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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Status Updates (latest first):
August 14, 2023 - The search team met to discuss logistics of scheduling in-person interviews, as the team felt no further video interviews were required with this candidate.
August 7, 2023 - The search team met with the next candidate via video call, and decided to continue the process with him.
July 31, 2023 - The search team discussed moving on to the next candidate, and possible methods to speed up the process without sacrificing the vetting process. Two search team members decided to step down. Jason Hoffman has moved into a more active role, and the church council will be seeking another member for the team to bring it back up to full strength.
June 25, 2023 - At our family meeting, we announced our new team members (Sandra Greaney, Keanan Foley, and Jason Hoffman as alternate), this landing page and other efforts for increased transparency, and information regarding our current candidate and future opportunities to meet him. As promised, here is a link to the video recording of the meeting, the slides from the meeting, notes taken during the meeting, the raw data from our church survey last year, and the key take aways from that survey.
May - July, 2023 - The search team had been in contact with one of our top candidates. We had numerous conversations, question, and answer sessions, and even on-site interviews and meetings with key stakeholders. After much prayer and deliberation, it was mutually determined that neither CBC Pastor Search Committee nor the candidate was certain that the Holy Spirit was calling him to Calvary.
May 15, 2023 - The reestablished search team met for the first time. It was decided that while the whole team reassessed the resumes (including new ones since January) to come up with a new top 5, we would reach out to the next candidate from the original top 5 list. The new members reviewed the candidate and gave their approval. Initial phone call placed with the next candidate on the list.
Late April 2023 - Two search team members decided to step down, and two new members from Smithville campus were invited to fill the vacancy, plus a third person to fill the alternate vacancy.