Church Approves Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell As Pastor

On Sunday, June 14, the Pastor Search Committee announced that Highland Baptist Church overwhelmingly approved Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell as the next Pastor of Highland Baptist Church. Voting via online and phone calls to the church, members and voting affiliates voted 380 in favor and 7 opposed. The approval rate was just over 98%. The church bylaws require at least an 80% “yes” vote to call a pastor. Joy overflows as we look to end these days of interim and see what God has in store as we begin living out our faith with a new Pastor. 

A starting date has yet to be determined, but the Personnel Ministry Group and the church staff have already begun work to make sure that everything is in order when she arrives. Until she begins her work among us, you may continue getting to know Mary Alice by way of the wealth of videos and documents produced as part of the Call Weekend. Some are listed below.

A huge word of thanks to the entire Pastor Search Committee for the tireless work they have done over the past two years. Their countless research, phone calls, interviews, meetings, and discernment made the call process and voting possible, and all of us in the Highland Baptist community owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Committee Members include: Bob Cunningham (chair), Alecia Fuller, Kathy Belcher, Tyler Swim, Earl Shelp, Noah Cooksey, and Carolyn King.

Online Resources About Rev. Mary Alice Birdwhistell

Baptist Women in Ministry and Ethics Daily profile of Mary Alice

Words of Affirmation for Mary Alice by HBC Staff, Emily Hull McGee, and Julie Pennington Russell

Pastor Search Committee members’ recommendations of Mary Alice

Church Wide Zoom Meeting with Mary Alice #1 on Friday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.

Church Wide Zoom Meeting with Mary Alice #2 on Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

Church Wide Zoom Meeting with Mary Alice #3 on Saturday, June 13, 2:00 p.m.