First Baptist Church of Bastrop, TX

Pastor Search Committee

 

 

Kevin Adare

Deacon Chairman

Kevin has been married to his wife Lynn for 36 years. They have 3 children who all grew up in First Baptist Church's Children and Youth Ministries as well as being saved and baptized in FBC. Together their children have blessed him and his wife with 9 grandchildren. Kevin has been a member at FBC Bastrop for 42 years and is blessed to serve as Deacon Chairman, Personnel Committee Chairman, and now, Chairman of the Pastor Search Committee. He also teaches the Adult 2 Sunday School class.

 

Kevin asks for prayer for God's guidance over this committee as we seek the man He has already set aside for us.

Ollie Jo Bozeman

Secretary

Ollie Jo Bozeman has two adult sons and two grandchildren. She joined First Baptist Church Bastrop in 2006. Ollie Jo currently serves as a member of the Finance Committee and the Hospitality Committee. Ollie Jo sings in the choir and helps to lead worship on the Praise Team. She volunteers with VBS and as a day worker in the kitchen at Kidz Kamp. She is honored to serve on the Pastor Search Committee.

 

Ollie Jo asks that you pray for her and the committee as we work through this process to select the man God has chosen to be our next pastor.

Elizabeth Sizemore

Communication Secretary

Elizabeth has been a member of First Baptist Church of Bastrop since 2006 when her family moved to Bastrop. She attends FBC with her parents, siblings, and grandpa. She grew up through our Children's and Youth Ministires and started volunteering when she was in youth. Elizabeth currently serves in many areas of our church including Children's Ministry as the Pre-K VBS Leader and a lifeguard at Kidz Kamp every summer, the Sunday morning Media Team, and in our Young Adults Minsitry.

 

Elizabeth asks the church begins to pray with excitement, and not sadness or fear, as we walk through this transition. Change can be hard but often it is a good thing!

David McCall

David and his wife, Carolyn, have been members of First Baptist Church Bastrop since 2012.  They moved here to be near their daughter, Megan, her husband and six wonderful grandchildren. David's activities in the church are primarily in the Music Ministry (his passion) as a member of the Church Choir and Praise Team and in assisting our Worship Leader.  He also serve on the Building and Grounds Committee, Hospitality Committee, Sound Committee, and as a member of the FBC Church Council. 

David's prayer request is to ask you to lift up all members of our committee as we submit to God’s will, and allow Him to use us as He sees fit in this process.

Kimberly Burns

Kimberly has been married to Elisha for 21 years. They have one son, Caleb. They have attended FBC Bastrop since 2010 and became members in October 2011. Kimberly has served FBC Bastrop on the Finance Committee from 2015-2021, she has been a Kidz Kamp Lifeguard since 2012, has helped with Jr.High Missions, VBS, and is currently serving the FBC Youth. Kimberly also sings in the choir and helps lead worship on the Praise Team.

 

Please be in prayer, as we step into this new chapter of FBC Bastrop, that our hearts will be open to the direction God is leading our church.

Joe Martina

Joe Martina has been married to his wife, Judi, for 48 years. We have 2 adult sons that are both married. Judi and I have been members of First Baptist Church since 2018. Joe assisted in the construction of the new stage, he is an usher, a member of the finance committee, and the Adult 1 Sunday school teacher.

 

Please pray that the Lord will guide the Pastor Search Committee to the man that He has already chosen to be our next pastor.

Roger Westbrook

Roger and his wife, Debbie, are blessed to call First Baptist Church home for close to six years now. Over the years Roger has been blessed to be a children’s Sunday school leader, a leader in R.A.s, and outside the church a Boy Scout leader. For the past two years he has been privileged to be called to serve as a deacon in our church, and now serving on the pastor search committee.

 

Roger is requesting your prayers for himself and for the committee going forward as they seek God’s will to find the man He has already chosen to serve as our pastor for the future.

Donald North

Alternate Chairman

Donald has been married to Cynda Kay for 54 years. Don has been a member of First Baptist Church since 2017 and has served as a Deacon since 2018. Don was a bus driver, and is now serving as an Usher, a member of Safety & Security Team, and the Hospitality Committee. Don managed the installation of security cameras, and assisted with the construction of the new stage.

 

Please pray for Raymond and Sue as they move on to a new stage of life.

Jennifer Guajardo

Alternate

Jennifer is the proud mother of 3 children: Cristina, Rebekah, and Diego. They have been members at FBC Bastrop since 2020. Jennifer currently serves as a praise team and choir member as well as Youth Sponsor. Although she has been here for a short time, she has been privileged to serve in church ministry for over 20 years as a Sunday School Director and teacher, VBS director, Worship leader, youth sponsor, and praise team and choir member.

 

Please join Jennifer in praying for our new Pastor, our transition at FBC, and Dr. Edge and his new chapter in retirement.

Rodney Davis

Alternate

Rodney has been married to his wife, Debbie, for 27 years. They have one daughter, Veronika. Rodney has been a member of FBC since 1999. Rodney is one of our newest deacons. He also serves as an usher, in the church choir, and assist when needed in children's ministry and the kitchen.


Rodney asks for prayers for this Pastor Search Committee and the church body in the upcoming weeks and months, for wisdom and guidance to choose the one the Lord has directed to our church for transitional ministers, interim and permanent pastor.

Introducing our 2024 Pulpit Supply Pastors:

Randy Bales (Preaching February 18 - March 3):

Pastor Randy grew up on a dairy farm in north central Missouri. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music with a minor in Business Administration at the University of Central Missouri.  From there he enrolled in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, TX where he earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education. Upon graduation he joined the staff of University Baptist Church in San Antonio, Texas as Associate Pastor of Music and Education. In 2002 the church called him to serve as Senior Pastor. He retired from UBC In December 2019 after 33 years of fruitful ministry. He continues ministering as an itinerate preacher in South Texas. He has been married to Peggy for 39 years.They have three children and two grandchildren. They live in New Braunfels, Texas and are active members of First Baptist Church, New Braunfels.

Wiatt Warren (Preaching March 10 & 17):

Wiatt Warren attended Jr College at New Mexico Military Institute Roswell, NM on a football scholarship. Wiatt graduated from University of North Texas also on a football scholarship. Wiatt went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before retirement he served in the role of Executive Pastor at the following churches: FBC Bridgeport (for two years during seminary), FBC Quitman, Tx ( 12 years), International Baptist Church Singapore (three years), Hutto Baptist Church (three years), and FBC Wimberley (13 years). In all of these churches he was called on regularly to preach on Sunday mornings as well as Wednesdays. He was also called on to preach at many funerals and performed many weddings. He also had the great privilege to lead countless and varied mission trips. From Singapore I was in leadership for mission trips to Taiwan and the Philippines where we had over 500 professions of faith during our work. From Wimberley he lead the Disaster Relief efforts during the Wimberley floods and our church’s efforts after the Bastrop fire. He also lead eight mission trips to Kenya where we worked with orphanages and lead in annual Pastor Conferences. Peak attendance for these conferences was 275 pastors. Since retiring from full time ministry in 2021 he has been available for pulpit supply, interim work, and mission trips. FBC Scherz has used Wiatt many time while they were searching for their pastor. He and his wife have deployed as needed with SBTC Disaster Relief.

 

Wiatt is married to Pat Warren - partner in life and ministry for over 50 year and the have two adult children and four grandchildren.

Purpose: Our Purpose is to find God's man to preach His word, lead our church, care for the family, and reach our community.

 

The Pastor Search Committee can be reached by emailing: pastorsearch@fbcbastrop.org. Please direct all inquires through this email address.

 

 

Our team meets on the first and third Tuesdays of every month.

 

Current and Continuing Prayer Needs and Updates:

  • 2/20: The Pastor Search Committee began drafting the Three Profiles that are an important part of our Pastor Search. The committee is excited to hear from the church during our final listening session on Sunday. We have seen clear themes emerging in our members hopes and dreams for our church's new era.
  • 2/6: The Pastor Search Committee spent time looking at the data collected from the Church Health Survey. Church members are invited to join the Pastor Search Committee for the final two listening session, we want to hear your hopes and dreams for the future of FBC. The information from our survey and listening session will help the committee create profiles to be important parts of our search process.
  • 1/16: The Church Health Survey is still available for church members who have not yet completed the survey. It will remain open until January 31st. Church members are invited to join the Pastor Search Committee for one of the upcoming Listening Sessions on January 28, February 11, and February 25. These session will give members a chance to share their hopes and dreams for the future of FBC with the committee.
  • 1/2: The Church Health Survey will be opened for the church to complete on Monday, January 8th. The survey link will be available by church-wide email, social media, and on this webpage.    
  • 12/19: The Pastor Search Committee continued to plan the upcoming church survey. The committee discussed future Church Listening Sessions for continued, indepth learning from the FBC church family to guide the committee's work. 
  • 12/17: The Pastor Search Committee has announced to the church the Pulpit Supply plan through March 31, 2024. The following men will be blessing our church with weekly Sunday sermons: Steve Washburn (January 7-21), Rick Perkins (January 28 - February 11), Randy Bales (February 18 - March 3), and Wiatt Warren (March 10-17). (Special programming is planned for March 24th and Easter Sunday, March 31st.) Please join the Pastor Search Committee in praying for these men as they come alongside our church in our transition period.
  • 12/5: The Pastor Search Committee created a plan for continued Pulpit Supply to be announced to the church soon. The committee also reviewed the Church Health Survey to be shared in January.
  • 11/21: The Pastor Search Committee met and continued the discussion on the transitional pastorate and the church health survey.
  • 11/7: The Pastor Search Committee met and discussed the transitional pastorate and the church health survey.
  • 10/17: The Pastor Search Committee met to continue the discussion to find FBC's transition pastor.

    The Pastor Search Committee is inviting the FBC Family to our FBC Family Meeting on October 29, 2023 starting at 1:30pm.
       
  • 10/3: The Pastor Search Committee will host a FBC family meeting on October 29, 2023, at 1:30pm-3:30pm, to answer the church's questions focused on our pastor search process and procedures, church transition, and how we are moving forward in this new season at FBC.

    Please submit your question online
    here or by picking up a form in the foyer and returning it to a Pastor Search Committee member.
  • 9/19: The Pastor Search Committee has created a plan to fill the pulpit through the end of 2023.

    Please continue to pray for wisdom and guidance for each member of your Pastor Search Team.
  • 9/5: The Pastor Search Committee decided that Steve Ponder, a retired pastor and current member of FBC Bastrop, will fill the pulpit after October 1, when Dr. Edge preaches his last sermon, through the end of October. The Pastor Search Committee is creating a plan to fill the pulpit after October 29.

    Beginning October 1, the church will be invited to particpate in a monthly direction for prayer.
  • 8/23: The Pastor Search Committe has held their first meeting and will now begin meeting every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.