By modern tradition, a person who is a minister and spiritual overseer of a church congregation — an elder or bishop. A pastor literally means "a shepherd," a metaphoric description of one who cares for and leads a flock of God's sheep. One of five office gifts described in Ephesians 4:11.
Capitalize when used immediately before a name on first reference: Pastor Phillip Lizzi. Otherwise, lowercase: Joe Strock is pastor of the New Hope Adventist Church. On second reference, use only last name. See also elder.
A priest in charge of a parish or congregation. He is responsible for administering the sacraments, instructing the congregation in the doctrine of the Church, and other services to the people of the parish.
A full-time or part-time priest elected by the vestry with the Bishopï3/4's approval. A pastor has the full authority of a rector, except tenure. A pastor is in a contractual relationship with the vestry and the bishop. This contract cannot be broken without the consent of two out of the three parties. A pastor is eligible to become rector, pending the Bishopï3/4's assessment of the congregationï3/4's ability to support and sustain a tenured priest.