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Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church

Executive Pastor


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Denomination: Baptist

Weekly Attendance: 2,500

Location: Nashville, Tennessee

The Role: The Executive Pastor reports to the Senior Pastor and will be responsible for overseeing ministry operations, leading, and directing the Watson Grove's ministry leaders.


Meet Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church:

“Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.” – Matthew 28:19

This great commission was the seed that was planted in the hearts and minds of a small group of people in Una, Tennessee 130 years ago. From this spiritual conception came the birth of Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church was organized and built in Una, Tennessee in 1889. The name Watson Grove was selected by the Baptist worshippers of this congregation in honor of one of its members, Mrs. N. Watson. She realized the desire and need of her fellow members for a place to worship and offered a lot for a building site. Due to the racial barriers of that time, there was some opposition to the church being located on that particular site and another site was selected. As a token of appreciation for Mrs. Watson’s generosity and commitment, the church was named Watson Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

February 1, 2012 marked a new era of leadership at Watson Grove as the church elected a new pastor: Rev. John R. Faison, Sr. Under Pastor Faison’s leadership, God is using The Grove to impact the city of Nashville and beyond with tremendous effectiveness. Since his arrival in March 2012, the congregation has experienced unprecedented spiritual growth, multiplying from 300 to over 2400 members. That growth has coincided with fiscal and physical expansion. Through God’s grace, we are a multi-faceted congregation that ministers to five generations every week. Pastor Faison has led the completion of several physical, logistical, and technological upgrades, as well as the hiring of additional staff, in order to minister to this growing congregation. Additionally, several innovative ministry initiatives have launched and powerfully impacted the community, making Pastor Faison and The Grove a “go-to” resource for a city seeking to respond to its own unprecedented growth. 

In 2018, God gave Pastor Faison the vision for expanding The Grove to become a multisite church in order to share Christ and community beyond Nashville. After prayerful planning and preparation, The Grove launched its second campus in January 2019 in Franklin, Tennessee, known as The Grove – Franklin. This campus is growing and bringing the community-connected ministry model to Williamson County and surrounding areas.

With God’s grace, Watson Grove is poised to write the next chapter of its Kingdom story in a way that will continue to impact the community, the city, and the culture for the glory of God.


About the Executive Pastor:

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


The Executive Pastor will: 

  • Set clear ministry expectations.

  • Set clear goals for results and benchmarks.

  • Cast vision and foster excitement for growth in numbers and volunteers.

  • Work to increase the members and volunteers at the Franklin Campus, and to help the campus thrive and grow overall.

  • Build strong connections in the community.

  • Shepherd the people well as a pastor, making sure they feel loved and connected.

  • Help relieve some pastoral weight from the Senior Pastor.

  • Connect relationally with the people of the church, regardless of generation and across five generations of members.

  • Execute and improve operations at the church.


What you bring: 

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A bachelor’s degree (required).

  • An M.Div. or Master’s in Theology or Religion/MBA as a strong bonus.

  • Five to seven years of church experience in leadership.

  • Current experience preaching from the platform experience,  at least 10 to 12 times a year.

  • Bonus experience: 

    • Marketplace experience.

    • Multi-site experience.

Personal Characteristics

  • Has a spirit of integrity and loyalty.

  • Is a self starter and a people person.

  • Has a strong social justice lens and an understanding for how to pursue it.

  • Has a pastoral heart.

  • Is rooted in African American Theology.

  • Is able to clearly communicate the Senior Pastor’s vision to staff and ministries.

  • Is an excellent teacher and trainer or mentor.

  • Is able to execute and consistently demonstrate high standards in a sometimes fast-paced, undefined environment, and expects excellence.

  • Is able to use data and metrics to help drive decisions.

  • Possesses strong project management skills.

  • Has emotional intelligence.

  • Is able to connect the church to the community and the community to the church.

  • Is an excellent communicator from the platform, but also personally and professionally.

  • Has a strong gift in preaching the Gospel.


What it's like to live in Nashville, Tennessee: 

Nashville is a booming metropolitan city that is a cradle for dreamers, entrepreneurs, and growth. In addition to being known as the home of country music, Nashville is a city that inspires creativity and innovation in almost every aspect of its community. The city offers amenities of larger cities with great shopping, restaurants, and a world-class airport, as well as prominent places like the Grand Ole Opry, Music Row, The Bluebird Café, and Opryland Hotel. These locations draw millions to the city on a regular basis. With a population of a little over 1.6 million people, the city is the capital of Tennessee and home to many excellent universities, including historically black colleges Tennessee State University, Fisk University Meharry Medical College and American Baptist College. The church is just steps away from Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. These two universities are close to Watson Grove’s Nashville location, where they have a thriving ministry for college students and young adults. 

The community of Edgehill is a neighborhood parallel to Music Row and part of Nashville’s great music scene. A small but creative location of the city tucked into the suburbs, Edgehill features eateries and shops, popular restaurants, and many individual homes that are both centrally located and very affordable. Take a stroll through the commercial spaces of Edgehill to see quaint storefronts on tree lined sidewalks, funky outdoor bars and greenspaces, and cute boutiques. It’s also a diverse neighborhood of cultures, races, and ethnicities that has been a part of the Nashville area for 200 years. The community is growing as a vibrant community to live, work, and play. 

Nashville is a model of the American “melting pot,” with diversity being a key component of its past, present, and future. Restaurants such as Slim & Husky’s Pizza Beeria, The Southern V and Minerva Avenue Bar, on Buchanan Street, along with a few other businesses are recognized as some of the hottest spots in Nashville who contribute to a diverse culture that celebrates African Americans as the second largest demographic in Nashville. They are bringing a modernized view of unity and family amongst people and businesses by supporting one another, regardless of race or ethnicity. Organizations like the Edgehill Neighborhood Partnership (ENP) are addressing issues of equity, education, jobs, and safety for all residents as the area develops and changes. ENP—along with others in the African American community—are committed to fostering conversations and connection with their neighbors and across neighborhoods to strengthen the community for a better city, everywhere.

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