At This time, we have concluded our Pastor Search.

Please refer to Our Leadership to learn about our new pastor, Stephen Paulsen!


Church Profile & Lead Pastor Position Description

Grace Community Church of Saddleback Valley (GCC) has prepared this Lead Pastor packet with prayerful consideration that it will guide us to the man God has chosen to be our next Lead Pastor.

If you are a potential candidate, please download the GCC Profile below as well as the various insight reports. This packet will give you an overview of the history of GCC, information about our Church, our community, and our ministries.

We have prayed earnestly and passionately over this position and are seeking the Lead Pastor whom God has prepared for our church and our schools.


Demographic Studies



executive report

impressions report

School Demographic report


Pastor Search Process

This is a brief overview of what we are doing to find a new pastor and where we are in the search process. If you have any questions about the search process, please contact the search committee directly to inquire about the status.


  1. Search Process Initiated

  2. Intercessory Team

  3. Form Transition Team of Elders to help lead the transition.

  4. Form Search Committee

  5. Focus groups and roundtable discussions to get church input on the lead pastor search

  6. Lay-of-the-land study to determine best recommendations for lead pastor job description

  7. Church profile constructed for job description

8. Pastor profile constructed for pastoral job description

9. Elder Board approval of the job description

10. Assess candidates

11. Affirmed candidate presented to the Elder Board

12. Elder Board affirmation of candidate

13. Candidate introduction to the congregation

14. Elder Board and Congregation confirms the pastoral call