Senior Pastor Transition Plan

Thank you for your interest in UBC’s Senior Pastor Transition. Please feel free to bookmark this page to help you stay up to date as we share this important journey together. 

Throughout this critical time in the life of our church, this page will serve as a hub for information and resources about the transition period and the search for a new Senior Pastor. We will communicate through other channels as well, including social media, e-news, our weekly bulletin, etc. However, all of that information will be organized and stored here so you can return to it or refer others who may be interested in being engaged in the process and praying along with all of us for our church and our next senior pastor.


Phase One – Shifting Gears (COMPLETED)

Phase One included selecting the Interim Transition Team, identifying and interviewing candidates for an Interim Pastor, and then hiring the chosen candidate. We are excited that Dr. Matt Cook, Assistant Director of The Center for Healthy Churches, is now our Interim Pastor. You can read more about Matt, the Center for Healthy Churches, and the Interim Transition Team in the buttons on the right side of this page.


Phase Two – Shifting Gears (ACTIVE)

This is where we are at the moment. A Transition Plan has been drafted, and we are beginning to execute that plan. A selection process is underway for a Transition Team that will be an integral part of the next steps, and a Communication Plan is nearly finished.


Phase Three – Creating Clarity

During this phase, the new Transition Team will begin their work. We will participate in a church-wide Congregational Self-Study, which will involve conversations around the themes of Celebrating Our Past, Examining Our Present, and Envisioning Our Future. Those conversations will be the source of content for a Congregational Profile to be used by a Search Committee, which will be elected near the end of this phase.


Phase Four – Seeking Our Next Pastor

During this final phase, the Search Committee begins their work, creating and sharing the Next Pastor Profile and executing the search process. The phase culminates in Call Weekend with the Pastoral Candidate and the Congregation.