Stay up-to-date during our transition: Pastor Search Updates


Pastor Search Information: last updated 11/17/20

  • Pastor Steve Announced his Retirement on Oct.11 and his last Sunday was October 25th
  • Church Theme (while searching for a new Pastor) Strong Together . . . Looking Forward” Deuteronomy 31:8
    • We can be Strong because God is strong. We can Look Forward because God shows us the way.
      “The Lord Himself goes before (ahead) of us and will be with us. He will never leave us nor forsake (abandon) us. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
                  He will not fail to give us Counsel and Direction. He will give us strength!
      Complete Sermon Notes from November 1

Interim Pastor News – Called Business Meeting

NOTICE Date Change –

11:30 am on Sunday, December 6 – after the Morning Worship Service the Transition Team will bring a recommendation with the endorsement of the Deacons to call David Smith as our Transitional Interim Pastor. He will be in attendance December 6 for Questions & Answers.

Click Here to read Copy of the Recommendation to be Presented on Nov. 22 

Click Here for David Smith’s Resume ** Click Here for a Picture of David Smith ** Click Here for Reference Letter 1 ** Letter 2

  • Sunday Schedule:
    • Nov. 22nd – Operation Christmas Child Emphasis and David Smith Preaching
    • Nov. 29th – David Smith Preaching
    • December 6 – Baptism and special Baptism message by David Smith followed by a Called Business meeting at 11:30 am
  • Our Leadership who will guide us through this time:
    • Transitional Interim Pastor – name to be added here once approved by the church
    • Ministers – Daniel Roucloux; Matt Downing; John Woods; Daniel McGinty; Mike Northen
    • Transition Team
      • Personnel Team – Steve Thomas; Bill Gibbens; Joleen Freres; Darelle White; Shelley Helyer; Joe Towns
      • Deacon Representatives – Eddie Aurispa; Kevin Ruiz; Darelle White
    • Pastor Search Team – names to be added here once church elects them
    • Deacons – Find Deacon Names for each Adult class – click here – (scroll down for Adult list)
    • Finance team – John Palacios, Treasurer; Janice Bullard; Susan Collins; Gordon Mackey; Glenn Wucher; Warren Smith; Bobbie Durkee
    • Adult Grow Group Leaders – Find Teacher names click here – (scroll down for Adult list)
  • Explanation of Team Responsibilities:

    • Transition Team

      • does not search for our next Senior Pastor. That task will be assigned to a Pastor Search Team that the church will elect.
      • is assigned to recommend to the church for consideration an Interim Pastor,
      • monthly meets with the Interim Pastor for updates on his work and performance evaluation
      • brings a recommendation for the church to consider on how the Church should go about electing a Pastor Search Team.
      • That team will be elected as soon as the Interim Pastor leads the Church to decide the characteristics we prefer in our next Senior Pastor.


    • Interim Pastor

      • will not be considered as a candidate to be our next Senior Pastor.
      • his tasks are listed above in recommendation # 1.
      • he is specifically trained and has experience as an Transitional Interim Pastor
      • he brings an objective perspective on what and how to lead us during the transition period
      • he is only temporarily serving FBCP until our next Senior Pastor is selected and begins his ministry at FBCP.


    • Pastor Search Team

      • the Interim Pastor will present to the Church for approval his report from the Discovery / Listening groups and surveys the recommended characteristics (profile) of what members would like to see in our next Pastor.

      • after the “Pastor Profile” has been approved by the church, the Transition Team in consultation with the Interim Pastor and with the endorsement of the Deacons, will bring a recommendation on electing a Pastor Search Team to the church for approval.

      • the Pastor Search Team will be elected once the “Pastor profile” and “Election Process” have been approved by the Church
      • the Team once elected will be trained by the Interim Pastor and then proceed with their search for our next Pastor.
  • Scheduled Prayer Meetings as we seek God’s Will through this Transition and Pastor Search time.
    • Wednesday nights @ 6:15 pm in room MPB-0
      • November 18 and Dec 2, 9, 16
      • January through end of Pastor Search except for specific dates when cancelled
    • Other days and times to be announced

Expected Process for Calling our Next Pastor

  1. Calling of an Interim PastorSEE NOTES ABOVE
    1. The Transition Team with the endorsement of the Deacons will recommend to the Church the election of an Interim Pastor at a Called Business Meeting.
    2. The Called Business meeting will be announced around 2 weeks ahead of the date chosen to discuss the Transition Team’s recommendation.
    3. The plan is to elect an Interim before Thanksgiving.
  2. Discovery Listening Groups and/or Surveys-
    1. Begin the first quarter of 2021 and continue for however long is needed to complete this task.
    2. Interim Pastor and other resource people will use these groups and surveys to help us all to discover information of what we want in our next Pastor.
    3. Once these group meetings have ended the Interim Pastor will present these findings at a Called Business Meeting for Church approval.
  3. Pastor Search Team
    1. A Called Business meeting will be announced to discuss for approval the process the church will use to elect the Pastor Search Team.
    2. A Called Business meeting will be announced to elect the Pastor Search Team
    3. The Interim Pastor and other Resource people will give an Orientation and Training to the church elected Pastor Search Team.
    4. Pastor Search Team begins their work.
      1. They will announce how resumes will be received and collected.
      2. They will process resumes and do discovery interviews of a Pastor candidate.
      3. They will give the Church regular progress reports on the search and how we can pray for them
    5. When the Search team is ready to present the candidate they chose, the Team will announce a weekend for us to consider him as our Pastor.
  1. View of a Call weekend – This weekend will include but not limited to these items:
      1. Get acquainted with the candidate and his family in fellowship meetings including a Q & A time.
      2. Hear him preach.

    5. Business meeting to vote whether to extend a “call” to the candidate to be our Senior Pastor.

COVID-19 Updates

Sunday morning worship and Grow Groups will be online & in-person for October 18th. Both music services will be meeting. Other regular in-person activities are slowly resuming.

Please visit our COVID-19 page and our Facebook page for more details.