Colonial Heights is in the process of seeking who God has set aside to lead our church family as the next Senior Pastor. We would ask that you join us in searching God's will in this matter and commit to praying daily for the process and those involved. If you would like to submit a candidate for consideration, you may do that by using this link to email the Senior Pastor Search Team. Here are some specific ways our Team has requested that you pray.


Team Members

Bob Spring, Chair
Lee Adams
Stephanie Brown
Beth Davis
Sam Devore
Rachel Jacobson
Ernest Sanders
Jimmy Stephenson
Ivery Wood

Prayer Points

  • That our prayers will not be hindered and that we experience the peace of God—Philippians 4:6-7
  • Wisdom to understand the Godly expectations for a senior pastor and discernment to identify the pastor God has for us—1 Timothy 3:1-7 and James 1:5-6
  • Faith to exercise Spiritual power to glorify God—Ephesians 3:14-21
  • Enhanced awareness of spiritual warfare and a hedge of protection from spiritual attacks—Ephesians 6:10-20
  • That Colonial Heights will be a light in our community and the world—Philippians 2:12-15
  • Unity as a team, being careful to pray for one another – Ephesians 4:1-7
  • Wisdom as we learn about each other – 1 Thessalonians 3:11-13
  • Spiritual wisdom and discernment for the individual God is calling to be the under shepherd for Colonial Heights—Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19
  • That we can communicate effectively with each other as we establish trust and pursue God’s direction —Ephesians 4:29, Galatians 6:2, and Ecclesiastes 4:9-12


Candidate Profile 

Colonial Heights Baptist Church is seeking a man called by God and ordained into Gospel Ministry whose life is characterized by the qualities set forth in Scripture:

1 Timothy 3:1-7 
The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.

Titus 1:6- 9
If anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.  For an overseer, as God's steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.


In addition to biblical characteristics listed above, CHBC seeks a pastor who: 

  • Has a growing relationship with Jesus Christ
  • Preaches the truth derived from God’s Word boldly and with doctrinal clarity
  • Has an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university and a seminary degree from an accredited seminary
  • Affirms the Baptist Faith and Message 2000
  • Loves the people (the flock) of Colonial Heights as a biblical under-shepherd and invests time, energy, and prayer with the congregation and staff
  • Provides a vision and direction for CHBC that is in accordance with the Mission of Christ and the counsel of scripture
  • Has experience effectively leading other pastors and ministry teams
  • Provides leadership for the church staff including, but not limited to:

          -Setting priorities for the church (goals, staff meetings, church calendar)
          -Working with ministers to align their respective ministries with the vision for the church
          -Developing staff spiritually and professionally
          -Fostering an environment that encourages openness and collaboration

  • Has a passion for intergenerational ministry modeled in Deuteronomy 6 and Titus 2
  • Has a desire to build healthy marriages, support families and promote family worship
  • Has a passion for missions (local, national, and international)
  • Pursues efforts to minister across barriers of race, economics, and social status
  • Models personal evangelism and motivates the congregation to share the gospel
  • Models discipleship and motivates the congregation to make disciples in accordance with the Great Commission
  • Equips and personally participates with the congregation for the work of ministry, avoiding the pitfall of limiting ministry work to paid professionals (church staff)
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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5:17-18