To keep things as simple as possible, I plan to update this post with information as it comes in. This will keep us more organized & easier to find information to reference in future. New items are bold.
The Pastor Search Committee created the CHURCH profile and the IDEAL PASTOR profile
MATT STACEY - Sioux Falls Seminary
DEMETRIUS (DEMER) WEBB - Southern Baptist Seminary-direct email 3/5/2020
- Check out his website which organizes all of his information very nicely
- If the website link doesn't open for you for whatever reason
- Cover Letter
- Resume (includes picture & testimony)
- Sermon samples take your pick= currently preaching at Harbins Community Baptist Church
- Link to sermons is fixed as of 3/13/2020
- Regarding what interested him about our ad… your commitment to the Bible and your desire to have a praying pastor. Your emphasis on relationships mirrors mine as well. I also love to develop, lead, and organize Bible studies and teach classes.
- I sent profiles for him to review & asked if his children are involved in any sports. Older 2 are more academic; youngest adopted from Ethiopia is very athletic and he's hoping to be able to get him involved in more athletic activies.
- (3/9/2020) - Answers to additional questions.
- 3/11/2020 - ask for references & schedule a phone interview, suggested date 3/18
- 3/14/2020 -
- wife on new treatment plan; want to give it 6 months
- concerned about our location.
- Can meet for short call on 3/18 at 8:30 central (9:30 eastern)
- 3/18/2020 - 40 minute call
- Trying natural route with his wife - auto-immune deficiency - molds; lymes disease, mast cell activation syndrome, when in Alaska in 2015 she felt great; vacation planned for Arizona this summer
- Described his stay in Alaska as being a concern at first - felt like a fish out of water - Petersburg is on island
- Favorite verse - mentioned story of Joseph & God's goodness & soverignty, how what man intended as evil & God used for good, appreciates Psalms more as getting older & Gospel of John.
- Preaching style - need balanced diet of old/new testament and alternate between genra (law, history, wisdom)
- hasn't preached on Revelation yet but wants to
- Demer offered theological distinctions - talked about his position pertaining to Jews, does not believe in dispensationalism, believes in complete soverignty of God in ALL things including salvation - predestination but gospel still needs to be preached / doesn't negate missions or human responsibility
- 3/22/2020 - Response to Demer's questions about Corsica
SAM MOCK - Southern Baptist Seminary-direct email 3/12/2020
- 28 years old, married, daughter(2) & son (5 months) - preaching since he was 17
- He's pursuing Master of Divinity; wife is attending Seminary Wives Institute
- Resume Cover Letter Picture (asked for, but I found them on Facebook)
- Facebook: Sam Lydia
- Sermon Samples (look for Bro. Sam Mock - have to go to older posts)
- 9/22/2019 - Longing for Eternity
- 3/17/2019 - Wrestling with Worldliness
- Personal Testimony & Call to Ministry
- Additional note from Sam: We have served on multiple occasions in rural communities and feel that is not only what we enjoy the most, but also what God has gifted us for. My wife and I both grew up in Ohio but have had a draw in both of our hearts to move further west than where we have lived thus far in life. This has narrowed our search of pastoral positions to specific types of areas that we are reaching out to in order to see where God might be calling us
- (3/17/2020) Sam's response to Additional Questions.
- (3/18/2020) - not currently talking to other churches; praying about possible international mission & our position
- 3/19/2020 = confirmed to meet evening of 3/25
- 3/20/2020 - Response to Sam's questions