UPDATE: We are pleased to announce that Bro. Jared Shumate was voted on as our Senior Pastor following the evening service on July 29th and received 100% of the vote with not a single “no” vote being cast. Bro. Jared has accepted the position and will be our next Senior Pastor at Valley View Baptist Church! Stay tuned for more information in the upcoming weeks as we work out the logistics for his first Sunday as our Pastor!
Over the last eight months, Valley View Baptist Church has been anxiously searching for our next Pastor, only the 4th Pastor our church has had since 1959! Through a series of information gathering, interviews with several candidates, and many, many meetings, our Pulpit Committee has served our church and the Lord in a unique and mighty way. The members of the Pulpit Committee have spent countless hours together researching candidates, listening to and watching sermons, and sometimes traveling to hear Preachers live. It’s no secret that this has been a challenging and difficult time for our church. There have been unexpected turns along the process that has left us confused and full of questions. But little did we know how God was weaving it all together behind the scenes to bring us to this point!
With that being said, we are excited to introduce you to our Pastor Candidate, Pastor Jared Shumate! Pastor Jared, 35, comes to us from Teays Valley Baptist Church in Hurricane, West Virginia where he has been serving as Associate Pastor for the past nine years. Prior to his arrival at Teays Valley Baptist he served in the US Army Reserves for eight years and was deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan. He graduated from Pensacola Christian College having received the schools top honor, the President’s Citation of Merit. Pastor Jared has since been assisting in the pastoral care of a church with about 1,000 members while serving as the Senior Pastor’s right-hand man. He oversees over 200 volunteers and 12 directors across 11 different ministries. He conducts counselling, personal discipleship, oversees the church’s internship program, and all children and teen ministries of the church. He also serves as a professor in the church’s Bible Institute.
Pastor Jared also has a heart for missions and has overseen missions support to over 170 missionaries and has traveled to over 30 different countries leading teams, training nationals, and preaching revivals and conferences. He also serves as a traveling professor for Global Bible University in Nicaragua. As part of his local outreach, he has founded public school Bible clubs, directed bus ministry, taught character education in public schools, overseen the food pantry, clothing ministry, and special church outreach events. He has a true passion for preaching and loves practical Bible exposition.
Pastor Jared serves faithfully with his wife, Alma Lee, and their three girls: Emma (7) , Abbie (4), and Ava (9 months).
Pastor Jared has a true vision for Valley View Baptist Church. In his own words:
“There is nothing on this earth more equipped to change the world than the local church. The church is the body of Christ and is intended by God to be the instrument by which the gospel is sent to the farthest reaches of the earth and the closest corners of our neighborhood. I believe firmly that God’s work done God’s way cannot fail. My heart’s desire is to see God accomplish His plan concerning His church. My prayer is that I get to be a part of that plan.”
Pastor Jared and his family will be at Valley View to officially preach as our Pastoral Candidate on Sunday, July 29th. Following the evening service, we will be taking a church-wide vote on Pastor Jared as the Senior Pastor of Valley View Baptist Church. In addition the two sermons on July 29th, Pastor Jared was also with us on July 8th as he sought the Lord’s Will in the matter of becoming our candidate. For your convenience, below you will find the Facebook Live videos of those sermons as well as the audio recordings from those services. We have also included several YouTube videos of Pastor Jared’s message from Teays Valley to give you a few more references of his preaching. You can also find more sermons from Pastor Jared on YouTube by searching for Pastor Jared Shumate.
Please listen to a few of these sermons and take some time to get to know Pastor Jared as our candidate. We ask that you saturate this matter in prayer during the week as we seek God’s Will for Valley View Baptist Church!
“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:21
July 8th – Morning Service – The Battle is The Lord’s
July 8th – Evening Service – The Privilege of Servanthood
The following videos are a sampling of Bro. Jared’s sermons from the Teays Valley YouTube page…