The First Baptist Church of Redlands is pleased to report that it has called the Rev. Dr. Shawn Zambrows to serve as its new Senior Pastor.
On Sunday, February 7th, The First Baptist congregation endorsed the recommendation of the Senior Pastor Search Committee to call Dr. Zambrows.
Pastor Zambrows will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of long time pastor, Rev. Dr. Joe DeRoulhac, and will serve as the 16th Senior pastor for the 130 year old church starting on the 1st of May.
Rev. Dr. Zambrows currently serves as the Pastor/Director of the American Baptist affiliated campus ministry at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, a position she has held since 1999.
Prior to her move to Indiana, Dr. Zambrows served as the pastor at Temple Baptist Church in Los Angeles and served on the campus ministry staff at the University of Southern California, a position she held for some 15 years.
In recommending Rev. Dr. Zambrows to the church, the Search Committee noted with pleasure her long-standing and diverse commitment to the American Baptist denomination, a record of contributions that brought strong recommendations from respected church leaders across the country.
Both she and her husband Rod have long shown a strong commitment to mission work and work with children, youth and young adults, both locally and around the world.
Zambrows’ welcoming manner and inclusive theology seemed to be for the First Baptist church community, and its surrounding community, both affirming and challenging.
Both the committee and the congregation found themselves powerfully drawn to her warm, thoughtful, empathetic and caring manner.
Dr. Zambrows earned her BA degree in Classical Civilizations from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Formation and Discipleship from Fuller Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry degree with an emphasis in Spirituality, Leadership, Envisioning and Strategic Planning from Fuller Theological Seminary.
She is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Ursinus College, in Pennsylvania.
She is married to Rod Zambrows, a licensed chiropractor, with a varied work background including coaching track and field, and a wide and impressive array of church and community service related work both on the campus of Purdue and in Lafayette, Indiana churches.
The Zambrows have two adult children, Garrett and Lindsey.
Dr. Zambrows will begin her pastorate at First Baptist on the 1st of May.
The First Baptist Church of Redlands exists to glorify God and help people discover God’s best in Christ.
The 130-year-old church, located at the corner of Cajon and Olive, offers a wide variety of children, youth and adult programs to a multi-aged and diverse congregation.
Church school, with classes and programs for toddlers through adults are offered each Sunday at 9:00, and a Worship Service is held in the sanctuary at 10:15.
The church welcomes all, wherever they might be on their faith journey, and the church particularly invite the community to come welcome our new pastor, Dr. Zambrows on the 1st of May.
For further information, please call the church office at (909) 793-3289 or visit www.fbcredlands.org.