Associate Pastor for Children and Community Life Position

This is a full-time Associate position with opportunities to develop pastoral skills and abilities as called, including weekly opportunities to lead worship and regular opportunities to preach. This position will focus on two related, overlapping areas of our church’s life. The first is our Children’s Ministry, and the second, which we’ve styled “Community Life,” has outreach elements but is more of a ministry of hospitality. A Bachelor's degree is required for this position, and a seminary degree is strongly desired. The full job description, with cover letter, is linked below. For any questions, or to submit materials, please reach out to our search committee's chair, Rev. Anne Vestal England, by email here.


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Meet the members of the Associate Pastor for Children and Community Life Search Committee:

Rev. Anne Vestal England is the chair of the Associate Pastor search committee. She is a Texas native and married her husband, Jordan, in 2005. They lived in South Carolina before moving to Jacksonville in 2010. Anne served on the HAB staff from 2011-2015 as the Minister of Youth. She started to a new career path in 2017, and now works alongside her husband at Industry West, an e-commerce furniture brand. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Charlotte, and call HAB their church home. Anne received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baylor University in 2001 and a Master of Theological Studies from Candler Divinity School in 2003.

Rev. Dawson McQuaig is the vice-chair of the Associate Pastor search committee and a history teacher at Harvest Community High School. His first memories of being at HAB are sitting on the steps of the old sanctuary as a kindergartener in Vacation Bible School. HAB has impacted his entire life. It was here that he heard the call to ministry, and HAB is the center of his family's life. Dawson has served on numerous committees, including chairing the Deacons and the Imagine 2020 Team. He looks forward to serving as we seek an Associate Pastor to help guide our church in the years to come.

A Jacksonville native, Patti Carson has been a member of HAB since moving back to Jacksonville in the late ‘80’s. Her daughters grew up and were married at HAB and her parents, sister, and niece were also faithful, involved members. As an educator, Patti enjoyed a long career in public education, serving first as a teacher and then as an Elementary School Principal for many years.

Dr. B.J. Hutto is the Senior Pastor of Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. He is originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina and graduated with a BA in Religion and English Literature from Wofford College. He also holds an MDiv and ThM from Duke University Divinity School. In 2019, he was awarded a PhD in Theological Ethics by Kings College, The University of Aberdeen. B.J.’s wife, Rebekah, is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida. They have two children, Hannah Ruth and Elijah. When not working or studying, B.J. is happiest when spending his time like Jesus’ earliest disciples, in a fishing boat.

Elizabeth Spradley has been an active member of HAB since 2006. She has served on numerous church committees, including as Chair of the Personnel Committee. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the board of Little Friends Preschool. For 31 years before retiring, she was Senior Vice President of Human Resources for the Suddath Companies and has been an active volunteer in the Jacksonville area's nonprofit sector, including serving on the Goodwill board for several years.

Kevin Valent has been a resident of Jacksonville for 30 years. He and his wife, Anna, have been members of HAB for over 10 years. They have three daughters, Riley, Sawyer, and Mary Parker. The Valent family enjoys being involved in life at HAB. Kevin and Anna both serve on several committees, and the Valent children are active in the youth and children's ministries. Kevin is a graduate of Boston University and is currently the Chief Electrical Engineer at The Haskell Company, where he has worked for the past 16 years.

Chelsea Weise has been a member of HAB for 11 years.  She has been in education for 15 years and is currently the Principal of Little Friends Preschool at Hendricks Ave. Baptist.  Chelsea loves to be outdoors.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, jogging, traveling, and making memories with her family.  She is attending the University of Florida and is studying Sociology. Justin, her husband teaches at Episcopal School of Jacksonville.  They have been married for 18 years and have two children, Maddie, a senior, and Macaiden a sophomore.

Dr. Melanie Wilson has been a resident of Jacksonville since 1989. Prior to that she was a Navy Brat and lived all over the USA. Melanie met her husband, Brad, in 1996, and they have been inseparable since. Brad Wilson is a lifetime member of HAB. Melanie has been at HAB since 1996, but more consistently for the last decade. They have twin boys, Henry and Jonas. The boys are active in Youth and have had the pleasure of participating in the Children's ministry in the past. The boys recruit friends, so you never know how many kids are going to fall out of a Wilson vehicle on a Wednesday night. Melanie is a “triple dipper” graduate from University of Florida and holds a doctorate in nursing and practices vascular surgery.