Lower School Chaplain

Christ Church Episcopal School
Greenville, SC United States

The chaplain’s duties are diverse and are colored by the individual’s particular gifts and the changing needs of the community. As a result, the position changes from year to year, but generally falls within these areas:


  • Plan, conduct, and oversee weekly chapel services and morning prayer services.
  • Collaborate with chaplains, students, faculty, staff, and administration to create and conduct chapel services and special services or events – i.e. Convocation, Christmas, Easter, Episcopal School Sunday, Commencement, etc. 
  • Steward and model our school community’s Episcopal identity by teaching and living NAES’s four principles: School Worship, Community Life, Religious Formation and Study, and Social Justice.
  • Promote the spirit of Christ’s love in the school and beyond the school.


  • Provide pastoral care for students, families, faculty, and staff of all faiths, including pastoral needs that may develop outside of regular school hours including weekends, evenings, early mornings, and school breaks. 
  • Provide a personal, visible, engaged presence – “see and be seen.”
  • Gather and communicate prayer concerns with members of the community. 
  • Attend Lower School Student Wellness meetings and collaborate accordingly with colleagues in support of students.
  • Partner with the Lower School Counselor to care for individual student needs and community needs.
  • Attend conferences with administrators, staff, and faculty, as needed, concerning students with social, academic, or personal challenges.
  • Address community issues as appropriate – i.e. alcohol and drugs, parenting, child abuse, and safety.


  • Maintain the continuing development of the religion curriculum for Primer (K5)-Fourth grades.
  • Teach Christian Education classes in both the Old Testament and New Testament to Primer (K5)-Fourth grade students.
  • Attend faculty meetings, division events, curriculum meetings, chaplain’s meetings, professional development, etc.
  • Attend biennial NAES conference and utilize NAES resources.
  • Participate in and support Service Learning experiences.
  • Participate in the implementation of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme.


  • Collaborate and meet regularly with other division chaplains and school leadership teams.
  • Partner with school administration to strengthen our school’s commitment to inclusion and belonging.
  • Participate in task forces, retreats, Religious Life Committee, etc.
  • Take an active role in supervisory responsibilities – i.e., carpool, lunch supervision, student projects, etc.
  • Engage in the life of the school to include student performances, athletic competitions, and parent meetings.
  • Communicate religious life events and opportunities with CCES community.
  • Care for and keep the Chapel of the Good Shepherd maintained, organized, and orderly to preserve sacred space.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Ordained Episcopal priest or lay Episcopalian with a Masters of Divinity or equivalent degree preferred.
  • Equipped to serve a pluralistic community regardless of faith, gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, and sexual orientation.
  • Willing to champion for our Baptismal Covenant as someone who will “strive for justice and peace among all people” and “respect the dignity of every human being.”
  • Experienced at working in a school community or coursework in education is preferred. 
  • Relates well to young people, as well as to adult faculty and parents.
  • Possesses high energy and a creative spirit along with pastoral, pedagogical, and liturgical skills.

This is a ten month position reporting to the Senior Chaplain and the Lower School Head. The salary is competitive with a generous benefits package. To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to Mr. David Johnstone, Lower School Head, at johnstoned@cces.org.

Contact Information

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and references to Mr. David Johnstone, Lower School Head, at johnstoned@cces.org. For more information, please visit our Careers page at cces.org/careers