The Pastoral Selection Ministry Action Team (MAT) of First Baptist Church, Carthage was approved by the church on September 24, 2023. Since that time, the MAT has been meeting and working through the process and procedures recommended by the SBTC. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the desire of the MAT is to find the next Senior Pastor for FBC that will meet the current and future needs and desires of our church. We believe that God has already chosen that man, and we are simply discerning His will to find him.

Latest Update from the Pastoral Selection MAT

We received just over 50 resumes and through prayer and researched narrowed the field to less than 5. We then requested additional information from those candidates and have prayerfully evaluated those responses. We are excited to see how God continues to lead us forward in a unified manner, as we seek His man, in His timing. Continue to pray for our team, our church, and the one the Lord would have to serve as our next Senior Pastor.


It is our desire to keep the church informed on where we are in the process of finding the next Senior Pastor for FBC.

Getting Ready

Preparation & Process

Create Church, Community, & Pastor Profiles

Post Job & Begin Receiving Resumes (April 5, 2024 deadline)

Identify & Evaluate Pastoral Prospects

Interview Best Prospects, Discern God's Call & Decision

Recommend a New Pastor

Pastor Approval, Welcome & Transition


Our MAT has  worked hard to create the pastor, church, and community profiles. These profiles are designed to be a tool to evaluate pastoral candidates. It's important to us that we share with our church family the type of man we are looking for in our next Senior Pastor, who we are as a church, and the demographics of the community we serve.


Back Row (L-R): Doug Mims, Stephen Bogenschutz, Jason Prewitt, Steve Mihlhauser (Chairman), Richard Reed (Deacon Chairman)
Front Row (L-R): Adrean Seaborn (Director of Discipleship), Kristen Philley, Lacy Jones, Janet Humber (Secretary)