Job Openings

Full-Time Associate Pastor for Families

Job Description

First Baptist Church is seeking to hire a Full-Time Associate Pastor for Families. This position is part of the shared ministry between First Baptist Church and Chatham Heights Baptist Church in Martinsville, Virginia. Serving both churches, this position will have the opportunity to be a full-time associate pastor with benefits, serving half-time at two Cooperative Baptist Fellowship churches. To read the full covenant between the churches for the shared Associate Pastor positions, Click Here

Compensation for this position includes a salary/housing package of $35,000-40,000, depending on education and experience. Benefits include paid time off (vacation and sick time), 90% covered health insurance, Life & Disability insurance, 10% retirement contributions annually, FICA Offset, and, if needed, half tuition at FBC Early Learning Center (6 weeks – 5th grade) and a guaranteed spot in our program.

Reports to/Supervised by: Senior Pastors

Supervises: Children and Youth Ministry Volunteers and Paid Workers

Relates to: Children & Youth Ministry Committee (FBC), Children’s Committee / Youth Committee (CHBC), ELC Committee (FBC), other committees as assigned

Job Summary:  The Associate Pastor for Families will be responsible for providing leadership at two small, but growing sister CBF churches – Chatham Heights Baptist Church & First Baptist Church of Martinsville: Overseeing children and youth programs and ministering to young families. Also, at FBC, a focus on reaching children and their families at FBC’s Early Learning Center.

Primary Duties for Both Congregations, to be performed with the guidance and approval of the Senior Pastors:

  • Manage the Children & Youth Ministry budget with the Children & Youth Ministry Committee (FBC) and Children’s Committee / Youth Committee (CHBC).
  • In collaboration with the Children & Youth Ministry Committee (FBC) and Children’s Committee / Youth Committee (CHBC), develop a clearly-defined vision and strategy for discipleship within the Children’s Ministry (birth through grade five) and the Youth Ministry (grades six through twelve) that works in conjunction with the overall vision and ministry of Chatham Heights Baptist Church and First Baptist Church of Martinsville.
  • Recruit, train, schedule, and oversee adult volunteers, interns, and paid employees in the children’s ministry, ensuring all established protocols in the Children & Youth Protection Policy are being followed.
  • Develop and implement strategy for whole-family discipleship, working with families to equip and empower parents/families to disciple their children.
  • Provide oversight and planning for all aspects of Children and Youth Ministry programming, including: Sunday School; Sunday morning Children’s Worship; evening and outreach events (e.g., Vacation Bible School, Trunk or Treat, Church Camps, etc.), and Curriculum selection/development for all programming.
  • Communicate with church leaders, children and youth ministry families, and the entire congregation the story of what God is doing in the children and youth ministries (i.e. purpose, value, procedures, and events).
  • Using social media/website/etc. communicate with parents and the wider community regularly about the ministry and mission of the children and youth programs.
  • Connect with other churches and Christian organizations (especially BGAV and Cooperative Baptist Fellowship), using these relationships to enhance the faith journeys and growth of children and their families.
  • Attend appropriate conferences for educational training and spiritual growth, as authorized by the Senior Pastor.
  • As a ministry team, meet with staff weekly to plan and dream our next steps as a church community.
  • Assist in other ministerial responsibilities, including pastoral care, preaching, baptisms, funerals, etc. as needed.

Duties Specific to First Baptist Church:

  • Engage the First Baptist Church Early Learning Center children through religious educational opportunities and programs. (Approx. 10 hours per week, minimum).


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Education (or related field), Seminary degree (M.Div., MACM, MTS, etc.) preferred. Seminary student would be welcomed.
  • Experience in ministering with children and families.
  • Commitment to collaborative and creative ministry and a flexible work environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Computer proficiency skills (including use of social media).
  • Physical requirements: General good health and ability to lift 50 pounds; physically active enough to participate in children’s activities and sports.
  • The successful applicant for this position must agree to a full and complete background check and have no disqualifying criminal convictions. Further, the successful applicant must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. Note: If either church has a church van and or bus which requires a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) for its operations, then the successful applicant for the position of Associate Pastor for Families must obtain his or her CDL license.

Send resume and cover letter to

Part-Time Nursery Worker

Job Description

Reports to: Senior Pastor, Personnel Committee

Relates to: Children & Youth Committee

Job Summary: Provide dependable, safe, and nurturing care for children ages 0-5 during church activities, such as worship, special events, and small group meetings. Provide age-appropriate care including feeding, changing diapers, escorting to the bathroom, etc. For older children, provide age-appropriate activities with play and learning to include Bible stories and faith growth using curriculum provided by the church.

Primary Duties

Organization & Schedule

  • Adhere to all policies and procedures as stated in the Children and Youth Protection Policy and FBC Personnel Manual.
  • Provide a safe, positive, nurturing, and healthy learning environment that helps each child to have a positive and age-appropriate faith growth experience during church time.
  • Create an ordered arrangement, appearance, decor, clean, and productive space.
  • Request, through proper channels, materials and supplies needed for nursery use.
  • Arrive 30 minutes prior to the Early Morning Service. Child care hours include every Sunday 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM and every Thursday 5:15 PM to 6:45 PM. You are expected to work all Sundays even if it falls on a holiday. You will have the option to work other church events, i.e. Easter, Christmas, Vacation Bible School, Small Groups, etc. The opportunity for extra work will be announced at least 4 weeks prior to the event. There will always be services on Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, and Christmas Eve. If you choose to work extra at these other events, the hour(s) of the nursery will be specified.
  • Communicate in advance, by phone to the nursery coordinator: 1) any planned absences with an advance two-week notice, or 2) any unplanned absences at least two hours prior to the shift.
  • Meet the children when they arrive.
  • Take down names and cell phone numbers for parents/guardians on the sheet provided.
  • Stay until the children are secured with a responsible adult named on the child’s form.
  • In the event of an emergency, notify the parent via text message.

Care & Learning

  • Provide an atmosphere of acceptance and caring for each child.
  • Comfort distress immediately.
  • Serve as a role model for the children in the areas of attitude, speech, and actions.
  • Meet the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive needs of each child.
  • Create a safe and loving environment where children feel free to explore and take risks.
  • Engage in hands-on activities that introduce new experiences to children.
  • Attend to individual children’s needs while simultaneously taking care of other children.
  • Practice active monitoring at all times when supervising children.
  • Treat each child with dignity and respect for his/her cultural background.
  • Encourage children’s development in the areas of building self-confidence, problem solving, and taking responsibility for their actions.
  • Straighten the room and clean any toys/beds before leaving. Used bed sheets will need to be placed in the dirty linen container and clean sheets are to be placed on the beds. Church staff or the volunteer will be responsible for laundering the sheets. All toys that have had contact with saliva will require special attention. A sanitizing solution will be available to use in the nursery.


  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • 1+ years’ experience working with children.
  • CPR & First Aid certified (or willing to get certified).
  • Ability to be polite, courteous, and friendly with all parents, volunteers, and children.
  • Ability to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.
  • Possess a good level of physical fitness.
  • Health requirements: Staff should have the ability to lift a child weighing 40 pounds or run across a room or the playground to catch a falling child. In addition, staff must inform the Personnel Committee Chair or Senior Pastor of any condition which might limit or interfere with their ability to care for a child.

To apply, please print our Application for Employment and fill out. Return to 23 Starling Ave., Martinsville, VA or

Who Are We and Why Work Here?

First Baptist Church, Martinsville is a community of faith committed to Christ and his call to love God and one another. We gather to worship, study, eat, pray, celebrate, mourn, share our stories and bless our community, all with the conviction that God has called us together to share in this journey of faith, hope, and love.

Established in 1884, our congregation strikes a unique chord in the Baptist tradition. We value ancient Christian practices that inform our present faith and mission. We are currently working to grow our ministry among people of all ages. It’s an exciting time to be a part of all God is doing among the people of this church!

Employment at First Baptist Church is considered an extension of our ministry. We consider employees of the church to be one of its most valuable resources.

If you feel called to partner with us in ministry, we hope you will send your resume today!

First Baptist Church is an equal opportunity employer without regard to sex, age, race, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, and/or any other legally-protected characteristic, except that the Church may make certain employment decisions based on the religious affiliations or beliefs of the church as permitted under applicable law.

Pin It on Pinterest