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.

October 2017 Update (Posted October 19, 2017)


We are pleased with the high-quality of the candidates and are praying about closing the job posting (i.e. stop taking applications) in the near future. As soon as possible, please refer anyone you think is a good fit to the job posting or, if you’d rather, to Scott Robinson, Search Committee Chair.


  • Among the applicants who have directly come through our process, we had two face-to-face interviews in the last few weeks. Please pray that, as we reflect and begin to evaluate these interviews, both the candidates and our team would gain insight into God’s will for them and for Village. Pray for team unity (even if we don’t have unanimity) as we have honest, crucial conversations.


  • Additionally, we have a candidate presented to us by Mosaix (our outside search assistance) who is in the “reference check” stage of the process which comes before a face-to-face interview.* Please pray that our team would have wisdom and clarity as we progress quickly with this candidate.


  • We continue to receive application materials from new candidates (on average 1-2 a week). While we do not want to overlook a candidate, we also feel that our time and energy may be best invested in our existing candidates. Please pray for our team as we consider when to close the job posting.


  • We gave an all-church update during the worship services on September 23-24. We continue to communicate monthly via email to our prayer support team, to Life Group leaders via email, and to the congregation in collaboration with the Director of Community Connections & Communications who distributes updates via the bulletin and all-church emails on a regular basis. We are always open to your feedback on how to improve the content or delivery of updates!


  • Please pray for Village, that the congregation would continue to be patient in this long process and that the “priesthood of believers” will continue to move forward with the ministry entrusted to each of us.


*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 in partnership, 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 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

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].