Calling A Pastor In view of a call

We are excited to announce that our Pastoral Search Team has voted to invite a new Pastoral Candidate in view of a call to FBC Fulton!

Our Pastoral Search Team will be making a more formal announcement this Sunday, January 27, during our morning worship service.  We will send an update with more details when they are finalized.

January 1, 2019

2019 is here! Thank you for your continued prayers for our search team in this new year. We have completed three scheduled interviews and will shortly be working to narrow the search to one candidate. We still have a period of time before we will be visiting with the candidate that God may have called to be our next pastor. Please continue to pray for our team, our pastors, and our church during this transition.

Thank you

On behalf of the search team and the entire church we would like to give a huge thank you to Dr. Hedger and Sandee as he stepped into the Interim Pastor role here at FBC Fulton. Dr. Hedger's last Sunday with us was December 30th.  They feel God leading them away from this position at our church as we continue to work towards finding god's man for this role full time. They will be missed as we have grown to love them deeply in this brief time together. 

NOVEMBER 18, 2018

The Senior/Lead Pastor Search Committee has narrowed their search to three pastor's at this point. We will be interviewing these gentlemen on December3, 4 and 6. At that point, we hope to narrow our focus to one person. We ask that everyone to please continue to pray for the search team has we search for the man that God has chosen to lead First Baptist Church into the future!

august 1, 2018

The Pastoral Search Committee has chosen Rick Hedger as our Interim Pastor.

Dr. Rick Hedger is the Multiplying Churches Catalyst for the Missouri Baptist Convention. He is responsible for church multiplication strategies and Great Commission partnerships here, there, and everywhere. He works to support healthy churches that plant other healthy church-planting churches.


Dr. Hedger was born into the family of God and called into Christian service in 1978. Since then, he has served as senior pastor of churches in Missouri and Arkansas and in a church-planting role in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri.


As pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Neosho, Mo., he developed partnerships with International Mission Board missionaries to engage the people of West Africa. God soon turned the call on his life to “Call Out the Called” through local churches, serving as mission awareness director for the Illinois Baptist State Association and now at the MBC.


He holds a B.A. degree in Bible from Missouri Baptist University, and both a Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary.

July 22, 2018

The search team has compiled a survey for the congregation to fill out so they can interpret the felt needs of the church and factor this into their decision making. The surveys have been compiled and the results are being reviewed.

JUly 12, 2018 Meeting

The search team met and has determined a timeline to accomplish several tasks. July 22-August 5th we will have a church wide survey to be filled out to know what the church is expecting from a potential pastor in order to help the committee asses the churches felt needs and make informed choices throughout this process.

Praying For OUr Search Team

Sunday 7/1/18 we had a special time of praying for Pastoral Search Team during our Sunday service. Specifically praying that God would direct them to the man God has for our church, protect them form attacks from the enemy as they seek His will, and bless them and their families for the sacrifice of their time. Please continue to pray for the team as the work through this process.

First Search Team meeting

Thursday, June 28th the Search Team had their first meeting. They elected Doyle Swiney as the Chair and Juanita Heider as the Co-Chair, discussed what they would be looking for in an interim pastor, prayed for our church, and it's leadership and will be getting surveys out to the congregation to see what the congregation is looking for in a senior pastor shortly.

SEARCH Team CHOSEN

Sunday, June 24th at our scheduled Membership Meeting, we appointed a Search Team for a new pastor. The members elected by the church were Doyle Swiney (Deacon Representative), Dave Matthews, Juanita Heider, Joy Shawley, Rob Morgan, and alternate Doug Roderick. Please pray for our search team as they pursue God's will to choose a new senior pastor for our church.

  • Doyle Swiney- Committee Chair

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  • Jaunita Heider-

    Committee Co-Chair

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  • Joy Shawley

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  • Rob Morgan

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  • DaVe Matthews

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  • Doug Roderick

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