Lead Pastor Search Timeline

Where are we in the process


The team is meeting with Context Staffing to strategize.


The team is prayerlly developing the church profile and church members are submitting surveys.


Context Staffing is working their vast network and combing through applications while the team is considering and vetting strong candidates.


The team is continuing to vet and has begun interviewing final candidates.


The candidate for Lead Pastor has been selected and will be presented to the congregation soon.

Monthly Updates


Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.   Romans 12:2

Dear Church Family,

We have listened to your voices and have valued your input about our next lead pastor. We have searched the scriptures and prayed about the man God will bring to us.  We have diligently asked to be filled with the Holy Spirit and that He would take away any biases or personal agendas so we can hear His leading. 

During these past weeks, we have been reading resumes and applications submitted to us by candidates. We have listened to sermons and have been encouraged by the many messages we have heard. These men can preach!  

Now we are beginning initial interviews. So what are we looking for?  Of course, we want a pastor who loves God and is sensitive to the Holy Spirit. A pastor who can convey that passion and is competent in teaching the word of God is a must, but we are also searching for a man of integrity who can love our church and the people of our church. Our lead pastor needs to shepherd this congregation and lead the staff to create an atmosphere where people feel loved and welcomed but also challenge the people to use their gifts to build God’s kingdom. 

Please pray. Pray the man who is to pastor this church is ready to take up the call. Pray that his family is ready to come and walk beside him here. Pray our congregation will love and support him.  Pray that our staff will lead well until he comes and the team will work well under the new pastor’s guidance. Pray that while we are waiting, our congregation is examining our hearts and seeking the leadership of the Holy Spirit in our individual lives. Pray that the search team hears clearly the leadership of the Holy Spirit so we may discern the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. 

Lord, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. My heart says this about you: “Seek His Face.”  Lord, I will seek your face. 

Thank you for your prayers,

Your Lead Pastor Search Team


Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.”  Galatians 6:9

Thank you so much for your prayers for our next lead pastor and this team.  Please pray for diligence and discipline for the search team and our church leaders.  The search process will require a great deal of follow-through on the parts of the individuals on the team. We value your prayers for unity and agreement.

When the pastor search process began, the church council decided to use an outside agency to help. They talked to four different groups and determined Context Staffing was the best fit for our church. Many candidates today like the anonymity the third party brings.  They are able to ask questions confidentially before submitting a resume. The world of social media has changed the way pastors view putting their information forward. Using Context Staffing also helps us cast a wide net and assists us in the vetting of candidates. However, this does not mean the pastor search team will not see these applications.  The team will have access to every resume submitted and we will see every candidate’s application. The Pastor search team is also reaching out to each person whose name was submitted to us by the congregation and we are asking them to pray and consider applying for the position of our lead pastor.

At this time, we have almost 60 applicants and among those are some very strong resumes. We plan to keep the application phase open for at least 90 days to give applicants time to process and pray about being our pastor. The expectation is there will be around 100 applicants by the end of the application phase.

We ask that you continue to pray with us for the man God has chosen to lead our church. Pray that he will feel the pull of the Holy Spirit to apply and pray the team will listen to the Spirit’s leading to select this man. Pray for the church he will be leaving and for his family.  Pray for our church and our staff that we will be ready to be shepherded by our next pastor.

By this everyone will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  – John 13:35

May our community see this in our church as we pray and wait for our next lead pastor. Pray that we are building God’s kingdom even as we wait.

 In love brothers and sisters,
The Lead Pastor Search Team:

 If you have any questions or comments you’d like to send to the team, please send an email to: pastorsearch@sv.church.


On behalf of your Lead Pastor Search Team (LPST), we want to thank each of you for your trust, support,
and above all, your prayers. We desire to be as transparent as possible in this search as a team. We hope
a monthly newsletter will be a beneficial way of doing so. Our goal with each update is to provide
information on where we are in the process, what to expect, and how you, our family, can play a vital
role in our search.

Before we dive into specifics, we must first pause, and thank God for what He is doing, even now, at the
beginning of this process. You will be encouraged to know the Holy Spirit is already laying a foundation of
like-mindedness within this team during times of prayer and the revealing of scripture. This week
specifically, God has impressed on each of us the message of patience. This process is not going to be an
overnight development, nor should it be. We are reminded in Habakkuk 2:3 that if it seems slow in
coming, we are to wait patiently.

With that being said, your LPST is not sitting idle. There are numerous things taking place during the
interim. One of our first actions was to develop, administer, and review the church-wide survey. We
truly appreciate your participation and value each of your responses. Please know your voices were
heard, and we look forward to sharing some of those results with you now.

· Top 3 strengths of SVBC:

1. Biblical Preaching
2. Core Beliefs
3. Worship Music

· Top 3 strengths of your Lead Pastor:

1. Shepherd
2. Leader
3. Teacher

· We also recognize areas needing improvement.

As for the actual search process, the position is open and active. Our partnering agency (Context
Staffing) has received a very encouraging number of applicants and looks forward to vetting potential
candidates. Context Staffing will continue to accept applications in the coming months. Your LPST will
continue to meet and provide you with updates.

· PRAISE REPORT: We are so thankful applications continue to be received daily.

· PRAYER REQUEST: In the coming week, specifically, pray for patience; for our team, as well as our
Severns Valley family. Pray for every situation and decision to be presented to God first with prayer and
thanksgiving. Pray that, with patience, we will express humility and gentleness, bearing with one another
in love.

· SPECIFIC SCRIPTURES TO PRAY: Philippians 4:6, Ephesians 4:2, Romans 12:12, Romans 8:25

In His service,
Your Lead Pastor Search Team

If you have any questions or comments you’d like to send to the team, please send an email to: pastorsearch@sv.church.


As many of you know, we are working with Context Staffing to assist us in casting as wide of a net as possible, in order to have the best candidates as we search for the man that God has picked out for our church’s next lead pastor.

As of today the website for candidates to apply will officially open!

But what does that mean?

Context staffing along with our team will promote the Lead Pastor position far and wide, from Maine to California. There will be a link on our church website on the lead pastor search team page that will take you directly to the application so that candidates can learn more about our church and the position.  Then, if they are so led, they will be able to fill out the application. This way every candidate goes through the same process, the same application, and we get all the same information for each, and every candidate. 

How you can be involved:

* If you have someone in mind that you think should apply, please reach out to them. They can find the information and apply via the link on our website or directly on Context Staffing’s website. This is how every candidate will apply. 

* Please join us in praying for the candidates, our team, and praying for our church.  We so appreciate your prayers and do not take this lightly.  We are so excited about what is to come!

How you can pray:

  • For discernment and wisdom for Context Staffing.

  • For the Lead Pastor Search Team to hear clearly from the Lord.

  • For peace and strength for the SVBC Church Staff.

  • For God to burden the members of SVBC to keep giving, keep serving, and encouraging others during this time.

  • For God to prepare and tender the heart of the man and his family that God has for SVBC.


If you have any questions or comments you’d like to send to the team, please send an email to: pastorsearch@sv.church.

Lead Pastor Search Team


Emmet Holley

Team Members

Kyle Souleyrette
Emily Fintel
Sarah Edwards
Brian Brown
Susan Ryan
Mike Burress
Sheila Larkin
Kay Brown