Dr. Gary Stewart, Senior Pastor

Dr. Gary StewartPastor Gary was born in Seattle, Washington, made the trip across country when he was 13 years old, and resided in Maryland until he left home to go to college. He has an Associate Degree from Bluefield College, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Richmond, a Master’s Degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and did his Seminary work at Southeastern Seminary. In 2010, Pastor Gary received his Doctorate from Master’s International School of Divinity.

Gary served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps and worked for 18 years in senior level operations positions in the restaurant industry before God called him into the ministry in 1998.

By Pastor Gary’s own admission, his greatest accomplishment was talking his wife Amy into marrying him in 1986. Through that union, God has blessed them with five precious children: Jillian, Billy (Jillian’s husband), Abby, Matthew, and Jonathan.

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Rev. Joel Brusherd, Associate Pastor

Rev. Joel Brusherd

Pastor Joel has been a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church since 1999. In 2010, our church ordained him as a pastor. Joel credits his church family for discipling him into a greater relationship with Jesus Christ over the years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in business from Indiana University and his Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Joel is the first to tell you however, that he has learned more in Sunday School and other small-group settings than he has ever learned by virtue of the above education.

Joel’s passion is to see people grow. It is his desire to get everyone with whom he comes into contact consistently engaged in a Bible Study of one sort or another.

Joel has been married to his lovely wife Elizabeth (Liz) since 1994 and they have three children: Caitlyn, Andrew, and Jackson.

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Traci Ball, Senior Pastor Ministry Assistant

Traci BallTraci and her family relocated to Beaverdam from Northern Virginia in the fall of 2004. She joined the Beaverdam staff in January of 2009 after serving as a administrative volunteer.

Traci loves reading, crafts, and spending time with her family. She has been married to her husband, Mark, since 1991. They have two daughters, Cassi-who has a special gift of mentoring and counseling teen-aged girls and Kristen-an amazingly talented musician and singer. Cassi is married to Sean-the youth pastor at Hopeful Baptist Church and they are the parents of her precious grandchildren, Eliza and Asher.  Contact Traci via email at:


 Lisa Strong, Pastoral Ministry Assistant

Lisa StrongLisa has been an Administrative Assistant at Beaverdam Baptist Church since 2007. She and her husband Simon, are the parents of two boys, Si and Allen, their dog, Abby and Lisa’s prized chickens.

They have lived in the Beaverdam area for all of their married life.

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