Bowling Green Baptist Church Deacons
Brother Bob Martin
Name: Robert (BroBob) Martin – Born Feb. 16,1959
After graduating from high school, I spent 12 years in the world consuming drugs, alcohol, and street gangs. On April 10 1993 GOD saved me from HIS wrath through the finished work of HIS SON, JESUS CHRIST Of NAZARETH! I graduated from Carolina University of Theology in May of 2001 with Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies. I don’t believe in going to church, but I do believe in going to a House Of Worship and being a part of the Body Of CHRIST, The Church!
The only thing I feel I’ve been faithful in is the reading of the Bible, from cover to cover, yearly, to know GOD. This has led me to believe the most important mission from GOD is to evangelize the world and make disciples. With this HE has allowed me the privilege of going to Ghana for the purpose of assisting in the planting of the church. Finally, I love to see GODs’ power, so prayer and praying with and for people is a must.
Carolyn Barlow Lane is a lifelong resident of Caroline County, Virginia. Carolyn was brought up in a Baptist home and owes her Christian beliefs to her parents and was actually baptized at Meadow Farms (Secretariat’s home). She owned and operated the Bowling Green Western Auto store for 20 years. In 1994 she went to work for Storke Funeral Home as a Secretary/Receptionist. In 1999, she became a licensed funeral director in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She has the distinction of being the first female Funeral Director and Embalmer from Caroline County. In December, 2001 she graduated from Averett University and was made Vice President of Storke Funeral Service, Inc. Carolyn’s love for God and people has helped her in both professions. She is a longtime member of Bowling Green Baptist Church, served many years as Assistant Treasurer and is now privileged to be serving her 2 nd term as deacon. Carolyn serves and has served on many committees in the church, nursery, bereavement, nominating and as a counter. She also served as Treasurer for the Bowling Green Rescue Squad for over ten years. She is married to John Lane and has two children, Tracey Mallory, a RN and Ashley Gray, a 21year Marine and civilian employee for Fort A P Hill and four grandchildren, Kailey and Kamryn Gray and Nolan and Emerson Mallory. She is also MeMa to John’s four daughters and eleven grandchildren.
I am new to serving as a deacon of Bowling Green Baptist Church, as this is my first term. I have been happily married to Ryan Gray for over 15 years and we have two hilarious kids, Camden…who is in middle school, and Christianna…who is in high school. We also have a furry brown dog child who we rescued a few years ago, named Bolly. I am not originally from Caroline County, but I am proud to live here. My husband and I met at Virginia Tech, so I am also proud to be a HOKIE! During the week, I serve as the Special Education Coordinator for Caroline County Public Schools. My passion is serving students with and without disabilities, as well as helping their family get the support that they need. At Bowling Green Baptist, I am happy to say that I am a youth leader in Crossroads, a coach for our recreational softball team, and a musician in the Praise and Worship band. Some of my other hobbies include doing CrossFit, playing racquetball, hunting, fishing and anything outside! You might see me cruising around town in my jeep with a Younglife sticker on it. That is because I proudly serve on the Younglife committee and love helping bring our youth in Caroline closer to Christ! I am happy to be at Bowling Green Baptist church and look forward to loving on you just as Christ has done for me.
Twenty five years ago, after I watched my wife be baptized with very little interest, I was lead to Christ by a classmate who walked me down the “Romans Road” in the Bible. I was soon swept up in the small group discipleship of a start-up church. It was the “Promise Keepers” era (1994) and “Men’s Fellowship”. The Spirit and the discipleship changed “my interests” into street ministry. Think of it as “full contact worship”. When I meet you I will challenge your comfort zone. I will tell you about Romans 12:1-3. Hmm, why wait? You- 1, Get a view of God’s mercy. 2, Show up. 3, Sacrifice “your time” to serve people. In this way you prove to yourself what the will of God is and discover what is perfect. This will change the way you evaluate. God has already given you the faith to do this. This is how I have served para-church organizations for decades as a volunteer in any capacity; rescue mission and prison ministry preaching and worship leading, group leads for “Walk to Emmaus”, “Kairos”, and “Epiphany” juvenile prison 3rd-day events, and Bible education to adults. At BGBC I assist Joseph Pack with Sunday School for Cross Roads youth Bible study and for first and second grades with Children’s Church.
Do you need to go back to sleep now? Charles is happily married to Mrs. Daniele Cushing, his loving wife of 30-ish years. They have two adult children; Mr. Joshua Cushing, and a newly married daughter, Mrs. Erin Himeno and son in law Mr. Shohei Himeno. Charles and his sister Miss. Christine Cushing are natives of Bowling Green. Charles attended Caroline and Fredericksburg schools, Mary Washington College (1983), and Logan College learning computer science and human biology for his professional interests. His day job is Process Quality Management in a local high-tech company.
Charlie grew up in Caroline County on his family farm where he gained much experience caring for animals, crop farming and learned the value of responsibility. He enjoyed sports in high school playing baseball and basketball on the high school teams. He was also very active in FFA still continuing his interest in farming. After high school, he took a job with the local telephone company. He served in the Army for three years. While in the army, he lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Texas and served thirteen months in Korea. Following his discharge from the Army, he returned to Caroline and married his high school sweetheart, Sandra Smith. He returned to the Telephone Company where he worked for thirty-nine years primarily in management positions. Following retirement, he assisted Sandra in building her Real Estate business. They have two children and three grandchildren who live in Hanover and Spotsylvania. He enjoys traveling, attending grandchildren’s sporting and school events, family outings and vacations and football and basketball games on TV.
He has served as Chairman of Deacons three terms, Building and Grounds Chairman, Chairman of Pastoral Search Committee and on the MAP Committee at BGBC. He has been serving on the Buildings and Grounds Committee for several years and this year returned to the Board of Deacons.
I am a West Virginia boy. Blessed to be raised in a Christian home with parents who put their relationship with God first, making sure we knew we were loved, but most of all loved by the creator of the universe.
Sabrina and I came to BGBC in 2013 when I took the position as worship leader for the contemporary service. I am blessed to be part of this amazing body of believers. Sabrina and I have five beautifully and wonderfully made children, Korrie, Stephen, Kyle, Levi and Sadie. Our family shares a passion for adoption/foster care with a belief that the church needs to make it a priority to address the growing orphan epidemic.
I enjoy many rolls at the church, from Deacon Chair, preaching, teaching, tech and music. One of my favorite times of the year is VBS week. It does my heart good to see so many in our community investing in the lives of our children.
During the last 20 plus years I have had the pleasure of working in the insurance industry as well as traveling to many places in the world to play music and share the gospel. I am currently a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. My interests include, family, music, CrossFit, food (why I do CrossFit) and many sports. Serving as a deacon is a privilege and honor. email@example.com
I was born and raised in Central PA, close to both Three Mile Island and Hershey’s Chocolate World, before bouncing around for about a decade as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. In 2015 coaching brought my family, Heather Vincent and Ian, and I to Bowling Green. Shortly after relocating to VA I transitioned from working in athletics to academia and we started attending BGBC, both of which have been blessings from God. Outside of family, my loves in life are lifting weights, good music and challenging myself to learn and grow outside of my comfort zones. As a Coach I worked to help athletes become the best version of themselves for sport. As an instructor at VCU I help students do the same for life. As a Deacon I hope to be an example of Godly virtue and help members of the community grow in their personal relationship with the Holy Spirit.
My name is Jake Phelix born in Culpeper Virginia in July of 1979. I graduate Caroline high school in the summer of 1998. After high school I served in the United States Marines Corp from 1998 till 2002. After the marines, I became active in my church as a Youth Leader for 5 years. I was also active in playing and coaching sports for Caroline parks and Rec. for 10 years. Play sport is where I met my wife Amy Phelix. We have been married for 12 years, we have 6 kids. Philip is our old son who is 19Years old and services in the Army. Gabby who is 17 and a senior in high school. Maranda who is 9, Addison who is 6, Reed, who is 5, and Kinsley who is 3. I am also the Owner of TYL Restoration where I employee 18 people. When I am not working me and the family are camping or fishing. 3 years ago, we came to Bowling Green Baptist church and fell in love with God and the church family. I serve on the building and grounds committee, teach children’s church, teach Sunday school and work in the nursery.
Joseph Pack is a native of Hickory and Concord, North Carolina and graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2009 and again from George Mason University with a Master’s in Systems Engineering in 2017. Joseph credits his experiences in youth group with fostering a faith strong enough to deal with the instability of college and young adult life, navigating life-altering decisions, and guiding him in his relationships with wife Meredith Pack. After college, Meredith and Joseph moved to Bowling Green, VA. Joseph began working for the US Navy as an aerospace engineer and shortly thereafter began his lay-ministry working with teenagers in 2010. Joseph currently serves at Bowling Green Baptist Church in multiple capacities including student ministry director and supply preacher. His Christian role models are Billy Graham, David Platt, and Doug Fields. Joseph’s life verse is Philippians 1:21 which reminds us that what we have here on earth is Christ and what we get in the life after is gain. Life is full of ups, downs, and everything in between but without Christ it is nothing. With Christ, it is everything.
Joseph Stepp III
I was born and raised in the Western North Carolina Mountains. My wife, the former Suzanne Sale, is a native of Caroline County and has been a member of BGBC since birth. We met at Fort Rucker, Alabama while attending the U. S. Army’s flight training school. We were married at BGBC in 1984 and I have been a member ever since. I retired from the U. S. Army in 2001. Having both grown up on farms, we continued to operate her family farm as the eighth generation, for thirty four (34) years and retired in 2017. Suzanne and I have a daughter, Shannon, who is currently serving on active duty in the U. S. Army. My son is currently serving on active duty in the U. S. Air Force. My oldest daughter is currently working as a Lead Early Childhood Program Consultant. We have five (5) granddaughters. I have previously served as Deacon for a three (3) year term and served a one (1) year term finishing a retired Deacon’s term. I serve on the nominating committee, the finance committee, the personnel committee and as a current Deacon.
Meredith grew up in Concord, North Carolina and moved to Bowling Green in 2009 shortly after she married her husband, Joseph, who works for the US Navy. They live with their rescued Dalmatian, Penny, and are expecting their first child in August of 2019. Meredith works as a laboratory technician for Caroline County and spends much of her personal time assisting with youth ministry and church Bible studies. She has served as the Sunday school director since 2016 and been actively involved in supporting other church ministries since 2010. Her church positions include Sunday school director, hospitality & kitchen committee, children’s ministry, and youth ministry. In her free time, she enjoys birding (and is a lifetime member of the Virginia Society of Ornithologists), reading, music, and hiking/being outdoors.
Meredith has a heart for people, service, and giving. She has always looked for individuals in a crowd who appear timid or out-of-place and offered them a friendly smile and kind word. Her love of people often drives her to give generously of her time, resources, and efforts. Meredith genuinely enjoys actively supporting others in a service ministry role, whether it is her husband in youth ministry or an upstart Bible study looking for new material. Her prayer and passion is to see others come to Christ and grow in their relationships. She also is passionate about seeing people loved who may feel alone, isolated, or rejected by others in their life.
If you ever need to speak with Meredith, don’t hesitate to approach her at church or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Married to Bill for 36 years. We have lived on our farm in Caroline for 22 years and have 3 daughters (Aimee, Amber and Emily) and 4 grandchildren (Brianna, Harley, Issac and Mateo). I worked for the military (Pentagon and Dahlgren) for 30 yrs before retiring in August 2012. I spend my days now with an in-home daycare and homeschooling my youngest daughter and granddaughter. I have been at Bowling Green Baptist Church for over 10 years and am involved in many areas of the church. Especially with the children and youth. I look forward to many more years of serving our church.