Senior Pastor Blake Wood
Pastor Blake Wood
Pastor Blake and his wife Lori have been married 31 years. They have five children, two grown and on their own, one in transition to college, and two school-aged:
- Chelsea (Wood) Grimes resides in Iowa with her husband and son.
- Zeke Wood will be staying in Seattle; he is employed at Seattle Pacific University as a computer information specialist.
The Wood Family
- Lucas will be graduating high school in June; he hopes to attend college on the East Coast.
- Zoe (12) and Zayn (8) will be making the cross country move with Blake and Lori.
Blake and Lori both have roots in the greater Shenandoah Valley area although they have never lived here. Lori’s family has Mennonite roots in the Valley, and Blake’s mother was born in Christiansburg, VA.
The Woods have planted and/or pastored churches in Kentucky, Maryland, Florida, and Washington State.
Believe it or not, Pastor Keith was a ministry mentor for Blake when Blake planted and pastored a church in Maryland in the 1990’s.
From 2001-2011, Blake and Lori served as missionaries in the Middle East—planting churches in Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Egypt. Their work there resulted in the establishment of
(IME). FCC has partnered with Blake and Lori’s missionary work and the ongoing work of IME since the beginning.
Pastor Blake earned degrees at the University of Maryland (BA), Asbury Theological Seminary (MDiv) and Regent University (DMin). In addition to his local church leadership roles, he has had the privilege to be an adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific Seminary, Jordan Theological Seminary, and the John Wesley Bible College in Egypt.
Lori finds spending time with their children, reading, and sharing with friends to be sources of refreshment. In addition to spending time with his kids, Blake loves to be in the outdoors—fishing, hunting, or hiking with his dog, Ossie.
Tyler Martin, Associate Pastor of Youth and Small Groups
Tyler and Kim Martin
Tyler Martin is a graduate of Liberty University where he received his Bachelors Degree in Religion with a concentration in Youth Ministry. Tyler has a deep love for his wife, Kimberly, who he has been married to since June 2014. Also, Tyler has an awesome dog, Chance, that he and Kimberly love to spoil! Tyler has been a part of the FCC family since it’s beginning.
In June 2013, upon graduating from Liberty University, Tyler was added to the full-time staff as Faith Community Church’s Youth Pastor. Tyler’s vision for Momentum Youth Ministry at FCC is to passionately invoke discipleship and campus outreach to the local middle and high schools in the area. Tyler wants to help cultivate a deep desire for the students of Momentum Youth Ministry to be an active part in seeing their friends come to know Jesus!
Jim Eckard, Lay Minister
Jim Eckard, Lay Minister of Pastoral Care
(540) 820-5360; email: email@example.com
Jim will expand his role as Lay Minister of Pastoral Care during our time of transition. Jim has been in this role for several years, but will take on additional responsibility in this role until FCC finds its Senior Pastor. Please contact Jim for pastoral care situations such as emergencies, hospital visits and prayer or spiritual needs.
Jim grew up in Rockingham County and attended Turner Ashby High School and Blue Ridge Community College. In 2007, Jim graduated from Evangel Theological Seminary. In June 2016, Jim was ordained as a Free Methodist Pastor.
He’s been married to his wife, Trish, for 29 years and has 2 sons, Joshua and Micah. Jim has walked with the Lord for 40 years and attended FCC for the last 7 years.
Donna Davis, Worship Leader
Donna has been involved in church music since she was 14, when she served as church pianist.
Donna is a graduate of James Madison University with a Music Education degree, voice major, piano minor. She and her husband of 23 years, Mike, have two children: Philip Benjamin (Ben) and Zachary. Additionally, Donna has served as music director or worship leader in several churches around the Valley.
The Worship Ministry mission at Faith Community Church comes from Psalm 150:
“Praise the Lord. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens. Praise Him for His acts of power; praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.”
Cathy Brent, Children’s Ministry
Cathy Brent has been serving as Children’s Ministry Director at Faith Community Church since 2005. Faith Community is blessed to have Cathy’s bubbly personality, love for the Lord, and heart for children. Cathy holds a BS in Early Childhood Development from Virginia Tech and has held a Virginia elementary teaching license since 1994. Cathy has taught preschool through sixth grade at Christian schools in Illinois and Virginia. In addition to teaching, Cathy is the mother of three active boys and has been happily married to her husband, Robert, since 1993. More than anything, Cathy’s desire is for children to come to know Christ and grow in Him. This desire permeates the Faith Community Church children’s ministry.
Dana Neff, Children’s Ministry
Dana and her husband Jonathan have been married for 22 years and have six children (Kyler, Kendra, Summer, Hector, Cory & Tevin). Dana grew up in Dayton, VA and her family currently resides in Grottoes. In addition to her love for Jesus and her family, Dana has a passion within her to reach children and families in our community with the love of Jesus!! She is excited to kick off the Awana program at FCC in the fall as a beginning to reaching the local communities.
Sandy Warner, Administrative Assistant
Sandy, a JMU graduate, has experience in a variety of areas including middle school teaching, teacher’s aiding, farming, flower gardening, church prayer, heart healing ministries, emotional coaching, administrative and clerical work, and helping people. She enjoys walking, learning new skills, and growing in wisdom. She and her husband Jeff have three amazing children, a wonderful son-in-law, and a miniature dachshund named Chester who thinks that anytime anyone is eating anything, he should be involved, too!