Elizabethtown, KY

Severns Valley Baptist Church

Position open:

Lead Pastor


Severns Valley Baptist Church is a historic church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. This church community exists to love God, love people, and make disciples.

They are seeking their next lead pastor to lead a strong staff and faithful community. This role is responsible for preaching the Word of God and leading the church in functioning as a New Testament church. He is the leader of the pastoral staff to guide the congregation in ministries of worship, proclamation, education, and pastoral care. Their next leader will cast vision for the future of the church, and spearhead new outreach and evangelism opportunities.


Founded in 1781, Severns Valley Baptist Church is the oldest evangelical church west of the Allegheny Mountains. The community has a long legacy of passionately sharing the gospel regionally and internationally, with strong roots in the Southern Baptist Convention. This deep and longstanding history of Severns Valley is balanced by a desire to innovatively communicate the Gospel and disciple Christians.

Pre-Covid, the church averaged approximately 1,500 adults in attendance. Since Covid, they have about 700 adults worshiping together each weekend but are quickly growing again. The church mirrors the local community, many of whom are in professional and management type sectors as well as manufacturing and agricultural jobs. Geographically, the church is located near the Fort Knox military base, and in the past has prioritized connecting with military families and supporting military moms. Hardin County will also be the home of a new Ford automotive plant in the coming years, and with that influx of people moving to the region, the church is anticipating growth and the needs that growth will reveal. With increasing development in the region, Elizabethtown has a good balance between a suburban and rural atmosphere.



Someone who possesses strong leadership skills in staff and people management


Strong biblical understanding and effective communicator


Passion for evangelism


Must be strong at vision casting and galvanizing


Masters of Divinity


10+ years of pastoral experience


Fully adhere to the Severns Valley Baptist Church constitution

Ideal Candidate


Relationally oriented and desire to be a pastor not just a preacher.


Dynamic public speaker to be the primary communicator for the church


Strong leadership skills to shepherd the staff and congregation

Interested in Severns Valley Baptist Church?