In June 2020, Pastor Mike Fitzgerald gave our Personnel Committee his intent to step down from the position of Senior Pastor as of June 5, 2022 after which time he will have served our church 40 years.
According to our Constitution, the Nominating Committee and Personnel Committee then met together to develop the nominee list for the Pastor Search Committee. There were 7 names of proposed committee members and 3 proposed alternates. The Deacons and the Board of Directors affirmed the search committee nominees presented by the Personnel and Nominating Committees and on April 11, 2021 a ballot vote was taken by church members on each individual proposed committee member. According to the constitution, each proposed member would have to receive a 75% vote, which was the case. In a church service on July 4th , this committee was commissioned as our Pastor Search Committee.
The Pastor Search Committee (PSC) is to represent the church body in searching for and calling a new pastor to the church. The PSC will work through a process which includes four phases. These four phases are:
The PSC will be in communication with the church body throughout these phases as often as the committee is able. The committee will complete the search process and bring a candidate to the church body for the congregation to vote upon. The goal of the PSC is to find and prayerfully seek a man who is discipleship-minded and will live out the mission of Clifford Baptist Church:
Our Pastor Search Committee will release periodic updates to the congregation. They will be posted here.
If you have any comments/questions for our committee, please feel free to email them at email@example.com
Aug. 24, 2021 Update
These are the results from the Congregational Survey conducted by the PSC. If you have any questions or comments please email the PSC at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please continue to pray for our team as we are nearing the end of the Preparation Phase and will soon be entering into the Search Phase.
A family in Christ, reaching a world in need.
THE PASTOR SEARCH COMMITTEE
Jim and Amy Saunders have raised 5 young men at Clifford Baptist since joining in 1997. James and his wife, Megan, and son Tripp, live in Amherst while Andrew and his wife, Leighanne, live in Red House, Va. Phillip is a Financial Planner in Newport News and Jacob and Nathan are students at Va. Tech. Jim has served as a Deacon, serves on the Personnel Committee, and teaches Sunday School to the Middle School and High School.
Glenda Wray Jennings
John & Jodi Coots moved from Western New York in 1998 to be the Certified Athletic Trainer and teacher for Nelson County Public Schools – Currently a Professor at Liberty University. John and Jodi have two incredible daughters, McKenna (17) and Lilyanna (15). John and his family have been members at Clifford Baptist Church since 2005. John is very passionate about serving the CBC church family as a deacon, assisting with the Youth Group (past 7 years), assisting KJK services, and now as a member of the Pastoral Search Committee.
Chad Fleming - Alternate
Chad has attended Clifford Baptist Church for over 15 years, along with his wife Kari and daughters Hayley and Mackenzie. He currently serves in the Media Services, King Jesus Kids’ ministry, and the Youth Group. He has served as a Deacon, member of the Personnel Committee, Nominating Committee and served as Deacon Chair, placing him on many other committees. “I am very passionate about finding the right man that GOD has for our church.”
Matt Giles moved to the Lynchburg area in November of 2007. He and his wife, Naomi, have been attending Clifford Baptist since October of 2013. Matt and Naomi have two amazing children, Ainslee (7), and Asher (6). He has a passion for serving CBC as a youth leader on Wednesday evenings, as a youth Sunday school teacher, as a Deacon, and now as a member of the Pastoral Search Committee.
Jeremy Fulcher - Alternate
Jeremy grew up at Clifford Baptist Church, attending since 1994. Clifford Baptist Church is where he met his wife, Meredith, and where they are raising their son Julian, with another son due in September. Jeremy currently serves in Media Services, Young Adults, and Fall Festival.
Erin Minter -Alternate
Erin has been a member of Clifford Baptist Church for over 20 years. Since joining she has married her husband Jake and they have been blessed with two beautiful children, Leah (12) and Daniel (9). Erin is a current member of the choir and serves on Wednesday evenings with the Girls in Action and in the nursery on Sunday mornings, loving on all of the precious babies in our church.