Peoples Church

Kids Pastor



Why I Love This Opportunity

Ryan Latham


Peoples is a healthy, vibrant church postured well to impact its community in powerful ways. They are intentional about reaching the next generation and young families. PC is a beautiful reflection of the multicultural community of Fresno, California. They have a great reputation in the community and relationships with the public and privet schools. Easter 2021 saw the grand opening of their brand new 45,000 square foot, $25 million dollar building dedicated to children’s ministries.

For the right high-level leader and relational teacher, the Kids Pastor role at Peoples Church is a chance to build on a deep, established foundation of effective ministry for years to come.

About This Organization

Peoples Church was founded in 1954 by several families from the Fresno area. The first pastor, Rev. Floyd Hawkins, led the church from January 1955 to August 1959. He was followed by Rev. Guy A. Davidson, who led the church until April 1963.

Under his leadership, the congregation of about 200 converted old turkey houses into their first building.
In 1963, Pastor G. L. Johnson replaced Davidson as head pastor. Under Johnson’s leadership, the church grew into a 2000-seat sanctuary in 1977 at the church’s current location at Cedar and Herndon avenues. Since moving to the Herndon campus, the church has added two Sunday school buildings, a youth building, a Worship Ministries wing, and, most recently, the G.L. Johnson Chapel.

On Sunday, June 3, 2007, Johnson announced during the three-morning services his intention to tender his resignation in spring 2008. He said the timeliness of his decision was based upon his 80th birthday and his 45th anniversary as leader of the Peoples Church congregation. Johnson retired in late February 2008, and the pastoral search committee began a nationwide search for a replacement.

In 2010, Rev. Dale Oquist, formerly of Olympia, Washington, was elected Lead Pastor at Peoples Church by an overwhelming majority of voting members.

In 2018, Peoples Church moved the 220-ton G.L. Johnson Chapel in order to make room for future expansion. The construction included a 45,000 square foot, $25 million dollar building dedicated children’s area and an extended lobby, which opened Easter 2021.

Position Description

The Children’s Pastor is responsible for the Children’s Ministry at Peoples Church, overseeing birth through 6th-grade age groups. This position provides leadership, direction, and coaching to the PC Kids Staff and volunteers and must drive strategic volunteer engagement through recruiting, training & development.  Must be able to drive engagement, family involvement, and measurable growth year over year. The Children’s Pastor also creates a culture of collaboration and engagement among the parents of Peoples Church and equips them to lead their families. This position creates a culture of ownership among the volunteers in PC Kids and champions the cause of the Children’s Ministry at Peoples Church while being aligned with the Peoples Church vision and mission.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plan, prepare, and implement ministry that encourages children to gather (worship), grow (discipleship), give (ministry), and go (evangelism) within a grace-filled community (fellowship).
  • Create ministry environments that introduce children to the love of God and to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ with creative Bible teaching and special events.
  • Recruit, train, inspire and schedule all children’s ministry volunteers.
  • Provide leadership and oversight to children’s ministry small groups.
  • Facilitate and distribute curriculum as needed to small group leaders.
  • Work in partnership with the children’s pastor to provide weekly large group programming and periodic special events (camps, missions, outreach).
  • Serve as the point of contact for parents and provide regular communication to them about the children’s ministry.
  • Oversee the work of the Nursery, Preschool, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary coordinators/volunteers to create loving ministry environments where they learn God’s Word at an age-appropriate level.
  • Oversee and implement Wednesday night programming. Oversee the facilitation of all background checks for volunteers.
  • Create and maintain a children’s ministry calendar of all events and activities. Maintain a working knowledge of technology and social media utilized in the ministry. Oversee and schedule child/baby dedications.
  • Attend and facilitate weekly children’s ministry staff meetings.

What a Strong Candidate Would Look Like:

  • The ideal candidate is a highly creative, relational, and theologically trained ‘leader of leaders’ who loves God and loves children and their parents.
  • Creates ministry to children from birth through 6th grade in a way that fulfills the mission of the church, which includes discipleship, outreach & expansion.
  • Must be able to engage the support of volunteers both from a strategic and general involvement. With the 25M expansion of the church, the Children’s ministry will serve as a focal point, and the leader must be able to drive and deliver growth.
  • Children’s ministry encompasses Nursery, Preschool, Lower Elementary, and Upper Elementary.


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