When ordained minister Rudy Alexeeff talks about his job search, it’s clear he’s looking for more than just a paycheck.

He and his wife, Maggie, could definitely use more money, but he wants to find exactly the right job as a pastor. He has to believe in the church and its mission, he said, and his personality must mesh with its worship style.

“You’re applying to be part of someone’s family,” he said. “It’s not just applying for an open position.”

Those conditions make a tough search even harder for Alexeeff, 30, who lives in Reynoldsburg and was ordained in the Christ Community Church denomination.

He’s hoping a pending application as a staff pastor at the Vineyard church of Columbus will work out. In the meantime, he volunteers at the Vineyard and washes dishes at an Olive Garden restaurant.

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