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Parkview Baptist Church

Lead Pastor

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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Weekly Attendance: 480

Denomination: Southern Baptist 

Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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The Role: The Lead Pastor serves as the primary spiritual and administrative leader of the church, overseeing the church staff and the ministries of the church.  

Meet Parkview Baptist Church: 

Parkview Baptist Church was incorporated in 1946 by pastor T.S. Fontenot and a group of members from nearby Jones Creek Baptist Church, now called Woodlawn Baptist Church. In 1946, the church consisted of two buildings on 2.5 acres with 83 members. Several pastors led the church from 1946 to 1974, with membership growing to around 300 in 1974. In 1974, Bro. Bob Anderson became the eighth pastor of Parkview. Under Bro. Anderson’s tenure and the Lord’s leadership, the church prospered, growing to six buildings on 25 acres, with over 4,000 members in 1995. Bro. Anderson founded Parkview Baptist School in 1981, which has become one of the largest private schools in the state. Parkview Baptist School operates independently as a ministry of the church, and is presently led by Superintendent Don Mayes. Bro. Anderson retired in 1996, and since that time, Parkview has been led by several pastors and has experienced a slow decline in membership, with an average church attendance of 450 and Sunday School attendance of 260. The most recent lead pastor was Bro. Michael Hardaway, who led the church from 2015 to 2018. Parkview Baptist Church is a loving church, with the dominant core values of being missions, evangelism, and giving. We are looking for a pastor with vision, to lead us into the future.

About the Lead Pastor:

The Lead Pastor serves as the primary spiritual and administrative leader of the church, overseeing the church staff and the ministries of the church.  He equips the church to reach and minister to its community for Christ. He shepherds the church through preaching and teaching the Word of God and providing pastoral care to its members.  He communicates the vision of the church to its members and leads the church to fulfill its mission in the world as led by the Holy Spirit.

The Lead Pastor will: 


    • Train and equip pastors, staff, and church members to share the gospel.

    • Develop and lead our church in a strategy to welcome guests and assimilate them into the life of the church.

    • Promote Bible study groups for all ages within the church and community.

    • Build key relationships with members and leaders in the community.

    • Oversee the creation of culture, environments, and training to facilitate evangelism through new and existing ministries inside Parkview Baptist Church.


    • Train and equip pastors, staff, and church members to assist him in ministering to the needs of the congregation.

    • Preach and teach the Word, oversee worship services, and conduct the ordinances.

    • Equip members to develop as growing disciples in their walk with Christ.

    • Teach biblical truth to lay the doctrinal foundation of the congregation and defend against false teaching.

    • Provide spiritual/theological oversight to Parkview Baptist School through the superintendent and school board.

    • Build relationships by loving and connecting with employees, parents, and students to ensure the health of the organization.  

    • NOTE: The Lead Pastor is not responsible for the day to day operation of the school.   


    • Lead the congregation in vision casting and goal setting for accomplishing the mission of the church.

    • Equip and empower the ministerial staff to carry out their various ministries to accomplish the church mission through team building, personal and professional development, and pastoral support.

    • Lead with deacons, trustees, committees, and other church leadership to accomplish the mission of the church.

    • Lead the church to participate in the work of the denomination and missions through the local Baptist Association, State Baptist Convention, and Southern Baptist Convention.

What you bring:

Education & Experience

The Lead Pastor must meet the spiritual, personal, and character qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 and exhibit the Fruit of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22-23.

The ideal candidate will have a seminary degree and ten years or more of experience in a leadership position. Prior experience as a Lead Pastor is not required, but is preferred.    Doctorate is not required but is a great bonus.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a strong and demonstrated faith in Jesus Christ, shows a commitment to spiritual growth, and is in agreement with the theology of 2000 Baptist Faith and Message.

  • Takes initiative and casts vision to help the church grow in attendance and baptisms, bringing more people into the church and into genuine faith.

  • Is a relationship builder, possessing a shepherd’s heart for people in the church and in the community.

  • Has a commitment to a high personal integrity for trust and respect within his household, church and community as outlined in I Timothy 3:1-7.

  • Listens and follows through as well as follows up on what he says he will do and does it.

  • Follows through and follows up on what they say they are going to do, and does it.

  • Is a strong and effective leader of the staff and able to delegate and prioritize duties in an effective manner.

  • Has a mission heart and focus, particularly with the school and the student ministry.

What it’s like to live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana: 

Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S State of Louisiana. Located on the eastern bank of the Mississippi River, it is the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish, the most populous parish in Louisiana. It is the 99th most populous city in the United States, and second-largest city in Louisiana after New Orleans. Baton Rouge is the center of Greater Baton Rouge, the second-largest metropolitan area in Louisiana, with a population of 834,159 as of 2017, up from 802,484 in 2010 and 829,719 in 2015.

The city of Baton Rouge is a major industrial, petrochemical, medical, research, motion picture, and growing technology center of the American South. It is the middle ground of South Louisiana cultures, having a mix of Cajun and Creole Catholics and Baptists of the Florida Parishes and South Mississippi. Baton Rouge is a college city with Louisiana State University, Southern University, Baton Rouge Community College and Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, whose students make up some 20% of the city population. The East Baton Rouge Parish School System is the second-largest public school system in the state and contains nine U.S. Blue Ribbon schools and a nationally renowned Magnet program.

The school system serves more than 42,850 students and with the help of 6,250 teachers and faculty, the district has shown growth and increase in its District Performance Score. The East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools serve East Baton Rouge Parish and has 90 schools with 56 elementary schools, 16 middle schools, and 18 high schools. Parkview Baptist Church started Parkview Baptist School in 1981 and now serves 1300 pre-K through 12th grade.

Louisiana State University has more than 250 buildings designed in Italian Renaissance style, one of the nation's largest college stadiums, and is endowed with many live oaks. The downtown has several examples of modern and contemporary buildings, including the Capitol Park Museum.

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