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Vanderbloemen Search Group

Grace Fellowship - Lead Pastor

Vanderbloemen Search Group
Lawton, Oklahoma, United States

Date Posted: 05/11/2017
Categories: Senior Pastor
Denominations: Not Applicable
Church Size: Not Applicable
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Description:


About the Organization:

40 years ago, a dozen or so men and women met in several homes in Lawton to worship God. They came to worship in song, pray and listen to laymen and ministers from the Southwest Oklahoma and North Texas area. This group of people melded together and increased up to 250 people, outgrowing its capacity, and needing additional space for gatherings. With help from a local Foundation, the group renovated old barracks, into a church facility, and held its first meeting in the mid 1970’s as ‘The Church at Lawton.’


Today, the church is a thriving organism with a sustained legacy of influence that epitomizes people from every race, every culture, and every age. It is driven by a mission to love God passionately, love people unconditionally, empower people to learn, equip people to lead and to launch people into their divine purpose. Grace Fellowship is a place where all can gather and experience life as God intended it. It is an atmosphere where love is felt, relationships are formed and destiny is discovered.

When people come to Grace Fellowship, they connect to life.

Size - 400+
Location - Lawton, OK

About the Position:

The Lead Pastor will serve as the chief communicator, primary Bible teacher, and visionary leader for Grace Fellowship. This position will work with Grace Fellowship leadership, staff, and congregation to crystallize a vision for the future that builds on and honors the past and will usher Grace Fellowship into an impactful future. More specifically, this role will be responsible for effectively sharing the Gospel and communicating the vision of the church, as well as leading and developing the staff and volunteer leadership.

What We Are Searching For:

The successful Lead Pastor will be a spirit-filled individual with a proven record of being a gifted teacher and a senior leadership position at a growing church. In addition, the individual should show outstanding interpersonal skills, authenticity, and an ability to connect well with people from all backgrounds. He will be a strong proponent of externally focused ministry and internally growing disciples.


The successful candidate will preferably hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and will have had some formal seminary or biblical training. An advanced degree in biblical studies, theology, or divinity is desired, but not required.

The candidate will preferably have had 5-7 years of experience working as an effective leader of a large ministry team, instilling vision and mobilizing leaders in a church of 500 attendees or greater. The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working in a setting committed to reaching the unreached with a high degree of innovation and retention.

About the Location:

Located in the foothills of the Wichita Mountains, Lawton is a center of commerce in southwest Oklahoma. It is a place where heritage, individuality and diversity are embraced and respected.

The city was founded in 1901 when the Kiowa-Comanche reservation was opened for settlement. The population of Lawton as of Census 2010 was close to 100,000. Today, abound with Native American history, outdoor recreation and wildlife habitat, the city contains an average household size of 2.48 persons. 64.5% of households are families. 20.5% of Lawton's population aged 18 and older are civilian veterans of the military. In 2012, the cost of living in Lawton was 97.3% of the national average, with housing costs at only 89.4% of the national average. 

Top employers of this region include Fort Sill, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Lawton Public Schools, Comanche County Memorial Hospital, Serco Inc., Raytheon, Silver-Line Plastics Corporation, Northrop Grumman, Cameron University, Southwestern Medical Center and Bar-S Foods. The Lawton schooling system includes 33 K-12 public schools, and a widely popular independent, co-educational, interdenominational Christian PK-12 school that was founded in 1976. Nearby higher education institutions include, Cameron University that is known for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial studies, Columbia College which specializes in military and occupational education, and the University of Oklahoma-Fort Sill, prominently identified for degree programs such as Public Administration, International Relations, Economics, and Communication. The presence of a robust and viable healthcare delivery system is a major component of this progressive and stable community, and its outstanding services are one of the community's greatest strengths. 

Lawton is a community that is engaged, healthy and progressive. It offers a safe place to live, learn, work, play and prosper for those seeking relocation.