Transition Process for the Senior Pastor Position

UPDATE: May 6, 2019

Out of the 50+ candidates that have been received to date, the Senior Pastor Search Team has honed in on the top candidates and are actively reaching out to these individuals for further assessment. 

The initial deadline for candidate submissions is June 30, 2019. Church members can refer a qualified pastor for the position at

UPDATE: May 1, 2019

The Senior Pastor Search Team made a decision to only complete the assessment form for individuals that are eligible. They also determined that all referrals would be directed through a secondary portal on the website.

In an effort to be up front with potential candidates, two letters of response were drafted to let candidates know if we will be contacting them in the future or not. They will be notified in a timely manner.

UPDATE: April 24, 2019

Our Senior Pastor Search Team has been meeting every week, and has been hard at work implementing mechanisms for collecting, and evaluating interested candidates and referrals. They have a matrix in place where each team member can evaluate candidates as they are received into our portal. This system will compile all team evaluations into one location for easy and equal assessment.

With these systems in place, they have received, and assessed numerous inquiries for the Senior Pastor position.

Please continue to pray for God's direction and discernment throughout this process. 

UPDATE: April 2, 2019

On March 30 and 31, we voted as a church to elect the Senior Pastor Search Team. Thank you so much for your prayer and commitment to follow God's will as you voted. 

Please continue to pray for our church and this team as they seek God's will for our next Senior Pastor.

Senior Pastor Search Team



UPDATE: March 24, 2019

Please see the list of candidates for the Senior Pastor Search Team at the link below. We will be voting on these the weekend of March 30-31, 2019.

Senior Pastor Search Team Candidates

UPDATE: March 17, 2019

Join us this week as we begin the devotional written by Dr. Hayes Wicker entitled, A Devotional Guide For A Season Of Seeking The Lord. Click the link below to access the devotional online.

Devotional Guide

UPDATE: March 4, 2019

We know that you may have questions about the Senior Pastor Transition Process, so to help you out, we have compiled many of the common questions that have come up. Click the link below to download the sheet.

Senior Pastor Transition FAQs

UPDATE: February 19, 2019

Thank you all for your continued prayer as we are working through the Senior Pastor Leadership Transition process. We know that the Holy Spirit is at work.

Here is a quick update of where we are currently in the process. 

  • Thanks to our pastoral staff, our personnel and finance committee members, and our deacons, we received over 100 names in consideration for our Senior Pastor Search Team. Our Personnel Committee is hard at work prayerfully evaluating and sorting through all of these individuals. 
  • The evaluation process will narrow down the selections to 14-21 individuals, who will be presented to the church for consideration a secret ballot. 
  • We will vote to elect the Senior Pastor Search Team on March 30 & 31. 
  • Please know that your continued prayer is vital throughout the entirety of this process, but currently we are praying specifically for God to clearly define the individuals that will serve on our search team.

A Letter from Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor and Mr. Troy Boone

Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor and Mr. Troy Boone, Chairman of the Personnel Committee penned a letter to the membership of First Baptist Church Naples. The letter outlines the Senior Pastor leadership transition process. 

Read the Letter

We want you to be informed about the Senior Pastor Leadership Transition Process. You can click the link below to view Section 1 of Article II of the First Baptist Church Naples Constitution. This section focuses on the Senior Pastor position.

View Section 1 of Article II

In this video you will hear from the heart of Pastor Hayes and Janet Wicker about the future.

A Message from the Heart of Pastor Hayes and Janet Wicker from FBCN AVL on Vimeo.


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