Kevin Chase Executive Search Seeking Senior Minister for West End Collegiate Church

April 10, 2018 – Los Angeles-based Kevin Chase Executive Search Group has been retained by the West End Collegiate Church in New York City to lead its search for a senior minister. Managing partner Kevin Chase is heading the assignment along with senior associate Catie DiFelice.

The senior minister is charged with leading a diverse congregation in a close and supportive neighborhood, said the recruiter. The incoming leader will be expected to engage with and inspire the staff, consistory and congregation toward advancing the mission and vision of the church with a particular focus on the following priorities: pastoral care, intellectually and spiritually stimulating preaching, dedication to expanded programming (in particular, children/ youth programs and adult education) building and strengthening lay leadership, managerial and administrative competence, and commitment to inclusivity.

A master of divinity degree from a recognized seminary is required and a doctorate of philosophy or ministry is desired, said the search firm. Candidates must also have seven to 10 years of experience serving as a head pastor or senior minister. Certified ordination by and current good standing in a recognized denomination is also required.

The incoming leader must have demonstrated experience fostering inclusive community building, organizing and planning, said Kevin Chase Executive Search. The senior minister should also have business acumen and proven ability to manage a team, church and congregation within a budget.


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With origins dating back to 1633, West End Collegiate Church is an open and welcoming Christian congregation professing a progressive inclusive theology. It is one of the congregations of the Collegiate Church of New York, the oldest Protestant church with a continuing organization in America. In addition to weekly worship services, the church offers programs for its congregants and greater community, adult and children’s education, fellowship and service opportunities.

The Recruiters

Kevin Chase Executive Search Group is a national consulting and executive search firm serving mission-based, non-profit organizations in the human services, social justice, healthcare philanthropy, education, and arts & culture sectors. The firm partners with boards, search committees, senior leadership teams and stakeholder groups on critical leadership transitions.

In a career of more than two decades, Mr. Chase has led dozens of executive search and leadership transition engagements for non-profit organizations as well as companies in the finance, technology and professional services sectors. Most of his engagements are for executive director/ CEO, senior development and board positions, though he has also conducted searches for C-level leaders of finance, operations and programs. He has particular expertise in working with small- to mid-sized, mission-driven non-profits, providing consultation and advisory services to the boards and leadership volunteers responsible for governance and organizational development.

Bringing more than five years of retained executive search experience, Ms. DiFelice’s primary focus is non-profit and higher education assignments. She has also worked in the technology, healthcare and consumer markets. Although she has helped recruit C-suite and other senior executives in many markets and sectors, she said she feels most connected to her work on behalf of mission-driven, not-for-profit organizations. Her broad non-profit search experience cuts across the healthcare, civil rights & social justice, education and arts & culture sectors. Among her recent placements: executive directors for JDRF, Komen for the Cure, More Light Presbyterians and Equality North Carolina.

Faith-Based Searches

Hunt Scanlon Media periodically reports on search assignments either underway or completed for faith-based organizations. Here’s a look at a few from the Hunt Scanlon Media archives:

FaithSearch Partners has been retained by Lionheart Children’s Academy in Arlington, TX to lead its search for a vice president of talent management. Vice chairman Greg Barnes is spearheading the assignment along with John Williams, vice president of the firm’s mission enterprise team.

Executive recruiting firm the Dingman Company is seeking a senior pastor for the United Church of Chapel Hill in North Carolina. Rev. Dr. Rich Kidd of the Dingman Company is leading the search. The recruiters are exploring a broad network to identify potential candidates, the firm said.

CarterBaldwin Executive Search placed Larry Griffith as CEO of Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA). The board’s selection comes after an extensive search that involved reaching out to more than 1,000 potential candidates. The assignment was conducted by CarterBaldwin founding partner Price Harding.

Diversified Search placed Sean P. Roddy as chief financial officer for Catholic Charities USA, one of the biggest charities in the country. Nalini Perkins, managing director of the recruiter’s non-profit practice, and Mark Mulvanerty, managing director of its financial officers practice, co-led the assignment.

Lochlin Partners placed Anthony Sciacca as chief development officer for Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), one of the nation’s largest charities representing a national network of agencies serving poor and vulnerable people and families. Mr. Sciacca previously served as director of archdiocesan appeals at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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