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Lynwood Baptist Church

Executive Pastor

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

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Weekly Attendance: 925

Denomination: SBC 

Location: Cape Girardeau, MO


Photo 1-1About the Organization:

Lynwood Baptist Church traces its history back to 1959. They experienced significant growth in 1994 when Senior Pastor Mark Anderson joined the Lynwood Baptist staff. The church then relocated to their current location in Cape Girardeau, MO in 1998. Pastor Mark followed a calling to a church in Jackson MS in 2000.

Pastor Mark returned in 2008 and brought stability to the church culture and congregation. Due to this new sense of stability, Deacon Council (elder) governance was instituted in 2008 to remain stable and grounded. A few years later, their current Worship Pastor Gabe Martinez joined the team in 2016 and there was significant growth in every aspect of the church’s culture.

Lynwood Baptist is blessed with a wonderful location and facility, but where they gather is not the real definition of who they are. Lynwood is a church filled with people whose lives have been forever impacted and changed through their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. They share a common fellowship, friendship, and focus as is described in Acts 2:42-47.


Photo 2-1About the Position:

The Executive Pastor of Lynwood Baptist Church will assist the senior pastor in leading the church. The Executive Pastor will serve in an administrative role in both ministry and business functions of Lynwood Baptist Church. They will work closely with the Senior Pastor in this role.

The ideal candidate for Executive Pastor will have a spirit of godly caring for all church personnel, members, volunteers, and others who assist Lynwood Baptist Church.

The Executive Pastor will oversee the life and direction of the church under the direction of the Senior Pastor and Lynwood Deacon Council.  This will require a firm grasp of the beliefs, values and strategy of Lynwood, as well as the ability to align staff and key leadership teams with its mission to “Engage all people to Experience Christ and Equip them for life”. The XP will ensure that the systems, practices, and policies of the church responsibly and effectively support its ministry activities.

What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

The following describes many of the characteristics of the ideal candidate for the Executive Pastor:


At minimum, a bachelor’s degree is required for this position. A seminary degree or further theological training is a great bonus but not required for this role.


Although ministry experience is not required for this position, the ideal candidate will have some business experience and tech skills, with exposure to larger church environments and ministries. Experience with budgeting, finances, and planning is essential to this role.

Personal Characteristics

  • A confident leader who also carries a dose of humility and authenticity.
  • Entrepreneurial and progress-oriented.
  • Highly disciplined work ethic.
  • Self-starter and result-oriented contributor.
  • Exemplify a strong commitment to family values.
  • A genuine love for Christ and a regular prayer/devotional life.
  • A commitment to continual growth in personal spiritual and emotional maturity.
  • An attitude of love and grace toward people.
  • An energetic personality and evidence of a strategic and visionary thinking and communication style.
  • A life and heart congruent with the mission, vision and values of Lynwood Baptist Church.
  • Strong relational and team building skills, particularly as it pertains to members of the staff management team and staff of Lynwood Baptist Church.
  • A commitment to using wisdom and discernment before making decisions.
  • A Midwest cultural fit in a small town with experience working in the type of community Lynwood is in.

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About the Location:

Cape Girardeau, MO is a city in Cape Girardeau and Scott counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2017 United States Census Bureau estimates, the city's population was 39,151, making it the 17th-largest city in Missouri, and the largest city in Southeast Missouri.

Many murals commemorate the city's history. The largest is the Mississippi River Tales Mural, located on the city's downtown floodwall. Covering nearly 18,000 square feet, it spans the length of the downtown shopping district and features 24 panels. Behind the floodwall lies the Riverfront Park of Cape Girardeau Missouri, where riverboats dock and visitors can view the Mississippi River.

Cape Girardeau’s academic and educational opportunities are one of a kind with over twenty different schools to choose from, which range from pre-kindergarten to higher education. Public, private, and parochial school systems are present within the city as well as multiple upper level college options. As an emerging college town, Cape Girardeau is the home of Southeast Missouri State University.

Cape Girardeau offers various entertainment from hiking trails to safari parks. On your night or weekend off, consider taking a visit to the local museums, zoo, or water park. Additionally, Cape Girardeau is a convenient location in which you can take a quick drive to major cities like St. Louis, MO, Memphis, TN, or Nashville, TN. All in all, this historic, convenient, and welcoming city is the ideal place to live for any couple or family.

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