The Senior Pastor Search Committee will place news and information here for the congregation to review. Be sure to check back periodically for updates.

Nashville First Baptist Church is a historic, multi-generational church seeking an experienced Senior Pastor with a heart for urban ministry who will provide strategic leadership as we pursue the following vision: To be a diverse community that is intentional in sharing the truth, hope, and love of Jesus Christ with the priority of engaging and growing beginning in downtown Nashville.

Key outcomes of our search for a new Senior Pastor:

  • Dynamic and Visionary Leadership—We are eager to follow the leadership of our new Senior Pastor in creating and implementing a strategic plan for the future that supports our stated vision.
  • Unified Mission—We desire a Senior Pastor who will help us align our existing programming under a clear and unified vision and who will lead our entire congregation to embrace new strategic missional opportunities.
  • Transformational Change—Starting with ourselves, we are committed to the transformational change required by our vision statement.
  • Downtown Nashville—We are committed to carrying forward our historical presence in downtown Nashville, while serving the incredibly dynamic environment of which we are privileged to be a part.


View the Senior Pastor Job Description | Our Beliefs & Governing Statements

To submit yourself for consideration, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to


The objective of a pastor search committee is to serve the mission and purpose of the church. As directed by our Church Bylaws, the Trustees “nominate a Senior Pastor Search Committee to be approved by the church membership.” Upon approval, the search committee will “organize its work and recommend a nominee for consideration by the church membership.” (Bylaws of First Baptist Church of Nashville; XIII. Call of a Senior Pastor) Click here to read names of our Pastor Search Committee Members.


Renee Matthews and Neely Cotten have formed a Prayer Group to meet Wednesday evenings for a focused time of prayer for the Senior Pastor search process and for our future Senior Pastor. Anyone interested in praying is welcome to attend. The format will be informal with an opening prayer, the opportunity for others to pray (silently or out loud), and then closing in prayer. The Prayer Group will meet every Wednesday from 6:15-6:45 p.m. in the Mission View Conference Room on Level 3 of the Broadway Addition.