John Baldwin - Senior Pastor
John Baldwin is our Senior Pastor. He is a native of Central Virginia, having grown up in Farmville. He attended Hampden-Sydney College where he graduated with a BA in History and Religion in 2001. He currently holds a Master's of Divinity, a Master's of Arts in Religion, and a Master's of Religious Education from Liberty University, and is working on his Master's of Theology with an emphasis on Church History and a Doctorate of Ministry with an emphasis on Church Planting and Evangelism. He is married to Juliet and they have three wonderful children, Timmy (15), John (15), and Weston (12). He loves baseball, basketball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and really anything sports related that keeps him active. He has a passion for sharing the Gospel throughout the community and expecting God to continue doing an amazing work. His favorite verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Take some time to stop by and worship with everyone here at Berea Baptist Church. God Bless you all!
Chris Thomas - Worship Leader
Our Minister of Music is Mr. Chris Thomas. He holds a B.S. in Education from Northwest Missouri State University with a major in vocal music,, and also holds a Master's Degree in Religious Education and Church Music from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the husband of the lovely Debbie Thomas and loves spending time with his adult children and 7 grandchildren. Chris has over 20 years of Church Music ministry experience and has also been a chorus teacher in Powhatan County Public Schools for the past 15 years. He is a committed Christian, a frequent soloist, and loves to lead the Adult Choir and the worship services here at Berea. Please make it a point to come get to know Chris and his love for the Lord!
Kat Raborn - Director of Children, Youth & Young Adults
Kat is a former Associate Director of Longwood University’s Citizen Leadership and Social Justice Department. She moved to Richmond with her family in September 2017 to fulfill the newly created role of Director of Children, Youth, and Young Adult programs at Berea Baptist.
In the first year of this position, she is implementing the Orange Curriculum, a program designed to promote faith-based learning in the church and home. Connecting parents and the church together to have the most influence for Christ. In addition to this program, Kat is passionate about community outreach and involvement.
Kat is a graduate of the University of Central Florida (B.S. Elementary Education) and has been a resident of Virginia since 2009. Her personal interests include being outside, trying new food and watching documentaries. Kat is married to Rob and has three kiddos 8, 4, and 1.
Sharon Condrey - Family Ministry Intern
Sharon Condrey is the Children’s/Family Ministry Intern. She received a Bachelor’s of Science in English Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. Currently attending the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, she is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree with an emphasis in Christian Education Formation. She is married to Wade Condrey, who grew up as a member of Berea Baptist Church and brought her to the church when they moved to Montpelier in 2000. They have two daughters, Stephanie and Paige. Knowing the joys and challenges of family life, Sharon’s passion is in partnering with parents to guide children toward discovering and developing a personal relationship with God.
Josh Bankston--Worship Leader Intern
Josh is a native to Tennessee and moved to VA in December 2017. He has been playing in various church and contemporary worship bands for the past 8 years. He served on the Baptist Collegiate Ministry leadership team and was the college director and music intern at North Ridge Community Church after graduating from East Tennessee State University. He plans to start his masters degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall and will be pursing a Masters of Divinity in Biblical Spirituality. He has a strong passion for music and sharing the Gospel with others and helping them in their walk with Christ. “By this we know love, that He laid down His life for us...” -1 John 3:16
Megan Mershon--Nursery Leader
Andrea Hollins - Administrative Assistant
Andrea Hollins has been the Administrative Assistant/Secretary for Berea Baptist Church since July 5, 2005. Originally from Varina, she now lives in Louisa County with her husband Tim, and their three sons, Dillon (26), Cole (21), and Griffin (15). When she's not watching one of her boys at a football game, baseball game, or a track meet she likes to read and work in the yard.
I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)