Interested in becoming our next senior pastor? 

We welcome the opportunity to get to you know you better and prayerfully consider if God is leading us to start this next chapter together.

  1. All interested candidates should submit a letter of interest/cover letter and filled out application (fillable PDF) to the Search Committee (
    • Covenant-ordained pastors should submit their CovConnect profile to us for consideration.
    • Non-Covenant pastors are invited to fill out this profile form (fillable PDF) which captures the same information as our denomination’s online database. Email completed form to the Search Committee.
  2. The Search Committee will be in touch with next steps.

For Your Information

Senior Pastor Job Description

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Church &
Community Profile

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Prospective Senior
Pastor Profile

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Congregational Survey Summary

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Partner with Us in Prayer

  1. May we listen well to the counsel of the Holy Spirit and each other.
  2. May we discern God’s will and the will of the congregation.
  3. May the team stay focused on identifying and finding the very best candidate.
  4. May we see God clearly working through the process.

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Senior Pastor Search Process Stages

Senior Pastor Search Committee
Chair: Sue Smith
Members: Michelle Bennett (staff), Stephanie DeMeester, Todd Drenth, Susan Harrell, Kim Hoekstra, Jim Knight, Brian Peneycad, Beth Read, Jim Smith (Elder), Andrew Twining and Roy Williams.

Membership at Thornapple

All potential new pastors at Thornapple go through a call process that ends with a vote by Thornapple’s membership. Members at Thornapple are regular, committed attendees who have been through the membership process. Read more about membership at Thornapple here. If you call Thornapple your home church and are interested in becoming a member, sign up for our next virtual Membership Class.