LEAD PASTOR SEARCH

Search process


The search for the next Lead Pastor of Mariners Church Huntington Beach will be conducted by a thorough and unbiased search process led by:
  1. Search Committee of Mariners HB
  2. Vanderbloemen Search Group
The Search Committee will work closely with Vanderbloemen Search Group, an experienced executive search firm specializing in Lead Pastor searches.  The Search Committee will dedicate extensive time to ensure they have a deep understanding of the Mission, Vision and Values  of Mariners Church family of churches and the unique personality of Mariners HB as they conduct the process. After interviewing many qualified candidates, the Search Committee will recommend their top choices to the Senior Pastor of Mariners Church Irvine, who will prayerfully select Mariners’ HB next Lead Pastor.

Search Committee


The Search Committee will be led by Jeb Egbert, Lead Elder, and Robin Riley, interim Executive Pastor. The committee of godly men and women was prayerfully selected and represents the many ministries and backgrounds in our congregation. Jeb and Robin will work closely with the committee members to ensure they have a deep understanding of the vision and values of Mariners and requirements of a future Lead Pastor as they conduct their search.



Search
Committee


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"I have loved seeing our interns be actual team members with full responsibilities. This has given them great ownership and is beneficial for both the church and the individual."

Dominik Michalzik
Worship Pastor


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"Weekly intern meetings gives them a “home base” and team to go back to, regardless of which department they’re in. I think our staff has done a great job treating the interns just like anyone else on the team, so maintaining that culture will be important."

Monica Bannister
OUTREACH Pastor


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" I like how we’ve been able to make the interns feel like they are a part of the team. They’re not here for labor and to make our lives easier, they’re here to better the team. I believe that can empower and inspire them to use their skills and gifts."

Jose Moreno-Rivas
Local Engagement Coordinator/Tech Director


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JOSH GAGE

Josh and his wife Lauren have been attending Mariners HB for the last 4 year. They have 4 young children: Trenton (7), Laila (5), Naomi (3), and Malia (9 Months). Josh was born and raised on Orcas Island, a small island in the NW corner of Washington State. At the age of 16, Josh moved to Huntington Beach and attended Edison HS. After graduation, Josh went back to Washington to attend the University of Washington and play football.

Josh and Lauren moved back to HB after college, where he currently works as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Crean Lutheran High School in Irvine. Josh also operates a sports performance training center in Fountain Valley.
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KEVIN WHITE

Kevin accepted Jesus as his savior over 50 years ago. Married to Cheryl for 36 years they have 2 children and 3 granddaughters. He spent 30 years in Aerospace as an Electrical Engineer retiring almost 7 years ago. He and Cheryl came to MHB in August of 2012. Today he serves as our Chaplain and a member of the Elder Board.
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Denise A Banks-Taylor

I was in a shelter in Anaheim ,Grandmas House of Hope, going through chemotherapy for Breast cancer in February 2011.The shelter director Jen'et Keitner asked a group of residents if we would like to have a bible study named Rooted from Irvine Mariners Church come to the shelter. We all agreed . That was my beginning of accepting Jesus as my personal savior and getting baptized. I understood that with that commitment I had to be all in. I am dedicated to following the word of God, being lead by the Holy Spirit, and loving my neighbors. With that said , I prayed and asked God if this was his will for me to join this committee and my answer was " It is an honor to serve God in this way"..so here I am at your service.
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Kara Nomura

My name is Kara Nomura and I have been attending Mariners HB since it’s inception in 2008. My husband Tom, who is an Elder, and I currently lead a Life Group, which came from the very early beginnings of Rooted (second season). We have two sons, William who is a Freshman at Cal Baptist University and Christopher who is a Junior at Crean Lutheran High School. I have been in staffing and HR for over 20+ years and for the past 12 years I have been the HR & Operations Administrator for a family owned property management firm in Costa Mesa.
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Kirk Svartstrom

Kirk has been a faithful servant of Jesus Christ since 2000 and been attending Mariner’s church for over 16 years. He lives in Fountain Valley with his wife Sarah of 22 years and his three daughters Emily (17), Julia(15), and Hope(12). Kirk has served in multiple ministries at Mariners including Men’s, Outreach, Greeting, Set up/tear down, and Children’s ministry. Currently Kirk leads our HB Campus Friday morning Men’s Bible study called Men of Influence which shares chapters in both Irvine and Mission Viejo campuses. Kirk currently serves as a design manager at The Boeing Company here in Huntington Beach where he has worked for the past 22 years.
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Maggi Arguello

Maggi has been a part of Mariners Church for the last 21 years, first at the Irvine campus, and then at Huntington Beach since it opened in 2009. She has an awesome husband Tim, of 20 years, and three spectacular children – Olivia, Matthew and Benjamin. She has seen Mariners Huntington Beach change, morph, grow and fearlessly conquer obstacles in the past 9 years. She always appreciates the friendly smiles and greetings of friends, known and unknown, when at church, but it is the authentic and Godly heart of this community that truly inspires her and her family to be involved, serve and worship here. It is a privilege to be on the Search Committee.
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Dan Lindburg

Dan Lindburg has been going to Mariners HB since it’s origin. He is married to his amazing wife Beth and is the father of three beautiful children. Dan serves Mariners on the parking team, leading Rooted and Men’s ministry.
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Robin Riley, Facilitator/Non-voting

Prior to stepping in to help lead Mariners HB through a season of change, Robin served as the Executive Director of the Rooted Network, a ministry of Mariners Church in Irvine, California. Since joining Mariners staff in 2007, Robin has held many leadership positions in response to much growth and change. She began her time as Lead Outreach Pastor for local and global ministries and was with Senior Pastors Kenton and Laurie Beshore in Kenya when they discovered Mizizi (Swahili for ‘roots’). Witnessing the momentum and life change this experiential discipleship curriculum had was a turning point for Mariners Church. Robin served on the executive team that helped Mariners Church discipleship strategy transform from a menu-driven model to a simple path, or "transformational loop", with Rooted as the first step. In her role as Network Development Pastor, she facilitated exporting Mariners’ DNA during a season of church planting resulting in the Mariners family of churches. Prior to joining Mariners Church, Robin had over a decade of corporate experience with a strong focus on organizational development, change management and project management. She and her husband, Kent have two great kids, one awesome son in law and two 90 pound Labrador retrievers.
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Jeb Egbert, Chair

Jeb Egbert serves as the Chair of the Search Committee. In his "day job," Jeb is co-President of West Coast University, which has an enrollment of approximately 6,500 students attending at one of 6 campuses (or online) and specializes in health care degree programs. He is also a Commissioner for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Jeb has spent more than 25 years in youth ministry, most notably directing camp ministry that accommodated up to 1,000 teens in Northern Minnesota. He has been in various ministerial roles since 1988, including serving as pastor to the student body of a residential Christian institution of higher learning.

Jeb earned his MBA from the University of Texas in 1992 and doctorate in Education from Texas A & M in 1995. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Barb Quillen Egbert, for 40 years and has three amazing children: John, James, and Brittany as well as the cutest grandson in the world.

Search firm


Mariners HB has engaged Vanderbloemen Search Group to help us in the search process for our next Lead Pastor. Below is information on who they are and why they are a great fit for Mariners.

Vanderbloemen Search Group is a pastor search firm that helps churches and faith-based organizations build great teams and find their key staff members. They have served over 1000 churches since its founding eight years ago. Providing guidance to churches looking for a new Lead Pastor is an area of particular expertise for Vanderbloemen. William Vanderbloemen, founder of the company, has combined over 15 years of ministry experience as a Senior Pastor with the best practices of executive search to provide churches with a unique offering: a deep understanding of local church work with the very best knowledge and practices of professional executive search.

Prior to founding Vanderbloemen Search Group, William studied executive search under a mentor with over 25 years of executive search experience. His learning taught him the very best corporate practices, including the search strategies used by the internationally known firm Russell Reynolds. William also has experience as a Manager in Human Resources in a Fortune 200 company, where he focused on integration of corporate culture and succession planning. All of these experiences have come together with his pastoral work to form a unique gift for helping churches and ministries connect with the right key people.

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