Transition Process for the Senior Pastor Position

UPDATE: June 9, 2020

Our Senior Pastor Search Team has been diligently interviewing potential candidates over the past few months. They currently have two individuals that they are focusing on. 

Continue to pray that God would give them great wisdom as they seek the man that HE has for First Baptist Church Naples. 

UPDATE: April 28, 2020

As we recover from the health crisis and look forward  your Pastor Search Committee remains committed to identify God’s man for First Baptist Naples. We are currently in discussions with two Pastors, one in Louisiana, one in South Carolina  and continue to receive referrals for consideration. 

UPDATE: February 17, 2020

The Senior Pastor Search Team reaffirms its commitment to identify a "Next Generation Pastor," who will appeal to all ages and cultures within our community. The Team has received new referral candidates that they are evaluating.

Let's pray for God to give this very hardworking Team His wisdom as they identify God's man to be our next Senior Pastor.


As we approach the end of 2019 we wanted to thank you for your support the past 7 months.  Hundreds of you sent emails and were a source of constant encouragement as we  worked to locate  our next Senior Pastor. 

The Committee met recently to begin planning for the new year.  We're anxious to meet Jon Akin who will serve as our Interim Pastor starting January 11th.  Pastor Akin is currently the Director of Young Leader Engagement for the North American Mission Board and will be an excellent resource in addition to referrals  to evaluate  senior pastor candidates for consideration. 



Senior Pastor Search Team

 UPDATE: December 16, 2019

The Senior Pastor Search Team will soon resume collecting submissions for the Senior Pastor Position at First Baptist Church Naples. Know that they are committed to finding God's man to serve as our new Senior Pastor. 

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: 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.


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



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