babysitting night

baptism
Christmas candlelight

enjoying class

interactive learning

junior-senior club

kids singing

fellowship meal

annual stew

sunrise service

singing at Centra

praise & worship

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Leadership

We are an elder-led church, and the elders agree to submit to the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit as they govern (Titus 1:9).

 

Pastor

Sam Rabon is our teaching elder and also serves as community outreach director for the Farmville Area Habitat for Humanity. He is a graduate of Furman University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as youth and children’s pastor at Heritage Baptist from 2005 to 2014, and he served one year as an interim pastor for Jamestown Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Camille, have three sons.

 

Ministry Oversight

Jon Marken works a few hours a week helping plan and coordinate various ministries within the church including worship, fellowship, small groups, and outreach. He is a freelance writer, editor, and graphic designer, and holds a B.A. from VCU and an M.A. from the University of Delaware. He joined with Faith Bible Fellowship after moving to the area in 1984. He and his wife, Sherri, have four daughters and two grandchildren.

 

Elders

Jon Marken
Richard McClintock
Al Quinlan
Sam Rabon
John Utzinger

Richard McClintock had a long career at Hampden-Sydney College, where he began as a classics professor but quickly moved on to his real passion, publications. As Director of Publications for 40 years, he refined the College’s branding and won awards for his design. He was among the earliest members of Faith Bible Fellowship. He and his wife, Deborah, have one son, three daughters, and 10 grandchildren. He holds a BA and MA from UVA and a PhD from UNC.

Al Quinlan moved from Norfolk to Farmville to build custom log cabins, and to this day he continues to ply interesting trades such as saw milling and blacksmithing. When his partner met an untimely death, he took employment with Appomattox River Company. He came to faith through Navigators while serving in the Navy. He and his wife, Darlene, have three daughters.

John Utzinger is retired from the telecommunications industry. He lived in several states necessitating the finding of a Christ-centered Bible-focused church in every new location. The Lord always provided. The churches included various denominations, which enabled the gaining of valuable insights into the breadth and depth of the workings of Christ’s church. He had the privilege of serving as a deacon in three different denominations. John was widowed after 31 years and has three sons and six grandchildren. He holds a BA degree from Hope College and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

 

Servant Leaders

We have designated Servant Leaders for our various areas of ministry. Most of the ministries listed here involve additional leaders as well. For example, we have seven teams that take turns preparing the fellowship meal, each led by a team leader. Also we have seven music choosers who take turns preparing each Sunday’s praise and worship. Members are encouraged to engage in whatever areas of ministry God leads them.

 

TEACHING MINISTRY

Nursery, Kendra Allen and Darlene Quinlan
Children, Camille Rabon
Teens/college age, Sam Rabon

WORSHIP SERVICE

Call to worship, Courter Bradshaw
Worship leader, Brad Moser
Choir (seasonal), Sherri Marken
Communion, Richard McClintock

BODY MINISTRY

Fellowship meal, Sherri Marken
Sharing time, Al Quinlan
Precepts Bible study, Jean Noone
Wednesday night prayer, Hilde Watson
Saturday men’s prayer, Paul Caruso
Junior-senior club, Richard McClintock

OUTREACH

Missions, Darlene Quinlan
Operation Christmas Child, Laura Moser
Visitation, Conrad Taylor

FINANCES

Treasurer, Melody Brandshaw
Assistant treasurers, Jake Allen and ET Noone

BUILDINGS & GROUNDS

Building upkeep, Paul Brenneman
Grounds upkeep, Daniel Bradshaw