The Pastor Search Team was approved by the church on January 7, 2024. Since that time, the committee has been meeting and working through the process and procedures recommended by the BCNM. With the help of the Holy Spirit, the desire of the committee is to find the next Senior Pastor that will meet the current needs and desires of our church. We believe that God has already chosen that person and we are simply discerning His will.


Mike Colson – Chairman
James Lackey – Correspondence Secretary
Katie Kovacs – Recording Secretary
Terry Lowe – Prayer Coordinator
Charlotte Red
Sierra Sanders
Joslyn Brooks

In View of a Call – Donald Young

The Pastor Search Team has invited Donald Young and his family to visit in view of a call to become our Senior Pastor on April 20th and 21st. On Saturday the 20th, we will have a potluck meal (see below) and meet and greet with Donald for the whole church at 5:00 pm. Donald will preach Sunday morning, then we will have a Special Called Business Meeting right after worship to vote on calling Donald to become our Senior Pastor. Please join us for this important and exciting two days.

What to bring for a potluck dinner.
Bring a main dish with a side that will feed your family plus 2-3 others. You can also bring a dessert if you wish. Drinks will be provided.

April 20th Schedule
9:00 am – 10:00 am: Meet with Finance Team
10:00 am – 10:30 am: Break
10:30 am – 11:30 am: Meet with Personnel Team
11:30 am – 1:00 pm: Lunch with Church Staff
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Meet with Deacons
2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Break
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Meet with Church Council
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Break
5:00pm: Church wide family potluck dinner to meet with church family

April 21st Schedule
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast
9:00 am – 10:15 am: Sunday School
10:45 am – 12:00 pm: Worship Service with Donald Young preaching
12:00 pm: Special Called Business Meeting to vote on calling Donald Young to become our Senior Pastor.

I am very excited and feel privileged to apply for the Senior Pastor role that you have posted. As someone who was been in Ministry for 20 years, I know it is important to be obedient to Christ. I fully believe that I am being called into full time ministry as a senior pastor. As a long time Baptist, father of 13, and proven leader in the business world, along with the Biblical knowledge and wisdom that God has given me, I believe God has truly provided me with the tools necessary to lead the next chapter of Kingdom Growth for First Baptist Aztec. Holding tight to our core beliefs and the Baptist faith and message. I have a true burden and heart for the people of Gateway.

In the business world I have led a team of over 400 people with a PL of over $8,000,000 and successfully retained the account through several bid processes. At the same time, I have faithfully served Gateway Fellowship Church as the Minister to Students. During this time, we have seen growth in numbers and in spiritual maturity within the group. I have also been able to support and serve in other areas of the Church. I have discipled not only the students, but the youth leaders that have worked with me.

While I am not the most charismatic person, God has given me the ability to tell His story. Unlike many today who have the personality to carry them thru, I am forced to rely on the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s word, to share the message. Faithfulness to the authority of Scripture is of upmost importance. The Truth of God’s Word is what is essential. There is so much more to this role than Sunday Morning and preaching. A fully rounded Pastor must fully embrace all aspect of the position and I am ready to do that. I believe that while we must do things to reach those around us, we cannot forget those we already have. We must remember to minister to those we have not just to those we wish to have. When we faithfully and exponentially preach the Word of God, we will reach both.

Thank you for your time and consideration. I am fully prepared and equipped for this challenge. I am excited to see what God has in store.

Because He Lives
Don Young