The Worship Pastor Search Team is thrilled to announce its recommendation that the members of Severns Valley Baptist Church call Andy Botts as our next Worship Pastor. Andy and his wife, Lauren, along with their two children, Ashton and Cooper, will be with us June 18-21 for an “in-view-of-a-call” weekend.
In Andy’s own words: “I’m a follower of Christ. I’m flawed. I’m forgiven. I’m a husband to an amazingly beautiful woman. I’m a father to a gorgeous little girl and the coolest little man alive. I have a strong background of faith and music, and I have the pleasure of being able to blend the two as my calling and ministry.”
Andy comes to us from Bradenton, Florida, where he currently serves as a Pastor of Worship & Media at Woodland Community Church (which is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention). Andy has been serving on the staff at Woodland since he graduated from college in 2007.
Andy oversees the entire Worship Arts Program at Woodland. He plans, develops, leads and/or oversees all the weekend services. This includes two contemporary services (one on Saturday night and one on Sunday morning), as well as a traditional worship service on Sunday morning. He also supervises worship and media for the church’s satellite campus, Woodland Parrish. In addition to supervising several staff members, Andy gives oversight and direction to a team of more than fifty dedicated volunteers.
Andy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Worship Leadership & Biblical Studies from the University of Mobile. He also has a degree in Worship Leadership Studies from Integrity Worship Institute.
Andy began leading worship in his youth group when he was only fifteen years old. While in college, he traveled the country leading worship with the “World Changers” organization. At the University of Mobile, Andy was personally taught, influenced, and disciplined by several of the great worship leaders in our nation today.
For almost a year, the Worship Pastor Search Team (which is chaired by Tim Peace and includes Susan Byers, Rose Harris, Adam Henderson, Marlin Jiranek, Marnell Knight, and Ashley Ray) have prayed and sought God’s will concerning our next Worship Pastor. They are completely unified and absolutely enthusiastic about sharing with you the culmination of their search. They are excited for you to meet Andy in person this next weekend.
Andy, and his family, will arrive on Thursday afternoon. He will rehearse the band on Thursday evening. He and Lauren will meet with the pastoral staff on Friday, and then have supper with the search team and their spouses that evening. Saturday will include a special choir rehearsal, as well as time to meet with our deacons, and their wives. Andy will lead worship in both services on Sunday morning. At 3:30 in the afternoon, Andy and his family will be available for church members to meet and greet in the Atrium. A special business meeting will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. At that time the Search Team will formally present their recommendation to the church.
This will be a busy but productive weekend. Please be in prayer for the Botts family, as well as Severns Valley. May Christ be honored as we gladly discern His will and boldly do it!
Posted on Wed, June 17, 2015
by Jennifer Fulkerson