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Night of Prayer

May 19 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Please join us on May 19 at 6pm as we pray for the upcoming transition to a new senior pastor:
    • Pray for the Pastoral Search Team that is being put together. They will need leadership, wisdom, discernment.
    • Pray, even now, for the Senior Pastor who will be called to Jerusalem Baptist Church — that he will be a strong man of faith who is seeking the Lord’s path to lead our church into the future.
    • Pray for our current Senior Pastor, Terry Smith, and his wife, Sandi, as they embark on a new journey to “retirement” and a move to Missouri to live near family. 
Letter from Senior Pastor Terry Smith
April 28, 2019
Dear Church Family,

Today, Sandi and I are announcing the beginning of our transition as your Senior Pastor. I had the privilege to be called to JBC to be your Pastor in April 2000. Over the last 19 years, the certainty of that calling has never left me for an instant, which is why I stayed even through some very difficult and trying days, both as a pastor and a person. It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve as your Pastor for these past 19 years.

Over these past 19 years, Sandi and I have experienced a number of changes in our lives. We saw Jeremy graduate from high school…both Scott and Jeremy graduate from college and later seminary. It has been exciting to see how God brought two wonderful, godly young women into our boys lives and to see them married and now serving God. We have been blessed to go from two sons and two daughters-in-law to now having five grandchildren. God has truly and abundantly blessed us.

Also, over these past 19 years, God has poured out amazing grace and mercy to us as a church…and displayed His presence and power before us in some of the most awesome ways. As your pastor…

  • I have sought to lead you to be a church that hears God and obeys God.
  • I have tried to be faithful to proclaim the truth of God’s Word to you without compromise.
  • I have challenged you to have a growing passion for the Word of God.
  • I have sought to lead you to see God, hear God, and experience God personally.
  • I have sought to lead you be a people and church of prayer.
  • I have sought to lead you to grow deeper roots of faith…both individually and as a church.
  • I have tried to lead the church to be on mission with God…to be intentional in being a mission church…in giving, sending, and going.
  • We have sought to be a church that humbles itself before God, and seeks to make decisions, not based on human logic alone, but based on prayer and seeking the mind of Christ.
  • And recently in a sermon series I challenged you to “finish well”. That is what I hope to now do.

A few years ago, Pastor John Piper wrote to his people at Bethlehem Baptist Church and said: “I am less competent leading Bethlehem structurally and organizationally than I used to be. For about 30 years, I was usually able to see through the complexities and formulate feasible and exciting plans. This is no longer the case. Bethlehem is more complex than it used to be, and my energies and abilities for this kind of organizational planning are diminished.”

When I heard this and read this, I knew precisely what John Piper was saying. He had had a “death of a vision and a death of ministry” at Bethlehem.

Jerusalem family, over the last 19 years, I have sought, as unto the Lord, to give every ounce of strength, both physically and spiritually, to shepherding you. Yes, there are things that I would change and things that I would like to have done differently. But through it all, I have sought and desired to see God most glorified in everything that we have done.

I am not retiring…I’m transitioning. I’m not tired of walking with Christ, not tired of praying and reading God’s Word, not tired of sharing Christ with people, and for sure, not tired of preaching and teaching the Word. But I am tired of trying to run the everyday administration of the demanding operations of our complex multi-ethic and diverse church. If I’m not willing to admit and confront this, I will end up hurting the very church family that I love so much. JBC needs a Senior Pastor who can be and will be fully-engaged in every level of leading and shepherding our church with all the different and diverse ministries and fellowships!

I will be meeting with our elders this afternoon and discussing with them how JBC needs to move forward and how to trust God’s leading to begin searching for our next God-called Senior Pastor. I will be the most supportive and helpful person imaginable in seeing JBC make this transition smoothly and biblically. And you can count on me to work to make this transition the most Christ-honoring process possible.

I am certain that God has already appointed a man to step into this role, trusting the Lord to call a man who will have His anointing…a man who can take JBC further for Christ’s Glory than God used me to do.

These can be, and will be, exciting days for JBC, and I ask you to join in the excitement and expectation I feel as I wait to see what our great Savior has ahead for our church family.

It has been, and will continue to be for the next few months, a privilege to be your pastor. Our plan is for Sunday, September 1st to be my last Sunday in the pulpit, with our transition being finalized September 15th.

As you can imagine, Sandi and I deeply covet your prayer support throughout this entire process.

In Christ’s love,
Pastor Terry and Sandi


May 19
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Jerusalem Baptist Church
5424 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039 United States
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