Senior Pastor Search

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A Message from Dr. Danny Wood

On Jan. 10, Pastor Danny announced his plans to retire in August 2021. The following week he shared more details about the search for a new senior pastor at Shades. Take a look at the brief video for more information!

The Process

The search for a new senior pastor is currently underway. A nine-person search committee, listed below, will conduct the search process in tandem with Vanderbloemen, a nationally-recognized executive search firm.

We will keep you informed of the status of the search through updates to this page, in addition to Shades Weekly, our email newsletter, and our social media platforms.

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Feb. 21, 2021

Steve Foster, chairman of the search committee, provides an initial update on our pastor search process.

How You Can Get Involved

God has been faithful to us in the past, and we believe He will guide us through this search. We're asking you to join us in praying for four things: our pastor, the process, our personnel, and our people.

  • We want to pray for Pastor Danny and his family as they enter this next chapter of their lives, but we also want to pray for our new pastor. Pray that God would begin to stir his heart to join the work here at Shades.
  • Pray also for the process; ask God to provide discernment to the search committee and Vanderbloemen.
  • Pray our personnel, our staff, would serve our church family well during this season and that we'd vigorously pursue what God has for us.
  • And finally, pray for our people, for each other. Pray for a hedge of protection around us, that we'd seek unity above all else.

Join the Initiative

Set a reminder on your phone or write a note to pray with us at either 8:15 a.m. or 8:15 p.m. daily for the search. You can also download digital materials in the coming weeks, and finally, join us on March 3 for an online prayer gathering. We'll have a time of worship and prayer beginning at 6:30 p.m. Click the button below for the Zoom link!

Access Prayer Gathering

Candidate Recommendations

Vanderbloemen is working with our search committee to identify and interview candidates. However, if you have someone in mind, we want to hear from you!

The team at Vanderbloemen has set up an email address to which you can send recommendations. Click the link below to submit the name of your contact! Vanderbloemen also has a search profile on its website where you can learn all about the pastor we are seeking, Shades, and Birmingham.

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About Shades

Our mission is to send transformed people to influence their world for Christ.

Our aim is to live sent each week, engaging our community and sharing the Good News of Jesus. We accomplish the mission by meeting with God, connecting with others, and living with purpose.

Our facilities and our finances are in great shape, and our focus is on Jesus and advancing His Kingdom. The next pastor has a blank page on which to write the next God-sized chapter of Shades' story.

Shades sits in the heart of the "Over the Mountain" section of Birmingham. Our church comprises of families from Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Homewood, Pelham, Birmingham, and other parts of the metropolitan area.

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The Search Committee

  • Heather Bishop

  • Alex Childs

  • Jerry Cotney

  • Steve Foster

  • Scott Johnson

  • Bill McMahon

  • Robert Orr

  • Kelly Phillips

  • Aren Williams


If you have additional questions, click the link below to reach out to us!

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