Pastoral Search

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6

The formation, and then the work, of PCC’s Pastoral Search Team was to be among our most important steps forward together with Jesus in seeking the renewal of our congregational life. Christ has brought us a long way together in these last months! These next steps prayerfully will launch us toward a beautiful and fruitful new era ahead in the life and mission of PCC. These truly are exciting times for us!

Alex Watlington Affirmed as Senior Pastor

We rejoice in the Lord’s blessing and sovereignty as He led PCC through the search process for our next lead pastor. On Sunday April 30, the Pastoral Search Team (PST) joyfully and unanimously recommended Alex Watlington along with his wife Becki and three sons, Monroe (11), Whit (16), Miles (14) to be PCC’s next senior pastor.

On Sunday, May 21, members voted to affirm Alex Watlington as the new Senior Pastor of Pacific Crossroads Church. Please take a moment to read the letter from Alex accepting the call to PCC as our senior pastor. Alex will start preaching on Sunday, July 2nd and will be formally installed as our senior pastor on Sunday, August 13th.

Learn More About Alex

The PST has grown to know Alex better over the past months and truly believe that because of his experience in ministry, God-given skills of leadership and shepherding, and a true heart for the gospel of Christ, he is the man to lead PCC in this next season of the church.

In hopes that you can get to know Alex and his family better, we have prepared the attached brochure with a letter from the PST, biography and testimony of Alex as well as resume highlights.

Pastoral Search Process Timeline

  • April 29–30, 2022: Discovery Weekend with McGowan Global. Information gathering from a broad cross-section of members.
  • June 5-20, 2022: You Count Survey and Census.
  • July-August 2022: Development and completion of PCC Church Profile.
  • August 16, 2022: Begin evaluation of candidates.
  • August 29, 2022: Congregational nominations of pastoral candidates open.
  • September 2022 – April 2023: Evaluation and interview of pastoral candidates.
  • April 24, 2023: Unanimous vote by the PST to recommend Alex Watlington as the Senior Pastor for PCC. This vote was unanimously affirmed by PCC Session.
  • April 30, 2023: PST presentation of Alex Watlington to the congregation.
  • Saturday, May 6 to Monday, May 8, 2023: Candidate weekend with Alex preaching on Sunday morning followed by light reception near the SAMOHI cafeteria.
  • Monday, May 8 to Sunday, May 14, 2023: Week of Prayer and Fasting.
  • Tuesday, May 16, 2023: Moderated Zoom ‘Q&A with Alex’ hosted by the PST, PCC Session and McGowan Global Institute. (RECORDING OF Q&A)
  • Sunday, May 21, 2023: Membership voting to affirm recommended candidate.

What’s Next?

Please mark your calendars with the below upcoming important dates. We pray that you will be able to attend these Sunday’s to show your support and unity as a body here at PCC.

  • Sunday, July 2: Alex’s first Sunday preaching.
  • Sunday, August 13: Alex formally installed as our senior pastor.


Pastoral Search Team

Glyn Milburn, Elder

Glyn Milburn

Elder, Co-Chair

Harold Shin, Elder

Harold Shin


Ben Friday, Deacon

Ben Friday


Jaki Granger, Deacon

Jaki Granger


Andrew Kuo, Deacon

Andrew Kuo

Deacon, Secretary

Lynne Anderson, Member at Large

Lynne Anderson

Member at Large, Co-Chair

Joe Cadwallader, Member at Large

Joe Cadwallader

Member at Large

Renee Gibbons, Member at Large

Renee Gibbons

Member at Large, Communications Coordinator

Celina Min, Member at Large

Celina Min

Member at Large

Chad Stinson, Member at Large

Chad Stinson

Member at Large

Prayer Coordinator

Member at Large

Prayer Requests

  • The Lord continues to confirm the calling of Alex Watlington as our new senior pastor.
  • The Pacific Presbytery would be completely united in their support of Alex.
  • The Lord prepares the hearts of the congregation and staff to welcome and embrace Alex and his family.
  • The Lord continues to protect the PST and Alex and his family from spiritual attack and that He would physically protect both us and those closest to us.

Praise Items

  • Thanksgiving to The Lord for His generous provision for the pastoral search.
  • The Lord providing a quorum on May 21, for the congregational vote and affirming Alex as our new senior pastor.
  • The Holy Spirit’s leading in every phase of the process.
  • Many godly qualified pastoral candidates.
  • Collaborative working relationships between the 11-member team.