Senior Pastor - High Desert Church

High Desert Church, located in Victorville, California, is searching for their next Senior Pastor. This is an amazing opportunity for an experienced senior leader to influence and shape the Kingdom impact of a large, multisite church in the Victor Valley and beyond.

High Desert Church is an Evangelical community located in California’s High Desert, approximately one hour northeast of the Los Angeles area. Prior to the pandemic, they ministered to approximately 4,000 people per weekend. As a multisite church, they extend their mission to four different regional communities (Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia and Phelan). The HDC staff team is comprised of more than 160 full-time and part-time men and women who are committed to world-change in the Victor Valley and through Christ’s church around the world.

Under the leadership of Tom Mercer (Not My Church) for the last 35 years, HDC has established a felt presence as a large regional church in the High Desert. HDC is a vibrant and healthy church with a reputation for community engagement, service, and generosity to the surrounding areas, including partnerships with the Victor Valley Rescue Mission, the Second Chance Food Bank, and the Rose of Sharon Pregnancy Center.

This opportunity requires a visionary communicator with a high leadership quotient who can build on a rich heritage of ministry and legacy. The ideal candidate for this role will possess a humble confidence, Christ-like character, and a relational personality. This leader will be gifted in collaborative leadership and transformational teaching while demonstrating full alignment with the vision and values of HDC.


High Desert Church’s gospel impact is driven primarily through an oikocentric philosophy of ministry. Throughout biblical history, God utilized the "extended family" as His primary target for evangelism. That group of close relationships is framed by the Greek word oikos (household), a word that surfaces often throughout the Greek New Testament. On average, it is made up of anywhere from eight to fifteen people whom God has supernaturally and strategically placed on the “front row” of every believer’s life.

HDC’s weekend celebrations are upbeat and life-giving. Through vibrant worship, practical biblical teaching, and focused ministry to kids of all ages, HDC’s ministry is designed specifically to prepare individuals to more effectively engage their oikos, with both a clear demonstration and articulate declaration of faith in Jesus. HDC has a robust small group ministry that provides a catalyst for biblical community and ministry. HDC is associated with Transformation Ministries ( through engagement and ongoing support.

The ministry staff at HDC is a high capacity, highly collaborative team that serve to further HDC’s vision and values with excellence. With long tenures and a culture of trust, ministry teams lead hundreds of volunteers each week on each of their campuses.

HDC has been blessed with incredible campuses and facilities. The main Victorville location serves as the broadcast site for the other three campuses, in addition to their online community. As the largest venue in Victor Valley, Powell Auditorium has served the community for school graduations, memorial services for members of law enforcement, and other community events. Built in 2000 (45,500 sq. ft.) with 1,972 theatre style seats, it houses three different office areas along with six nursery environments. Pointe Discovery is the newest addition to the campus completed in 2015. With 35,000 sq. ft., it contains three auditoriums and 16 classrooms, which are used for children's ministry. The Chapel, HDC’s original church building, serves as a wedding and memorial chapel and The Island is a coffee shop and small retail space. Finally, built in 1989, the 18,500 sq. ft. gymnasium has a basketball court, six classrooms and a commercial kitchen. HDC’s heart is to serve the Victor Valley community with what God has provided.

High Desert Church’s purpose is to prepare every generation to change their worlds for Christ.


HDC seeks to fulfill our purpose within the framework of our core values:

1) Truthful - We believe that the Bible is the inspired, infallible and authoritative Word of God; that it is not simply another tool that one can draw on from life's smorgasbord of self-improvement resources; and that it is true all the time, for everyone in every generation.

2) Helpful - We believe that God's people should leave every church experience feeling confident that the principles they heard or the encouragement they received will make them more effective world-changers.

3) Durable - We believe that a local church should be structured in such a way as to provide for effective ministry through multiple generation cycles, depending less on the personality of a single leader and more on the team model of leadership.

4) Enjoyable - We believe that there is no good reason for church to be boring, that both spiritual enrichment and personal enjoyment can coexist.


  • Weekly average attendance: 4,000 (pre-COVID), 7710 unique adults in 2019

  • Students and Children: 1,300 (pre-COVID)

  • Annual Budget: $9.8M

  • Staff: 160 full-time and part-time


As the principal visionary and spiritual leader of High Desert Church, the Senior Pastor serves as the chief evangelist of HDC’s oikocentric purpose, functions as the primary champion of all ministry vision, and leads HDC’s ministry team members in achieving the church’s mission.

The Senior Pastor reports to the Administrative Board while serving as the executive leader of the church. This is primarily achieved through the Executive Pastors who oversee HDC’s leadership and staff teams.


  • Vision Cast — set long-term ministry vision and collaborate with HDC’s leadership and staff teams to create and implement annual missional targets and goals.

  • Senior Leadership — provide overall leadership to shape and steward HDC’s ministry models, programs, philosophies, and policies.

  • Culture Curator — champion HDC’s core values and church culture through developing and communicating HDC’s overall mission, vision and values.

  • Teaching and Preaching — provide regular biblical teaching for the church family. Work with HDC’s Teaching Team to develop message series and teaching schedules.

  • Shepherd — contribute to general pastor duties that meet the needs of the church family.


  • Strong knowledge of ministry models and expressions for all ages in the context of a large multisite faith community.

  • Mastery level proficiency in communication and biblical teaching that results in life transformation.

  • Demonstrated team leadership in complex ministry environments.


  • Servant — demonstrates a heart to serve.

  • Shepherd — loves people.

  • Submitted – lives under biblical authority.

  • Gospel Centric — shares Jesus with others.

  • Collaborative — leads through others-centered leadership.

  • Strategic — excels as a problem solver and critical thinker.

  • Results — maximizes productivity through defined goals.


  • Graduate ministry degree

  • 8+ years of large ministry leadership experience with supervisory responsibilities, and/or 5+ years of experience as a Senior Pastor of a church community of 1,500+

  • Strategic multisite experience

  • Agreement with HDC’s Statement of Beliefs (required)


Victorville, California

Located in Southern California at the geographical high-point between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Victorville is the leading city for both industry and retail in the High Desert region. Victorville is a growing, vibrant community that is home to approximately 125,000 residents and some of the area's largest employers. Clean air, abundant mountain vistas, family-friendly recreational activities, spectacular sunsets and breathtaking night skies entice locals and visitors alike to fall in love with our City. Victorville is a short distance away from SoCal beaches, National Parks, mountain retreats, and other major attractions. Ontario International Airport is less than an hour away.

At 2,875 feet above sea level, Victorville's dry, high-desert climate offers a taste of all seasons. Residents enjoy cool springs and falls, hot and sunny summers and generally milder winters that can sometimes bring light snow. Average rainfall is approximately 3.9 inches per year, which means low humidity throughout the year. Temperatures can range from below freezing in winter to 110 in the summer.

As of 2020 the residential population of Victorville is approximately 128,000. Estimates suggest that this figure more than doubles during business hours to accommodate the needs of the more than 400,000 people who call the greater Victor Valley home.

As the economic engine of the greater Victor Valley and the largest commercial center between San Bernardino and the Nevada border, the city draws consumers from well beyond the immediate area. The greater Victor Valley includes the neighboring communities of Adelanto, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Lucerne Valley, Oak Hills, Phelan, Victorville and Wrightwood.

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AGORA Search Group is a Colorado Springs search firm providing executive search and selection services to churches and faith-based organizations throughout the world.

Malcolm Schaad is leading this search. For over 20 years, Malcolm has been serving the church in senior leadership roles. Malcolm’s experience in recruiting, marketing, and communications helps fuel his passion to fill high-level leadership roles within the local church and Christian organizations.


For further details regarding this position, please contact:

Malcolm Schaad

VP of Recruiting and Operations

AGORA Search Group


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