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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Children's Pastor
jblizzard@purbap.org

Family: Mandy, wife, homeschooling & soccer mom, enjoys cooking and reading, married in June 1998.

Tyler, 13, loves coming to church and playing football.

Austin, 11, enjoys animals and making sure his hair is perfect.

Ally, 9, loves spiritual things and playing soccer.

Madyson, 7, enjoys playing with big sister and cooking with mom.

Experience/Personal History: I grew up in Rochester, NY. I served at First Bible Baptist Church in Hilton, NY for several years.  Then the Lord opened a door here at PBC in 2009.  I enjoy and count it a privilege to work with the families at PBC. 

Passion for Ministry: Equipping and Discipling the Body of Christ. I enjoy teaching and preaching God's Word.

Education: Earned 2 Bible degrees from North Star Bible, Graduate of Theology, Bachelor of Divinity; Pursuing Masters of Ministry at Louisiana Baptist University.

Hobbies: Coaching, golfing, watching the Food Network

Favorite Sports Teams: Dallas Cowboys, New York Yankees, Michigan football, North Carolina Tar Heels basketball

Favorite Food: Hands down, Italian food from NY!

Favorite Verse: Romans 1:16a - "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth..."

Salvation Testimony:  I was raised in a Christian home.  I had a Christian education all my life, but I was playing games with God. I finally surrendered my life to HIM in October 1995. I was 19 years old and from there God starting working in my life towards full time ministry. 

 

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Cory Welch
Executive Pastor
cwelch@purbap.org

Name: Cory Welch

Position: Executive Pastor

Family: My wife, Natalie, was a third grade teacher in Loudoun County for a few years prior to the birth of our first child, Hudson, on June 23rd, 2013.  We were married in February 2008. 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.

 

Administrative Staff

 

Kennedy, Cherith - Ministry Assistant
ckennedy@purbap.org

Ruckman, Kathy - Connecting Coordinator
kruckman@purbap.org

Ruckman, Wayne – Executive Administrator
wruckman@purbap.org 

Scala, Candice - Executive Assistant to Pastors
cscala@purbap.org

Judy Taylor - Communication Coordinator
jtaylor@purbap.org

 

Facilities Staff

Graves, Glenn – Facilities Manager
ggraves@purbap.org

 

Ministry Staff

Appleton, Rod – Worship Director
rappleton@purbap.org

Bowman, Shawn– Director, Mom's Day Out
4bowmans@comcast.net

Cole, Kevin- Youth Director
kcole@purbap.org

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

Ivey, Ken - World Missions Director
wmtpurcellville@gmail.com

Koontz, Wes - Assistant Worship Director
wkoontz@purbap.org

Macy, Melissa- Preschool Director
mmacy@purbap.org

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

Smith, Paul- Tree of Life Director
treeoflife@purbap.org

 

 

 

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. 

 

PhotobucketPeter 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.  

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David 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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George Fletcher: Born and raised on the mission field, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was a young child. During my freshman year at boarding school I had a spiritual awakening where I realized my depravity and what it is that Jesus has done for me. Now married 21 years and father to four, I love God’s Word and how He speaks to us through all of scripture. “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you —they are your life.” Deut. 32:46- 47a My desire, as a PBC elder, is to serve the body with the gifts God has given me.

 

 

PhotobucketLarry Foster: Growing up in a Christian home, I trusted Jesus Christ at the age of 15, but did not truly understand about surrendering my life to Him until my late 20’s.  My wife Courtney and I have been married 22 years.  Before moving to Purcellville, we lived in Sterling VA and attended Faith Bible Church where we both served in the Music and Children’s Ministries.  I believe God called me to Purcellville Baptist first in membership and by actively serving Him on the Magnification Team, Men’s Ministry, World Missions Team and most recently the Deacon Board.  I’m blessed to be the father of 8 wonderful children: Justin 24, Geoff 20, Brad 18, Malaney 14, Ruby 11, Timothy 9, Nathan 2, and Liliana 8 months.  God has given me a passion to serve Him at PBC and to encourage others to do the same.  Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

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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".

 

PhotobucketSteven 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.”

Glenn Whittington Glenn Whittington Glenn Whittington and his wife, Lynn, started attending Purcellville Baptist Church in  2004 and became members in June 2005.  They both accepted Jesus as their personal savior as young  adults.  Glenn and Lynn have served in the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) ministry and  as Stephen Ministers.  They have been married 42 years and have three married daughters and five  grandchildren.  One of Glenn’s favorite set of verses is Ephesians 2:8-10.  “For it is by grace you have  been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one  can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared  in advance for us to do.”

 

 

Our Deacons

“Deacons…are to be men worthy of respect, sincere… they must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.”
1 Timothy 3:8-9

The deacons catch God’s vision for ministry through the elders and develop ministry teams and Spirit-led strategies to accomplish it. They work alongside of the elders to make sure that no ministry opportunity falls through the cracks and no individual is overlooked. Their administration of ministry frees the elders to focus on prayer and the ministry of the Word.

Mike McHenry grew up in Sterling Park Baptist Church and came to know the Lord as his personal Savior at the age of 15. “It was clear to me that accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Savior was the only way to secure my eternal destiny in heaven. God’s grace and gift of Salvation were absolutely free, all I had to do was accept that gift.” Mike has previously served at Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, VA as a Ministry Leader for the Singles Ministry, an Usher, Board Member and Trustee. After coming to PBC back in the summer of 2004, Mike has continued his service as teacher/leader for the Jr and now Sr High guys Sunday school classes, as an Usher and now as a member of the Deacon Body. Attending and serving along side Mike in various ministries are his wife Tammy, son Kyle and daughter Karlee, all of whom know and love the Lord as their personal savior. A guiding scripture for Mike and Tammy's lives is Proverbs 3: 5 – 6 ” Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Harry Redman accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord in 2001. Harry grew up in West Virginia where he met his wife Becky.  They are blessed with three children: Brock, Cole, and Merrill. Harry came to PBC in 2005.  He has a passion to serve, offering his time in the Helping Hands ministry, Guest ministry, and as a Home Group Leader.  Harry is fond of saying: “The Lord’s kingdom is the land of opportunity.  He sets the table with new adventures each day.  Our job is to live out those adventures according to His will.”  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