F I R S T    B A P T I S T    C H U R C H
of Ridgecrest, California

Pastor Search

The congregation of First Baptist Church Ridgecrest through the Search Team process is looking for a senior pastor with a vision for our community who will be the spiritual director and offer lasting leadership to the church (1 Timothy 3:1-7). Prayerfully consider whether that person is you.

FBC Then & Now
First Baptist Church began in 1958 under the banner of Calvary Baptist Church.  Through the years, several full time and interim pastors have faithfully served and ministered to a varying number of congregational members.  Affiliated with Transformation Ministries, we currently have approximately 45 active members attending Sunday morning services, with 5 to 10 attending adult Sunday school beginning at 9:00am.  Men and women bible study classes are held Wednesday evenings with a two to three-month break, typically during the summer.  Church property consists of the old original sanctuary with adjoining offices, storage rooms, kitchen and fellowship hall.  The new and larger sanctuary with adjoining classrooms and library was built in the early 90s.  All structures sit on 7.75 acres of land and are fully paid for.





Our Community History
Ridgecrest and the adjoining town of Inyokern are in the Indian Wells Valley on the northern fringe of the Mojave Desert. They are, to a considerable extent, economically dependent on the operations of Naval Air Weapons Station, China Lake.  The base was originally established in 1943 as Naval Ordinance Test Station in Inyokern then moved to its present location adjacent to Ridgecrest in 1945.  Some say that Ridgecrest is in the middle of nowhere but the center of everywhere as within a few hours’ drive you can experience the lowest point in North America, Badwater Basin (-282 feet) in Death Valley National Park, or the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mt. Whitney (14,494 feet) located in the majestic Eastern Sierras.  For a further look into the fascinating history of Ridgecrest and NAWS China Lake, please visit the following link:


 Vision for our Church & Community
In the unmistakable and undeniable times of the hurt, lost, broken and suffering world in which we now live, there are untold millions of men, women and children who have no dreams, future or hope.  Using that reality as our guiding principal, our vision is simple.  And that is to reach out to our fellow citizens through the power of the Holy Spirit with the unconditional love and unfailing promises of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  To that end, the Pastoral Search Committee’s goals are to follow the Holy Spirit’s guidance in searching for and ultimately hiring a Senior Pastor who is of like mind and desires the challenge of leading us, on what together will possibly be, the spiritual journey of our earthly lives! 
Pastoral Responsibilities

  • Model the qualities of a person with a loving relationship with God, demonstrated through a solid prayer life and Bible study habits.
  • Cast a vision for the church and make recommendations on how to implement the vision.
  • Preach sermons on Sunday mornings directed by the Holy Spirit that have a relevance to life and equip the church to reach our goals of impacting the community.
  • Provide spiritual leadership to the Church Board, and Ministry Leaders as we work together to make the church a healthy inviting place for people to worship.
  • Spend time building personal relationships with members of the church.
  • Provide pastoral care to those who are in crises and minister to the older members of the congregation.

Pastor's Personal Requirements

  • Has a clear testimony of salvation through Jesus Christ demonstrated in consistent spiritual and moral character.  Adhere to the Biblical Convictions found at: www.tmchurches.org/who-we-sre/biblical-convictions
  • Proficient in both Biblical preaching and teaching, a willingness to answer questions, and can work with those who have a different point of view.
  • Organized, has administrative abilities, and skilled in building relationships.
  • Has successful ministry experience.
  • Has the adequate skills and education for the Lead Pastor position – Masters or Masters in Divinity Degree preferred.
  • Ordained with, or willing to pursue ordination with Transformational Ministries.


  • Adhere to the Constitution and By-laws of the church.
  • Have an open accountability to the Church Board and congregation.

First Baptist Church of Ridgecrest is working closely with Transformation Ministries (TM) to find our next Senior Pastor. The Search Committee will only consider candidates who have completed the Pastoral Application process through TM. The application can be downloaded by clicking on the link www.tmchurches.org  Click on Church Health – Services – Pastors Seeking Churches. Then look for the application at the bottom of the page.

After completing the TM Application please submit your resume and any video or audio links of past sermons to deacons@fbcridgecrest.com

We ask your patience as we follow the Holy Spirit's guidance during this process.  We also ask that you please pray with us, and for us, as we seek God's will for our church family.

First Baptist Church Ridgecrest