Our Pastor Search Committee

Mobberly's Pastor Search Committee

Mobberly’s Pastor Search Committee (PSC) was formed in September of 2020. The PSC has been meeting weekly, praying and working together as we seek God’s pastor for Mobberly. Through a church survey and meetings with our Executive Search Consultant, we formulated a profile of Mobberly for potential candidates, and a Senior Pastor Job Description.

Over the past months, we have talked with several potential candidates. While we have not found the right person yet, we trust that God is working with us and through us, and in the life of our future Senior Pastor. We believe that God is answering the prayers of the church as we seek His will for the man He has chosen to be our next Senior Pastor and is using this time to prepare us for a new day of ministry at Mobberly. Please keep the members of the Pastor Search Committee in your prayers, and keep praying for our church family.

Pastor Search Committee Members

Lanny Davis (Chair)

Has been a member of Mobberly over 60 years. During that time, he has served on many committees and is currently a deacon, member of the choir, a part of the Planning & Building Committee and is on the Bylaws Task Force.

Cody Bailey (Vice Chair)

Family has been at Mobberly for 3 generations and he has been a member for over 30 years. He is a Connect Group Leader, volunteers in the Children’s Ministry and has served on the Finance Committee.

Romel Cawich

Faithfully serves in our Spanish Ministry, is a Share Coordinator and a deacon. He has been a part of the Mobberly family since 2017.

Mitch Fortner

Leads Jr High and High School Connect Groups, Adult Connect Groups, and teaches parenting and marriage classes. He has been a member of Mobberly for 24 years.

Eric McCrory

Serves in the youth ministry, is a member of the choir and is a deacon. He has been a member of the Mobberly family for 11 years.

Melony Ralph

Has taught Connect Groups for over 30 years and serves in many other ministries at Mobberly. She has been a part of the Mobberly family for 40 years.

Reneé Robertson

Faithfully serves in the Women’s Ministry and has been a Connect Group leader. She has served on the board of Mobberly’s local mission partner Heartisan’s Market Place. She has been a member since 2016.

Chris Scott

Serves in the College Ministry, teaches a connect group and leads a men’s bible study. He has been a part the Mobberly family for 25 years.

Lisa Smith

Is a founding member of the Marshall campus and has faithfully served as a Connect Group leader and in other ministries there. She works at Hope Road Counseling and has been a Mobberly member for 6 years.

Korinna Duke (Alternate)

Serves in the Children’s Ministry, is a foster parent and is actively involved in other ministry areas. She has been a part of the Mobberly family for 6 years.

James McLemore (Alternate)

Serves as a Share Coordinator and is a substitute teacher for his Connect Group. He is a member of the choir, a Decision Prayer Partner and a deacon. He has been a member of Mobberly for 15 years.

Greg Martin (Staff Liaison)

Serves as our Congregational Care Pastor and oversees our Prayer, Benevolence and Men’s Ministries. He has been a pastor at Mobberly for 15 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope to answer many of your questions in frequent updates from the committee. Please read below for answers to some of the questions about the search process.

How long will the search take?

We are just as excited as you are about who God has chosen for Mobberly.

As a committee we are praying that we will have no timetable but God’s. As we walk through our process, we will continue to work at God’s pace and trust in His timing, seeking the Lord through it all. We will keep you updated regularly as we move forward in each step of the search process.

Are any of the guests who are preaching at our Sunday Worship Gatherings potential Senior Pastor Candidates?

The Pastor Search Committee is not involved in coordinating Mobberly’s Sunday Worship Gathering teaching schedule.

When a candidate is in the final stage of consideration he will preach during a Sunday Worship Service and the church body will be informed.

How will the church receive updates on the pastor search process?

This webpage will be the main place where all updates are posted. The church will communicate when an update has been posted.

Why did the PSC decide to engage a search firm to help with the process?

Through much prayer and evaluation the committee felt that a firm would prove very beneficial in the services they provide for the many facets of the search and hire process.

For over a decade, Vanderbloemen has assisted in over a thousand searches for churches throughout the country. That includes senior pastor searches for churches like Mobberly and many in the Southern Baptist Convention.

To be clear, Vanderbloemen will be helping us identify and review potential candidates.  They will not be selecting our new senior pastor candidate. That responsibility lies with the PSC. As a member of Mobberly, you will have the final vote to approve God’s man to lead us into the future.

Please read below some of the wonderful benefits that Vanderbloemen provides for the committee and our church.

Benefits of Vanderbloemen

  • Vanderbloemen is an organization designed to help churches navigate what is normally uncharted waters by identifying a group of candidates who match the culture and DNA of the church.
  • Vanderbloemen has the largest database of active candidates of any organization supporting staff search.
  • Vanderbloemen uses advanced assessments for suitability and job fit.
  • Vanderbloemen works with the church to precisely model the culture and DNA of the specific church through campus visits and PSC questionnaires.
  • Vanderbloemen supports the Pastor Search Committee next steps throughout the process.
  • Vanderbloemen has over 200 collective years of Christian leadership, including seminary and theological experience.
  • Vanderbloemen conducts extensive background checks on candidates submitted to the church including:
    • State
    • Federal
    • Financial/credit history
    • Criminal
    • Social media
    • Education
    • 360 pier reviews
  • Vanderbloemen finally hands over 4-6 candidates to the PSC to begin the narrowing process through the guidance of Jesus Christ to God’s man.


How do I submit a recommendation for a possible candidate?

The PSC, in conjunction with our consultant, Vanderbloemen, is now officially seeking candidates for the Senior Pastor Role at Mobberly.

If you know of someone who could be qualified and interested, direct them to this link to be prayerfully considered.

Mobberly Baptist Church, Senior Pastor