College Park family,
I want to share the bittersweet news that Jeff Brown, Assistant Pastor of Local Outreach, has been announced as the recommended candidate for the role of lead pastor and elder at Soma Northwest Church in Indianapolis.
Soma Northwest is a 5-year-old church plant of Soma Midtown and meets near 71st and Georgetown Rd. Soma elders approached Jeff earlier this year and asked him to consider this role since their current lead pastor is planning to step down once a replacement is identified.
Jeff was recently affirmed by the Soma Northwest elders to enter a public candidating process. The Soma Northwest congregation will begin interacting with Jeff over the next few weeks of December and January in the candidating process.
After much prayer and discernment, Jeff and his wife, Sarah, feel called to pursue this opportunity for Jeff to lead the Soma Northwest Church, preach regularly, and work to reach the people of Indy with the gospel.
As the process proceeds, the Soma Northwest members will vote on whether to affirm Jeff as lead pastor and elder in a congregational meeting in January 2023. If approved, Jeff will begin at Soma in February.
Mark Vroegop and Jeff Brown recently sat down to discuss Jeff’s heart for leading a church.
While we are excited for this opportunity for Jeff to lead the Soma Northwest congregation, we are also sad at the prospect of him leaving College Park. Jeff has served our church in significant ways over the twelve years he’s been at College Park and during his four years on staff. It seems though that God is calling Jeff to a new pastoral assignment, and as a leadership team, we are supportive and excited to see how God will use Jeff and the congregation of Soma Northwest to help reach the people of Indy with the gospel.
We ask you to pray for the Browns as they proceed into this season of candidating with Soma Northwest in the coming weeks.
Lead Executive Pastor