Work Experience

Churches/Presbyteries Served:

Presbytery of Monmouth
General Presbyter, East Central New Jersey
January 2015 – present

  • A half-time leadership position with a presbytery of 45 congregations, Rev. Bailey is called to continue the work of vision and transformation in the presbytery.  She resources the Committee on Ministry with crisis, education, training, transition, congregational development, etc.  She counsels and coaches pastors.  She visits congregations in worship, and preaches when called upon.

Presbytery of New Brunswick and Presbytery of Monmouth
Regional Presbyter, Central New Jersey
September 2011 to December 2014

  • Serving 88 congregations in two presbyteries, Rev. Bailey was called primarily for work in transformation and change in a time of membership decline.  She supervised staff in two offices.  She negotiated each office through a move (one downsizing, the other to a virtual “relational” office).  In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, she responded to the disaster on the Jersey shore by organizing and mobilizing a Sandy Response Team in Monmouth Presbyter.  As part of the transformation process she led New Brunswick Presbytery through the process of identifying a new vision/mission statement.  She moved them to a point of structure change for a time of transition and discernment.  She resourced the Committees on Ministry with crisis, education, training, transition, congregational development, etc. She counseled and coached pastors.  She visited congregations in worship each week, occasionally preaching.  She taught leadership development and workshops on leading the church in changing times.

Presbytery of New Covenant
Associate General Presbyter for Congregational Development, Southeast Texas
January 2005 – August 2011

  • Wendy Bailey was called as Associate General Presbyter for Evangelism/Renewal and New Church Development.  Working with the 105 congregations of the presbytery, she led education and committee work in evangelism, church growth, and new church development.  The presbytery chartered five new congregations during her six years on the presbytery staff.  Relating to a variety of racial ethnic groups, she coached new congregations of Arabic, Korean, Filipino, Brazilian, Nigerian, Ghanaian and Central American immigrants.  In direct relationship with the Care of Congregations subcommittee of the Committee on Ministry, she developed a program for transitional leadership and helped lead congregations through conflict.  With her colleague Mary Marcotte, she developed the Future Story Project which helps congregations and judicatories imagine a spirit driven future for their church.

Westminster Presbyterian Church (now merged to be Faith Presbyterian Church)
Pastor, Baytown Texas
August 1998 – December 2004

  • As solo pastor for a congregation of 120 members, Rev. Bailey led the congregation through an intentional process of transformation or “turn-around” that focused on the spiritual renewal of the congregation and their ability to reach out to a changing community.  Beginning with a focus on Bible literacy and study, she led 25-30% of the congregation through a year-long Kerygma Bible study course.  Following programs and principles set forth by church growth and missional leaders such as: Bill Easum, Tom Bandy, Reggie McNeal, Darryl Guder, E. Stanley Ott.  In addition she developed programs of mission, evangelism, and worship leadership including a contemporary christian worship band, a drama ministry, the interfaith hospitality network, etc.

St. Paul Presbyterian Church
Associate Pastor, Livonia Michigan
May 1991 – August 1998

  • As Associate pastor on staff of a 1200 member congregation, Rev. Bailey’s work at St. Paul focussed in the areas of youth and children’s ministries, parenting, women’s ministry, young couples, deacons, Stephen Ministry and evangelism.  She also worked closely with the senior pastor in worship leadership, preaching at least ten times per year.  Her primary accomplishments included the formation of the Children’s Worship Center using the materials from Sonya Stewart and Jerome Berryman, a vital youth ministry, the development of a confirmation curriculum that focussed on spiritual relationship and discipleship, the formation of new couple’s ministries, and women’s circles, the annual women’s retreat, a vital Stephen Ministry program and the direction of week-long summer camp each year.

Allen Park Presbyterian Church
Associate Pastor, Allen Park Michigan
September 1987 – May 1991

  • As Associate Pastor on staff of an 1800 member congregation, Rev. Bailey’s work at Allen Park included the formation of a single’s ministry in partnership with other presbyterian congregations.  As a part of the ministry she developed a divorce recovery program as well as a fellowship group.  A good portion of her work focused on the direction of the two Sunday School programs and the middle school youth ministry.  She led a week-long camp for middle-schoolers at the church’s campsite in northern Michigan. She team led the senior citizen program, moderated the board of deacons, and developed small groups for women as well as a new couple’s group.  She led worship regularly and preached at least six times per year.

Other Service to the Church or Denomination:

  • Board of Directors, Board of Pensions PCUSA  (2014-present)
  • Design Team & Year Convener, Early Ministry Institute, Synod of the Northeast (2012 – present)
  • General Council, Presbytery of New Covenant (2002 – 2004)
  • Commissioner, Synod of the Sun (2002 – 2004)
  • Evangelism and Renewal, Presbytery New Covenant (1998 – 2001)
  • Commissioner, Synod of the Covenant (1997 – 1998)
  • Moderator of Session, South Lyon Presbyterian Church (1996 – 1997)
  • Administrative Commission Hartland NCD (1995 – 1998)
  • Evangelism Committee Presbytery of Detroit (1991 – 1996)
  • Alma College Kirk Council (1991 – 1996)
  • Commissioner to GA (1995)
  • PNC for Organizing Pastor Hartland NCD (1995)
  • Program & Resource Development, Presbytery of Detroit (1988 – 1991)
  • Association of Presbyterian Church Educators (APCE) (1987 – 1992 )
  • P/REM Advocate, Presbytery of Detroit (1987-1989)

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