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.
From Sunday, November 20, 2022
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.
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
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.