Senior Pastor

Website Thomasville Road Baptist Church

Thomasville Road Baptist Church is prayerfully seeking a full-time Senior Pastor who will provide spiritual leadership and vision to our staff, ministry leaders, and congregation. This man of God will have a gift and passion for studying, preaching, and teaching God’s word. He will also have a passion for seeing others come to know Christ and grow in their relationship with Him.

About our Church

Thomasville Road Baptist Church (TRBC) is a community of believers who are being transformed by the power of Christ for Kingdom impact! We equip both believers and seekers to pursue God, worship Jesus Christ, proclaim the gospel, and serve others. Our multigenerational and multicultural church prioritizes missions locally and globally by giving, praying, sending and going. Our 18-acre campus with over 100,000 square feet of air-conditioned space is strategically located in the heart of Tallahassee, Florida. People come from all over Leon County to worship with us. With a $3.3 million-dollar budget and an average attendance of 800 in small group Bible studies and 1000 on campus each Sunday, we strive to be good stewards of the resources with which God has blessed us.  Since 1952, we have been sharing the life-changing love of Christ. It is our hope and prayer that people find faith here in the heart of Tallahassee.

Position Overview

  • Education and Experience
    The ideal candidate will have an advanced degree from an SBC seminary or similar accredited Christian university or seminary, ideally holding at least a Master of Divinity degree. He will be theologically sound and comfortably align himself with the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message. He will also be ordained by a Southern Baptist church. The Senior Pastor will have at least five years of senior pastor experience, or comparable executive ministry experience, in a church of at least similar size, and otherwise be equipped to lead TRBC through a course of anticipated growth.
  • Ministry Skills
    Our new Senior Pastor will unashamedly preach the gospel and motivate others to actively grow in their faith and stewardship while using their gifts to serve in ministry.  Through his weekly sermons, he will provide biblical knowledge, spiritual nourishment, and relevant life application while addressing difficult topics Christians face in today’s world. He will build effective relationships across all generations within the church and in the Tallahassee community. This strong, confident leader will communicate the vision of TRBC clearly while boldly guiding the staff and congregation to accomplish this vision together as the Lord guides us. He will have a heart for missions that will be evident in previous ministry roles. Additionally, he will be a good steward of the church’s finances and hold a respectful commitment to the Southern Baptist Convention and its programs.
  • Personal Qualifications
    The ideal candidate will model the life of a disciple by maintaining an evident and strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ and setting an example to others in humility and servanthood. As a shepherd, he will compassionately counsel those who are hurting. If married, he will be devoted to his wife and lead his family well by maintaining a healthy balance between home and ministry responsibilities.

About Tallahassee

Tallahassee is the largest city in the panhandle and the capital of Florida, the third largest state in the nation. Located in Leon County, it is the home of many government agencies, lobbying organizations, trade and state associations, and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (Mag Lab). Tallahassee is also home to Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and Tallahassee Community College serving over 70,000 students. At least 48% of people age 25 and older living here have a bachelor’s or higher degree. Top employers include the State of Florida, FSU and Leon County Schools. According to the 2017 census, there are 191,000 people living in Tallahassee. Approximately 75% of those people are 45 years old or younger with a median age of 27 years old.

Our top-rated K-12 school systems include public, private, charter, Christian, and homeschool options. Children and youth participate in a variety of sports through city leagues, private leagues, school teams, travel teams, and Upward Sports. Our canopy roads, parks and garden, lakes and nearby rivers, mountain bike paths, greenways, golf courses, and running trails provide plenty of outdoor adventures. Weekends in Tallahassee are filled with various festivals, 5K/10K races, concerts, theater shows, and of course, plenty of sporting events. The weather temperature in Tallahassee ranges from an average of 41 degrees in the winter to 91 degrees in the summer. Springtime and early summer bring beautiful blooming azaleas and lots of afternoon rain showers. St. George Island, the closest beach to Tallahassee, is only a short 90-minute drive.

For more detailed information regarding Leon County and Tallahassee including climate, public school grades, crime rate, cost of living, and population data, we invite you to explore the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality at http://oevforbusiness.org/data-center/statistical-digest/.

Application Process

All qualified candidates should submit the following documents and items to the Pastor Search Committee:

  • Resume – including a full list of churches where you have served in any ministry role
  • Four references – two business and two personal (References will not be called until later in the selection process.)
  • A website link to your recent sermons

Items should be sent to Scott Gwartney, Chairman of the Pastor Search Committee, at pastorsearch@thomasvilleroad.org.

Note: Candidates who are selected for further consideration will be asked to consent to additional reference checks and a full background check including criminal and financial history performed through an outside agency to ensure confidentiality.

All resumes must be received by Wednesday, July 31, 2019.