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During the weekend gatherings on November 20/21/22, 2021, we had a family meeting where our Senior Pastor, David Ashcraft, talked about the fact that he believes now is the time for a transition in the leadership at LCBC.

Thirty-one years ago, God brought David and Ruth to Pennsylvania from Texas to lead a little church of 150 people that eventually became LCBC. Never did they dream it would become what it has become today. And never did they believe that LCBC was theirs – they simply believed that God was graciously allowing them to lead here – and they are constantly thanking God for the privilege of serving at LCBC.

But now they believe God is saying to them that it’s time for a transition and for a new season for LCBC. Following God’s nudging and prompts, David will be transitioning out of the position of Senior Pastor into to a new role at LCBC at the end of November 2022.

About 10 years ago, David was challenged by business leader Jim Collins to make sure that LCBC was better once he was gone than when he was here. And since then, that has been his mission, to make sure that LCBC will be better when he’s gone than when he’s here.

And now David believes LCBC is ready for him to begin transitioning out of his role as Senior Pastor.

As David shared –

“You need to know that this transition will not be easy for me and Ruth! You are our family! I have no hobbies – and for the past 31 years our lives have been all about our family of Justin and Ashleigh, and our LCBC family.

As Ruth and I were debriefing after the weekend announcement, Ruth said that while driving to church on Saturday evening it felt as though she were driving to a funeral. I said I felt the same way, but for me it felt like I was driving to my own funeral! This is tough!

But, as difficult as this transition may feel, I know this is the right time to begin making this change.

Because of experiencing God’s leading and his nudges and his peace in this matter, I know this is the right time. Because we have strong, stable, and seasoned leaders guiding our Board of Elders and leading our staff, I know this is the right time. Because we are financially stable - and even debt free - and because we have great plans to expand with new locations in the near future and many more reasons, I believe this is the right time to begin the transition.

But the final reason I believe this is the time for the transition is because my replacement is ready. And after spending the past 8 years working through a development plan to strengthen him as a communicator, as well as both a business leader and a spiritual leader, it is therefore both my recommendation, and it is the recommendation of the LCBC Board of Elders, that Jason Mitchell become our Senior Pastor at the end of next November.”

David emphasized that this is a decision not based on him being ready to retire – instead, this is a decision based on the fact that Jason is prepared and ready to lead. Jason has been on LCBC’s staff for 19 years, and David has had a front row seat watching his growth and development, and he’s excited about Jason leading our church into the future.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be talking as a church family about the transition through weekend messages, mailings and emails and providing the opportunity for you to ask questions. If you are an LCBC Partner, you’ll be asked to vote and affirm Jason as the next Senior Pastor of LCBC the weekend of December 11/12/13.

Join us in praying for David and Ruth, for Jason and his wife Jenny, as well as the entire LCBC staff and church family, that we may honor God through this process and continue on our mission of introducing more people to Jesus and together fully follow him.

To watch the full gathering announcement, visit LCBCChurch.com/Sermons.

What's Next?


Over the next 12 months, each of us can play a role in the success of this transition by praying that God continues to use our church to introduce people to Jesus. And, if you are an LCBC Partner, plan to be a part of our partner vote to affirm Jason Mitchell as our next Senior Pastor during our weekend gatherings on December 11/12/13. 

Many of you know Jason well as he and his family have been a part of our church for the last 19 years. For those of you who don’t know him personally or his extensive history with our church, below is a short biography to help you get to know Jason and his family.


Jason Mitchell and His Family

Jason and his wife, Jenny, have been a part of LCBC since May, 2002. They have been married for 20 years and have three children, Sienna (15), Silas (12), and Solomon (3). Over the last 19 years at LCBC, Jason has served in several leadership roles in Student Ministry, as a Campus Pastor, a Teaching Pastor, and as a part of LCBC's Strategic Leadership Team. He graduated from Toccoa Falls College in December, 2001 and completed a Masters of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2007.

If you were to spend some time in their home you’d find a lot of coffee, a lot of books, a full calendar with an active family, and a whole lot of swag representing the University of Alabama Crimson Tide!

For over 20 years, Jason has been committed to communicating God’s truth in ways that inspire and move people to follow Jesus. He is passionate about seeing the church continue to be a place where anyone and everyone experiences the love of God. He’s excited about leading the church forward in a way that keeps our mission at the forefront of all we do – introducing more people to Jesus and together fully following him.

Jason is humbled and honored to have the support and nomination of the Board of Elders to be the next Senior Pastor at LCBC Church.

FAQs

Below are answers to a number of FAQs related to the upcoming leadership transition and partner vote. If you have additional questions, please click the button below to submit your questions.

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When will the leadership transition occur?

David will continue to serve as LCBC’s Senior Pastor for the next 12 months and will transition out of his role effective at the end of November 2022.

Why are we transitioning now?

David has shared that his goal for the past eight years has been to ensure that LCBC would be stronger when he’s gone than when he’s here. As David and the Board of Elders evaluate LCBC today, they believe God has blessed LCBC with financial stability, strong leadership and staff, and a favorable future. Additionally, they believe we have a strong internal successor in Jason Mitchell who’s ready to lead and continue to move our mission forward. These two factors led to the conclusion that now is the right time to make this leadership transition.

Is David transitioning due to any health-related issues or concerns?

No, David remains in good health and is not transitioning due to any health-related issues or concerns.

What will David be doing after November 2022?

After David transitions out of his role as Senior Pastor, he will remain on staff in a new role where he’ll serve as an ambassador for LCBC focusing on mentoring leaders and pastors across our state and nationally.

Will David continue to teach on the weekends after the transition?

As David transitions into his new role, he’ll no longer have the same teaching responsibilities and frequency as when he served as Senior Pastor. However, it’s our hope that David will teach periodically as part of the group of weekend communicators who serve at LCBC.

Will LCBC change as a result of the transition?

David has been an exceptional pastor and leader and yet is quick to share that LCBC has never been about one person, or leader, but rather our collective focus on our mission. As we make this leadership transition, the mission and vision of LCBC will continue to guide us as we focus on introducing people to Jesus and together fully following him.

What does the future of LCBC look like?

We believe that God has blessed LCBC with financial stability, strong leadership and staff, and a favorable future. We continue to be excited about our future and we will remain focused on introducing more people to Jesus across our state by expanding into new communities through our online and digital efforts, home and community gatherings, and new campus locations.

What was the process for determining who would serve as LCBC’s next Senior Pastor?

Eight years ago, a Succession Team of four former LCBC Board of Elders’ Chairmen was formed to create and execute the process of finding a new Senior Pastor. After a thorough and extensive search process and evaluation, and having conversations around internal or external succession plans, the Succession Team recommended Jason Mitchell for the role. Following an 8-month long extensive interview process, LCBC’s Board of Elders unanimously recommended Jason Mitchell to serve as LCBC’s next Senior Pastor.

When is the partner vote to affirm Jason Mitchell as LCBC’s Senior Pastor?

The partner vote will take place during our weekend gatherings on December 11/12/13 to affirm the LCBC Board of Elder’s recommendation that Jason Mitchell serve as LCBC’s next Senior Pastor effective at the end of November 2022.

Who is eligible to participate in the partner vote on December 11/12/13?

LCBC Partners who are in good standing and qualified to vote are eligible to participate in the partner vote on December 11/12/13.

What is an LCBC Partner?

An LCBC Partner is an attendee who completes a process and application to commit to partner with LCBC in our mission to introduce people to Jesus and together fully follow him.

How do I become an LCBC Partner?

The process to become an LCBC Partner includes attending our First Steps environment, attending our three Growth Track environments (Journey, Bible Discovery, and Story), and then completing a partnership application. If you’d like to become an LCBC Partner, sign-up to attend one of these environments to learn more or contact us.

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