Senior Pastor Search

Introduction of Search Committee by Vice Chairman Phil Morgan

Phil Morgan- Vice Chairman of the Elder Board

  • As we look at the future of FAC, the Governing Board of Elders are asking for your prayers as we seek to discern God’s will for the next season of ministry of the church. Our role is to oversee the vision and the health of the church…both today and into the future.
  • Pastor Marty will be concluding his time as Senior Pastor in June 2021. At that time, Pastor Marty will have completed over 40 years of ministry at FAC. As Marty and Laurie previously stated, after years of praying and seeking private counsel they now feel that it is time to pass the baton on to the next generation of leadership.
  • Discussions surrounding Marty’s succession planning started over five years ago. Since that time the succession planning was a frequent topic at our Elder meetings. In preparing for this transformation, we read multiple books on this subject matter, sought counsel from outside advisors and received guidance from churches who successfully worked through a similar transition as the one we are going through now.
  • As an Elder-governed church, we are charged with driving the process and making the decision on the next Senior Pastor for FAC. We will also be in consultation with the District Superintendent of our denomination, the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
  • We know you all have and will have a lot of questions about the process and I would like to inform you of some key aspects:
    • First, we ask for your prayers and your input. While the decision will be made by the Governing Board of Elders, we want to hear from you. We will also be providing periodic updates as we go through this process.
    • To help facilitate more effective two-way communication, we are asking you to send your questions, comments and/or concerns to
    • Second, no decision has been made on who will replace Pastor Marty. Starting now, we will begin the search for the next lead pastor. We will conduct a national search with a thorough and objective method for due diligence.
      • The Elder Board will select the new Senior Pastor. And of course, Pastor Marty will provide input during the process. As a group, the Elder Board would only make the decision on a unanimous basis. We want to clearly hear together the Lord’s choice to lead FAC into the future.
    • Third, we will be looking for someone who clearly has God’s anointing, feels called to the church, is in alignment with the vision of FAC and can provide strong Godly leadership.
    • Lastly, as one of our final steps in the preparation and process, the Elder Board has commissioned and established a Pastor Search Team. The team will be introduced to you in a moment. The Pastor Search Team’s primary function will be to identify candidates for our next lead Pastor.
  • Again, we ask that you keep the transition process as a priority in your prayer life. This is a big deal and change is often a challenge. But we also serve a big God that wants the best for the future of FAC. And, we are still on a mission. We have much to accomplish in the years ahead and for our children’s generation.