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Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church

Senior Pastor

Phoenix, Arizona



Weekly Attendance: 3200

Denomination: Baptist 

Location: Phoenix, AZ 


PRBC & Counter 009About the Organization:

In 1922 Reverend Jake Howard, Reverend R. Thomas, and Reverend M. Boyd organized Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Somerton, Arizona, a little place called "No Man's Land". 

The year 1950 marked the beginning of a new era for Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church when Reverend H.Y. Stevenson was called as pastor.  Pastor Stevenson brought new life to Pilgrim Rest, which resulted in a dramatic increase of church membership.

In 1984, Bishop Alexis Thomas was called at age 16 to be pastor of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, the youngest Bishop to be called to that position. Under his leadership, Pilgrim Rest grew from 200 members to more than 4,000 members on two campuses, and, flourished as an influential beacon of light and the gospel in their community, with many programs and events that brought countless people to the church and into a continuing faith journey.

With sustaining growth, the Lord expanded the territory of Pilgrim Rest throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and Arizona, as well as internationally. In 2010, the Lord led Pilgrim Rest to establish its first satellite campus in Gilbert, Arizona. Pilgrim Rest also began live stream broadcasts reaching hundreds of thousands of viewers around the world through the Internet in countries including: the Bahamas, Brazil, England, Germany, and Iraq. On December 15, 2013, Pilgrim Rest made its first television broadcast debut. With over 20,000 viewers of this weekly broadcast on AZTV, Pilgrim Rest continues to grow exponentially.

Bishop Thomas passed away unexpectedly in January, but the church fervently believes that God is not finished with Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church yet. As they move forward, remembering all that God did through Bishop Thomas, and look ahead to what’s next for them, they anticipate a new Senior Pastor and further growth and important work for the kingdom of God. Although it’s a hard season to walk through, as they celebrate each anniversary of the church, they remember their vision to be “like a city that sits on a hill; a beacon of hope for all.”  In all things and all seasons, they strive to fulfill the great commandment of Jesus found in Matthew 28:18-20… “to teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost.”



IMG_6028About the Position:

The Pastor is an ordained minister and responsible to lead the ministerial and support needs of the congregation. The primary responsibility of the Pastor position is to preach and teach the Word of God and sustain biblical doctrines.  The Pastor will seek to use his/her education, experience and technical skills for the benefit of the church by contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the ministry. 

The Pastor will serve the church by providing a balanced ministry of preaching, teaching, pastoral care and organizational leadership to the congregation for the glory of God.  In addition, the Pastor will work closely with the elders, church staff, lay ministers, and ministry leaders to fulfill the vision and mission of the church and promote discipleship among congregants.

DSC01072What We Are Searching For / Qualifications:

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


The ideal candidate will possess a post-secondary degree (Master’s is preferred) or an acceptable equivalent in theology, biblical studies, church leadership, organizational management or a related field of study.


The ideal candidate will have at least three to five years of pastoral experience, with a sound background and knowledge of the Bible, and a history of involvement in church life and a heart for ministry.

Personal Characteristics

  • Born again believer with a personal devotion to Jesus Christ.
  • Able to articulate and share personal faith.
  • Devoted to providing Biblically-based preaching and teaching to feed the congregation.
  • Committed to the growth of the body of Christ and a desire to maintain a long-term ministry at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church.
  • Passionate about working with people.
  • Committed to a team approach to ministry and able to provide clear direction when delegating responsibility.
  • Competent in organization, administration, counseling, and interpersonal relationships.
  • Personally, mature with a professional manner who is ethically capable of maintaining integrity and confidentiality in all matters.
  • Willing to work within the context of the church to address complex or menial tasks that may be shared by all staff, lay ministers, and/or volunteers.
  • Intellectually capable and willing to pursue additional study.
  • Maintains personal priorities with home and family as the spiritual leader.
  • Gives graciously to the church through tithes and offerings.
  • Consistent spiritual and moral character and lifestyle, complying with the constitution of Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and the biblical leadership qualifications of an overseer as described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9.
  • History of faithful ministry experience.

Inside of SanctuaryAbout the Location:

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America’s fifth-most-populated city is home to real cowboys, red-rock buttes and the type of cactus most people see only in cartoons. It is the heart of the Sonoran Desert the gateway to the Grand Canyon, and its history is a testament to the spirit of ranchers, miners and visionaries.

Gorgeous desert scenery sets Phoenix apart from other cosmopolitan cities in the United States. In fact, Phoenix has more land designated for parks and preserves than any other major city in the nation. In addition to its natural beauty and Old West roots, Phoenix is home to an array of theater, shopping, dining, museums and more cultural attractions.

This mix of timeless desert beauty and urban sophistication is the perfect setting for family vacations, weekend adventures or romantic getaways. Enjoy resorts and spas infused with American Indian tradition, golf courses that stay green all year, mountain parks crisscrossed with trails, sports venues worthy of the Super Bowl and a spectrum of boutiques and fashionable malls few regions in America can match.

People come to Phoenix for the weather and the great business opportunities - although with an abundance of outdoor activities, golfing and great restaurants, it’s also a great place to retire. The city is continually growing and building, and it’s a great place to live for proximity to Colorado or Mexico, whether you want to be skiing or swimming in just a few hours.

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