Pastor Tim Maynard marked 30 years as the Lead Pastor of Fruit Cove in January 2023. His stated desire in 2020 was that we begin the process for identifying his successor.

January 29 Update- After reviewing the first slate of candidates, the Pastor Search Committee conducted initial chemistry interviews over Zoom with 3 candidates this past week. They are now processing and praying through those results and deciding next steps, both with these candidates and others that continue to come through for consideration.

Fruit Cove has engaged ministerial staffing firm The Slingshot Group to assist with our search for our next Senior Pastor. Their role is to promote and advertise the position nationally, as well as to collect and screen applications.

Click the button below to view the Fruit Cove Senior Pastor posting on Slingshot’s website.

Dr. Maynard shared with the church after Sunday Worship what brought him to this decision and about his plans during and after the new pastor’s arrival.

From Sunday, November 20, 2022

General Job Description


To provide pastoral oversight and strategically shepherd the Fruit Cove Baptist Church body (the church); provide organizational vision, leadership, and management for the mission and ministry of the church; serve as the primary teacher and communicator at scheduled services; and serve as the Pastor.

Responsible for

  1. Developing Leaders: Build and equip a leadership team that leads the church to make disciples. 
  2. Stewardship: Exercise stewardship of the financial, physical, and personal resources of the church.
  3. Expanding the ministry: Expand the structure and scope of the ministry of the church.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Fulfill the Biblical role of a Pastor: lead by Christlike example, teach and equip, refute wrong doctrine, manage the church, and pray for and offer appropriate pastoral care for the church.
  2. Provide organizational oversight and management to the church. 
  3. Serve as the primary teacher and communicator at scheduled services, teaching the vast majority of the services, and serving as the Lead Pastor.
  4. Provide servant leadership as the “first among equals” with the other pastors/church staff, helping to ensure that the church is spiritually cared for by himself as well as other members of the staff team.
  5. Provide servant leadership and oversight to the Staff, helping to ensure that each team member is properly equipped, empowered, and resourced to do his or her job successfully.
  6. Collaborate with the pastors, staff, and lay leadership to provide solutions and systems that will help the church be more effective in fulfilling its vision, and then lead/administrate the implementation of solutions and/or systems to improve the ministry together.
  7. Give time and attention to pastoral care of the church.  The Lead Pastor shall have a growing understanding of the soul needs of the members of the church and a knowledge of counseling or appropriate referral sources.
  8. Cast vision, under God’s leadership, for the ministry and mission of the church.
  9. Lead the church to be missional and outwardly focused on needs of the community and those outside the walls of the church facility.
  10. Be a model of evangelism and diligent in sharing his faith, making disciples and leading others to do so.  Is a growing disciple of Jesus Christ.
  11. Serve, inspire and educate as the primary fundraiser/stewardship development leader of the church.
  12. Lead the church in steps of growth as opportunities are present in the community, state and beyond.
  13. Support and serve the ministries of First Coast Churches, the Florida Baptist Convention, and the Southern Baptist Convention.
  14. Apply and model principles of personal growth in leadership as well as Biblical, theological, and church management materials.
  15. Hiring and termination in cooperation with appropriate staff, committees and other lay leadership.

Additional Considerations/Qualifications:

  1. Meets the Biblical qualifications of elder/overseer as set forth in 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Demonstrates a growing Christlikeness in demeanor and character.
  2. Can articulate a clear sense of calling to pastoral ministry.
  3. Has completed a full graduate seminary degree at an accredited Southern Baptist institution or its equivalent.  A doctorate is preferred but not required.
  4. Is supportive of and in alignment with the articles set forth in The Baptist Faith and Message 2000. 
  5. Demonstrates a growing love for and devotion to his spouse and commitment to his family.
  6. Committed to encountering God in personal quiet time and soul care.  Demonstrates a stewardship of self-care that is wholistic. 
  7. A person of integrity who ministry team members as well as the church body can respect and follow. 
  8. Practices Biblical stewardship and teaches others to do so.
  9. Supportive and encourages others and their family members on the leadership team.

Specific Responsibilities:

Pastor Search Committee Update

Timeline for a new Lead Pastor

  • We are completely reliant on God and His timing but we anticipate bringing a candidate to the church at some point between late Spring and mid Summer 2023

    How can we pray for the Pastor Search Committee?

    • We covet every single prayer. Please pray that God will guide us and give us unity, discernment and wisdom to find and call the Lords next pastor for FCBC. Please also pray for Pastor Tim’s transition and the next Lead Pastors family as the adjust to a new church family and community. Lastly, keep our own church members in prayer and ask that they would have a deep commitment to the purpose and work God has place on FCBC now and for the future generations.

    Pastoral Search Team Members

    At the Sunday, August 21, 2022 Church Business Meeting the following people were affirmed to form our Pastor Search Committee. Please pray for them and continue to pray for our church, Pastor Tim and our next lead pastor during this process. 

    Meghan Blood

    Meghan Blood is a stay-at-home mom and photographer. Meghan and her husband Robert have three children. Meghan and her family relocated to Jacksonville in 2018. Meghan has been a member of FCBC for three years and serves in the Children’s ministry.

    Jeff Crick – Co-Chair

    Jeff Crick is a family physician and is married with two children.  He has been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church for four years and serves as a Connect Group leader for adults.

    Kelly Gates – Co-Chair

    Kelly Gates is a Jacksonville native with a professional background in serving local nonprofits and ministries. She and her husband Barrett have two young children. She grew up in the area and has been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church for 24 years.

    Chris Jessup

    Chris Jessup is a deacon at Fruit Cove Baptist Church. He and his wife have been members of FCBC for over 20 years and have two young daughters.

    Sunil Kuchipudi

    Sunil Kuchipudi is an information technology risk professional in the financial industry leading digital transformation product governance practices. Sunil and his wife Priya have three boys and one girl. Sunil and his family have been members of Fruit Cove Baptist Church for the past 10 years when they moved to Jacksonville from Tampa due to a job transition.

    Racquel Morgan

    Racquel was born overseas during her father’s military service, but she grew up in South Carolina.  She spent time overseas teaching English and sharing the gospel with other women who had not heard of Jesus’ love for them.  She and her husband serve in the college ministry.

    Ross Nelson

    Ross Nelson is a department manager for an automotive company. He is married to Larisa and has been a member of Fruit Cove for 15 years. Ross currently serves in the Worship ministry and Children’s ministry.

    Michael Osborne

    Michael Osborne is a global manufacturing director for a chemical company with offices in Jacksonville. He and his wife Debra have two daughters, Gracen and Samantha. He has been a member of Fruit Cove Baptist Church for four years and serves as a Connect Group leader for parents of middle and high school students.

    Peggy Weeks

    Peggy is a native Floridian and native of Jacksonville.  She is married to Ron for 43 years.  Currently she leads Monday Morning Bible Study for Women, teach a Connect Group for Women and serves on the Leadership Team for Women’s Ministry here at Fruit Cove.  She also serves on a Women’s Leadership Team as a Regional Consultant for the Florida Baptist Convention. 

    Meet the team

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