The Senior Pastor Transition

Learn about the transition process.

On Sunday, April 23, 2017, Bro. Allan Lockerman announced his intention to step down as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Cleveland in the fall of 2018. The church is entering a season of transition that will require identifying and calling a new Senior Pastor.

Question & Answer Session #2

Wednesday, May 31 at 6pm in Room 220-227


Watch Bro. Allan announce his intention to step down as Senior Pastor to the church on Sunday, April 23.

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Latest Updates

Official Letter from the Deacons
May 11, 2017 Read the first official letter to church members on transition process details. View Update
Allan Lockerman Announces Senior Pastor Transition
April 23, 2017 Bro. Allan announces his intention to step down from Senior Pastor position in fall 2018. View Update

The Senior Pastor Search Process


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    Nominating members for the Transition / Pastor Search Team

    During June 2017, church members will have the opportunity to nominate up to seven individuals to serve as members of the Transition/Pastor Search Team. Church members should prayerfully nominate potential Transition/Pastor Search Team candidates by paper ballot available at the Welcome Center, online nomination at firstbaptistcleveland.com, or by giving a paper ballot to any Deacon.

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    Review and selection of up to 21 eligible team nominations

    Once the nomination period has ended, nominations will be submitted to the Leadership Advisory Team and Executive Ministerial Staff, who together have the responsibility of vetting the nominations during July 2017. After all the names are vetted, the Leadership Advisory Team and the Executive Ministerial Staff will send no more than 21 names to the Deacons for affirmation.

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    Selecting the final seven member team

    Once the Deacons affirm the proposed list of up to 21 names, those names will be presented to the entire church congregation to select, during the first three Sundays of August 2017, a seven member Transition / Pastor Search Team.

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    Team interviews and reviews Senior Pastor candidates

    The team will listen to and interview Senior Pastor candidates. The church congregation, along with other qualified individuals including the Executive Ministerial Staff, will have the opportunity to recommend potential Senior Pastor candidates to the Transition/Pastor Search Team. The team will be responsible to do their due diligence as to each recommended individual. Once the top candidates are identified and agreed upon, the entire team will interview and vet the top candidates.

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    Team recommends top candidate to Deacons and the Leadership Advisory Team

    The Transition / Pastor Search Team will recommend a Senior Pastor candidate to the Deacons and the Leadership Advisory Team for affirmation.

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    Candidate is presented to church membership for vote in view of a call

    Once affirmed by the Deacons and the Leadership Advisory Team, the Senior Pastor candidate will be recommended to the church membership for a vote in view of a call.

The Transition / Pastor Search Team

The Deacons and Leadership Advisory Team believe the Transition / Pastor Search Team must be a diverse group including both men and women, and be representative of the entire church body.

The team will consist of seven individuals who will have the responsibility to search for and identify God’s man to be the next Senior Pastor of First Baptist Cleveland.

Some of the criteria for being a member of the Transition / Pastor Search Team are:

  • Member of First Baptist Cleveland
  • Actively involved in ministries of the church
  • Consistent financial contributors to First Baptist Cleveland
  • Possess an awareness and understanding of the working operations of the church, staff and personnel, as well as different areas of ministry of the church

Executive Ministerial Staff


Allan Lockerman

Senior Pastor

Jeff Lovingood

Senior Associate Pastor

Jim Gibson

Senior Executive Pastor

Leadership Advisory Team

Manson Clement
Deacon Secretary

Pat Ensley
Sunday School/Small Groups

Jim Gibson
Executive Ministerial Staff

Dave Gregory
Personnel

T. Roy Jones
Deacon Chairman

Benny Kirksey
Stewardship

Allan Lockerman
Executive Ministerial Staff

Jeff Lovingood
Executive Ministerial Staff

Mike Sharp
Deacon Vice Chairman

Tommy Walker
Immediate Past Deacon

2017 Active Deacons

Dan Allison
Kent Berry
Rex Calfee
David Chafin
Jay Chapman
Shane Clark
Manson Clement
Steve Crump
Cliff Eason
Adam Elder
Melvin Elder
Don Gaines
Shane Gibson
Dave Gregory
McKamy Hall
David Hicks
T. Roy Jones
Jim Kerr
Benny Kirksey
Bryce Kirksey
David Luzader
Ron McCall
Coty McFarland
John McIntosh
Terry Pierce
Jim Sharp
Mike Sharp
Don Sims
Wes Smith
Cole Strong
David Turpin
Bart Walker
Ken Wallace
Chris Wilds

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