The following is an update from the Pastor Search Committee.
December 5, 2020
On behalf of the nine-member Pastor Search Committee, we are excited to share with you a brief update on where we are in our process.
The CFBC Sr. Pastor candidate identification and screening processes were begun by Vanderbloemen, our PSC consultant, on August 4, 2020. We are pleased to report that 5,070 possible candidates showed interest in our senior pastor role, and of those, 128 candidates were worked with. That list was ultimately narrowed down much further to a final grouping. Then on October 8, 2020, Vanderbloemen presented to the PSC the list of names of their top five recommended candidates. This list included Pastor Stephen Trammell.
Then, in our October 15th PSC Update to CFBC, we noted that:
“the PSC Team has been given Vanderbloemen’s recommendations of potential candidates for the CFBC Senior Pastor. The PSC Team interview process for these candidates has now begun.”
Once the candidates were narrowed down to five, the PSC immediately began the extremely difficult task of learning everything we could about each of these godly men, and how God had prepared and gifted them to be our next Sr. Pastor. As part of our review process we watched introductory videos of the candidates and their wives, studied their credentials, viewed many sermons, and had multiple personal interviews to better understand their journey and overall experience. Each step of this process was bathed in prayer (including the extensive background check done on our top candidate).
Today, one year from the time our Pastor Search Committee began work, we are excited to announce that we believe we have found the new Senior Pastor that the Lord had already selected for CFBC. His name is Dr. Jarrett Stephens from Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, TX.
Our committee voted 9 to Zero to invite Pastor Stephens to come and preach on Sunday, December 13th in view of a call to become the Senior Pastor of CFBC.
We are doubly excited to tell you that Pastor Stephens has accepted our invitation, and he will be here to preach on December 13th. Then, subject to final affirmation by vote (also on December 13th) by you the church membership, Dr. Jarrett Stephens would become the 4th Sr. Pastor of Champion Forest Baptist Church.