Josh Vaughan, (Church photo)
WACO (August 19, 2013)—Almost two years after its pastor resigned abruptly during a Sunday service, Waco’s Columbus Avenue Baptist Church has found a successor.
A 20-member search committee unanimously recommended that Josh Vaughan, 32, the associate pastor of the First Baptist Church of San Antonio, be accepted as the 2,500-member church’s new senior pastor.
The congregation will vote on formal acceptance after Vaughan speaks during next Sunday’s service.
He would replace the Rev. Brian Dunks, who abruptly resigned his position in September 2011 during an early worship service.
Vaughan is the son of a pastor and holds degrees from Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
He and his wife have two children.
Dunks stunned the congregation on Sept. 25, 2011 when he took the pulpit during the 8:30 a.m. service and announced he was leaving the ministry.
Dunks announced he was seeking counseling to help him deal with his personal problems, according to people who were there.
A spokesman for the church said at the time that Dunks made his decision in light of personal problems.
Associate pastor Rick Cadden said Dunks committed no criminal act or infraction of moral turpitude but was dealing with personal issues that led him to feel he could no longer serve as the church's pastor.
Dunks began his pastorate at Columbus Avenue in 2007 after he served the First Baptist Church in Salado.