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First Baptist Church Columbia

Executive Pastor

Columbia, Mississippi



Denomination: Southern Baptist 

Weekly Attendance: 240

The neighborhood: Columbia, Mississippi

The role: The Executive Pastor reports to the Senior Pastor and will be responsible for overseeing operations, leading, and directing the church staff. 

PRESENTATION PICTMeet First Baptist Church Columbia: 

First Baptist Church was founded in 1883. Its rich heritage continues to influence the church to this day, as they celebrate all that God has done throughout its history and move, hope-filled, into its exciting future.

A thriving Sunday School program brings members of all ages together to learn deeply from God’s Word each and every week. The church takes great pride in their exemplary Music Ministry, with multiple opportunities for all to participate. Additionally, FBC’s commitment to and support of local and global missions is without doubt. The loving community of FBC deeply values the encouragement and development of families as they commit their lives to God and His Word.

Located in beautiful Columbia, Mississippi, First Baptist Church is in a small community with access to a number of big cities and the gulf coast.

EE4A8235About the Executive Pastor: 

The Executive Pastor reports to the Senior Pastor and will be responsible for overseeing operations, leading, and directing the church staff.  The Executive Pastor will set goals for the staff which aim to accomplish the church’s mission and vision. This person will support and manage staff, implement processes to optimize church operations, work to expand and unify the church, and manage resources effectively.  The Executive Pastor will oversee church programs and ensure members of different ages and from diverse backgrounds are served effectively.

The Executive Pastor will: 

  • In collaboration with the Senior Pastor, establish and implement specific strategies focused on launching future activities.

  • Engage young families in new ways of serving the church.

  • Bring a renewed sense of excitement and energy to the church staff and their service to the congregation.

  • Establish initiatives aimed at attendance growth.

  • Develop methods for engaging and caring for a multi-generational church family.

What you bring: 


The ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree. A Master of Divinity is preferred for this role.


The ideal candidate will have five years or more of ministry experience. A great bonus is experience working in a church of a similar size and style as First Baptist Church.

Personal Characteristics

The Executive Pastor will:

  • demonstrate a personal faith in the Lord Jesus

  • be spiritually mature

  • exhibit a sure sense of call to ministry in the local church

  • practice a vital faith that seeks to encourage the saved and redeem the lost

  • model a devotion and commitment to family that others would emulate

  • demonstrate leadership skills as outlined in the Bible

  • possess strong interpersonal relationship skills

  • be a team player

  • be proficient in social media and MS Office  

EE4A8207What it's like to live in Columbia, Mississippi: 

Founded in the early 1800s on the banks of the Pearl River in the Mississippi Territory, the settlement was first named Lott’s Bluff. In 1819, the City of Columbia was formally incorporated and would soon serve as Mississippi’s temporary capital from 1821 to 1822 before LeFleur’s Bluff (now Jackson) was selected as the permanent capital. Today, approximately 7,000 residents enjoy the casual lifestyle, quality of life, and convenience Columbia affords with New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Hattiesburg, and the Gulf Coast all within easy reach. Residents and visitors alike enjoy a taste of genuine southern hospitality in this “city of charm on the River Pearl.”

Located just south of Jackson and only a couple hours from New Orleans, Columbia truly is in the heart of the south, offering great food, culture, and gorgeous views. Quaint bed and breakfasts and delicious home cooking restaurants dot the town, while permanent residents enjoy a stable job economy, a low cost of living, and short commutes. Students can attend either excellent public schools in the Columbia School District, or attend Columbia Academy, a private Christian School.

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