About Minister Search

David Lyons church staffing presentation

Minister Search is the MOST EXPERIENCED and MOSTSUCCESSFUL 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.