Pastoral search update: Learn more about the interim pastor search

When the Rev. Dr. Paul Tellström announced his decision to leave his post as senior pastor later this year, the search for a new pastor began. You can read his announcement in the January newsletter and more about the search process in the February newsletter.

Pastor Paul’s last sermon will be May 12 followed by a celebration of all he has contributed to IUCC in his 13 years of pastoral leadership on May 19. Details will be announced soon.

The interim pastor search committee of Moderator Renae Boyum and former moderators Anne Rosse, Cindy O’Dell, Dave Schofield and Diane Rust prepared and submitted a job description to the conference on Feb. 4. Candidates will apply through the UCC Ministry Opportunity website and are welcome to learn more about IUCC through this website:  

Congregation members interested in serving on the search committee for a permanent pastor can learn more about that process and submit their names online here:

Interim Pastor Job DescriptionJ

Irvine United Congregational Church, located in Orange County, California, is part of the UCC denomination. A growing congregation of approximately 350 people, IUCC is known throughout Orange County and beyond as a liberally progressive and socially active church. 

We seek an interim pastor to start by the end of May 2019. We have a strong preference for a full-time interim pastor but those seeking part-time employment are invited to apply as well.  The interim will serve as we search for a permanent replacement for our senior pastor, who is leaving for health reasons after serving the congregation for 13 years. We are a congregation that works for “A Just World for All” and comprise people of diverse religious traditions who have come together to be intentionally inclusive, proudly progressive, and creatively spiritual. We seek growth in spirit, fellowship and number by becoming a more culturally diverse congregation; by strengthening our capacity to serve our neighbors and community; by caring for each other as God cares for us; by inviting others to be a part of our community of faith; by working to transform individual lives and our community through the power of God’s love in human action. 

Details about our activities, leadership and history can be found at

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