The Search Process


We’re prayerfully entering the process of searching for a new Lead Pastor, and our Search Team is an integral part of this process. The team is composed of a diverse group of volunteer leaders who are deeply committed to our community and exhibit Rockharbor’s DNA. After 10 weeks of training and preparation, they’re tasked with vetting and submitting candidates to the Elder Board.

Below are the steps taken throughout the the search process:


  1. Rockharbor reaches out through personal networks for potential candidates.
  2. Vanderbloemen (VB hereafter) announces open position, leverages network, and contacts potential candidates to apply.
  3. All candidates apply for the role through VB.
  4. VB interviews applicants and approves viable candidates for Rockharbor’s search team to review.
  5. RH search team reviews candidates and conducts thorough interviews to narrow their selection to 1 candidate.
  6. This candidate is presented to RH Elders for approval.
  7. If approved, this person becomes our new lead pastor. If this person is rejected the process starts over with new names coming from VB.

Candidate Interviews


As of July 1st the Rockharbor Search Team received a number of potential candidates from our search firm, Vanderbloemen.  We are encourage and humbled as the process begins. Please be in prayer for the candidates, the men and women of our search team, and the whole of Rockharbor Church.  We are grateful for all that God has done in us as church, and we look to the future with great dependance and expectation!  Join us as we pray from wisdom and discernment for all involved.

Vanderbloemen Search Group

Vanderbloemen Search Group is an executive search firm that helps faith based organizations build great teams through staffing and consulting. Rockharbor is pleased to work alongside one of the nation’s largest search firms, and Vanderbloemen Search Group is committed to helping find the next Lead Pastor. You can learn more about the job posting by clicking the button below:

See the Listing

Who We Are

Clearly defining who we are as a church is a key component in the search process. Our team has carefully crafted a document that embodies Rockharbor’s interim vision and mission, unique culture, structure, and theology on various topics. This has become known as our DNA Paper. It will be primarily used by our Search Team to vet future candidates. To read the DNA Paper, click the button below:

DNA Paper

FOCUS Gathering

We gathered our community to discuss updates on our Lead Pastor search, future sermon series, and how we’re moving forward with a posture of gratitude, dependance, and expectation. Our Executive Pastor, Kit Rae, shares RH’s progress in the last 10 weeks, guest teachers, reconciliation, and more. He’s joined by Kenton Beshore and Todd Proctor who offer insight and encouragement on what lies ahead for our church including regular prayer gatherings and our Altars sermon series.

Watch Here! Last 10 Weeks

Weekly Prayer Gathering

Prayer is central to all we do at Rockharbor. And we recognize the magnitude and importance of this process for the future of our church. As such, our team gathers every other Wednesday from 12-12:30pm to pray and intercede. Consider this your invitation to join us in this prayer journey! For more info on getting involved, please email

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