2|42 In Transition

In this time of transition, here are some important details. We also know that you might have questions, and we hope to answer those.

It is not lost on us that this transition is a big one. We know “the best is yet to come.” God has done amazing things in and through 2|42 over the last 15 years, and we can’t wait to see what He has in store for this next season.

Steve Larson is filling the role as the Interim Senior Pastor at 2|42. He has a deep history in ministry, but more than that, a deep passion for ministry. He’s served as an elder here for several years. And, in addition to many years of ministry experience, he also has spent many years in the business world.

How You Can Support the Process

  • Pray for the search committee as they discern through God’s direction.
  • Pray for the future leader of 2|42.
  • Pray for the leaders and staff of 2|42 as they lead the church in this interim period.


How is a new Senior Pastor selected?

Here’s the technical answer: the 2|42 Community Church bylaws outline a succession planning process. This process includes a search committee made up of the Leadership Advisory Team (LAT), The Executive Team, and at the discretion of those teams, 2|42 staff members.

The search committee has agreed upon a plan that is “internally led and professionally supported.” This means 2|42 will take advantage of the skills of its staff to manage the process and they will build in segments of the search process that professionals will design and act as consultants in. The search process is robust and the committee is confident that it will produce the next Senior Pastor at 2|42.

The Search for the next Senior Pastor is broken down into five unique phases:
Phase one is the development of the documents to help interested individuals understand who 2|42 Community Church is and the qualities and competencies we are looking for in our new Senior pastor.  The documents will also support the interview process. 
In Phase two the search team will begin to evaluate the resumes from interested applicants. Using the documents developed in phase one, a series of conversations will occur to help the search team narrow down the list of candidates. 
Phase three has two separate interview opportunities for the candidates, a video interview with the search team and a behavioral assessment. 
Phase four will provide for onsite visits for the candidate: in-person interviews and focus group opportunities for the campus staff.
Phase five is the “selection” phase. The Search team will be finalizing its selection and working with the candidate selected to manage the hiring process.

What does the LAT do?

The Leadership Advisory Team provides accountability, protection, encouragement, and support of the Lead Pastor. Serving as a “sounding board,” and providing advice for the Lead Pastor. The Leadership Advisory Team speaks with one voice, maintains confidentiality, and meets regularly. 

Will the vision of the church change?

2|42 was never built on a single personality and the vision comes from a collective input from a highly skilled staff, Leadership Advisory Team, and hundreds of leaders and volunteers inside the church. The vision for 2|42 is not anticipated to change significantly anytime soon.

How long do we think it will take to find a new Senior Pastor?

Searching for a lead Pastor takes time and a lot of prayer. Please join us during this season as we seek who God has anointed to lead our church.

Is the church healthy financially in the Covid-19 season?

The church continues to flourish in these uncertain times. Although offerings have gone down a bit, so have operating costs. Additionally, the church was recently provided a loan as part of the recently approved stimulus bill that equates to 10 weeks of employee costs. We continue to monitor our financial state so that the church can return to normal functions after this season and so that we can be on the solution side for what our country is going through right now. We are preparing for anticipated economic difficulties ahead.

Church + Senior Pastor Profile


Eric Rauch

Kevin Davis

Angela Hardesty

Bob Smith

Michelle Ounanian

Julianne Gibbons

Bim Carlisle

Craig Ryan

Bryan Jobe

Paul Beauregard

John Freeman

Steve Larson