Pastoral Residency

Pastoral Residency

The Pastoral Residency is a 2 year transition-into-ministry program providing immersive experience in both congregational and community ministry within the controlled environment of a teaching congregation. During that time, we hope the Resident will develop the pastoral identity, theological frameworks, and habits of work and leadership that will contribute to a sustainable vocational ministry. The Resident will gain experience in a range of ministry opportunities crafted in consideration of both the church’s vision and the participant’s vocational goals, including the breadth of pastoral ministry (leadership, preaching, spiritual formation & education, partnership and network development). The church looks forward to an additional qualified seminary graduate to join its pastoral staff, and will trust the Resident to staff initiatives and aid in program development for our growing congregation.

2016-2018 Residency  |  First Baptist in partnership with Peacehaven Community Farm

Peacehaven-BarnThe 2016-2018 Residency is a shared program and exciting partnership with Peacehaven.  Peacehaven is a ministry partner of First Baptist and a local area non-profit.  Founded in 2007, Peacehaven is a sustainable farm and an inclusive housing community for adults with disabilities that is committed to environmental stewardship and sustainability and providing a supportive, family-like environment. Through both the congregational and community emphases of the program, the Resident will gain a breadth of experience in pastoral ministry. At First Baptist, the Resident will participate generally in congregational ministry with some focal areas of leadership.  At Peacehaven, the Resident will become an integral part of the Peacehaven community and develop a program to provide ongoing spiritual direction and pastoral support to the community.

ResidentIntern-CourtneyRev. Courtney Finocchiaro Stamey   |  2016-2018 Pastoral Resident

Courtney will begin her 2-year Residency in September 2016. This unique residency will provide an immersive experience in congregational ministry and a community ministry focus with Peacehaven Community Farm and will split her time between both ministries.  A graduate of Wake Forest Divinity School (MDiv ’15) and Gardner-Webb University (BA in Religion and Public Relations), Courtney also has experience as a Chaplain Resident at Cone Health (2015-2016) and was ordained by FBC High Point.  Courtney is originally from DeLand, FL. In her free time Courtney enjoys playing disc golf, cooking, and being outdoors. She is married to Michael Stamey, who serves as the Minister to Students and Media at FBC High Point.

“The work of God extends beyond the church bells of Sunday morning to the inaudible seedling sprouting. This residency excites me because it seems to reflect the real trajectory of the people of God, spread beyond  church walls.”  –Rev. Courtney Stamey


JohnThornton-photoJohn Thornton  |  2015-2017 Pastoral Resident

John Thornton began his 2-year Residency at First Baptist in September 2015. A graduate of Duke Divinity School (MDiv ’15) and Baylor University (BA in Religion ’09), John has a strong background in both congregational and community ministry, having served as a ministry intern through field education placements at several churches throughout his years of seminary, and also as a program director, tutor, and Bible study leader in a variety of community ministries and schools. John feels called to pastoral ministry as a vocation that brings together his passions for church, community, education, advocacy and scholarship. At First Baptist, John participates in the broad pastoral ministry and leadership of the church, while also focusing on three areas of ministry identified early in his tenure: young adult spiritual formation, hospitality, and pastoral support to those experiencing chronic economic needs.