The Pathfinder Church congregation approved to call an additional teaching pastor to provide additional leadership, preaching, and care.

Associate Pastor Call Process Frequently Asked Questions

Why are we looking for an Associate Pastor?

We are excited about the future of this church under the leadership of our Senior Pastor, Dion Garrett, and Associate Pastor, Doug Mauss.  In the last year, we have recognized the needs of our congregation have placed us in a position to seek additional pastoral support.

What are we looking for in an Associate Pastor?

We need a Pastor who embodies the values of Pathfinder congregation who will provide additional leadership, preaching, and care for our growing needs. This pastor will also have extensive leadership experience, a heart for developing people and teams, and a desire to meet people where they are and help them take steps on their life journey.

What does the process of calling a new Associate Pastor look like at Pathfinder?

This process is guided by the Constitution and Bylaws of Pathfinder Church which states the right of calling a person to the office of the pastor shall be vested in the Board of Directors, subject to the approval of any such call by the Board of Elders and subject to the rights reserved to the voting membership. The calling of such staff shall be undertaken in accordance with the call procedures established by the Board of Directors.

The congregation can expect to consistently be updated throughout the process, to participate in the submission of names to be considered and to express affirmation and/or dissent of nominated pastors.

Will there be a meeting to vote on the Associate Pastor?

A congregational voter’s meeting will not be necessary for issuing a call to an Associate Pastor. Regular updates will be given throughout the journey of seeking an Associate Pastor in an effort to keep our church family informed.

Will there be a Call Committee created for the process of calling a new Associate Pastor?

No, the Board of Directors will establish a process working with the Pathfinder Church staff to ensure a list of the most qualified candidates available with the skills, talents, and gifts needed will be considered for Associate Pastor.

How do I submit the name of a pastor to be considered for the Associate Pastor position at Pathfinder Church?

Referrals were submitted through our website on or before June 23, 2021.  If you have a relationship with the Pastor, we ask that you contact the person you are referring BEFORE you submit their name to confirm that they would willing to talk to Pathfinder about the Associate Pastor opening.

Associate Pastor Search Updates

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January 2022

SAVE THE DATE! AJ will be installed as Associate Pastor here at Pathfinder the weekend of February 12-13th. We hope you’ll join us, to celebrate the occasion at any of our services that weekend, as well as a reception to follow each service. For more information visit pathfinderstl.org/installation

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December 28, 2021

It is with great joy that we share that AJ Mastic has accepted the call to serve as an Associate Pastor at Pathfinder Church! AJ and his family will be finishing out his duties in Colorado in January and then take a couple of weeks for respite and the move to Missouri. They are hoping to find a house quickly to make an easier transition. Please keep this in prayer and if you know anyone looking to move from a 4 bedroom house in our area, please let us know. We are so exited about the future of Pathfinder Church!

Here’s the exciting news straight from AJ and his family:

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December 15, 2021

Pastor AJ Mastic provides a quick note to Pathfinder Church.

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December 13, 2021

Our Board of Directors and Board of Elders met last night and unanimously voted to extend a call to Pastor AJ Mastic to serve as Associate Pastor.

What’s next? AJ will take some time to ask God for wisdom and guidance in the next couple of weeks. We want him to keep his mind on Christmas and serving his congregation well, even as he seeks the will of God for his future.

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December 6, 2021

Pathfinder has been very blessed in the excellent quality of candidates we have received. One candidate, in particular, AJ Mastic, stood out as having incredible alignment with the needs of the role and the culture and mission of Pathfinder. Pastor AJ and his family were invited for a 3-day on-site evaluation at Pathfinder for further exploration and discernment of their alignment with Pathfinder. On November 21-23, the Mastic family spent time interacting with staff, the Board of Directors, and the Board of Elders.

After months of searching, we believe we have found our next Associate Pastor. The Pathfinder Strategic Team (functioning as Call Committee), is now recommending Pastor AJ Mastic to the Board of Directors and Board of Elders for consideration for a divine call to serve here at Pathfinder.

The Pathfinder congregation is now invited to pray for this process and to express any support and/or dissent for the candidate, in writing, to Annmarie Wallis, Secretary of the Board of Directors, at [email protected] by NOON on Monday, December 13, 2021. On the evening of Monday, December 13, the Board of Directors and Board of Elders will deliberate on extending a call to AJ Mastic for Associate Pastor.

Pastor AJ began his ministry as a Director of Christian Education in Arkansas after receiving his B.A. and DCE certification from Concordia University Texas. He continued his ministry journey as a Discipleship Pastor at St. John’s Denver following his Specific Ministry Ordination (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis), where his leadership continued to expand as he coordinated the launch of Renewal Church, a new multi-site community in ministry with St. John’s. He currently serves as the Campus Pastor at Renewal Church’s Highland campus, where he shares his love for connecting people to Jesus. He is pursuing a MA in Theology from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, with a General Pastor Certification. AJ and his wife, Megan, have been married for 12 years and they have four beautiful children: Sarah, Audrey, Caroline, and Luke. You can read more about AJ at his website, www.ajmastic.com.

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November 1, 2021

We are excited about the progress we have made in our search and how we see God moving through this process! Of the 11 candidates we decided to proceed with, 3 expressed an interest in learning more and beginning the interview process with us. Initial screenings were conducted and additional follow-up materials including a questionnaire and the Predictive Index assessment were sent following these screenings. Based on initial feedback and evaluation, all 3 candidates were invited to participate in an interview with our Strategic Leadership Team. We are in the process of evaluating these candidates based on those interviews and planning for on-site visits as the demands of the holiday season allow.

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September 24, 2021

On July 31, we supplied a list of 30 potential candidates for our Associate Pastor opening to the Missouri District of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) for initial vetting. The District serves to ensure the candidates are in good standing within the LCMS. They also conduct an initial contact to determine a candidate’s openness to receiving a call. Finally, they provide helpful candidate profiles.

After receiving Missouri District input on September 16, we have decided to proceed with 11 candidates.

Candidates will now receive a profile of Pathfinder, a position description, and be contacted for an initial conversation with us. We have many other steps ahead of us in the months to come. The best case is a new pastor before the holidays. Perhaps it will take longer than that. Regardless, God knows what we need and when we need it. Please keep our process in prayer!

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July 28, 2021

Pathfinder has been vetting candidates you have submitted (thank you for that!) as well as working with our district office. We are also doing our own work to get to know potential candidates. At this time, 30 candidates have been identified.

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June 30, 2021

Pathfinder has received 6 names from the congregation for consideration in our Associate Pastor search. Senior Pastor Dion Garret will be working closely with the district leadership to inquire about the eligibility of these candidates.

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June 11, 2021

We are currently accepting names for consideration through June 23, 2021.