Church of St. John on the Mountain (SJOTM)


Date Posted April 4, 2019
Diocese New Jersey (Brian Jemmott)
Location Bernardsville
Position Type Full Time

Position Details

Setting Suburban
Compensation In compliance with Diocesan minimums
Health Benefits Negotiable
Housing Housing Allowance
Equity Allowance Yes

Parish Profile

Communicants in Good Standing 150
Average Sunday Attendance 75
Child Population in Church School 25
Adult Population in Church School 0
Teacher Population in Church School 9
Budget $380,000
Anglo-Catholic no
Broad Church yes
Charismatic no
Contemporary no
Emergent no
Morning Prayer no
Non-Traditional no
Prayer Book yes
Renewal no
Rite I yes
Rite II yes


SJOTM’s strengths include its people and programs.  St. John’s Nursery School is a jewel of the parish which, although non-denominational, raises awareness within the community of all the Church can offer. Parishioners’ communal church membership, social circles and civic communities are closely intertwined, reflecting remarkable cohesion.  Preachers are actively engaged, both affirmed and challenged, usually at vibrant and well-attended coffee hours after the 10:00 a.m. service.



Our greatest challenges, like many churches, include maintaining and increasing membership and its corollary, financial stability.  While there is recognition that many parishioners are drawn to Church traditions, there is also acknowledgment that the Church of the future needs to accommodate the modern family, recognizing that sports programs and other activities for children and teenagers no longer show deference to Sunday mornings.


Key attributes of our new Priest should include someone who: offers sermons that inspire & foster greater understanding of the Gospels and Christian life; leads in collaborating with other churches, Vestry and the Congregation; is receptive to feedback; promotes inclusiveness;  provides excellent Pastoral Care; focuses on Outreach; initiates/leads in engaging youth; actively participates in expanding church membership; serves as a key presence in nursery school; actively participates in fellowship.


Contact Information

The Rev. Canon Brian A. Jemmott

The Diocese of New Jersey

(609) 394-5281 Ext. 21