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Ministerial Staff:

Rev. Chester "Chet" Smith - Interim Pastor

Rev. Smith graduated from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina with a Master of Divinity degree in 1970. He retired as full time pastor in 2007 after serving 43 years as a Minister Of The Gospel.

Minister to Students and Young Adults

Jeffery Poythress - Interim Director of Children and Youth - Jeff attended Longwood College from 1985 - 1989 and received a dual major in History and Political Science as well as a minor in sociology. He went into banking and was very active in his church performing roles such as Deacon, Sunday School Director, Sound Man, Finance Committee and leading an inner-city mission team where I developed a passion for working with kids and teens. He also understand the challenges of balancing family, career and my personal and community relationship with God. Jeff received his calling to go into ministry and began working on his Masters of Divinity, which he completed in 2014. He has a passion for helping people come to know Christ and to then help them to strengthen and grow in their relationship with our Lord and with their fellow believers.

Craig Simpson, Minister of Wellness and Recovery -- craigwgbc@gmail.com

  • Born and raised on a dairy farm in rural Nebraska, Craig graduated from Hastings College with dual degrees in Psychology and Physical Education. Craig also has a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Appalachian State University in NC. After graduating from college, Craig has been a High School and College football coach, a Juvenile Probation Officer, Clinical Counselor, Organizational Psychologist for the Virginia Dept. of Health, and manager for MediaOne and ATT Broadband. Currently, Craig and his wife Valarie are co-owners and operators of the School of Dance Arts, Inc., with Craig operating the Taekwondo and Self Defense part of the business. Craig began his part time position with WGBC as Outreach Director in Sept. of 2004. Craig has had over 15 years of teaching Sunday School, was a member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes while at Hastings College and Appalachian State University, and was ordained as a deacon at Fairmount Memorial Baptist Church in 2001. In 2014, Craig became Certifiied as a Life Coach, Addiction Recovery Coach and Co-Dependency Recovery Coach from the prestigous International Institute of Coaching Studies (IICS),
  • Office Staff:

    Mary Pollard, Church Administrator -- office@walnutgrovebaptist.com

    Pam Burris, Receptionist and Assistant Secretary -- pburris@walnutgrovebaptist.com

    Ray Johnson, Sexton

    Tim Fearnow, CLC Sexton

    Danny Minton, Interim Music Director and organist

    Maria Yefimova, Pianist

    Children's Learning Center Staff:

    Kristi Bowles, Director

    Carolyn Hardison, Assistant Director