Led by Clay Scott, our Contemporary Worship Arts Pastor, and Blake Jenkins, our Young Adult Pastor, “No Other Name: A Night of Contemporary Worship” will begin at 7:00 p.m. in our Multi-Purpose Gym. I hope you will plan to join us!
Andy Johnson becomes Executive Pastor
This past Sunday I announced to our church family that Andy Johnson has accepted my invitation to become our new Executive Pastor (XP) at Ingleside. In this new role, Andy will function as the “Chief of Staff” and “Chief Operating Officer” for our church.
Andy is the second person to fill the role of XP at Ingleside. Riley Brown served in this role from March 2005 thru December 2011. Since January 2012, I have carried these responsibilities. As churches grow beyond 1,200 in attendance, most think it wise to add an XP to the team. At 2,000 and beyond, the role is essential.
I believe Andy is well prepared by his education, experience, and gifting to be an excellent XP. He is a graduate of N.C. State University (B.S., Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management, 2000) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC (Master of Divinity, 2006; Doctor of Education, 2010).
Andy came to our team as Children’s Pastor in October 2010, and has also led our Next Generation Team since 2012. Andy is 37 years old, and he and his wife, Michaella, have four children: Emma Lee (11), Kerri (10), William (3), and Dorothy (3).
As you would expect, as I have conducted this search I have considered candidates both from outside Ingleside and inside Ingleside. I have considered persons from both a ministry background and from a marketplace background. I have presented my thinking to our staff leadership as well as our Board of Overseers and welcomed their weigh-in. I have sought the Lord’s guidance in prayer. And, I am confident that Andy is the right person “for such a time as this.”
With an XP on board, I should be able to focus on the ministry tasks and relationships that need my attention most in order for our church to better reach its full redemptive potential. That means my focus will be on praying, preaching/teaching, vision-casting, culture-shaping, and strategic leadership development.
It should also mean that our staff, ministry leaders, and church can be even more fruitful and faithful. The overall goal, of course, is unchanged. Our mission is to glorify God by making disciples of Jesus Christ . . . disciples who come, grow, serve and go!
I hope you will pray the Father’s favor on this new role for Andy, for our staff, and for our church. I am counting on you to help make this transition a great one. And I remain confident that the best is yet to come!
Your Pastor and Friend,