First Baptist Church Quitman
Monday, January 22, 2018
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Pastor Search Committee

Pastor Search Committee Report

Business Meeting on November 19, 2017


The Pastor Search Committee had our first meeting on August 27, 2017.  At that meeting each member of the committee was given a handbook published by LifeWay to be used as a guide as we seek the man God is preparing to come as Lead Pastor of First Baptist Church of Quitman. Each member was encouraged to study the handbook as we began our assignment.

Our second and organizational meeting was held on September 17, 2017.  At this meeting the following officers were elected: Allen Wheeler Vice Chairman, Sibby Heard Secretary and Tanja Dukes Prayer Coordinator.  Fran Wisenbaker, Tanja Dukes and Dee Dee Peek agreed to work together to see that current and appropriate information is made available on the church’s website.

At this meeting we also decided that our meeting times would be set for each Sunday at 7:30 p.m.  unless otherwise notified.  Due to conflicts, we have had to cancel or reschedule some of our meetings.

In order to assist the committee in developing a Profile for a Prospective Pastor, we decided in our September 24th meeting to develop and use a Congregational Survey to be distributed to the church on Sunday October 1st and collected on October 8th.  This was accomplished and the committee has found that the survey has been very helpful in developing a Pastor Profile for First Baptist Church of Quitman.

There was a substantial amount of work done in compiling the information from the survey before we could work on the profile.  That work has been accomplished and we have just completed our profile.  A copy will be posted on the church’s website and copies are available for congregational information.  Copies will be available up front tonight and also in the church office.

Your committee appreciates the participation of the congregation in the survey.  The committee members’ surveys were calculated separately from the congregation and we were so pleased that the results of the two compared very favorably, which means that the congregation and the committee expect the same in a pastor.  Just to highlight a few, both groups agreed that a candidate should have some Southern Baptist seminary training, at least 5 years prior ministerial experience, and that preaching and leadership should be the most important strengths in a pastor.

We have received a limited number of resumes and will be seeking others as we continue the task you have assigned us in seeking God’s man to be our next pastor.  We have felt your prayers as we have been working and ask that you continue to remember us daily as we continue.


Respectfully submitted:


John R. Stalvey, Chairman, Allen Wheeler, Vice Chairman,  Sibby Heard, Secretary,  Glenn Adkins, James Bradford, Tanja Dukes, Dee Dee Peek, Buford Smith and Fran Wisenbaker


Pastors wishing to get your resume to the committee for consideration please:

Email it to John Stalvey:

or Mail to:

First Baptist Church Quitman (Georgia)

Attention Pastor Search Committee

509 West Screven St.

Quitman, GA 31643