About Minister Search

David Lyons church staffing presentation

Our Team

David Lyons – Founder and Chief Search Consultant, David brings close to 20 years’ search experience to the team. He has led more pastoral searches than any other search consultant in the country. When it comes to process, nobody is more particular about finding the RIGHT candidate for our church clients than David.

Todd Parks – A pastor for almost 15 years, Todd has an incredible understanding of what pastoral candidates need and how to best guide them as they consider such an important transition.  Todd oversees the recruiting team at MinisterSearch.

Heika Yaro – Our VALLEY GIRL, Heika and her family moved from California a few years back. Heika helps manage all of our candidate activity and logistics.

Suzanne Smith – Suzanne is one of our project coordinators and makes sure that all of our clients are well cared for. She’s been an integral part of the MinisterSearch team for more than 10 years.

Charlotte Cariker – More than 20 years ago, Charlotte was our founder, David Lyons’, Sunday school teacher. Like she did then, she keeps David in line… on top of that, she makes sure the office runs smoothly.

Tricia Lyons – With more than 10 years accounting experience managing multi-million dollar corporations, Tricia handles the CFO position just fine. When not doing that, she too keeps David in line (yes, it takes many) and is a wonderful mommy to their five children.

Heather Moreno – (Details coming soon)

Matt McKee – (Details coming soon)

Terrace Crawford – (Details coming soon)

Danny Biddy – (Details coming soon)

Robbie Robison – (Details coming soon)

Lamar Slay – (Details coming soon)

Minister Search is the MOST EXPERIENCED and MOST SUCCESSFUL full-service church staffing and pastor search firm. Minister Search is focused solely on ministry staffing, and filling ministry positions for pastors and ministers. No other pastor search firm can compare to the experience and success of Minister Search. Our church staff recruiters have years of ministry and church staffing experience. Our pastor search firm has guided thousands of pastors, ministers, and churches through the whole pastor search process.

David Lyons founded Minister Search more than a decade ago. David has served in multiple leadership roles within the local church community, including being on staff, serving as a member of the deacon team, and volunteering in the creative arts, student, and children’s ministries.

After college and a four-year tour in the United States Marine Corps, David began his career in the recruiting industry. He landed at a $250 million/year information technology consulting firm that served small and mid-sized companies as well as Fortune 500 corporations in identifying, acquiring, and retaining the most effective leaders and team members.

As David’s knowledge of and success in corporate recruiting and “head hunting” increased, together with his church leadership experience, he realized that there was a great need to enhance the hiring and church staff development process within the church; so he founded Minister Search. Since 2001, David and the Minister Search team have consulted with thousands of pastoral and church staff members in the areas of hiring, firing, compensation studies, development, and retention.

David’s passion is strategizing with the church staff and the leadership team to develop the most effective practices in the areas of church staffing and strategic leadership. To keep on the cutting edge of church leadership and staffing, David regularly meets with church leaders from all over the United States and continually studies what’s working and what’s not in both church and non-church organizations.

David’s hobbies include boating, wakeboarding, golf (when he can find time), and playing guitar. However, there is nothing David loves more than spending time with his wife, Tricia, and five beautiful children – Morgan, Reed, Reece, Braxton, and Auston.


Need help with your search? Whether you're looking to hire a new minister for your growing church or you need help finding a minister position that matches your skills, Minister Search can help. We have helped hundreds of churches and ministers connect in positive ways. Contact us today to find out how we can help you.