ENCOUNTER never expected to be back in a place of pastoral transition less than seven months after celebrating the conclusion of the last search. While there is pain and shock, we are confident that the Lord is moving boldly within ENCOUNTER.

The Elders understand that the ENCOUNTER family needs more communication through this process than before. We are committed to communicating with you, through this webpage, through email, on social media, and during weekend services.


Questions or feedback? We want to hear from you.


— The Elder Board has completed its second prayer and search meeting.

— An Elder update has been scheduled during each of the weekend services through April.


We, as an Elder Board, have already begun making progress in the search for a new Lead Pastor who will be God’s choice to guide ENCOUNTER into the future with authenticity and vision. We want to grow as a people in our love for the Lord and each other as we seek to bring the gospel message to a growing number in this community and around the world.

Who will search for the next Lead Pastor?

The Elder Board is required by the church bylaws to be the Search Team to find the new Lead Pastor.  The members of the Elder Board are Rob Westberg (chair), Don Chambers, Tony Cortez, Christopher Fortunati, Rob Gapper, Patrick McCaslin.

Why are the Moore's leaving?

This was a personal decision made by the Moore’s.

Was Pastor Brett fired by the Elders?

No, this was a personal decision made by the Moore’s.

Is Pastor Brett leaving as a result of moral failure?

No, this was a personal decision made by the Moore’s.

Will this Lead Pastor search take as long as the previous one?

Since we had so recently completed the search process and most of the materials are still relevant, we expect this search to be completed in a shorter timeframe.

What is the search process to have a new Lead Pastor here?

1. The search process has already begun.

2. Prayer is the most important priority. We have committed ourselves as Elders to focus on Mondays as a day of prayer during this search.

3. Progress will be shared regularly on the website, in services, on social media and through email.

4. Board review of candidates will continue until someone is selected. The Board is committed to seeking God’s direction in this process.

5. The final candidate will be presented to the church in formal and informal settings.

6. Finally, the members of the church will vote on a designated weekend before and after services. The bylaws require a 2/3 majority of members voting to call a new Lead Pastor.

Who can vote for the new Lead Pastor?

Only current registered members of the church can vote. To verify if you are a member of ENCOUNTER, contact Victoria Carpenter. To become a member, please attend a Membership Class on May 15, 2022, 10:45 am in the Living Room. No registration needed, just show up.

Are any of the current pastors on staff or former staff pastors candidates?

Any who desire to apply may do so as the Lord leads and will be considered along with all other candidates.

Who will speak during services while we search?

Bill Heydorn will continue to speak at services, as well as a slate of exciting guest pastors and speakers.

Who do we contact with questions or comments?

Comments and questions can be emailed to

How do we keep informed about the search progress?

Progress reports will be put on our website, on social media, will be sent through email, and will occur during weekend services.

Who will lead worship during this time?

Jason, who led worship with Ryan a few weeks ago, will be our interim worship leader beginning April 3.

Will there be any changes to current staff roles during the search process?

Jack Monroe will serve as interim Executive Pastor. Church Staff will report to him. The Elders and Church Staff will be working closely together to carry on the ministry of the church. The day-to-day leadership of the church will continue to be the responsibility of the Lead Team. They will make sure that the church continues to pursue its mission to Encounter God, Encourage each other and Engage the world.

The Lead Team includes:
Bill Heydorn, Community Life Pastor
Gloria Needham, Director of ENCOUNTER Kids
Austin Gray, Pastor of Student Ministries
Gerald Innes, Director of Operations & Facilities
Kelly Hanighen-Lynch, Director of Communications
Lindsey Lopez, Care Coordinator
Evan Link, Creative Director
Lori Borrajo, Administrative Assistant

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” Philippians 4:6-7