Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Kenova
Kenova, West Virginia

Lead Pastor (Full Time)

First Baptist Church of Kenova. 1120 Poplar Street Kenova, WV 25530


Church Profile

First Baptist Church of Kenova is located in the heart of the Tri-State Area (WV, KY, OH) between Huntington, WV and Ashland, KY. We are loosely affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the WV American Baptist Association. Over the past two decades, the Lord has truly had His hand on our church body and, through the work of the Holy Spirit, has grown our congregation both in spiritual depth and in number. With a current average attendance of 400 people, FBCK has an excellent representation of people from every age group, with our largest demographic being 30-40 year olds with young children.

We are a church family that has cultivated a “Berean” mindset, having a reputation for being impacted, sustained, corrected, and compelled by Word of God as our sole rule for Christian faith and practice. We are passionate about reaching our community and region with the gospel of Christ, supporting missionary work, and building strong Christian homes. Above all else, we desire to glorify the Lord with our lives, both inside and outside of our church building.


Doctrinal Distinctives

We generally affirm the Baptist Faith and Message 2000 and the 1689 London Baptist Confession, while holding to dispensational/progressive dispensational hermeneutic and a premillennial eschatological understanding.

A brief description of our doctrinal beliefs can be found here.



For a number of years, we have been one of the top missions-giving churches in our state convention. We are currently giving 19% of our budget to missions with the desire and intent to increase that percentage each year. We consider our mission budget to be “the first check we write.”


Children & Youth Ministry

As a church, we are deeply committed to nurturing a love for the Lord in our children. We currently have two full time staff positions devoted to coordinating discipleship and outreach for ages pre-K through 18 year olds. FBCK has an AWANA program and youth ministry called “The Garage.” Both ministries have a host of parent volunteers and continually prove to be fruitful. A majority of the members of our church have either volunteered in or directly benefited from these ministries.

In addition to our children’s and youth ministries, the FBCK cultivates a culture that encourages families to educate and instill a Biblical worldview in our children. A large portion of our students receive a christian education through local Christian schools or home school.



Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit, our church body truly does demonstrate a love for one another, being purposeful in breaking down dividing walls in our congregation. We have a reputation for loving like Jesus and living our faith.

We have a well-attended fellowship dinner open to the entire church every Wednesday night. Following the fellowship dinners, our church meets in small groups all over our campus.


Sunday Morning Worship

We currently have two services (9:00 & 11:15) consisting of expository preaching and contemporary music. We value an overall expository teaching method from the whole counsel of God’s Word, understanding that all scripture is God-breathed.

Our adult Sunday school classes meet in between services. We encourage didactic teaching methods, recognizing difficult questions, examined in the light of the Word, lead to deeper understanding and deeper understanding to greater praise.


Sunday Evening Worship

Sunday evening is when our children participate in AWANA and “The Garage.” During this time, we have an adult Bible study that has traditionally been led by the Lead Pastor.



We currently have three lay Shepherds and fifteen Deacons, both on rotating committees. Our staff consists of a full-time Children’s Director, a full-time Youth Director, a part-time Music Director, a Church Secretary, a Financial Secretary, and a volunteer Pastoral Care Minister.


Budget & Salary

Our budget for 2023 is $820,000 and our weekly giving in recent months has been exceeding our budgeted expenses. We offer a competitive salary package for a full time Lead Pastor.



Kenova is the "Western Gate to the Moutain State", just a 10 minute drive to the center of Huntington, WV (pop. 46,000) and Ashland, Kentucky (pop. 21,600). The Tri-State area itself is largely made up of small-town communities with a population of over 350,000 in the metropolitan area. This makes the region a desirable area that combines a small-town community-centered mindset with enough of a population to support many of the resources only available in a larger city. In 2017, Huntington was named “America’s Best Community.” To learn more, visit Huntington's Webpage.


Pastor Profile

The congregation of First Baptist Church of Kenova is searching for a man to faithfully serve full time as Lead Pastor. He must meet all of the biblical qualifications for an elder/overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:7-9. Masters level education or higher is strongly desired as is some experience in a lead pastor or associate pastor position. Ultimately, candidates will be judged by their ability to carry out the required duties of the office in a manner that honors the Lord.


Duties & Expectations

The Lead Pastor will be a member of the Council of Shepherds and his responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

Supervising church staff.
Accurately interpreting and effectively communicating the Bible in preaching and didactic teaching formats.
Shepherding members of various ages, talents, and abilities well.
Administering the ordinances of Baptism and communion in keeping with Biblical teaching.
Officiating weddings and funerals for members and friends of the church.
Developing and maintaining ministries conducive to spiritual and numerical growth.
Providing pastoral care and counseling.
Discipling and training the future leadership of the church.
Identifying and strategically addressing the needs of the church.
Nurturing fellowship and unity within the church.
Protecting the congregation by engaging in Biblical church discipline with a goal of reconciliation.
Overseeing and, when needed, implementing community outreach efforts.
Engagement in and relative proximity of residence to the Ceredo-Kenova community.
Maintaining reasonable availability through agreed upon office hours.
Engaging in and receiving constructive feedback with deference and humility.
Actively participating in developing a vision for the future of our church body.


Learn More

You can learn more about us from our church webpage or subsplash app. A large portion of our congregation's social media presence is in a private Facebook group but general announcements can be found on our public Facebook group.


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First Baptist Church of Kenova
1120 Poplar St
Kenova, West Virginia 25530


First Baptist Church of Kenova
(304) 453-1811
[email protected]



Kenova, West Virginia
Job type
Full Time
Pay rate
Ordained position
Exempt status
Not Exempt
Church Ministry