Online voting will be available Wednesday, April 13 through Sunday, April 17 at noon.
For those who choose not to vote online, there will be a paper ballot station available in the Commons by the kitchen between those same dates. 

EJ Gauna

BCC CREATIVE ARTS/WORSHIP PASTOR CANDIDATE

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Leader. Shepherd.

As a Creative Arts Pastor, EJ embraces the responsibility of not only being a curator of beautiful things that tell the story of the Gospel but also to bring along as many people as possible in doing so. Assuring that people aren’t resources but are brothers and sisters who, collectively, can change our community with the things that we make. He is a shepherd first and a creator second.

"I believe worship is simply ascribing worth to God. When we worship corporately we do this but also we encourage each other as believers. I think the expressive and passionate worship of God is a necessary ingredient in the life of someone who goes out into the world and makes disciples." -EJ Gauna

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EJ's Family and Current Role

EJ Gauna

Currently serving (5 years) as the Creative Arts/Worship Pastor for Northeast Bible Church in San Antonio, TX (attendance=1,000+)

Reason for leaving: EJ is in a larger church that he loves. He spoke with his current lead pastor about his desire to find a role that will allow his other leadership development, administrative and creative gifts to be used. With the loving support of the staff of his current church and lead pastor, he and his wife have been searching for where God may be calling them next. They believe that to be BCC.

"My wife, Jazmin, and I lead as a partnership. While I have been the one on staff she is just as committed to serving our church and our team. She leads worship with me and loves our volunteers on a personal level. We have been doing ministry together for 18 years and just celebrated our 16th anniversary. We have 4 children: Isa (16), Johnny (13), Gracie (7), and Alli (1)." -EJ Gauna

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BCC's Process

Our former worship pastor accepted a call to another church in October. Pastor Derik and Bryce stepped up in the interim. We immediately hired the church staff consulting firm, Froot Group, to assist us in the search for our next worship pastor. Froot Group visited our church in November to attend our services and spent considerable time meeting with our staff, the Elders, the worship team and Pastor Derik. Froot Group then compiled a profile and began their nationwide search. They had overwhelming interest in the position and received many applications. They narrowed the candidates down to seven highly qualified individuals who met our criteria.

 

In January, Froot Group spent four hours thoroughly presenting these candidates to the staff and Elders. The Elders and Pastor Derik narrowed the list down to three. Pastor Derik did lengthy one-on-one Zoom interviews with each candidate. The Elders conducted interviews with each candidate as well. The Elders and Pastor Derik met several times to pray, discern and compare notes during this process, and one candidate stood out among the rest. We invited this candidate and his wife to visit our church. They came the first weekend of March and spent three days in and out of interviews. They spent time with the worship team, the staff and attended our services. The Elders and Pastor Derik discussed and decided to make an offer the following week. The candidate wanted a week to pray over the situation with his family, as he had several other offers to consider. Pastor Derik spoke via Zoom with the candidate Monday, March 28 and he enthusiastically accepted the offer to be our new worship pastor! 

 

According to our bylaws, the final step is to have a confirmation vote of Pastor Derik's and the Elders' decision by the members of BCC. We're required to inform the congregation two weeks in advance prior to a vote. We must have a quorum of 1/3 of active voting members and a confirmation vote of 3/4 majority to make this official. This vote is important because it gives our candidate a final confirmation to move forward. If you are unsure of your membership status, please contact info@bettendorfcc.com.

We would like as many who are able to vote online. Beginning Wednesday, April 13 click on the
"Vote Online" button at the top of this page to submit your vote. Voting will close Sunday, April 17
at noon. For those who choose not to vote online, there will be a paper ballot station available in the Commons by the kitchen between those same dates. 

Thank you for your prayerful consideration. We're very excited to have a great candidate!