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Fall 2016 Elder Nominee Bios

Pastors

 

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David L. Janney (You'll never guess what the L. stands for.)
Senior Pastor
djanney@purbap.org

Family:  Pam Janney, my wife and the love of my life!  Pam’s birthday is September 8.  Yes, I did forget it once…only once and never again.  I married up, way up, in June 1988. Joshua, Jon and Suzy, our three children, are miracles.  Pam is a registered nurse and works as a quality consultant for INOVA Health Systems.

Experience/Personal History: I grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in South Jersey as a PK (preacher’s kid).  I served as Pastor of Worship, Christian Education and Youth, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia, for 5 years.  I have served as Senior Pastor of Purcellville Baptist since June of 1995.

Passion for Ministry:  To seek the Lord, preach the Word, love the people, share the Gospel.

Education: B.S. in Bible and Piano Performance with a minor in pastoral studies from Philadelphia College of Bible (Now Philadelphia Biblical University) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, M. Div. in pastoral counseling from Denver Seminary; Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, but…that he understands and knows Me.”  

Hobbies: Running, pick-up basketball, table games of all kinds

Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life

Favorite Sports Teams: Redskins and any Loudoun High School Team

Favorite Food: May I have a separate page, please?  Love a good steak and German chocolate cake.

Life Verse: Jeremiah  18:6 - “Can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD.  “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand; so are you in My hand.”

Testimony: Grew up in a pastor’s home, went to Bible college and seminary, but truly encountered Jesus and God’s amazing grace on September 30, 1994, at the age of 31.  God literally broke me through an ATV accident so He could save me and make me a vessel fit for His use.  From that day on, I became a new creation.  The old life is passed and all things have become new!  I’d love to tell you more about it.


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Kurt Bowman

Family Pastor
kbowman@purbap.org

Family: Shawn, wife, married in December 1992, PBC Mother’s Day Out Director.  We have two children, daughter, Kaelin and son, Kaleb.

Experience/Personal History: I grew up in Pennsylvania an hour north of Purcellville.  My job moved me to Arlington, Texas, after college. I began my ministry career at Arlington Christian Church in 1995.  I then came to PBC in August 2002.

Passion for Ministry: To see people develop a deep love for God’s Word and glorify Him with their lifestyle.

Education: Economics and Business degree from Lafayette College, Easton, PA.  Pursuing Masters in Biblical Study from Liberty University.

Hobbies: Hunting and Golf

Favorite Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox and Chicago Bears

Favorite Food: Seafood

Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13 – "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Testimony: I accepted Christ as my personal Savior in Sunday School class at Grace Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, at the age of 7. Received my call to ministry in 1995 in Arlington, Texas.

 

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Cory Welch

Executive Teaching Pastor
cwelch@purbap.org

Family: My wife, Natalie, and I were married February 23rd, 2008. She was a third grade teacher in Loudoun County for a few years prior to staying home with our children (Hudson - 6/23/13, Jonah - 8/2/15). In addition to helping me in various capacities at the church, she also helps lead the "Still Waters" special needs ministry at Tree of Life.

Experience/Personal History: I grew up around Tyler, Texas. I served at Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, from October 2003 to October 2006, when I came to PBC to serve as Youth Pastor that same month. In February 2012 I transitioned to my current role.

Passion for Ministry: To see people have a PERSONAL relationship with Christ and a connection to the entire Body of Christ.

Education: Master of Divinity in Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a Business Management degree from Dallas Baptist University.

Hobbies: Running, yard work, eating (yep! It’s a hobby)

Favorite Sports Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, and Texas Rangers

Favorite Food: Mexican food (I’m from Texas, what did you expect?!)

Favorite Verse: Matthew 5:16 – "So let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."

Testimony: Accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a Vacation Bible School at Bethel Bible Church in Chapel Hill, Texas, during the summer of 1992 at the age of 8. Received a call to ministry at age 14.

 

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Phil Holliday

Executive Administration/Outreach Director
pholliday@purbap.org

Bio: Pastor Holliday received the recognition of being an Eagle Scout, awarded the God and County Award and member of the Order of the Arrow as a young man.  He served as a Captain in the Army immediately following his college years and then furthered his education to obtain an MBA in Finance at George Mason University.  He established his career as an executive for Mobil Corporation for 27 years.  God laid a call upon his life to transition his attained skills to use in the ministry so he furthered his studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity University and Columbia Bible Seminary.  In 1999 he was asked to be the Executive Pastor/Administrator for Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, VA and he served there for over 16 years until June 30, 2015. 

 

Administrative Staff

 

Brooks, Abby - Growth Track and Worship Assistant
abrooks@purbap.org

Holmberg, Caren - Financial Administrator
cholmberg@purbap.org

Kennedy, Cherith - Ministry Assistant
ckennedy@purbap.org

McMullen, Tracey - Student Ministry Assistant
tmcmullen@purbap.org

Ruckman, Kathy - Connecting Coordinator
kruckman@purbap.org

Taylor, Judy - Communication Coordinator
jtaylor@purbap.org 

 

Facilities Staff


Graves, Glenn – Facilities Manager
ggraves@purbap.org

 

Ministry Staff

Anderson, Amy – Awana Director
purdueamy@gmail.com

Bowman, Shawn – Children's Ministry Director, sbowman@purbap.org,                                                                                                                                     – Mom's Day Out Director, 4bowmans@comcast.net

Cole, Kevin- Youth Director
kcole@purbap.org

Embrey, Sheila – Women's Ministry
sheilaembrey@aol.com

Hart, Taylor – Worship Director
thart@purbap.org

World Missions
wmtpurcellville@gmail.com

Moore, Bob & Vicki- Caring Ministry Directors
bobmoore01@comcast.net

 

Our Elders

“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” Acts 20:28

 

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Charlie Bixler:  I have a very personal and strong trust relationship with Jesus Christ. I was blessed to have been raised in a Baptist home with parents who were very dedicated to serving Christ and very active in our churches as I grew up.  I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and was baptized at the age of nine at the First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas.  I remember the event as if it happened yesterday – it changed my life then and set me on a path of Christian living that remains in effect today. I met Carol, my wife at a Baptist Student Union weekend event during my second year at college. After college, I served in the United States Navy for 23 years as a Naval Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot.  My wife and I have always been active church members and served in churches from coast to coast as we moved seven times during our Navy life. Through the years, we have served as Sunday School teachers for junior high, high school, college and adult Bible Studies. Additionally, my wife and I accepted the position as Youth Director for three years at Patchogue Baptist Church in New York. I served as a Deacon for four years at Providence Baptist Church in McLean, VA. I currently serve as an usher at Purcellville Baptist Church. 

 

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Peter Buck:  Peter Buck and his wife Lynda moved from Vienna, VA to Loudoun County in 1994.  Although Peter grew up knowing about Jesus, it was not until 1996 that he accepted Him as his Lord and Savior. Peter and Lynda joined PBC in 1999. On July 4th of that year, they were both baptized in the Shenandoah River by Pastor Janney. Peter has been involved in the World Missions Team (Lynda and Peter have been to Africa on a number of short term trips); the audio/visual team, prayer team, and has served as an elder. One of Peter’s life verses is Job 19:25-26 – “For I know my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God…” Peter and Lynda have been married for 26 years, and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

PhotobucketDavid Janney, our Senior Pastor, also serves as an Elder. He and his wife Pam have been serving at PBC since 1995. They have three children: Joshua, Jonathan, and Suzy-Q. Dr. Janney was called into the ministry at 20 years of age. He has a B.S. degree in Bible and Piano Performance, a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctorate of Ministry. The things he enjoys most about ministry are preaching, prayer, and people. He is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word and encouraging others to do the same. He also enjoys taking prayer walks and is committed to interceding for our congregation by name. He loves people of all ages—from little children to seasoned saints

 

 


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Harry Redman met Jesus Christ in 2001.  He was attending a worship service, and sensed the extraordinary beauty of Lord Jesus descend into the sanctuary.  In that moment he gave his heart to Jesus.  Harry grew up in West Virginia where he met his wife Becky.  They are blessed with four children: Brock, Cole, Merrill, and Leatha.  He and Becky began attending PBC in 2005.  He has a passion to serve, having been a part of Working Hands, Usher ministry, Home Group Leader, Deacon, and most recently the Director of the Relief Branch of the Tree of Life.  He wants to be an Elder because he feels God has called Him to serve.  A favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Since we have these promises dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God".

 

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Steven Ruments: Hello my name is Steve Ruments. I was blessed to have the Lord find me at an early age where I grew up in a Christian home with Christian parents. I made the decision to follow Christ at a very early age but the real  transformation for me took place when I was 16 years old. I am married to Heather and we have two beautiful girls, Riley and Kaitlyn. We lived in Chicago our entire lives until the Lord guided us here 7 years ago.  Heather and I have served in the childrens ministry together. We both serve on the prayer team and I currently serve in Community Bible Study. I am tremendously humbled by the prospect of serving God and the church as an elder. Mark 9:35 “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last and servant of all.”

 

 

Jason Fleming: Jason and Elizabeth have four children and have been attending PBC for many years. Jason accepted Christ in October 2000 and has grown in his walk at many different churches as they have moved around the country. Currently, Jason helps teach a Sunday school class, leads a youth small group, and participates in a family small group with 4 other families. Jason is passionate about building relationships and serving the church. Jason’s favorite verses are Ephesians 2:8-9, “ For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.”  In Jason’s own words: “…I desire to share with others how Christ is the way to live in grace, separated from this world in Christ. To Him I owe it all…”  In Elizabeth’s words: “May we be but clay in the hands of the Master Potter. All glory and honor to you, Almighty God.”


Justin Martin: Justin Martin and his wife Rachel started attending Purcellville Baptist Church in 2008.  They have three children, Maleeya (9), Mariana (7) and Makkai (4).  On Thanksgiving Day in 2004, Justin made the decision to commit his life to Christ by praying with his future mother-in-law.  He was 22 years old at that time and eagerly sought to know who God is through His Word, as well as through mentor relationships with his pastor, father-in-law and other mature Christians.  In April of 2005 he was baptized in partially frozen Lake Placid!  Since attending Purcellville Baptist Church, Justin and Rachel became involved with the Marriage and Family Life class and in 2012 became the class leaders.  In 2015 Justin served in the children’s ministry program by implementing a new interactive Sunday morning bible study for the 3-5th graders.  Most recently Justin has taken on the role of serving as a small group hub leader which acts as a shepherd to other small group leaders.

Mark Roach: “I was saved when I was six years old.  I remember being home one Sunday morning instead of going to church because I was sick.  My father was home with me, while my mother and sister went to church.  I was watching a sermon on TV.  The preacher on TV invited those watching to pray right where they were “alone in a private place” and accept Jesus as their Savior.  To me the most private place was the bathroom.  So, I got up from the TV, went to the bathroom, and knelt by the bath tub on my knees, and accepted Jesus into my heart.  The Holy Spirit was evident to me shortly after that, as I felt compelled to go around the neighborhood to raise money for a church building program.  I remember going up to the pastor with my pencil box full of dollars and coins.  I have always held assurance of my salvation since that time in the bathroom as a six year old.”


mark wichernMark Wichern: Mark and Kris have 3 children and have been attending PBC for 8 years. Mark accepted Christ at age 9 during a Billy Graham crusade in Denver, Colorado and was later baptized at what would be their home church in Texas. Mark and Kris are and have been involved in many areas of PBC over the years: small groups, children’s ministry, youth ministry, choir, missions, and prayer. Currently, they just returned from a mission trip to Bolivia and serve by covering the second service in prayer twice a month. Mark and Kris have an incredible testimony that speaks to God’s relentless love and pursuit of us at all times. In Mark’s own words: “…let me say that Mark Wichern, in his own strength can do very little good, but Christ in me, “the hope of Glory”(Col 2) can accomplish all God intends for His honor and glory.  Jesus Christ  truly is my Savior, Lord and Life.”

 

 

Jim WillitsJim Willits: Jim and his wife Kathy have two children, Lisa and Jim and have been married for 46 years.  Jim and Kathy received Jesus Christ as their Lord and savior on December 8, 1979 and were baptized the same day in Lake Isabel.  They began attending Kenwood Baptist Church in Cincinnati and would grow in their faith.  For several years, the career became an idol for Jim but God faithfully drew Jim back to his first love in Jesus and Jim felt his soul had been restored.  Jim and Kathy began attending PBC in 2013.  Jim sought the Lord as to how he could “finish strong!”  Jim/Kathy are finishing strong through daily Bible study, prayer and devotional time together.  They are involved in a small group, attend a Sunday morning class and serve in Tree of Life Ministries.  Jim also leads a men’s Bible study each Friday.