Search Committee

ABCNJ Council Receives Search Committee’s Recommendation For New Executive Minister

Council Calls For A Special Session Of The Region

The ABCNJ Executive Minister search committee has been diligently at work for over a year now, overseeing a national search to discern God’s choice for the next Executive Minister who will serve and lead our region into the future. In consultation with the Rev. Dr. Jeff Woods, ABCUSA Associate General Secretary for Regional Ministries, the search committee conducted listening sessions across the 8 Associations of our region. The feedback from those listening sessions helped shape the final job description that was used in the national search.

The search committee received 14 applications from across the country. This group was then narrowed down to 7 applicants who underwent rigorous submissions of written answers to core questions and thorough reference checks. The 7 applicants were then narrowed down further to 3 finalists who were called in for personal interviews with the search committee. After those interviews and prayerful deliberation, the search committee chose the candidate to be presented to the region.

At a regularly scheduled meeting today, August 25, 2018, the ABCNJ Council unanimously voted to receive the recommendation of the Executive Minister search committee. Pursuant to the ABCNJ Constitution and By-Laws, Article V, Section 5.02e, the Council now calls for a special session of the region as provided in the ABCNJ Rules of Procedure, Article II, Section 2.02, on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 10 AM to Noon when the candidate will be introduced. The region will then have the opportunity to have an in-depth dialogue with the candidate before the vote. This announcement addresses the required 60 days notice as provided in the Rules of Procedure. To maintain as much confidentiality as possible during this notice period, the name of the candidate will be released to the region immediately after the Annual Session. This specially called session of the region will be hosted by the First Baptist Church of Hightstown, located on 125 S. Main Street, Hightstown, NJ 08520, where the Rev. Bruce Wood is senior pastor.

God is the Lord of the Journey, and God oversees our paths and our days with abiding love. I am calling on our entire regional family beginning today to offer up in special prayer this most auspicious moment in our journey, to allow the Holy Spirit to tend to our hearts and minds in these days, and lead us into all that glorifies Jesus Christ. God is on the move!



ABCNJ Executive Minister Search Process Progressing Well

The Search Committee to call the next Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor for the American Baptist Churches of New Jersey has met several times during the year and is making strong progress. Numerous applications from both inside and outside the region were submitted. These applications represented a number of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

As provided in the ABCNJ By-Laws and Constitution, the Personnel Committee serves as the search committee when there is a vacancy in the office of Executive Minister. Since two members of the Executive Committee already sit on the Personnel Committee, the ABCNJ Council provided that the members of the Executive Committee join the search committee. The members of the search committee are as follows:

  • Ms. Bobbi Daugherty - VP for Personnel and chair of the search committee
  • Rev. Dr. George Hancock-Stefan - President, ABCNJ
  • Rev. Dr. John Grove - VP For Professional Ministries
  • Ms. Cheryl Allocco
  • Ms. Pat Dansberry
  • Rev. Dr. Danny Scotton
  • Ms. Judy Hart
  • Rev. Suleima Rosario-Diaz
  • Ms. Rosa Sierra
  • Ms. Kathleen Reeder
  • Rev. Older Azard
  • Rev. David Holwick

The goal of the committee is to present a consensus candidate to the region which we can support as our next Executive Minister without reservation. When the committee achieves its goal, the region will schedule meetings of the ABCNJ Council and a specially called session of the region and its pastors and delegates, adhering to requirements for notification and voting contained within the regional By-Laws and Constitution.

More updates will be shared as the search process makes further progress. During these important days in the life of our region, I would like to enjoin our entire regional family to lift up the entire discernment process, as well as and each member of the search committee in prayer. Pray that they will be open to the presence and leading of the Holy Spirit, and be attentive to the person God is already preparing to be the next Executive Minister and Senior Regional Pastor of ABCNJ!