First Baptist Church, Huntsville, AL
Monday, November 30, 2015

Pastor Search Committee

The Pastor Search Committee continues to make steady progress in our search.  We began our search with the names or resumes of 140 prospective candidates.  Those names came from a variety of places such as FBC members, educational sources, denominational sources, people who know FBC well, friends of candidates and the candidates themselves.  After carefully researching each of those candidates, we narrowed the list significantly and made contact with our top candidates to determine their willingness to enter a dialog with us.  We have often made use of technology such as Skype for face-to-face conversations, avoiding the need for either party to travel.  Our list has narrowed even further and we are now having in-person discussions on a deeper level with a small number of candidates.  We are conducting other key elements of the search such as making reference calls and visiting church services.  Remember that confidentiality is the entire church's responsibility, and we know you will help us in that area as we move about more in public.
We continue to trust God's timing, and we have seen His hand at work many times during our journey.  The committee prays each week for clarity and that God's will be done with every decision that is made. 

Several of you are part of prayer groups that are making commitments to pray during this journey.  Others will offer individual prayers.  Your role as a prayer partner is critical, so please be faithful.  


We believe that FBC is uniquely positioned for great ministry opportunities.  We are trusting God to give us wisdom and discernment at every step of our search process.  These are exciting days as we look with great anticipation towards the future.  God has richly blessed FBC during its 205 years of ministry.  May His blessings continue as we seek our 41st pastor. 

Mike Kirk
Chairman, Pastor Search Committee
PSC Members: Larry Moore: Vice-chairman, Amanda Ponder: Recording secretary, Diane Singer: Prayer coordinator, Elaine Dickson, Gaines Gravlee, Zach Hamm, Pat Lewallen, and Jerry Miller.