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Over our church’s nearly 50 year history, three incredible leaders have served in the role of Senior Pastor.

  • Pastor Robin Guess (1970 – 1977)
  • Pastor Damon Shook (1978 – 2005)
  • Pastor David Fleming (2007 – 2019)

Looking back, we can see God’s faithfulness, and know that He has amazing things in store for our future. As we begin the search for our next pastor, we want to make sure you’re up to speed in regards to how the search process is carried out.

Champion Forest Baptist Church has a clearly defined process in our bylaws (5.08):

The Senior Pastor shall be chosen and called by the Members of the Church when a vacancy occurs. The Committee on Committees shall choose eighteen nominees that are reflective of the Church membership to serve on the Pulpit Committee. These men and women shall be faithful in attendance, tithers, Godly believers and involved actively in the Church. The Secretary shall then give notice of a Special Business Meeting and list the names of the nominees at least one week prior to such meeting. The five men and four women nominees receiving the most votes, respectively, will serve on the Pulpit Committee (“Pulpit Committee”).

After the Pulpit Committee is selected by the Voting Members, the Committee on Committees will select a Chairman and Vice-Chairman. The Pulpit Committee will prayerfully seek a Senior Pastor and make the recommendation to the Members of the Church. The Pulpit Committee will give the Members at least one week’s notice of a Special Business Meeting prior to voting on the nominee. The Voting Members shall vote by secret ballot at the Special Business Meeting during the weekend worship services. The Voting Members must elect the Senior Pastor with at least an affirmative vote of 75% of those present and voting.

Our Committee on Committees is currently finalizing the list of 18 names that will be brought before the church for a vote. After the vote, the top 5 men and top 4 women vote-getters will form the “Pulpit Committee”, and begin the search.

Important Dates:

  • November 10, 2019 – 18 Pulpit Committee candidates presented to church
  • November 17, 2019 – CFBC Members vote on candidates

As you know, our mission has not changed, we will continue to run hard toward God’s call to reach the lost, equip the saints for the work of ministry, and share the gospel around the world. Please pray for our committees, for wisdom, guidance, and clarity. Pray that God would be glorified in us as we serve and seek Him!

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