Pastor Search Updates

Pastor Search has Started!

Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, the First Baptist Church of Smithfield has begun the prayerful search for a new pastor. Our church is seeking a pastor who has a strong grasp on the Word of God and a desire to share that with the congregation through preaching, teaching and pastoral care. We seek a pastor who will show the love of Jesus by serving our church family and community. The  pastor search committee has completed preliminary tasks in preparing for the recruitment and interviews of candidates. Interest has already been expressed in the position. We should be able to begin screening candidates in the near future. We are still in the early stages of this work but we are making progress. Please continue to pray for the search committee as we seek God’s will for our church. Contact us at with any questions, concerns, interest, or messages of support.

See our Church and Pastor Profile for gives more information about our church and the type of person God is calling to this position

Update 8/10/21 – Deep and Inspiring Conversations with Candidates

“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Romans 15:5-6

Time has moved quickly since our last Pastor Search Committee Update! The PSC has conducted interviews with each of the candidates we wanted to get to know better. As we continue to invest time and effort in this process each week, God is providing us endurance and encouragement, giving us a strong bond and fellowship within the committee. Our interaction with the candidates has been a two-way street of mutual respect and prayerfully discerning the direction of the Holy Spirit. All of us in the PSC are amazed at the work these Church leaders are doing for the kingdom of Jesus Christ. We express our gratitude and admiration for them and pray that God continues to bless their ministries.

The work continues for the PSC. We have narrowed the list to a handful, and we are grateful and humbled that all have agreed to continue to explore FBC Smithfield as a potential calling. The next step is to take a deeper dive with these candidates and really get to know them. These longer interviews will take place over the coming weeks. 

Please continue to pray for the committee and these ministers. Pray that the Holy Spirit will be with us, and we will discern God’s will for both parties. Please do not hesitate to contact the committee with any questions or concerns as we move forward in the love of Jesus.

Update 6/27/21 – List of Candidates Received from CHC

Greetings church family. Coming into the season when we celebrate our Country and its freedoms, the PSC is hard at work. The knowledge, skills and experiences of each member are much appreciated. We have formed a strong working relationship and are committed to do our very best to find the pastor FBC Smithfield needs.

We aim to be as transparent as possible while respecting the confidentiality of prospects, so we hope to continue to provide meaningful updates on progress. To summarize, over the past several weeks, we have developed a covenant to guide our work, shared our faith journeys, publicized our search, learned about effective search processes and interview practices, established interview protocols and reviewed and responded to interested candidates. Most importantly we have remained prayerful throughout the process.

During this time, The Center for Healthy Churches has been conducting a nationwide recruitment of candidates for FBC Smithfield. We met with Dr. Mike Queen and Dr. Bill Wilson from CHC this past Tuesday evening. From the results of the CHCs search and our committee’s search efforts the pool has been narrowed to 11 outstanding and qualified candidates who match well with our church and pastor profiles. We are currently having conversations with these candidates to schedule the first of two rounds of extensive interviews. This next step in our pastor search will take time. We want you to know that we are working diligently and appreciate your continued prayers and patience.

Update 5/28/21 – Receiving and Talking to Prospects

The Holy Spirit continues to move in our hearts and guide us in our work. The committee has been meeting for over a month with a lot of progress made. We work closely together, getting to know one another and sharing our faith journeys. We have reached out to faith organizations to request names of qualified candidates who may be a good fit for FBC Smithfield as is detailed in our church / pastor profile. More interest continues to be expressed in the position and we have initiated preliminary conversations with prospects.

The committee is blessed to have the backing of a close-knit church family. We are encouraged by your messages of support we have received and your prayers. Please keep them coming. Continue to pray for the future of the Church and specifically FBC Smithfield.

Contact information and members of the Pastor Search Committee has been added to our Church and Pastor Profile