KINGSTON — Bayside Community Church’s new senior pastor, Dr. Kerry McRoberts, prefers to be called “Mac.”
Pastor Mac and his wife Vicki are moving from the Minneapolis area, where he teaches at North Central University. They have pastored in Corvallis, Ore. and Sumner, Wash., and are pleased to be returning to the Northwest.
“Minnesota has two seasons: snow and humidity,” Vicki said. “A little Kitsap rain seems insignificant.”
McRoberts has a master’s degree in Christian Studies from Regent College in Vancouver, B.C., and a doctor of ministry degree from George Fox University in Portland. His emphasis for his doctoral study was Leadership and Emerging Culture.
He is the author of several books, most recently “A Letter from Christ: Apologetics in Cultural Transition.”
“My passion is responding to people in spiritual exile, without hope and without God in this world,” McRoberts said.
“Providence has brought us together with Bayside and the Kingston community. What a blessing that is.”
Bayside Community Church hasn’t had to look for a senior pastor in more than 30 years, when Scott and Leilani Montagne were hired in 1982. The Montagnes left in August to pastor at Calvary Christian Assembly in Seattle.
The search committee at Bayside chose McRoberts from nearly 50 applicants. Sunday, the church membership voted overwhelmingly in agreement.
There will be an installation service for Pastor McRoberts in late May or early June, which will be open to the community.