Odyssey Church

Executive Director/Pastor


New York

Why I Love This Opportunity

Sean Badeer


This is an excellent opportunity to be a part of a unique church that significantly impacts the special needs community. Odyssey Church is a place where all people with and without disabilities worship. This church is a place of joy, encouragement, fun, and passion where you can be accepted, known, and loved. 

About This Organization

Odyssey originally began as a traditional church plant in 2006. In 2008, several men with special needs started attending the church. This church wanted them to be able to participate, so they began modifying parts of the service. In 2009 the church started intentionally reaching out to agencies providing residences for people with disabilities in the Poughkeepsie, NY area. They continued to modify the weekly service so all could worship together. These special services were initially held once a month. Within two years, those services were a full-time ministry and had grown beyond the church’s wildest dreams. Today, over 800 people have participated in an Odyssey Sunday morning service. It is known as a compassionate church welcoming people with special needs and their families. Odyssey is about giving a voice to the people they serve and actively recognizing their value. Odyssey is a congregation of the Hopewell Reformed Church and part of the Reformed Church in American denomination (RCA), Reformed and always reforming according to the Word of God.

Position Description

The Odyssey Executive Director/Pastor will need to be a compassionate leader comfortable with people with a wide range of abilities. He/she will be able to connect and communicate with the leadership team and families supporting children or adults with special needs. The Pastor will lead a team of worship leaders, musicians, parents, and others participating in the worship services. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Odyssey leadership team and Hopewell Reformed Church Consistory and lead pastor to shape the vision for Odyssey.
  • Lead and coordinate pastoral care for about 100 people with special needs in the community.
  • Preach weekly sermons accessible to people with intellectual disabilities at the Odyssey worship service.
  • Design and lead worship experiences weekly.
  • Lead weekly Bible studies and prayer groups.
  • Organize special events throughout the year (game nights, Fun Nites, dance nights, A Night to Shine) and other studies which enhance the fellowship and spiritual growth of the community.
  • Serve as part of the team of staff at Hopewell Reformed Church to find ways of integrating the ministries of Odyssey with the ministries of Hopewell Reformed Church.
  • Lead and serve at joint mission and service projects.
  • Occasional joint worship.
  • Lead and plan events.
  • Coordinate fundraising and development for Odyssey, major gifts, fundraising, an annual campaign, fundraising events, and grant writing.
  • Create a plan for consultation and support for congregations interested in starting ministries for people with special needs.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like: 

  • COMMITMENT TO JESUS – someone whose life is
  • JESUS CENTERED. CHEMISTRY – open to accommodations for the needs of the congregation.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILL – strives to make sermons applicable to all ranges and styles of learning.
  • CULTURAL FIT – a willing advocate for people with disabilities. Excited to worship in a warehouse setting where our congregation is comfortable.
  • EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT – a highly intuitive and wise discerner who is able to listen well while sensing how best to approach a situation and the people with which they interact.
  • RESOURCEFUL – creative problem-solver who can adequately balance ministry to people and development for the church.
  • COMMUNITY ORIENTED – connects naturally and relationally with people and organizations—a strong dot connector and cultivator of relationships.
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