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.

November 2017 Update (Posted November 20, 2017)



IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We are pleased with the high quality of the candidates we’re currently interviewing. After much prayer, we will close the job posting on Dec. 1, 2017, in order to focus our attention and energy on determining which of these candidates is the best fit for our Lead Pastor role.



  • We’ve had three face-to-face interviews in the last two months, including one with a candidate presented to us by Mosaix (our outside search assistance). Please pray that, as we continue to communicate with each candidate and evaluate these interviews, both the candidates and our team would gain insight into God’s will for them and for Village.


  • We also have several other candidates in various stages of the interview process*. Please pray that our team would have wisdom and clarity as we progress quickly but conscientiously with these individuals.


  • Pray for team unity (which can be achieved even without unanimity!) as we have crucial conversations. We continue to meet about three times a month in addition to interviews, reference checks, sermon reviews, and other tasks by individual members of the committee. Please pray for extra energy and perseverance for each committee member.


  • Pray for wisdom as the Elder Board identifies and approaches individuals who are willing to serve on a transition committee that would help the new Lead Pastor in to the role and the Lead Pastor’s family settle into a new season of life.


  • Please pray for each person who considers himself or herself part of the Village community to have patience, words of encouragement and grace for each other, and to serve where God leads them. We plan to call for a community-wide time of prayer and fasting as we approach the end of the selection process. Details will be announced in the future.


*A reminder of the process: Each applicant submits a resume, cover letter, and answers a short questionnaire. Qualified applicants then complete a phone interview. A candidate in the next stage submits a philosophy of ministry, affirms our doctrinal statement and reviews our bylaws. We then listen to sermon samples, hold a Skype interview, and check references. Next we conduct face-to-face interviews, including a site visit and a conversation with the spouse, and utilize personality assessment tools. Lastly, we’ll present the Elder Board with a top candidate to recommend for approval through a vote by church members.



  • 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 had three committees to determine the next steps in our transition season process and the spiritual needs of our church. The one currently operating is our search committee.

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 exactly when we will find our next Lead Pastor. Although the average church takes 12-24 months to find a Lead Pastor, we continue to optimistically aim for late 2017.


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?
A: You are welcome to talk to anyone on our leadership team, or email us at [email protected].