Meet Pastoral Candidate Justin Waples

Meet Pastoral Candidate Justin Waples

Sunday, August 19, 2018, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

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We invite you to join us August 19 to meet our Pastoral Candidate Justin Waples.

Justin is being considered for Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship. He and his wife Abigail will join combined ABFs in both the 9:00 and 10:30 hours on August 19. Do you teach or serve on Sunday mornings? An additional sesesion will be held from 12:00-12:45pm (following 2nd service) just for you. A member of the Search Committee will introduce Justin and our process up to this point. Justin will share about his background and calling and how he and Abigail have been led to The Oak. Finally, he will answer questions you might have. Justin and Abigail will also meet with the pastors, elders, deacons, Care Team, and other church leaders throughout the Candidating Weekend.  

About Justin
Justin grew up in Lake George, New York, where he enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, and hiking the millions of acres in the Adirondack Mountains. He and his wife, Abigail, have been married for six years and have one daughter, Karoline Eliza. They have both served in lay ministry while Justin completed his Masters of Divinity from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Justin’s first call was as Associate Pastor of Youth and Children at Thaxton Baptist Church in Thaxton, Virginia. His role expanded last year to his current ministry as Associate Pastor of Outreach and Families.

The Search Committee is drawn to Justin for several reasons. Though early in his ministry, Justin has relatively deep Biblical and ministry training through his education, lay ministry and full-time ministry at solid Bible churches. Both Justin and Abigail demonstrate warm Christian character and solid theology that is in agreement with ours. Justin is very intentional to meet and get to know each person that he encounters, a practice that is essential to both the outreach and assimilation aspects of this position. Abigail is also a very pleasant conversationalist. Justin has a pastoral presence that seems to fit the larger East White Oak congregation and other ministry leaders well. Finally, Justin and Abigail both demonstrated formally and informally a great enthusiasm for East White Oak and zeal for the outreach and discipleship ministry as a calling perfectly suited to the Waples family.

An Overview of the Process
The Pastor Search Committee began meeting in December 2017 and has met about nine times as a full committee. As a pattern throughout the process, the team opened and closed meetings in prayer, taking extended times to express dependence on the Lord, asking for His guidance and for sensitivity to His leading.

The application and reference materials were posted to the church’s website and two church staffing websites. Over the next few months, we received 21 applications. After thorough interviews with several of the applicants, we conducted second interviews by FaceTime with Justin Waples and one other applicant, listened to teaching samples available on the websites of their current churches and interviewed four references per prospect, and then hosted each applicant with his family for face-to-face interviews that involved the pastors and elders in addition to the search team. The Search Committee expressed considerable love and appreciation for both men and their families but recommended to the elders to invite Justin Waples to candidate as our Associate Pastor of Outreach and Discipleship, and the elders unanimously approved the recommendation.

A candidating weekend is an important exploratory step because a call from the congregation is required to install Justin in this pastoral role. To extend a call, both the Search Team and our Elders must confirm the recommendation to the congregation, and the call would be formally extended following a 2/3 positive vote of the membership. The vote to extend the call is scheduled to occur at a special meeting August 26 following the 10:30 service.