In a near unanimous vote, and after months of searching, First Baptist Church has called its new pastor. Dr. Mark Bumpus, who is currently serving as the Senior Pastor at the First Baptist Church of San Angelo, Texas, was welcomed to preach for the local congregation, “In view of a call” on Sunday morning, June 24 to a near capacity crowd.
Since each Southern Baptist congregation is autonomous in selecting its pastor and staff, there is no denominational board to oversee the process of seeking a new leader. Recommendations and resumes from all over the nation were sent to the church-elected Pastor Search Committee chaired by Dr. Wesley Lasater. After investing many hours in prayer, reading resumes, contacting references, and listening to sermons, the committee of nine began a long interview process with the final candidates. After consultation the committee voted unanimously to extend an invitation to Dr. Bumpus to preach in view of a call.
Dr. Bumpus is a native of Lampasas, Texas where he attended High School and is a graduate of Baylor University attending on an athletic department scholarship. He has held many denominational posts and has served as writer for Southern Baptists Sunday School literature. He earned his Masters and Doctorate from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth. He comes highly recommended by some of the most noted and reputable teachers, scholars, pastors , and denominational leaders in Texas and around the nation. He has served as a Senior Pastor in Texas for over three decades with his longest tenure at the First Baptist Church of Mineral Wells, Texas. While serving as pastor in Mineral Wells, he stated that he often kept up with Graham High School athletics. He has had connections with the First Baptist congregation for many years and is looking forward to serving Graham and the Lake Country.
His Wife Earl Ann is also a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served at various posts on the state level and as a writer for much of the educational literature used in Baptist Churches. They have two grown children, Katy, who serves on the staff of the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and a son who is a recent graduate of Baylor University in Waco.
In Dr. Bumpus’ words, “I will seek to be a pastor that has one foot in the church and the other in the community. I will seek to be a pastor who cares, leads, and proclaims the rich Gospel of Jesus Christ. Another way of saying this is I would seek to be effective in pastoral ministry, preaching and administration-all the while knowing that a congregation doesn’t care how much you know unless it knows how much you care.”
Dr. Bumpus will officially assume his post as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church on Sunday, August 12.