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Shades Mountain Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Birmingham, Alabama

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Denomination: Baptist - SBC

Weekly Attendance: 2,400

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

The Role: Senior Pastor

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Meet Shades Mountain Baptist Church:

In 1907, Reverend William Sellers (known locally as Uncle Billy) lived near a developing area of town just south of Birmingham, AL. The area became known as Shades Mountain. Reverend Sellers, burdened for local children and passionate about the Bible, began a Bible study under a prominent shade tree. As attendance swelled, the meetings moved into a nearby schoolhouse. The Bible study grew into a small congregation led by Sellers that, for nineteen years, met in that one room schoolhouse.

In 1911, four years after the first Bible study, the group formed White’s Chapel Baptist Church. Fifteen years later they held their first service in the new chapel and renamed the church “Shades Mountain Baptist Church.”

Shades has a history of long pastorates. For the last seventy years since 1950, the congregation has had four pastors: Rev. Hugh Chambliss, Dr. Carl J. Giers, Dr. Charles T. Carter, and current pastor Dr. Danny Wood.

In 2002, after 40 days of church-wide prayer and fasting, Dr. Wood unveiled the 2010 Vision. This expansive and bold vision challenged our members to live on mission, give to missions, and participate in mission projects around the globe. It was a local and global missions challenge to the church in hope that by the year 2010 Shades would: have missionaries serving in all 24 Time Zones, plant churches in all 11 International Mission Board regions, do mission work in all 50 states, adopt a Strategic Focus City (NYC), and plant 5 Churches in the U.S. and 1 Church in Canada.

In March 2002, Shades hosted its first Global Impact Celebration (GIC), a five day conference with more than 50 missionaries from across the world. This inaugural event radically affected the church body by allowing members to know missionaries personally and to partner with them in spreading the good news of Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection. GIC remains an important event in the church calendar every February/March.

When the goals of the 2010 Vision were complete, Dr. Wood presented Touch the World 2015, which combined evangelism with compassionate justice to address issues such as poverty, human trafficking, and homelessness. The great impact of Touch the World 2015 required focused work with specific partners in targeted places of need on five continents.

As 2013 came to a close, Shades launched into a new season of active preparation for God’s next chapter of ministry. The Chapters Campaign set three goals to be completed by the end of 2016: complete the facility master plan, renovate older buildings, and pay off remaining debt.  When Shades “Turned the Page” to 2017, there was a blank sheet of paper! No facility issues. No debt payments.  The church was wide open to ask, “God, what God-sized plans do you have for Shades?”

The ”God-sized plans” included a greater emphasis on reaching and serving the surrounding community and expanding the church’s ministry to the 32 SEND Cities of North America. In 2018 Shades entered into NEXT… The Time is Now which centers around spiritual transformation and facility modification. Every member is being challenged to an increased level of bible engagement, gospel conversations, missions participation, and sacrificial giving. The church’s 30-year-old worship center was remodeled and reopened in September 2019!

In the midst of this, Shades strives to be a church sending transformed people who influence their world for Christ.

Since 2002, Shades has invested $38 million in the church facilities and completed the campus master plan while at the same time giving $42 million to missions.

Over the last 19 years, Shades has taken its missions efforts to a higher level:

  1. Ministry in all 50 states.

  2. Ministry in 80 countries and 21 time zones.

  3. Average of 1300 people going on mission trips every year.

  4. 70 units and 205 people living sent in full-time missions.

  5. Supported 15 church plants internationally and 38 church plants in North America.

  6. Established a vibrant, evangelistic Chinese ministry with over 100 members.

  7. Developed a strong partnership with Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, a predominantly African-American church in the western area of Birmingham. There is a close bond of the two fellowships as we join together in mission projects and trips, music ministry, racial reconciliation, men’s ministry, and leadership conferences.

  8. Planted Antioch Community Church near the UAB campus (2019).

  9. Adopted McElwain Baptist Church as a second location and changed the name to Hope Community Church (2020).

After over 24 years of serving as Senior Pastor at Shades Mountain and at the age of 68, Danny Wood is stepping down to allow a new pastor to lead the church into the next chapter.


About the Senior Pastor:

The Senior Pastor of Shades Mountain Baptist Church will provide spiritual leadership by preaching the Gospel and communicating the primary vision for the church while leading the staff by example spiritually, personally and professionally. The candidate will have a proven track record of leadership, organizational development, and effective communication. The Senior Pastor will have a desire to build a strong relational and spiritual rapport with the congregation and ministry leaders. The Senior Pastor will also help to authentically inspire, encourage, equip, empower, and lead the congregation.

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The Senior Pastor Will: 

  • Support and advance the mission of Shades Mountain Baptist Church.

  • Provide prayerful, insightful leadership for the church by casting vision for ministry and setting goals for key areas of the church. 

  • Preach messages that are biblically centered, gospel declaring, thought provoking, and applicable to life.

  • Provide primary teaching/preaching for weekend services.

  • Offer guidance and oversight to the ministry leadership team and staff while cultivating a healthy team culture for the ministry as a whole.

  • Provide direction across all ministries of the staff and church body to cultivate emotionally and spiritually healthy ministry teams.

  • Shepherd and care for the church’s members and the community through and with the staff.

  • Bring a sense of excitement and anticipation to grow with Shades Mountain Baptist Church as the church continues to grow.

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What You Bring: 

Education & Experience

  • 10+ years of ministry experience.

  • Undergraduate degree and Seminary required.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a personal and growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

  • Demonstrates the qualities of integrity, humility, responsibility, and servanthood.

  • Possesses strong relational skills and a love for people inside and outside the church.

  • Is a disciple-maker, who creates and grows discipleship through leadership and communication.

  • Has a proven heart and track record for supporting, promoting, and engaging in missions in the community, North America, and the world.

  • Collaborates well with others and is teachable.

  • Possesses excellent communication skills in writing and speaking.

  • Provides a demonstrated commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

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What it's Like to Live in Birmingham, Alabama: 

Birmingham, Alabama is a great Southern metropolitan city on the rise. Young professionals are attracted to move here because of an abundance of career opportunities and a low cost of living; we were recently ranked as one of the nation's 10 most affordable cities. 

The South is typically known for its food, and Birmingham's robust restaurant scene has plenty of acclaimed restaurants to please any foodie. A growing tech and entrepreneurship scene is emerging within the city, anchored by Innovation Depot. Locally founded companies like Shipt have experienced rapid success here in recent years.

From local concerts to historic museums to local sports like Birmingham Barons minor league baseball, UAB athletics, and The Birmingham Legion professional soccer club, to outdoor food markets, the Magic City is one of the U.S.'s most creative, affordable, and lively places to live.

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