Pastor Transition
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Pastor Transition

A New Chapter Begins

About Us

Trinity Baptist Church, located in Lake Charles, Louisiana, is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and Louisiana Baptist Convention and has over 3,600 members. Trinity currently has four Sunday morning services across four unique, on-site venues: Central Venue, North Venue, TK’s Place (Trinity Kids), and Iglesia Bautista Trinidad Lake Charles. Each of these venues has its own pastor who is under the leadership of the Senior Pastor. 

Trinity has a great desire to reach the lost with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. From the Lake Area to missions around the globe, the Trinity family has been active in starting churches and helping those that are hurting. Also known as “The Family Place,” Trinity is committed to its mission built around relationships — loving Jesus and loving people.  

Senior Pastor Job Summary 

The Senior Pastor is responsible for the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, teaching the biblical revelation, engaging in pastoral care ministries, providing administrative leadership in all areas of church life, acting as the chief administrator of the paid staff, and leading Trinity Baptist Church to grow and develop in Christian maturity and participation in Christian ministries (1 Timothy 3:1-7). The Church and Deacons will support the Senior Pastor and follow his leadership, affording him the optimum time for his God-called responsibilities. 

Senior Pastor Education and Experience 

  • Master of Divinity or related degree from a Southern Baptist Seminary preferred.  
  • Experience in a Senior Pastor role preferred.  
  • Experience in a large and growing ministry with multiple ministerial and administrative staff preferred.  

The senior pastor search committee would like prospective candidates to provide a current resume to this email address: 

The senior pastor search committee understands the importance of confidentiality and is committed to keeping all responses confidential.

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“Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, appoint a man over the congregation who shall go out before them and come in before them, who shall lead them out and bring them in, that the congregation of the Lord may not be as sheep that have no shepherd.”


April 2022

Bro. Steve announces his decision to retire. Date of retirement is set for August 30, 2023.

May 2022

Notice of proposed change to church bylaws.

June 2022

Proposed bylaw changes are approved and Senior Pastor Search Committee nominations begin.

July 2022

Senior Pastor Search Committee nominations close.

September 2022

The church votes to approve a motion from the Deacon Nominating Team to accept the entire Senior Pastor Search Committee as recommended.

November 2022

The church completes a survey from the Senior Pastor Search Committee.

January 2023

Senior Pastor Search Committee begins accepting resumes from prospective senior pastor candidates.

Frequently Asked Questions

While the senior pastor search committee has identified several strategic places to seek candidates, they would like to invite church members to offer personal recommendations. This can be done by emailing the committee.
We are trusting God to raise up the shepherd our church needs according to His timing. If the position is not filled by the time Bro. Steve retires, our deacon leaders and church staff will ensure the continuation of our ministries, Sunday morning preaching and teaching, and pastoral care for the church.

Pastor Search Committee

The Senior Pastor Search Committee is comprised of nine church members, including the committee chair. A team of deacons vetted these nominees in order to assemble a committee that is representative of the church body.

The Senior Pastor Search Committee is empowered to seek and recommend to the church a prospective senior pastor. The prospective senior pastor will be presented to the church and the church will vote regarding a call as our senior pastor.

The senior pastor will shape the direction and health of our church for years to come. The entire pastor transition process needs to be bathed in prayer as the church seeks God’s direction in calling the right person.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” James 1:5 ESV

Randy Harless, Committee Chair

Years at Trinity:  13
Spouse: Ellen
Profession: Financial advisor
SMBS: Married 60+ (Bradley/Hancock)
Areas of Service: SMBS teacher, finance committee, Rebuilding Together, Room In The Inn

Craig Barber

Years at Trinity:  16
Spouse: Daisy
Profession: Maintenance manager, Citgo Petroleum (retired)
SMBS: Married 60+ (Barber/Doucet)
Areas of Service: SMBS teacher, trustee chairman, finance committee, North Venue building committee

Karen Burguieres

Years at Trinity:  25
Spouse: Steve
Profession: Pharmacist, Sam’s Club Pharmacy
SMBS: Ninth-grade girls (teacher)
Areas of Service: SMBS teacher, Sustaining the Future committee

Courtney Dressler

Years at Trinity:  12
Spouse: Joey
Profession: Teacher
SMBS: Married 30s (LaCombe/Girola), eighth-grade girls (teacher)
Areas of Service: Awana, Praise Brigade, SMBS leader, student ministry

Kaitlyn Fussell

Years at Trinity:  9
Spouse: Jonathan
Profession: Certified public accountant
SMBS: Married 30s (LaCombe/Girola)
Areas of Service: SMBS leader, finance committee, kids ministry, former church treasurer

Melody Jackson

Years at Trinity:  35
Spouse: Dana
Profession: Admin/bookkeeper, South Beau Physical Therapy
SMBS: Married 60+ (Bradley/Hancock)
Areas of Service: VBS, women’s ministry, Bible study small group leader, missions, first impressions

Brydon Jacobson

Years at Trinity:  20
Spouse: Samantha
Profession: Certified human resources professional
SMBS: Nearly/Newlywed (Rainwater/Holland)
Areas of Service: North Venue worship team

Keith Lechtenberg

Years at Trinity:  19
Spouse: Wendy
Profession: Family physician
SMBS: 11th-grade boys (teacher)
Areas of Service: SMBS teacher, Awana, student ministry, deacon, former trustee (chairman), Praise Brigade

Jordan Lyons

Years at Trinity:  16
Spouse: Adrian
Profession: Corporate safety and inspection services manager, ReCon Management Services
SMBS: Married 30s (LaCombe/Girola)
Areas of Service: Deacon (former chairman), committee on ministries, Awana, kids ministry
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