A Season of Transition

Our Lead Pastor John Johnson, has retired from his position after 16 years with Village. We are grateful for the time and leadership he has given us over these years and wish him and his family the best as they begin a new chapter in their lives.


Seasons of transition can be exciting, difficult, surprising and emotional. This is no different for our Village community. We anticipate God continuing to direct us in being the church He asks us to be throughout this season of transition and want to ensure you have all the information about Village’s process.


To see the job posting for the Lead Pastor position, click here.

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Our Search Committee has been formed and is searching for our next Lead Pastor. In the meantime, Village moves forward with a plan for the transition process—not only for our congregation’s needs, but also for our leadership team. Pastor Renjy Abraham, our Associate Leader Pastor, will continue on in his role leading our staff. In the Sanctuary, Pastor Dean Christensen will oversee worship services. We have asked Pastor Bill Dogterom, a multiple time guest speaker at Village and spiritual advisor to our staff, to shepherd Village through this season by preaching twice a month, as well as advise our church by working closely with our leadership team and staff.


A preaching team made up of our own pastors as well as Pastor Dogterom is leading  Village through a series which is focused on discipleship. We combine services once a month when Pastor Dogterom preaches, to be together as one body, and rotate our pastors through both the Chapel and Sanctuary the other weekends.


We are grateful for the history and foundation at Village. And we are confident and at peace knowing that God will lead us.


As always, if you have questions, feel free to talk to our staff and committee members, or email [email protected].


January–February 2017 Update:


  • The search committee continues to meet 2-3 times per month in addition to other activities like applicant interviews by phone and Skype and smaller group assignments in between meetings.


  • We gave an update in all services on Jan. 28-29. Additionally, Life Group leaders received a special face-to-face update on Jan. 28. We will hold Information Meetings on Feb. 25 at 7 pm and Feb. 26 at 12:30 pm (in Willamette Rooms) to give a more in-depth look at the search progress and answer questions.


  • On a rolling basis, we’re constantly in conversation with several qualified applicants at a time. Two committee members conduct phone interviews and a larger group holds video conference calls with the applicants we’ve moved forward in the process.


  • Discovery of applicants has come through church member and staff networks, connections to seminaries (primarily from which our staff are alumni), and other proactive networking. We continue to consider hiring outside help that might be needed and appreciate your prayers for wisdom.


  • Several applicants went through multiple phases of our process before we decided not to move forward with them. As we get to know each one better, this becomes harder emotionally. We desire to encourage each applicant as they now follow the separate path God has laid out, and we’d appreciate your prayers that the end of the process would be clarifying – and encouraging – for both us and them.



  • Data Gathering Phase
    • Focus Groups, Staff Interviews, All-Church Survey: March-June 2016 (completed)
  • Transition Milestones
    • Finalize Summer Plan: May-June 2016  (completed)
    • Celebrate Pastor John: June 17 from 7 to 9 pm in the Sanctuary  (completed)
  • Lead Pastor Search
    • Finalize Lead Pastor Search Committee: June-September 2016  (completed)
    • Develop Lead Pastor Candidate Profile: July 2016 (completed)
    • Update job description and determine application process: August-September 2016 (completed)
    • Develop and release Lead Pastor job advertisement: October 2016 (completed)
    • Begin accepting and reviewing applicants: November 2016 (ongoing)



Along with our leadership team—our Elder Board and Advisors to the Elder Board, Pastors and Directors—Village has appointed three committees to determine the next steps in our transition season process and the spiritual needs of our church.

Transition Committee:


  • Dave Lewis (Chair)
  • Dan Crawford
  • Elizabeth Howard
  • John Jordan
  • Insil Kang
  • Rob Lee
  • Jen Spickelmier

Spiritual Transition Committee:


  • Carlos Fernandez (Co-Chair)
  • Jim Smith
  • Tom Grey (Co-Chair)
  • Brian Leak
  • John Lee
  • Aleida Rivas
  • Bob Walker

Search Committee:


  • Scott Robinson, Chair (Elder, Vice-Chair of the Board)
  • Ben Spotts (Elder)
  • Melissa Williams (Adviser to the Board)
  • Paul Choi (Pastor)
  • John Jordan (Pastor)
  • Mariko Gilman
  • Ron Henricksen
  • Jennie Peabody
  • Judy Post

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are we looking for in the next lead pastor and who should apply?
A: Please see the job posting at employment.vbconline.org, which includes the position overview, duties, requirements, and application instructions.


Q: Where is the information from the church-wide survey and focus groups?
A: Our consultants, Nancy Moore and Associates, have compiled our data from the church-wide survey and you can find the summary in English, Korean and Spanish. A more detailed version is available for viewing at the Front Office.


Q: How will this transition affect me and my experience at Village?
A: We are blessed with a church full of dynamic and diverse ministries. Our mission will not change. Thus none of our current ministries and areas of focus will change. All of our current weekend programming and weekly gatherings will continue under the direction of our Pastors and Directors.


Q: What is our process to find our next Lead Pastor?
A: We want to be thorough and discerning of God’s direction in our process to find our next Lead Pastor. We have conducted a church-wide assessment as well as focus groups. The data will help the Search Committee identify our future Lead Pastor and assist us in church planning.


Q: When will we have our next Lead Pastor?
A: There is no set date, nor can we forecast when we will find our next Lead Pastor.


Q: What can I do?
A: Pray with us as we move through this season. Explore the gifts you possess and use them to serve others and the church. Attend and engage in our weekend services. Give generously of your time and treasure.


Q: I have more questions; who do I ask?