Pastor Search


Thank you for taking the time to follow this prayer guide. We, as a Pastor Search Team, believe that this is a time of great importance in our church’s history. We have been given the opportunity to seek God’s face and ask for His wisdom in determining whom He has called to be the next senior pastor of Grand Island Baptist Church. We believe that this should be a time of great excitement and enthusiasm for our church, and we know that we are in need of supernatural discernment through this process.

The Pastor Search Team earnestly requests your involvement in the process of calling a new Senior Pastor to Grand Island Baptist Church by partnering with us in prayer for the team, for the man God is calling to Grand Island Baptist and for the church as a whole. 

Acts 13:2 tells us that “While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’”  As you set aside time to pray, take a moment to read through the Scriptures provided and meditate on the truths found in them before incorporating those ideas into your prayer time. We believe that God provides wisdom and guidance as we commune regularly with Him and we trust that you will take the opportunity to pray for and with us through this process.

Prayer Guide  1

Pray for each committee member by name, asking God to lead them by His Holy Spirit. Amanda Patterson

Bruce Friend

Chris Bass

Don Campbell

Ginny Flick

Joe Tucker

Larry Nesmith

Mike Smith

Tammy Derryberry

Pray for unity and oneness of spirit within the committee.

Matthew 18:19 

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.


Pray for personal agendas to be set aside and for the team to discern God's clear direction throughout each phase of the Pastor search process.

Isaiah 55:8-9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways high than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Prayer Guide 2

The Pastor Search Team began reviewing resumes August 1st.  Please keep the team in your prayers daily for guidance, clarity and discernment as they evaluate over 370 resumes.  It is a monumental task but the team is united in their determination and desire to find the man that God has chosen for Grand Island Baptist Church.  Please pray for our future Pastor and his family, asking that God will prepare their hearts and will pave the way for a smooth transition.   Please see the Prayer Guide below for specific ways you can pray for our church and for the Pastor Search team:

Prayer Guide