Senior Pastor Search Committee Updates

Regular updates from the committee will be posted here in addition to our monthly newsletter and monthly updates  announced at Sunday church services. 



We ask for your prayers, support and patience through this process.  We ask you to pray for us and for God to give us unity, spiritual strength, wisdom and endurance.  We also ask you to pray for the applicants, that God gives them spiritual strength, wisdom and guides them to the places he wants them to be.


Our mission is to find the pastor God has called to serve Chester Baptist Church.


May 1, 2020 Update

The committee wants to thank everyone who took the congregational pastor search survey!  We had 88 people provide feedback. With the survey feedback, we are putting together a Pastor Profile to help us narrow down our list of applicants.  We have received a large number of resumes and from a variety of states including Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Washington.  Our deadline for receiving resumes is coming up on April 30.  After our resume deadline, our next steps are to develop questions to ask our top 10-20 candidates to answer in a written form.

April 16, 2020 Update

Dear Church Family,

When you selected the seven of us to serve on the Senior Pastor Search Committee of Chester Baptist Church, we realized the dedication, the time, and commitment required to fulfill this daunting task. However, we had no idea life would change so drastically due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. We wanted each of you to know the committee is continuing to meet each week made possible by the advancement of technology, and CBC's membership with Zoom. (I thought zoom just meant to go fast as a plane!!!)

As mentioned in both the traditional and contemporary services on February 9th, the committee stated we had a goal of keeping you updated on our progress through the church's monthly Newsletter and through monthly announcements in the services. In keeping this promise, we would like to update you via email, since we are currently not attending worship services in person.

1)   We have had 10 meetings from 1 to 2 hours each.

2)   We posted our job description on various websites such as The Baptist General Association of Virginia and The deadline for receiving resumes is April 30th.

3)   We are presently reading resumes and rating them to determine which candidates to pursue further.

4)   This past Sunday was the extended deadline for the Congregational Survey in which you had the opportunity to complete electronically or by hard copy. Please find attached the results of 88 surveys submitted by you, our church family. This will give you an idea of what our church is looking for in our next senior pastor. The Pastor Search Committee will take all answers including the narrative answers (not included due to more personal responses) under consideration as we pray continuously to seek God's direction in the process. 

Please continue to pray for the unity of our committee, for the committee to stay strong against spiritual attacks, wisdom for the decisions we make, and for the endurance needed to complete the tasked in which we were charged. Pray that Chester Baptist Church focuses on what matters: a pastor who loves Christ, His Word, and His church.

Thank you ~ The Senior Pastor Search Committee


March 29, 2020 Update

The Senior Pastor Search Committee has been working diligently over the past month.  We rolled out the congregational pastor search survey on March 12, via email, providing an online survey link. The email stated hard copies would also be available at the church.  To date we’ve had 77 responses.  We thank everyone who has taken the survey and encourage anyone who hasn’t taken the survey to please do so.  We really want everyone’s input as we work to find our next Senior Pastor. The deadline to complete the survey is April 12. The online survey can be found at
We have also posted the Senior Pastor job description on various job posting sites including Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) and  Our resume submission deadline is April 30.
Our next step is to prepare a Pastor Profile based upon the congregational surveys. This will help us to eventually narrow down the resumes. 

February 23, 2020 Update

The committee was formed and members approved at the church business meeting on January 29, 2020.  The Senior Pastor Search Committee members are Victor Foreman, Linda Gwaltney, Crystal Hill, Kathy Lilley, Tim Meredith, Ed Newman and Kimberly Sasser. Our meetings to date have included getting to know each other, selecting officers, and training with Dr. James Hamacher of the Middle District Baptist Association.
We are currently working on a congregation survey and finalizing the senior pastor job description.  Suggestion boxes have been placed in the sanctuary vestibule, office foyer and youth area.  We welcome anyone to submit suggestions in these boxes.  We ask you provide your name so we can follow up if needed.