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


Church Family,
Thank you for the ways in which you have supported the work of the Pastor Search Committee over the past several months. This is a long process, and we are bolstered by your expressions of love and support. Thank you for your faithfulness to pray for our committee, for the process, and for our future pastor.

We received a good number of well qualified candidates and are in the process of researching each one. Thanks to the surge of livestreaming during the pandemic, we can now view multiple sermons from each candidate without the need to travel. This has certainly made our task easier! Please know that even though we have begun the process of culling the list to a handful of top contenders, nominations remain open. If you would like to recommend someone for the committee to consider, please do so using the nomination form on this page.

Please pray for wisdom and discernment as we walk through this next phase. The task before us is God-sized, so we are trusting Him to guide us and to reveal His plan in His timing. Keep praying and we’ll update you soon!

Melita, Charles, Renee, Brennen, Melinda, Chey, and Jan

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


Senior Pastor Candidate Information


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.