Senior Pastor Search Committee


Dear Bell Shoals Baptist Church family,

After months of prayerful searching, your Senior Pastor Search Committee is immensely grateful to announce that God has graciously led us to the man that we unanimously recommend as the next Senior Pastor of Bell Shoals Baptist Church. 

The candidate will be sharing this news with his current church family on Sunday, November 17. It’s important that his congregation hear the news first hand; therefore, his name will not be publicized until Sunday. Please be in prayer for him this week.

We are eager to facilitate opportunities for you to get to know the candidate and his family. This Sunday, November 17, a brochure introducing the Senior Pastor candidate will be distributed on all campuses at the conclusion of each service. The following Sunday, November 24, the candidate will preach “in view of a call” during the morning worship services for all campuses. In accordance with our church bylaws, a Special Called Church Conference will follow that evening for congregational voting in the Worship Center on the Brandon Campus at 5 pm. 

We have arranged other ways for you to acquaint yourself with the candidate and his family including a gathering for all campuses on Friday evening, November 22, where the candidate will share his testimony and answer questions. On Saturday, November 23, there will be a churchwide reception for all campuses that will allow you to interact with the candidate and his family in a more relaxed, less structured environment.

November 22-24, is going to be an exciting weekend across all campuses to learn, pray, worship and celebrate. Throughout this search process, we have experienced so many things that can only be explained by the generosity and faithfulness of our God. We joyfully anticipate this weekend to be yet another opportunity to “taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

The complete weekend schedule for all campuses is listed below. Please note that childcare reservations are needed by November 18.

Weekend Schedule (All campuses)

Friday, November 22, 2019

7 pm – Worship Center, Brandon Campus 

All campuses are invited to meet candidate and his family. He will share his testimony and answer questions.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

7:30-8:30 am - Annex 1, Brandon Campus 

Candidate will meet with deacons from all campuses.

2-4 pm – Special Events Center, Brandon Campus 

Churchwide Reception for all campuses

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Sunday Morning Worship Services 

Candidate will preach in the morning worship services for all campuses.

5 pm – Worship Center, Brandon Campus 

All campuses will join together for a Special Called Church Conference to vote on our next Senior Pastor.

We will provide childcare for preschoolers for the Friday evening Worship Center event and Sunday’s Special Called Church Conference. Reservations are needed no later than November 18. Please call 813.689.4229, ext. 295.

By the Grace of God,

Senior Pastor Search Committee

Howard Bryant, Chairman

Tara Adkins

Claude Bowen

Bryan Cannon

Eddie Mercer

Isaac Treesh

Alison Wright

Meg Adcock, Alternate

Aprile Sweers, Alternate

read our blog for the latest information about the search process

Senior Pastor Search Committee:

Tara Adkins

Children's Ministry volunteer and ladies' Bible study host

Claude Bowen

Chairman of Deacons, choir member, and missions team leader

Howard Bryant SPSC Chairman

LIFE Group teacher and Every Door Neighborhood Outreach volunteer

Bryan Cannon

Finance Committee Chairman, usher, maintenance volunteer

Eddie Mercer

LIFE Group teacher and prison ministry volunteer

Isaac Treesh

Personnel Committee Chairman, LIFE Group teacher, and Encouraging Sports volunteer

Alison Wright

Church Treasurer and widow's ministry volunteer

Senior Pastor Search Committee alternates:


Meg Adcock

Intercessory Prayer Room and Women's Ministry volunteer

Aprile Sweers

Women's Ministry volunteer and LIFE Group teacher

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