THE CONNECT CHURCH STORY
Pastor Deryck Frye, better known as PD, is the second-generation pastor of
Connect. PD follows in his father, Pastor Ernie Frye’s vision for a church where
people could connect with God, that they might reach their full potential.
Pastor Ernie planted Connect in 1985. While it’s been known by several
different names and titles, Connect has always been a place that focuses on
reaching those who don’t know God personally and building relationships. In
its early years, Connect experienced supernatural movements of the Holy
Spirit which impacted many believers and churches throughout New England.
Under Pastor Deryck’s leadership, Connect elevated vision for reaching the
local community and developed a strong evangelistic and discipleship culture.
The Ashland Campus (located in Ashland, MA) is now the broadcast campus
with two additional campuses in Framingham, MA (launched in 2018) and
Bellingham, MA (launched in 2022). Connect has a vision for reaching New
England with the gospel, through seven campus locations.
As a business entrepreneur, Pastor Ernie infused Connect with a vision for
kingdom business, launching a Christian elementary school and several
childcare centers and businesses which continue to grow and serve the
During COVID, Connect continued to press forward with its vision for more
campuses and reaching MetroWest. While physical attendance dipped and
many fringe attenders disappeared, the Dream Team focused on discipleship
and strategies for growth. Connect has emerged from COVID with a highly
inspired and engaged Dream Team with lots of positive momentum towards
MISSION & VALUES
Vision: To connect the disconnected.
Mission: To take people on a life-changing spiritual journey.
Anything you love shows.
We love to give.
There is more to this life than this life.
God deserves our best.
- Power of God
Anything is possible with God.
Healthy people grow.
We are one big family.
The Ashland Campus Pastor will lead the evangelism and discipleship
strategies for the Ashland Campus ministry. The person will oversee
the life and direction of the campus under the leadership of the
Connect Church Executive Team. They will have a strong sense of
calling to serve on a pastoral team and the ability to align staff and
key leadership teams with its mission, vision, and values.
KEY ATTRIBUTES OF THE ASHLAND
Passion to learn and disciple themselves in the faith. A self
motivated and self-directed person.
Loves people and has ability to connect with people and build
Loves seeing others grow – Ability to build teams and equip
people to disciple others in the way of Jesus.
Loves to inspire others with with vision and encourage people
in their faith.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES &
A. Main Focus:
- Gather people around the vision of Connect and the Kingdom of God.
Cast vision and create opportunities for people at Connect and in the
community to engage and organize. Provide weekend services where
people can connect with God and others.
- Empower people to lead and serve. Help people discover their
strengths, serve from their strengths, delegate effectively, and provide
training, equipping and resources for people to serve and execute Connect
disciple making strategies.
- Build Teams: At Connect anything we do, we build a team to do it.
Recruit leaders, coach health, and create structures and management
systems to carry out discipleship through teams and small groups.
- Develop leaders: Reproduce yourself and train others to reproduce
themselves. Equip others to do the work of ministry. Create a culture of
learning where leaders naturally grow and infuse leaders with the values of
Connect. Engage in tough conversations in a life-giving way so that
- Counseling: Provide pastoral counseling as needed
- Ordinances: Administer the ordinances of the Church as well as wedding
- Facility: Ensure the Campus is provided with the space necessary for
meeting and steward that facility or property with diligence.
- Finances: Provide leadership to the budgeting and management of
finances related to Campus activities or other areas of oversight.
- Services: Give leadership to services at the Ashland Campus.
- Outreach: Give leadership to reaching the surrounding communities
with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
B. Other Duties:
- Work in cooperation with other pastors and staff
- Assist in leading other church-wide services that may not be held at your
- Serve on the preaching/teaching team as requested. At Connect,
campus pastor’s do not have the opportunity to preach unless they also
serve on the teaching team.
- Provide strategic leadership one or more areas of Connect Church
strategy per your gifts, passion and availability. Examples: Outreach, Next
Steps, the508, Connect Youth, Kid’s Ministry, Connect Leadership
Academy, Prayer, Stewardship, Missions.
BOSTON METROWEST REGION
The Boston MetroWest region is an economically and ethnically
diverse area 30-45 minutes from downtown Boston with lots of
accessible outdoor recreation. There are numerous local parks and
lakes; and the beaches of Cape Cod are 90 minutes away. The
White Mountains of New Hampshire and the ski slopes of
Vermont are within a two to three hour drive. New England is
also very sports-centered with a lot of opportunities for families
to participate in local clubs and of course cheer on the Boston
Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Bruins and New England Revolution
- Devoted to the call of God and the vision of
- Love for people with a desire to impact them
through the Gospel of Jesus
- Operates with a spirit of excellence
- Team builder
- Systems thinker