March 26, 2017 we voted on our plan to transition leadership of the church from Pastor Pat to Pastor Ben. The results of the vote were overwhelmingly in favor of the succession plan with 100% approval from the members and 95% from regular attenders. As promised, this change has not occured overnight, but is happening slowly over the course of 2017-2018. Our elders planned and prayed about this for 18 months and are confident that this is exactly where God wants us to be. Below you will find information about this succession plan. We are excited about the future of Faith Mountain and believe God has big plans for our church!
Watch this segment from the Sunday message to hear Pat's heart in this change.
Pastor Pat Barnes
Pat has been our lead pastor for over 10 years! He cares deeply for Faith Mountain and is committed to transitioning leadership well. Pat said, "When a church is without a leader for an extended period of time it is bad for the people. I want to hand the baton off while running full speed to someone who is running full speed."
Pat remains a vital part of the Faith Mountain staff, serving as Founding Pastor. He continues to teach on Sundays, be involved in our local outreach efforts, and our first experience team. In addition, he will focus a great deal of energy on coaching and training pastors as they start new churches. Perhaps most importantly, he will be at church most Sundays giving hugs to everyone.
Pastor Ben Todd
Ben is an original launch team member and has been our worship leader from the start of Faith Mountain. He came on full-time staff as the Associate Pastor just over 5 years ago and has served in various roles at Faith Mountain. Regarding Ben, Pastor Pat said, "He is one of the most devoted and godly men I have ever had the pleasure of serving with. He is a natural leader. He not only knows the heartbeat of this church he helped create it. He knows our culture, our community and he knows you. There may be pastors out there with more impressive resumes…but there is no other pastor better equipped to lead this church into its future. I look forward to following him and serving under him as my lead pastor."
Watch this segment from the Sunday message to hear from Ben about God's call on him and his heart for Faith Mountain.
Watch this segment from the Sunday message to hear from Lauren about the future.
Lauren served as our Children's Pastor for 7 years. She is excited about Faith Mountain and Ben's leadership. Lauren said, "My main goal as being a Lead pastor’s wife is to serve my family and husband well." In order to do that, she decided to step out of her role as Children's Pastor. We have since move Mitch Lynn into the role of Family Pastor. Lauren now works at a local elementry school so that she can continue working with children and families.
As stated above, this will not be an overnight change. Ben has assumed the title of Lead Pastor and Pat has assumed the title of Founding Pastor. As the Lead Pastor, Ben has begun leading our staff and day to day activities of the church, leading our Elders and church in vision and direction. We have a new worship leader, in Steven Sander, allowing Ben to begin focusing on preaching and leading our church. He is currently sharing the preaching with Pat 50/50.
Pat will continue to teach on Sundays, be involved in our local outreach efforts, and our first experience team. In addition to those roles he will focus a great deal of energy on coaching and training pastors as they start new churches.
Pastor Pat will continue to be the primary speaker on Sunday mornings in 2017. In 2018 Pastor Ben will begin taking on a greater preaching load.