Pastoral Residency Program

at Myers Park Presbyterian Church


This two-year residency program is for seminary graduates who hold particular promise as pastors and wish to develop their ministerial skills under dedicated supervision in a large church setting. This is an ordained position in which Resident Pastors serve and learn alongside the staff and congregation of Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Resident Pastors will have ongoing opportunities for worship leadership and for pastoral care. They will have focused times serving in faith formation, administration, and outreach. Resident Pastors will also explore ministry in a smaller church setting in the Charlotte area in order to gain experience that will help in discerning a call. In the second year, each Resident Pastor will be encouraged to focus on a specific ministry area or project that will deepen personal skills for ministry.

Millie Snyder

The Program Director is Millie Snyder, Executive Pastor of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Resident Pastors will have opportunities to explore all aspects of ministry in order to grow in their own pastoral identity and clarify their gifts and call.

Resident Pastors will have opportunities to learn from all of the pastors and senior staff of Myers Park Presbyterian Church. In addition, a lay committee will provide personal support, nurture, and feedback through regular gathering with the Resident Pastors.

The program begins August 1 and lasts two years. Applicants must be on track for ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and hold the M. Div. Degree. Preference will be given to recent seminary graduates and those who have completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education.

Myers Park Presbyterian is committed to our partnerships with non-profit organizations and agencies throughout Charlotte. The congregation engages this wider community through service opportunities and financial support.

About Charlotte

Charlotte is the 15th largest city and third-fastest growing major city in the United States. There’s an energy to this growth. Over the last ten years, a vibrant lineup of community gatherings, festivals, restaurants, and breweries has emerged.

With this growth comes excitement, challenge, and opportunity. Charlotte recently ranked last in an analysis of economic mobility in America’s 50 largest cities by the Equality of Opportunity Project.

Myers Park Presbyterian Church has been engaged with local leaders and community partners, exploring ways to address issues of education, housing, and economic mobility through programs and funding opportunities that allow us to respond to Jesus’ invitation to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.

Application for Pastoral Residency Program

Application Deadline is January 19, 2024

Please send the following if you wish to be considered:

  1. A cover letter that addresses the following topics:
  • Why you seek a pastoral residency program and this one in particular.
  • A significant mentoring relationship and two or three significant ways it shaped you.
  • How your background and life experiences (including cultural, geographical, educational, spiritual, or other challenges/opportunities) have shaped your call.
  1. Presbyterian Church (USA) PDP Or PDP Narrative Questions (listed below) & Statement of Faith
  • How do your particular gifts, experiences, and training help you in the ministry setting you believe God is calling you?
  • Explain with theological details what areas of ministry you value most in your calling.
  • Describe a moment when you have “served using your energy, intelligence, imagination and love”, that led change positively.
  • Please describe how you have dealt with failure or disappointment before.
  • Describe a moment in your recent ministry that you recognize as one of effectiveness and fulfillment.
  1. Seminary transcripts (emailed or U.S. Mail)

Selected finalists will be interviewed via Zoom or in person at their location. Final Interviews will be scheduled in Charlotte, NC in late February/early March.

Applications should be mailed or emailed to:

Myers Park Presbyterian Church
Rev. Dr. Millie Snyder
2501 Oxford Place
Charlotte, NC, 28207

The Residency Program and YOU!

Resident Pastor Joseph Jumper presents a tongue-in-cheek look at the Residency Program at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.

Former Residents

Savannah Demuynck

Resident Pastor class of 2022

  • M.Div, Austin Theological Seminary
  • Resident Pastor, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
  • Associate Pastor of Spiritual Formation, Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, Chapin, SC

Ben Brannan

Resident Pastor class of 2021

  • M.Div, Union Presbyterian Seminary
  • Resident Pastor, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
  • Associate Pastor for Youth and Young Adults, Second Presbyterian Church, Roanoke, VA

Amy Speas

Resident Pastor class of 2020

  • M.Div, Columbia Theological Seminary
  • Resident Pastor, Myers Park Presbyterian Church
  • Senior Relationship Manager, Principal Securities