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CBC Pastor Search Team

At the end of May 2022, Stephen Heleman resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church to answer a call from a struggling church on the west coast. The need for a new senior pastor set into motion the development of a pastor search team according to our by-laws and a process to find the right man for the job.


Since that time, the pastor search team has sought God's will and guidance through the process of finding the right candidate for senior pastor. We have tapped into search resources from the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention and the national Southern Baptist Convention and have diligently followed a process to review candidates and whether they would fit the pastor profile developed by the team based on the survey of the church.


To protect the existing ministries and livelihoods of our candidates, we won't be able to discuss who has applied or who we are specifically and currently considering. However, in the interest of increased transparency, we've set up this web page to share the search team's process and the latest updates, as well as answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The whole team may be contacted by email Applicant resumes meanwhile can be sent to

Team Members:

Jim Jordan                        

Jason Hoffman

Kasey Hoffman

Keanan Foley

Teresa Carroll

Status Updates (latest first):

  • April 30, 2024 - The job listing is now closed. The search team has also narrowed down our applicant list to the top four candidates that stood out among the rest. We will be reaching out to them to determine their continued interest and have them fill out additional questionnaires to get to know each better. Then we will prayerfully determine which man we should pursue uniquely first.

  • April 1, 2024 - The search team has opened a job listing on the SBTC job board for our new senior pastor for Bastrop. CBC's survey results directly influenced some of the phrasing and priorities on the job listing.

  • March 18, 2024 - With the new church survey concluded, the pastor search team convened to review the results. You can view a summary of those results here. We want to thank CBC for helping us describe our church family to prospective applicants as well as giving the search team a picture of the man you all hope the Lord will call to our church.

  • March 3, 2024 - The search team invited everyone in the CBC family to take our new church survey. We wanted to hear what kind of man you think we should be searching for to be the senior pastor of Calvary Baptist Church. This survey was active until March 17th.

  • February 26, 2024 - The pastor search team reviewed profiles for our community and for our church together, and concluded an objective review of applicants that have trickled on over the last 90 days.

  • February 19, 2024 - After the initial survey was developed, we reviewed all the questions and their phrasing again. That survey will be sent to the church via email in the next couple of weeks, with print copies available on request.

  • February 12, 2024 - The search team developed a hopeful timeline for the process developed the week before, including milestones when we will update the church on our status. This timeline reflects our ideal schedule that assumes no unforeseen obstacles and that the first candidate we interview is the man God has for us. In that best case scenario, we would hopefully have a vote on a candidate at the beginning of August 2024. We also developed an objective scoring system, as recommended by the SBTC's guidelines, to help the team initially focus on candidates that come closest to our ideal candidate.

  • February 4-5, 2024 - The search team reconvened to construct an updated survey of the church's hopes and expectations for a new senior pastor. This survey will be sent to the church in the near future. We also wrote out the entire process we will follow, based on the SBTC's guidelines for a pastor search process, but with the added benefit of lessons learned from interviewing previous applicants. We will meet again to reconstruct the job posting for this position and confirm our plans for communication with the church body throughout the search process.

  • January 29, 2024 - After meeting on January 22nd for pastor search training by Alex Gonzales, the newly reformed senior pastor search committee met for the first time for team orientation. We will be reviewing our process and what we're looking for in a pastor over the next few weeks to ensure accurate portrayals of CBC today.

  • Earlier search team history can be found on the History page linked here and above.

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