Senior Pastor, Vermillion, SD


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Hillside Community Church is a regionally impassioned, gospel-centered, multi-site, multi-staff and multi-generational church. Founded in 1966, with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, our church has grown spiritually, numerically and geographically in one of South Dakota's most diverse and transitional settings. Currently, we have two Sunday services and average 200+ in worship attendance. Beyond this, we have recently pioneered a sustainable rural church multiplication model called "The Seed", which is a coffee house in nearby Centerville, SD, which doubles as a worship gathering location. Currently this site is running around 50 people, which is already over 5% of the Centerville’s population. Though we have a strong outreach to college students, we also have a healthy representation of all other age groups in our church. We have historically had two pastors and an administrative assistant. We have also committed to developing ministry interns and are ultimately looking to grow beyond current staffing capacities. Our church is financially sound, having no debt, a growing budget and healthy financial reserves, giving us strong footing for gospel advancement throughout our region. 

The city of Vermillion is home to the University of South Dakota, which is South Dakota's flagship university. As such, we minister to people in a wide variety of societal domains ranging from academia to agriculture and everything in between. Located on the northern side of the picturesque Missouri River, Vermillion enjoys a rich history, regional influence, and proximity to fantastic outdoor recreational opportunities. Though Vermillion has a population of 11,000, the University of South Dakota has an additional population of 10,000 students with approximately 30,000 people living with a 25-mile radius of our church. This affords our city many more ministry opportunities, amenities and attractions than are typical for communities of our size. From Division-1 sports to fine arts, museums, great restaurants and shopping, Vermillion is more than meets the eye! The resources of larger cities are also nearby with Sioux Falls being 50 minutes away and both Sioux City and Yankton located just 30 minutes away.

As a multi-site and multi-staff church, we are asking God to send us a pastor with a vision for expansion as well as experience in structuring and equipping for numeric, geographic, staff and volunteer growth. As an elder-led church, our next pastor must work well within our leadership and be able to build consensus within the congregation. We are also looking for a pastor who has experience with church planting and able to coach the ministry leaders of our current and future multi-site expansion. Being a multi-generational church, it is vital that our next pastor possess an ability to effectively communicate across generational lines, to warrant the trust of the congregation and community as well as to offer pastoral care and counsel as needed. We desire a pastor whose wife offers visible and felt support to her husband's ministry calling. More than anything, we desire our next pastor to love God's word and effectively wield his ministry training toward equipping the church for advancing the gospel of Christ.

Download our Lead Pastor Job Description for a more detailed understanding of who we are looking for.

If you sense that you are a fit for our pastoral opening then apply by emailing the following items to •Intro Letter (make sure this briefly covers your testimony of faith, ministry calling and general fit for this opening) •Current Resume (make sure it includes your personal, family, work and educational information) •A personal or family photo •2 sermon samples (please email digital recordings of audio or video sermons. We prefer weblinks, if possible) •3 references (2 references from ministry leaders and 1 from a non-family member of your choosing)


Hillside Community Church
Jim Capaldo
1800 Constance Dr.
Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone: 6053239621