By God’s grace, the Pastor of Discipleship and Worship Search Team is excited to introduce Jesse Morgan as a candidate for the Pastor of Discipleship and Worship (copies of the job description are available at the welcome desk).

Jesse is a graduate of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity, 2015). He and his wife Bethany have two children: Silas (2) and Shiloh (8 months). Jesse enjoys music, bouldering, soccer, volleyball, medicine, ancient history, and philosophy. He and his family currently reside in Louisville, Kentucky where Jesse works as an ER/EKG technician while he and Bethany seek the Lord’s will for a full time ministry position.

Why is Jesse a Great Fit for GPBC & HBC?
We believe God has sent us a man uniquely gifted to meet our needs. First of all, Jesse’s musical ability set him apart. He is an outstanding guitarist, and also plays mandolin. He has experience leading a worship team, singing in concert chorale, and singing with chamber singers. He has studied music theory and even a little conducting. This musical skill set fits our multi-generational congregation very well.

Jesse’s theological depth is another reason we believe he is ideally suited to minister with us. Jesse loves God and loves growing in his knowledge of God through the Bible. His theological depth informs his musical tastes. Like our church body, Jesse enjoys worship music written by Keith and Kristyn Getty (In Christ Alone, By Faith), and Sovereign Grace (O Great God, Jesus Thank You). He has a special love for hymns that have been lost, and like music ministries such as Indelible Grace, he has sought to reintroduce these precious treasures to the church anew.

Jesse also has a shepherd’s heart and a passion to disciple the people of God. Jesse understands the importance of confessing sin and growing in faith. He desires to use his gifts to help make and mature disciples of Jesus. He has a desire to pursue more training in Biblical Counseling, and to use those gifts in our church.

What’s Next?
Jesse, Bethany, Silas, and Shiloh will be coming for a candidating weekend from July 7-10. During this time he will be leading worship in worship services and some special events. We will provide opportunities for getting to know him and his family, as well as a time of Q & A. Watch for the detailed schedule in weeks to come.

After candidating, the pastoral search team and the elders will vote on whether or not to recommend the members of GPBC and HBC extend a call to Jesse as our Pastor of Discipleship and Worship. We will then have a congregational meeting on July 17 to vote on extending that call to Jesse.

Pray for God’s wisdom for Jesse and Bethany and for us as we continue to get to know Jesse, and consider whether or not he is the right man for us. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to seek out members of the Pastor of Discipleship and Worship Search Team: Morgan Storms, Melodee Goodwin, Stacey Poplawski, Laura Vis, Pat Walsh, Marc Fenners, Lucas Vanderploog, or Ryan Boys.

Ryan serves as the Senior Pastor of Green Pond Bible Chapel in Rockaway, New Jersey. He is married with four children.

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