We are blessed to announce to you that our search has concluded. Guided by profound enthusiasm and a sense of tranquility inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Senior Minister Search Committee will on Sunday, October 1, present to you our unanimous nominee for the position of Senior Minister: Reverend Dr. Carol McEntyre.

Carol is deeply thoughtful and pastoral. She is an experienced and intellectual preacher with a style that is relatable and challenging. Moreover, she is reflective and courageous, willing and able to delve deftly into challenging theological topics. Under her guidance, people with different backgrounds and viewpoints feel heard, and all voices are included. In her 11 years at First Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri, she has honed an ability to minister to the needs of and provide pastoral care to a congregation like ours. She has a gift for recognizing the talents in all and building theological unity of spirit among people with varying perspectives. She has a powerful community-facing presence in both the larger Baptist community, through her leadership in the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, and in the community overall, which makes her an excellent fit for First Baptist Greenville. Moreover, Carol is strikingly personable, approachable and authentic. We feel in our hearts that God is truly calling us together in this place and time.

With deep excitement and reverence, we invite you to participate in our Senior Minister Call Weekend:

Saturday, September 30
•Meet & Greet and Q&A with Carol and Her Family
3-5pm in the Fellowship Hall

Sunday, October 1
•Mini Meet & Greet with Carol and Her Family
9:00am-10:15am in the Fellowship Hall

•Church Conference to Confirm Carol’s Call to FBG
Immediately Following Worship

In the Fellowship Hall following the Church Conference
If you would like to get to know Carol a little bit before actually meeting her on Call Weekend, we also invite you to explore samples of her sermons and articles. Additionally, we have prepared an introduction flyer that is available online and in print form at church.

One of the profound joys of being human is experiencing and recognizing occasional “God moments”—when the presence of the Holy Spirit is felt, keenly and undeniably. We, as a committee, have been blessed by many such moments since we undertook this task together just over a year ago. Many of them were facilitated by you, our sisters and brothers in Christ. In the many kind and supportive words that you shared with us, the lively and insightful congregational conversations, and your uplifting prayers, we felt the presence of God. We are eternally grateful to you for your steadfast commitment to our church during this time of discernment and always.

Our interactions with Carol have been infused with God moments as well. Through all the steps of the search process, we have been guided by the Spirit towards Carol as the person we believe God is calling to First Baptist Greenville. In moments of animated discussion, as well as in times of contemplation, study and reflection, we have been energized by what God has revealed to our hearts and minds about her, her ministry, and her belonging at FBG.

We are honored and grateful for this opportunity to serve and humbled by your trust. We look forward to the bright future that God has in store for our church and ask that you join us in affirming Carol’s call to be our next Senior Minister.

In Christ,
Doug Girvin, Pat Booker-Christy, Ralph Bouton, Pam Davis, Deb Richardson-Moore, Leslie Rodwell, Kevin Treu

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