Southern Baptist Convention

First Baptist Church, West Main is seeking a full-time Senior Pastor. To apply, interested applicants should submit the following information by email to FBC Pastor Search Committee (c/o

- Cover Letter: Introduce yourself as well as your interest in the position.
- Resume (limit to 3 pages): Provide your ministry experience, educational background and contact information for at least three (3) professional references.
- Link to or CD of a sample sermon.

NOTE: This vacancy will remain open until filled. Priority will be given to applicants with optimal overall qualifications.


First Baptist Church on West Main Street was formed on March 16, 1863 when approximately 800 African American members of the Charlottesville Baptist Church (now the First Baptist congregation on Park Street) petitioned to form their own church. On July 8, 1864, the church became a separate entity, but continued to hold services at the parent church until on or about August 20, 1864 when the congregation purchased the old Delevan Hotel at 632 West Main Street. When the Delevan building was condemned and razed in 1876, the congregation held services in the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches while they erected a new building on the Delevan site. On November 7, 1877, the cornerstone of the new church was laid by the Jefferson Lodge, a Charlottesville association of African American Freemasons. The new church was dedicated on January 2, 1884 and renamed the First Colored Baptist Church of Charlottesville on February 17, 1884. The church, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now known as First Baptist Church. To date, nineteen pastors have faithfully served as leaders and visionaries while shepherding the ongoing legacy of this great church for both its members and the community.


The Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church (FBC), under the auspices of the Holy Spirit, will provide a balanced ministry of preaching, teaching, evangelism and pastoral care; proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. This position should be flexible with both traditional and contemporary services to reach and engage a diverse congregation. The Senior Pastor will provide spiritual, visionary and organizational leadership to the Deacons, Associate Ministers, and ministry teams and congregation at large. The position is to facilitate church growth, ministry, outreach, spiritual unity and vitality. The Senior Pastor is to be a champion of the church’s mission and vision in cooperation and coordination with church leadership and staff. The average Sunday morning worship attendance is approximately 150.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for evangelism, discipleship, missions, fellowship and worship. The ideal candidate should be committed to the continuing support of local and global missions. S/he should have a demonstrated life of prayer and consecration to build on biblical principles in his/her personal life and that of the church.

The position of Senior Pastor is a full time position, including evenings and weekends, which requires flexible working hours for accessibility by FBC key leadership, church staff, congregants, community partners and business liaisons. Given this level of commitment, FBC encourages and expects the Senior Pastor to take time off during the week for a time of refreshing and renewal.

Scripture Basis:

Jeremiah 3:15
Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. (NIV)

I Peter 5:2-3
2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;
3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. (NIV)

Colossians 1:25-28
25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness— 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, (NIV)


- Prepare and deliver inspiring and biblically sound preaching and teaching that will encourage and nurture spiritual development and beliefs meeting the needs of church members as well as reach a multi-cultural, multi-generational, unchurched and/or lost community.

- Implement a strategy of prayer that touches the needs of the congregation, community, city, state and nation. Serve as the leader in seeking to win the unsaved; promote times of renewal and revival with a view towards spiritual awakening.

- Administer the ordinance of the Lord’s Supper and timely observation of baptism, to receive new members and share in their orientation.

- Provide preaching and worship leadership and coordination for Sunday morning service(s), Bible Studies, and other special services.

- Fosters an environment supporting the biblical tenets of five-fold ministry within the congregation as described in Ephesians 4:11: It was he who gave some to be (1) apostles, some to be (2) prophets, some to be (3) evangelists, and some to be (4) pastors and (5) teachers.

- Lead and inspire ministry leaders, church staff and congregation in the development of vision and mission statements to fulfil the Great Commission; strategic goals, major initiatives and planning, assessing FBC’s present and future identity. Facilitate the effective development and operation of specifically focused programs for all ages and targeted needs.

- Provide for the pastoral care, in conjunction with Deacons Ministry, church staff and volunteers involved in congregational care ministry, for those in crisis, bereaved, sick and home-bound members and attendees of FBC to include hospital, nursing home and home visitation. Make appropriate referrals when necessary and quickly respond to crisis situations which arise within the congregation.

- Lead FBC’s intentional outreach and relationship development with the community, assigning designee(s) as deemed appropriate. Oversee the planning of outreach activities into the surrounding neighborhoods with the goal of reaching families of all ethnic and generational backgrounds, especially the young families who populate our community.

- Convene and lead regular church business meetings as well as special business meetings that adhere to the guidelines set forth in the church constitution and, as deemed necessary, based on emergent church priorities and/or community affairs.

- Provide oversight and appropriate delegation for church administration (e.g., policies and procedures, budget) and personnel operations (e.g., staffing, personnel policies & procedures, job descriptions, performance evaluations).

- Serve as ex-officio member of all ministries and committees. As spiritual and administrative resource, provide advice and counsel to church staff, ministries, and committees as deemed appropriate.

- Officiate at baby dedications, weddings, memorial services, and funerals, as requested by families, including members and non-members of FBC.

- Provide and coordinate regular leadership training for church leaders and congregation. May instruct classes of new members as determined appropriate.

- Strengthen and/or develop partnerships with local, state and national faith-based organizations [e.g., African American Pastors Council, Charlottesville Clergy Collective (CCC), Congregate C’ville, IMPACT (Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together), PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry), Baptist General Convention (BGC), and Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV)]; local schools, business affiliates, the University of Virginia, Chamber of Commerce and other prominent organizations.

- Stay informed on current pastoral methods, materials, and events by attending local, state, and national conferences or events and/or through advanced continuing education. Serve as FBC’s official representative (or send designee) for denominational meetings, conferences, and other related public events as schedule permits.



Required Education: Bachelor degree in theology or divinity from an accredited seminary and/or School of Theology
Preferred Education: Master of Divinity degree or higher

Required Ordination: Must be a minister ordained by a Baptist Church

Required Experience: Relevant ministry leadership experience in preaching, spiritual leadership, biblical teaching and pastoral care. Experience in supervising ministerial and/or support staff
Preferred Experience: Experience as a Lead/Senior Pastor or as an Associate Pastor with proven effectiveness in preaching, spiritual leadership, biblical teaching and pastoral care

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):

• Significant knowledge, competency and proven track record of equipping leaders and congregants through biblical preaching, teaching and training
• Demonstrated leadership ability and skills to supervise and manage diverse groups and/or teams
• Strong motivational skills, a high level of organization, and an understanding of the diplomacy, flexibility, compassion, and commitment required when shepherding a church
• Personal discipline and ability to allocate adequate time for study and preparation of sermons and teaching
• General knowledge of business practices in budgeting and financial management
• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to effectively work with and on teams with varying levels of competencies, maturity and backgrounds
• Demonstrated ability to relate across multi-cultural, ethnic and generational lines with compassion and empathy
• Ability to provide pre-marital and general biblical counseling for church members; and respond to crisis situations within the church and make appropriate community referrals as appropriate
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing simple and complex concepts, thoughts and ideas
• Demonstrated ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion
• Demonstrated skill in managing conflict, administering church discipline and problem-solving with biblical counsel, wisdom and application
• Ability to give and receive correction as appropriate
• Ability to establish and maintain consistent office hours for accessibility to FBC members; and for regular communication with church staff, community partners, and business liaisons

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA’s):
• Fundraising skills desirable

Computer Applications:
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, social media and other internet-based tools and applications


Angelee Godbold, Chairperson
(434) 996-9914

First Baptist Church, West Main Street

632 W Main St
Charlottesville, VA 22903-5544
(434) 979-0952