Lead Pastor Search

The Pastoral Search is off to a strong start. After interviewing two search firms, we are excited to announce that we have selected Slingshot, a seasoned organization in church leadership placement. They will steward us through the pastoral search process while building on ALC’s history and preparing us for the future leader. The search timeline for most churches is seven to nine months, but God’s timing is always perfect. We commit to providing you with timely updates.


Where are we at in the search for a Lead Pastor?

Where are we at in the search for a Lead Pastor?

We desire to find the right person to lead our church in this next season, and as such, are taking great care to not rush this process. Before we begin reaching out to our church networks or enlist the support of a search firm, we want to ensure we’re clear on the mission, vision, and approach the Lord is calling us to in this season. Once this work is complete, we’ll be able to confidently begin the next phase of this process.

UPDATE: Our pastoral search is off to a strong start. After interviewing two search firms, we are excited to announce that we have selected Slingshot Group, a seasoned organization in church leadership placement. Building on ALC’s history, their experienced staff will walk us through the pastoral search process. This typically takes seven to nine months. We are trusting God’s timing and will continue to provide updates along the way. We ask you to commit to prayer during this process.

How are we currently being led without a Lead Pastor?

The Elder Board continues to provide oversight to our church, particularly in its finances and general direction, with our capable staff handling the majority of the day to day ministry and operations. We’ve also enlisted coaching support from Willamette Christian Church. A number of folks from their team are helping guide us through major initiatives, including healthy staff culture and communications, organizational structure, and our search for a new Lead Pastor.

UPDATE: According to plan, our interim journey with the team from Willamette Christian Church concluded at the end of December 2020. We deeply thank Chris Yarco and the WCC team for the extraordinary service they provided to our elder board, staff, and ALC church family. Their leadership guided us to a refreshed view of who we are, why we are here, and what the future can be. This is not the end of the road for ALC and WCC. A mutual relationship and ministry partners in the Pacific Northwest will continue between us for years to come.

Mike Howerton, an experienced pastor, and coach will step into the role of “Interim Leader” beginning January 2021. Since August 2020, Mike has been providing pastoral coaching and teaching support to our team of teaching pastors. During this next transitional phase, Mike will serve ALC in two primary ways: as an interim leader to staff and as an advisor/mentor to the elder board. Occasionally Mike will provide teaching during our weekend services. We are very blessed to have him and are grateful for the leadership and support he brings.

What does this mean for our individual campuses?

We remain one church with three locations that are working diligently to serve the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their communities. In addition to her responsibilities at our Happy Valley Campus, we’ve asked Jen Proehl to serve as the interim Campus Pastor for our Vancouver campus. Our staff as a whole remains committed to seeing thriving ministry in each area we serve.

UPDATE: We are offering powerful worship and engaging messages online and in-person each week. We would love to have you join us! To join us online, visit live.alcpnw.com. To find out more and to reserve your spot at one of our campuses for an in-person weekend services on Sundays at 10 AM, visit alcpnw.com/register.

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