Keith was raised in a Christian home in the Carolinas, but was not converted to Christ until his freshman year of college. After living recklessly throughout high school, God called Keith to himself, and created in him a desire to know Him more and proclaim the gospel to others. In 1997, he transferred to Liberty University (because of a basketball game --you will have to ask him about it) where he did not expect to stay long because he only had a few questions about the Bible at the time. He left Liberty asking more and better questions (the evidence of a good education) and a growing desire to study God's Word and went to Southern Seminary where he earned an MDiv (2004) and a PhD (2010) in Systematic Theology.
While at Liberty, he met Lisa, and they were married in the summer of 2002. They met Keith's senior year of undergrad so he had to stay another year at Liberty to convince her to marry him. Soon after the wedding, Lisa got mono and it caused a post viral complication called POTS. Keith was overwhelmed by how Lisa's health would change his plans at first, but now it is obvious how God was using it to mold and shape him to be a pastor. They have two daughters, Lillian (2009) and Ivy (2012).
He was called to be an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, KY in 2006. This was a great blessing because the church longed to follow Christ, he worked with godly elders, his gifts were sharpened, and God grew his desire to serve the church. In 2009, he served as pulpit supply at JPBC in February, after which he and his wife walked away impressed with the love and unity of the church. A series of events made it crystal clear that God had called Keith to be the under-shepherd of JPBC. He preached his first sermon on Reformation Day (October 31st) 2010.
His goals for the future are to love his wife and family, to serve the body faithfully, and to hike every mountain in Virginia.
Keith can be reached personally through his email: email@example.com.
Sam spent the first 18 years of his life in Jacksonville, FL. Blessed to grow up in church, he was converted at age 9. He studied Finance at Florida State University (2004), then moved to Louisville, KY to pursue an MDiv at Southern Seminary. Upon graduation in 2008, his commitment to Third Avenue Baptist Church led him to stay in Louisville and pursue a career in the health care industry.
In January of 2005, Sam married his high school sweetheart, Lindsay. The Lord blessed them with their daughter Rebekah, whom they adopted a week before her second birthday in 2011, and with their sons Caleb in 2013 and David in 2015.
Sam was privileged to serve as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church from 2010-2012. During 2012, he was contacted about the Associate Pastor position at Jefferson Park. He and Lindsay prayerfully considered the opportunity, and decided to pursue it. The church voted to call him in September, and his family moved to Charlottesville in December.
Sam is honored to be a husband and a father, and is constantly learning more about the depth of Christ's love for the Church. He desires the maturity of every member of JPBC and to spend as much time outside as he can.
Sam can be reached personally through his email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor of Outreach
Ben was born and raised here in Charlottesville, VA, the eldest of 7 children. Although he grew up attending church, he was not converted until the age of 18 through the ministry of Young Life. Following his conversion, Ben attended the University of Virginia and studied Mechanical Engineering. During that time, he served as a Young Life leader at Buford Middle School and also began attending JPBC. Ben is grateful for the way that Lord used these early experiences to challenge him to love the Word of God, to be zealous for holiness, and to be burdened for the lost. Upon graduating from UVA, Ben remained in Charlottesville, having the opportunity to work as a data miner for Elder Research, Inc. and was grateful to be able to continue to be a member of JPBC alongside a community of other believers he had grown to love. In 2012, Ben had the privilege of serving JPBC as a deacon and has been serving JPBC as an elder since 2013. Shortly after stepping into lay eldership, Ben was presented with the possibility of coming on staff full-time. After prayerful consideration, Ben felt that this was indeed God's will and feels privileged to be serving the Lord at JPBC as Pastor of Outreach.
Ben can be reached personally through his email: email@example.com.
Brian was converted at age 10 at Grace Baptist Church in central Long Island, when the Holy Spirit convicted him with the truth that he could never be good enough to earn God's favor but had to trust in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Originally from Alabama, his family moved around a lot before settling in suburban St. Louis, Missouri. Brian met Louise while they were both students at Emory University in Atlanta. Brian became a member at JPBC in 1998 after moving to Charlottesville from Berkeley, California, so his wife Louise could pursue post-doctoral work at the University of Virginia. Brian is Director of Information Security, Policy, and Access at UVa. Louise is a Professor of Psychology at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. Brian and Louise have two teenaged children, Amanda and Noah. They live in Crozet.
Born in Minnesota, the 4th son of a conservative Lutheran family, Mike's family moved from Minnesota to California when Mike was 11 years old (Dad tired of shoveling snow). Mike graduated from high school and college in California and married his high school sweetheart (Jill) immediately after college graduation. The two of them moved to Minot AFB, ND where Mike was a Minuteman Missile Launch Officer for the next 4 years and Jill taught elementary school on the Air Force base.
While Mike and Jill regularly attended church, they did not become born again Christians until relocating to California after the Air Force. This conversion to Christianity and true faith in Jesus Christ occurred, for both of them, in 1973.
Mike's 42 years as a Hospital Administrator took Jill and their family of 3 children to healthcare management positions in California, Texas and Virginia where Mike is now retired. His faith in Jesus Christ has remained strong throughout these years (for Jill as well) and he has served as a Deacon and an Elder in other churches prior to joining JPBC in 2012.
Mike's current goals include honoring God, serving His church faithfully, being a good husband, father, and grandfather (7 grandkids), contributing to our community in useful ways, playing a little golf, and being a good witness to unsaved family and friends.
Andrew was born in Greenville, South Carolina to staff members at Bob Jones University. He spent most of his childhood in Greenville where he was active in his local church and Christian school. Though he was converted at a young age and baptized during elementary school, his high school years were especially formative. Through the faithful testimony of his parents, the ministry of several teachers, and the fellowship of Christian friends, he came to understand and love the Gospel well and saw first-hand the joy of serving the church.
As he nears the end of his third decade of schooling, Andrew hopes to complete his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Virginia, having received previous degrees in Humanities, Math Education, and Philosophy. His current academic work is on conscience and its relationship to our moral knowledge. For the last five years Andrew has been a graduate assistant at UVA, but is now working in town while he finishes his degree.
Andrew and his wife Melanie grew up together, as friends off and on, and occasionally as classmates. They were married in 2006 and soon moved to Virginia for graduate school in philosophy (for Andrew) and speech therapy (for Melanie). They have two children, Lydia and Evan.
At JPBC, Andrew has been active in several parts of the ministry. He frequently helps with music and other aspects of the worship service. He served a three-year term as deacon, including two years as the chairman, and he chaired a committee to develop a long-range facility master plan.
Chris grew up near Harrisonburg, VA, attending church with his family at a local Church of the Brethren. Through the ministry of that church, along with the teaching of various members of his family, Chris came to faith in Jesus Christ at a young age. Though he'd say his faith was genuine at the time, it remained undeveloped in many ways throughout his youth.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2004, Chris remained in Charlottesville to begin a career in the software industry. Shortly thereafter, his search for a permanent church home led him to JPBC, where solid biblical teaching led to his deepened love and understanding of the gospel. Since then, Chris has served the body at JPBC in several ways, including three years as a deacon prior to his being called to the office of elder in the summer of 2016.
JPBC is also where Chris met his wife, Heather. The two of them have one daughter, Iris, born in November 2016.
Nathan Bowen, known by most as Nate, spent the majority of his upbringing in Hampton, Virginia. He and his younger sister were raised in a Christian home under the faithful guidance and discipline of their Mother. Nate, however, was converted when he was around 16 years old. God used clear preaching, an exploration of the scriptures, and the conviction of the Holy Spirit to expose sin, strip away a false sense of righteousness, and call Nate unto himself.
After high school, Nate went to Liberty University and studied Graphic Design. At Liberty he grew with close friends, learning more about the scriptures and their walk with Christ, while actively participating in several forms of ministry. In 2014 Nate moved to Charlottesville for a work opportunity and in the fall of that year met and moved in with Ben Bullard, the Pastor of Outreach at JPBC. Soon after, Nate began to attend the JPBC regularly and eventually became a member, joining Ben on Outreach efforts, and serving with the church's music team.
John was raised in a Christian home with a family who was actively involved in church ministry teaching in Sunday School, singing in the choir and serving in any way possible. He was born in Michigan and became a believer at an early age. His family moved to Texas and North Carolina before he graduated from high school. In each location, he and his family were actively involved in church ministry. After high school, he studied special education at Bob Jones University, earned a MEd in special education from Clemson University and is currently pursuing a PhD in special education from the University of Virginia.
In June 2011, John married Brianne. John and Brianne met while working at a summer camp during college. Brianne teaches first grade at a local school. In their free time, John and Brianne run marathons and travel.
Rob was born and raised in Queens, NY as the son of immigrants, who had fled communist Romania. He grew up in a Romanian Baptist church and its cultural and social environment.
When Rob was 12 years old, his father left the family and Rob’s world crumbled to pieces. Very difficult years followed in which Rob hardened his heart to those around him and lived a sinful life apart from God.
At age 17 God powerfully brought him to faith in Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior. As a young believer Rob was active in his church and burdened for the youth of the church who were in great need of discipleship.
In 2007 God brought Emilia into his life, who was on a short-term internship in NYC from Germany. After a long-distance relationship, the two were married in Queens in 2009 and God has since given them three wonderful children.
Prior to their move to Virginia, the Puies were members at a reformed Baptist church in Queens, NY, where Rob also served as a deacon for two years. God providentially led them to Jefferson Park Baptist Church, which the Puies started attending as soon as they moved to Crozet, VA in 2014.
Rob earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Queens College and is now work as a PE teacher after his move to VA. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, and loves spending time with his family.