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) 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 so he went to Southern Seminary where he earned an MDiv (2004) and 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’ 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 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 healthcare industry.
In January of 2005, Sam married his high school sweetheart, Lindsay. They adopted their daughter, Rebekah, a week before her second birthday in 2011. Sam and Lindsay are expecting a son in February 2013.
Sam was privileged to serve as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church from 2008-2012. 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.
Ben was born and raised here in Charlottesville, VA, even living right across the street from JPBC from second grade through high school (though never attending until college). He did attend another church with his family from an early age, and his mother taught him the gospel faithfully, but he did not come to faith at that time. During his middle and high school years, he faced doubts about the existence of God and the reliability of scripture, but thankfully, through his mother’s urging, became involved in a Christian ministry called Young Life and was eventually converted just after graduating high school.
Since then, Ben has remained in Charlottesville, having attended the University of Virginia and currently working for Elder Research, Inc., a data mining and predictive analytics consultancy. He began attending JPBC while in college, and has been greatly blessed by the fellowship which he has enjoyed while there. He is especially grateful to have had the privilege of serving as a YoungLife leader for 6 years and to presently be serving in one of the outreach ministries of the church. He is excited by what he sees God doing both in and through JPBC and is thankful for the church’s shared desire to glorify God, pursue holiness, and expand the kingdom through the centrality of the gospel of Jesus Christ.tending and was baptized at Jefferson Park, while also having the privilege of serving as a Young Life leader.
Chip was born and grew up in Richmond, Virginia, and he was saved by God’s grace when he was in his late twenties. In 2000, Chip moved to Charlottesville and graduated from the University of Virginia in 2004. Chip joined Jefferson Park in 2002, and it was here that he met his wife, Hannah. They were married on October 1, 2005. Chip and Hannah have two sons, John (4) and Timothy (11 months), and one daughter, Sarah (2). Currently, Chip is the Lead Teacher at The Discovery School of VA for Girls in Dillwyn, VA.
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 an Associate Professor of Psychology at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton. Brian and Louise have two teenaged children, Amanda and Noah. They live in Crozet.
Ron came to know Christ as Savior and Lord as a young child. It was His pleasure to save him very early in life and spare him from a life of rebellion. God saved Ron by grace through faith and that faith was His gift to him (Eph 2:8).
Through his mother’s prayers and early Bible reading, he came to have a deeper appreciation of the full scope of salvation. 2 Cor. 5:21 reads: “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
Not only did Jesus take away his sins, but He clothed him with His perfect righteousness. And the purpose of Ron’s justification is that he would become righteous in his daily living and glorify Him. Although he fails many times, his goal is to be conformed to the image of Jesus.
Soon after finishing grad school, Ron began attending Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia. He grew greatly under the verse by verse expository preaching of Dr. James Montgomery Boice. His biblical teaching on the doctrines of grace and reformed theology forever changed and shaped his worldview.
Ron met his wife Carol at Tenth. They have four grown children, Brad, Bethany, Blake and Ben. Ron is a retired engineer and sales manager.