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Pastor Search

Keep up to date with our Senior Pastor search process.

What’s going on?

Lead Pastor, Dr. Fred Lodge, announced his coming retirement which will be effective by the end of this calendar year. Dr. Lodge and his loving wife, Valeria, have served in ministry more than 50 years! They have served most recently at First Baptist of Blairsville for nearly 16 years. Dr. Lodge's commitment to Biblical teaching, discipleship, and leadership have been a constant reflection of the gifts given him by his Lord and Savior. We pray diligently that God will continue to use Fred and Valeria as instruments of His glory.


We now look forward into the process of searching for the next lead pastor for First Baptist of Blairsville. There are many steps in this very important process. Sometimes, it becomes difficult to know what happens next. The deacons of First Baptist are charged with the task of overseeing this process and ensuring it is conducted with accuracy and integrity according to our church administrative manual. They have committed themselves to being transparent with our congregation as each step is taken. This page was created to help communicate those steps as they happen.

Current Step

Our Pastor Search Committee has been prayerfully seeking the Lord’s will and reviewing invaluable resources such as our FBC Pastor Search Survey, area demographics, comparable church data, and more. As a result, the committee has developed a job description and is now accepting resumes for the position of Senior Pastor at First Baptist Blairsville. Click the button below to view the job description and find out how to submit a resume.

Steps already taken:

Our Pastor Search Committee has been nominated, interviewed, approved, and commissioned. They have elected officers and are listed below.


Ken Hatley | Chairman

Alan Sanders | Vice-Chairman

Lisa Cockerham | Secretary

Jim Colwell | Prayer Coordinator

Cathy Powell

Al Haywood

Amy Kight