SENIOR PASTOR SEARCH

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

- Romans 8:28

PURPOSE

The mission of Mountain Park Church’s senior pastor search committee is to prayerfully seek, discern, and engage the leader we believe God has chosen to be the next Senior Pastor who will help MPC continue to live out its mission of inviting the distracted and disinterested to realize their role in God’s story.

UPDATES

On Saturday, November 6 - we'll be having a Prayer Meeting from 7:30 - 8:30 AM onsite in the Student Union Building.

- Thank you to all those who completed the Congregation Survey
- The Senior Pastor position will be listed and open to applicants on Monday, October 4

- Staff Focus Groups will be taking place on 9/23
- Congregation Survey link will be shared during the Sunday service on 9/26

-Weekly fasting by all committee members began in August
-Developing candidate profile and evaluation matrix for reviewing resumes and the interview process
-Staff survey went out last week that included 20 questions regarding qualities of our church and an incoming pastor
-Finalizing a church wide monthly prayer plan
-Preparing for presenting at the MPC Envision meeting
-Planning for staff focus groups and congregation survey for late September

PRAYER

We invite you to join us as we pray throughout this process of finding our next Senior Pastor.

Please read our Senior Pastor job description. To apply, please click the APPLICATION button and send to jobs@mountainpark.org

COMMITTEE

  • Rachel Anderson and her husband, Jason, have two teenage children, Noah and Taryn. They have been a part of the Mountain Park Church family for just over seven years. Rachel serves alongside her husband in our Marriage Monday/Re-Engage Ministry and their family loves serving on the Rocky Point mission trips together. Rachel has also served in our prayer team and women’s ministry discipleship group for the past few years. You can also find her participating in a women’s bible study and yoga classes at Mountain Park. She has worked in the mortgage industry the past 20 years and is in the process of pursuing a career change to Christian counseling.

  • Chris Atkinson and his wife, Jean, have been attending Mountain Park Church since 2004. Chris served in Children and Student Ministries and is currently serving with Jean in the Marriage Mondays Ministry. They have been married for 27 years and have two children currently attending ASU. An Arizona native, Chris graduated from the University of Arizona and pursued a career as a consulting structural engineer. Part of his role as Partner in his engineering firm is reviewing, mentoring and guiding team members, as well as pursuit and negotiation of new employees. Chris and Jean enjoy spending time with family and friends, and exploring through travel.

  • Kelly Brown and her husband, Lawrence, have been attending Mountain Park Church since 2003, where their four children have grown up in and also call their home church. Kelly has served in multiple ministries, including Children and Student Ministries and participated in several groups and bible studies. She has a business degree from the University of Arizona and a Masters in International Management from Thunderbird. Born in Taiwan, Kelly lived in Libya where she began learning English before immigrating to the US. She enjoys traveling, reading and some good iced tea.

  • Pam Clark has been attending Mountain Park for over 17 years. She is a founding member of the Mountain Park prayer partners, served in Student Ministry in a variety of roles, and led or participated in several small groups and bible studies. Pam works part-time as an executive assistant for an educational consultant. She has a Masters in Library and Science. Married to Michael Clark for 31 years, they have two adult children – Erik and Rachel. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, making cards, and reading.

  • Carson Mohr has been a regular attender of Mountain Park Church since 2007. He started out as a student in our Student Ministry, then served as a leader for six years, and has been part of our Worship Arts Ministry for the last three years. Carson’s passion is to represent and advocate for the population of Young Adults in our church and surrounding community, to help them realize their role in God's story. He has seen first hand the incredible things the Lord has done for Mountain Park and is hoping to help others experience the same love and truth of the Lord. Carson has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mathematics and Statistics and currently works at Edward Jones in Mutual Funds Reconciliation.

  • Don O’Neill and his wife Chris have worshipped at Mountain Park Church since 2010. They have been active in church life – faithfully attending bible studies, hosting a small group in their home and volunteering for numerous outreach ministries. Don is a founding board member of Hope for the Homeless, Inc. – a charitable non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless and indigent in Phoenix. In 2020 Don incorporated Student Community Outreach, Inc., a charitable non-profit corporation led by five student directors and three board members dedicated to providing essential educational supplies, nutrition and resources to students and their families. Don and Chris enjoy spending time with family and friends, traveling and cycling. Don is a corporate attorney employed by a national real estate and financial services company.

  • Bob Himelrick and his wife, Jie Xia, have been attending Mountain Park Church since 2013. He has led many prayer and bible classes at the church. He currently serves as a Team Leader over prayer ministries. Bob has officially retired from sales management after 36 years with Liberty Mutual Insurance. He is also a US Army veteran and earned his BBA from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in Biblical and Theological studies from Phoenix Seminary.

FAQs

The Search Committee will interview and screen qualified candidates and provide recommendations to the Board of Servant Leaders for review and final approval. The recommended candidate(s) will be invited to visit, and guest teach as part of the interview process. When a final candidate is determined, the BOSL will nominate the candidate for a vote by the MPC congregation.

Like any search within senior leadership, the process may take some time. There is no set time frame or time limit for the search. The Search Committee will be following a new-hire procedure already in place at MPC which includes posting the job opening on the MPC Jobs webpage, the Senior Pastor Search webpage, and several other sites commonly used to post openings for pastors and other church positions. Interested candidates will submit their resume, sermon samples and other documents for consideration. The committee’s commitment is to be considerate of all applicants, patient with the process and seek the best candidate God reveals to MPC.

Interested candidates and referrals can email their information to jobs@mountainpark.org.

Yes. The position will be posted on the MPC website and a number of other sites commonly used to post openings for pastors and other church positions.

No. Jesus directed us to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19.) Jesus was clear about the mission of the church. At MPC, we understand our unique calling is to invite the distracted and disinterested to realize their role in God’s story.

During the search process, a number of pastors and guest speakers will be invited to teach during Sunday services. Pastor Don Doe has graciously agreed to teach on many of the upcoming Sundays during this process.

No. The Search Committee does not plan on hiring an outside search firm but will consider all referrals and recommendations.

The Search Committee is guided by thoughtful prayer and deliberation along with advice from Pastor Kimberly Tussing and Pastor Don Doe. Additionally, the committee relies on MPC’s Employee Recruitment Manual, a detailed guide that has been used at MPC for previous pastor searches.

Yes. One or more final candidates will be invited to visit MPC, tour the facilities, meet staff and teach at one or more Sunday services.

The church body. The congregation votes on a Senior Pastor candidate by confirming with seventy-five (75) percent of the votes cast.


QUESTIONS

Email spsearch@mountainpark.org