Executive Pastor will be responsible for creating and championing a clear maturity pathway for those within the church. A successful candidate will also have a heart for creating community engagement and ministering to our growing multicultural city.

The Executive Pastor will oversee Ministry Directors including Children, Youth, Adults, Care, Men and Women's Ministries, Global Outreach, Finance, Human Resources and Facilities. This pastor will work with staff to implement the vision and values of ENCOUNTER, while directing them individually to develop their talents and gifts. This pastor will engage volunteer leaders and seek opportunities for synergy across ministries. The position includes strong administrative support.

This leader will be Biblically trained with the ability to create ministry systems for discipleship while effectively communicating the Word of God. Both a shepherd and an implementer, this pastor will have integrity and a loving heart, coupled with the skills of an effective leader and manager. They will be a problem solver who dreams big and demonstrates creativity and boldness.


We are a gospel-centered, intergenerational church made up of people who come from all kinds of experiences, stories, and brokenness—but, we have embraced the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives.

ENCOUNTER began as Bible Fellowship Church in Ventura in 1953. From our humble roots in a living room, to our existing campus, our goal has always been to communicate and share the grace of God locally and globally. We're a church of 550 who is defined by grace.

Our church is made up of deep relationships that are resilient through thick and thin. We are a committed and giving congregation who work hard to welcome everyone. We are a family that strives to reach others with the love and grace of Jesus. We are committed to three essentials:

For a full description of our Essentials, see Encounterlife.org/about 

2023 Numbers

Avg. Attendance: 556

Youth & Children: 109

Budget: $2M

Church Staff: 9 FT & 9 PT 

Position Summary

This is a full time, exempt position that includes paid medical benefits for the employee and family. This role reports to the Lead Pastor. 


Core Competencies


The Community

Ventura is a simple, relaxed, comfortable, and beach-oriented community. Sitting on the edge of a national treasure, the Channel Islands, you can take day trips to several islands, hike and bike on many local trails, shop in Santa Barbara, or drive over to Ojai to explore. 

Officially known as San Buenaventura, which means "city of good fortune" in Spanish, Ventura is located about 50 miles northwest of Los Angeles on the California coast. Ventura has a Mediterranean climate, typical of most coastal California cities, with the sea breeze off the Pacific Ocean moderating temperatures. International airports, professional & collegiate sports, world class restaurants & shopping, amusement parks, national parks, skiing, and many other activities are at your fingertips!

Ventura is predominantly Caucasian and Hispanic with a population of 110,000 and a median age of 39 years. As the county seat, local government is a major employer, and retailer Patagonia has its corporate headquarters in the city. Other economic drivers in the county include a 17,000-person naval base, biotech leader Amgen and other tech and manufacturing, and thriving agriculture, healthcare, tourism and retail sectors. Ventura Community College is in the city, and four universities are within commuting distance. This is a fantastic, family-friendly, community and a terrific place to call home!