Lead Pastor Search

Check back here for more updates as we walk this journey together!


From the very beginning here at Journey, we have always been passionate and intentional about developing disciples of Jesus and then deploying them to serve where God calls them, even if that means the painful process of sending our very best to serve elsewhere in the Kingdom! In May 2021, Pastor Will announced that he and his family will be the next servants of Christ deployed from Journey to their new mission field as the church planting strategist of Los Angeles, a ministry of NAMB (North American Mission Board).

This deployment puts us one step closer to seeing every man, woman, and child having multiple opportunities to respond to the good news of Jesus all across the country, not just here in Charleston. You may be wondering what happens next for our church family? Below we have outlined what will happen over the next few months, and we ask that you join with us in celebration, prayer, fasting, and mission. 

Our Elder Team has selected a Lead Pastor Search Committee (listed below). We will keep you regularly updated on the work of this committee via this page.

Our staff will continue working to execute the vision of Journey Church while caring for the needs of our Journey partners.

A few additional questions you may be asking: 

Q: Who is going to be preaching? 

A: For the immediate future, Pastor Shawn and Pastor Chris will share that responsibility, with other speakers mixed in throughout. 

Q: When will we find out who the new Lead Pastor will be? 

A: Once the committee selects a nominee, the Elder Team will then nominate them and the church will vote at an upcoming Family Meeting. The Family Meeting will be scheduled once a candidate is selected.

Q: What does this mean for the overall objectives of Journey Church? 

A: Our mission remains the same. We are committed to seeing every man, woman, and child having multiple opportunities to respond to the good news of Jesus. We want to see orphans come home, neighbors baptized, marriages healed, and disciples deployed. 


September Elder Update (9/1/2021)

Dear Journey Family,

Since I (Patrick) started serving as an elder several years ago, we have always had an elder retreat in the summer, a time set aside to prepare for the next year of ministry. This year, for the first time, our retreat included the Lead Team as well as the elders. As I write this letter at 11pm on the first night of our retreat, I am watching Shawn and Cory play table tennis, listening to them reflecting on the challenges of ministry, and talking about ideas to connect fellow pastors. I am encouraged to witness these moments between our pastors. These are the conversations we can have when we step away from the everyday routines and change our perspective. It’s also a chance for Shawn to improve his serve!

In recent retreats, we have wrestled with decisions about discipleship, staffing, budgets, buildings… and this year we face yet another and different challenge as we search for a new lead pastor. For me, the encouraging thing to remember is that God does the heavy lifting on these big things that sit like mountains in front of us. 2 Timothy 2:13 reminds us “when we are faithless, he is faithful. For he cannot deny himself.” We must walk forward and do our part each day, but God does the real work in us and through us, and He is building His church.  The Lord is faithful, and we trust He is preparing the right person to be the next lead pastor of Journey Church. And while we do not have a lead pastor right now, we are spending the week to prepare for ministry next year and seek where the Lord is leading us. We know the hope we have in Jesus continues to change lives.

The lead pastor search committee has made good progress in the last month. We are now working with Vanderbloemen for the search process, and both the search committee and the staff have had a chance to meet with our consultant. We anticipate the posting will be live this month!

What can you do?

We have a search committee in place and have hired a search firm to help with the process. Does this mean everything is worked out and there’s nothing for our church partners to do? No! Here are some ways you can help Journey Church in the search for our next lead pastor:

  • Pray. Our surrender and alignment to the Lord comes first. Spending time in prayer and in God’s Word helps align us with His plans and His will. Please pray for His guidance and provision of a new lead pastor. Pray for our staff, our leadership, and the search committee to be strengthened and encouraged as they carry a heavier load, and pray for our future lead pastor and his family.
  • Provide feedback on the lead pastor search. We have a survey link set up for church partners to comment on qualities they value in their lead pastor. If there is something you would like to share with the elders and the search committee, this is an opportunity for you to do so.
  • Stay connected. So much has happened in the last year to disconnect us from one another. Look for ways to stay in relationship and connected to others. Sign-ups for this semester’s groups are now live! If you are not comfortable jumping into a community group or missional community yet, you can get involved in a DNA group of just 2 or 3 people. Don’t miss out!
  • Be on mission. At Journey, we talk a lot about developing and deploying. Where do you fit in that vision? Are you being developed through a DNA relationship or in your study of God’s Word? Have you thought about where you will be deployed? Are you deployed now where you live, work, and play? Be intentional to build relationships with those who are far from God so the hope of the gospel can be shared.

Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord in this time of change and transition. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve you, we are encouraged to see the Lord at work in the lives of people connected to Journey, and we are humbled as we see God do what only He can do.

Patrick Cumbie & Joe Coker

Journey Church Elders

[email protected]

August Elder Update (8/3/21)

Journey Family,

We are grateful to serve the Lord as your elders and wanted to provide you with a quick update. We pray that the Lord has been growing you through both time in His Word (Psalm 1:2-3) and participation on Sunday mornings! Our Lord is so good and worthy of praise! We look forward to every opportunity to worship our Father and hear from His Word.

We also wanted to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to Layna, Nikki, and all of the volunteers that sprang into action when KidSalt plans were altered last month. They provided our kids with a great experience in the JourneyAlt lock-in!

As the lead pastor search committee continues to meet biweekly, please continue to be in prayer for wisdom and discernment of the Lord’s will. We trust that because our God is all-knowing, He has already chosen the perfect person to lead our congregation as the next lead pastor. We need only to continue to pursue Him.

The committee has evaluated many search firms and decided to utilize Vanderbloemen as our strategy partner while we navigate this search process.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us by simply emailing us at [email protected]

In Christ,

Patrick Cumbie and Joe Coker

Journey Church Elders

Updates at Family Meeting (6/24/21)

Lead Pastor Search Committee

Patrick Cumbie

Lay Elder [email protected]

Joe Coker

Lay Elder
[email protected]

Billy Gressette

Partner Member

Taylor Davis

Partner Member

William Fennell

Partner Member

Maryanne Martin

Partner Member

Brooke Williams

Clinical Director
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