BEAVERDAM BAPTIST CHURCH STAFF
Dr. Gary Stewart, Senior Pastor
Pastor 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
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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Rev. Derrick Adams, Associate Pastor
Pastor Derrick is a native to the Richmond area and has spent the majority of his life growing up in Powhatan County. Prior to coming to Beaverdam in October 2012, Derrick served with two other congregations. From 2007-2008, he worked as the Youth Pastor at Old Powhatan Baptist Church in Powhatan, Virginia. While in seminary, Derrick spent two years as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Cleves in Cincinnati, Ohio. Derrick’s overall passion in ministry is to see both students and adults come to know, love, and pursue Jesus Christ above all things.
He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. In December 2012, Derrick earned his Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.
Derrick is happily married to his wife Amanda and together they have one beautiful daughter named Eliana.
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Rev. Terry Sullivan, Associate Pastor
Pastor Terry served in the United States Air Force during the first Gulf War as a Military Police Officer. It was during this time he met his wife Misty who was serving as well. After an honorable discharge he began working for the Gulfport Police Department in Mississippi.
Following the birth of his first son TJ he and his family moved to Virginia where he began working for the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and served as a Patrol Deputy, Investigator and Sergeant of the Intelligence Unit. Eight years later he and his wife were blessed with the birth of their second son Wyatt. After 15 years in law enforcement Pastor Terry ended his career as the Sergeant of the HCSO Intelligence Unit and God called him into ministry where he served as the Associate Pastor of Administration at Beaverdam Baptist Church. Then in the summer of 2008 Pastor Terry moved to Jacksonville Florida where he served as the Senior Pastor of a new church plant. It was during this time he and his wife were blessed with the birth of their third son Josiah. Several years later following the successful plant of the church, Pastor Terry returned to Beaverdam Baptist where he continues to serve as an associate pastor and also an officer with the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office.
Pastor Terry has attended the Community College of the Air Force, J. Sergeant Reynolds Community College, Newburg Theological Seminary and Liberty University and obtained his degrees in Pastoral Leadership and Church Planting.
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Rev. Gary Perkins, Associate Pastor
Gary was raised in a Christian home and grew up in the Reformed Church of America. He was nine when he received Jesus Christ as his personal Savior. His early intention was to become a Reformed Church pastor, but God had other plans for him and led him in another direction where he enjoyed a challenging and rewarding career. In the spring of 2009, God called him to his life’s work. Today he finds his Christian faith is best demonstrated in the conservative Baptist tradition, where he gladly and unashamedly holds to the core beliefs expressed in the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. Gary’s hope is that people will see Jesus in his ministry and, that they will know the Bible in their hand, love the Savior in their heart, and find His purpose in their life.
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Fredda Forbes, Senior Pastor Ministry Assistant
Fredda and her husband, Mike, relocated to Richmond from the New Orleans, Louisiana area in 1986, and joined Beaverdam Baptist in 2001. She has served as secretary to Gary at Beaverdam Baptist since 2001, having worked for him previously at Grove Avenue Baptist Church.
Fredda has served as secretary to several pastors for 30 years and loves doing the Lord’s work in that capacity.
Fredda especially loves being around her 8 grandchildren- 4 girls and 4 boys, all of whom live within 15 minutes of their “Mimi”.
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Traci Ball, Senior Pastor Ministry Assistant
Traci 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 and her husband, Mark, currently teach the College and Career class. Prior to that, they served in student ministry and AWANA.
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 teenaged girls and Kristen-an amazingly talented musician. Cassi is married to Sean-the youth pastor at Hopeful Baptist Church and they are the parents of Traci’s precious granddaughter, Eliza.
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Lisa Strong, Pastoral Ministry Assistant
Lisa 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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Angie Gordon, Financial Ministry Assistant
Angie joined the Beaverdam staff in April of 2007. She graduated from Milligan College in 2001 with a degree in Broadcast Communications and Business Administration. Prior to coming to Beaverdam, Angie served in two other churches. Angie loves scrapbooking, running, volleyball and spending time with her daughter, Lily.
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