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WHO WE ARE

We are a church of imperfect people who desire to know God and make God known. We seek to serve our community and speak love into the midst of a chaotic, restless world.

VISION

THIS IS WHY WE EXIST. 

We exist to intersect the peace of Christ into the restlessness of our community.

MISSION

THIS IS WHAT WE DO TO PROPEL OUR VISION.

Connect People to Christ and His Family

"We loved you so much that we shared with you not only God's Good News but our own lives, too." 1 Thessalonians 2:8

STRATEGY

THIS IS HOW WE TAKE STEPS TOWARDS ACCOMPLISHING OUR VISION.

Connect up with God.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." Matthew 22:37

Connect in with each other.

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you."
Matthew 28:19-20

Connect out with our world.

"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45

Leadership Team

Richard Mark Lee

Lead Pastor | Read Bio

""The men and women who serve as a part of The Village leadership team are imperfect, broken people who have been changed by the love of Jesus Christ. From various backgrounds and walks of life, God has brought this team together to lead our church family to Greater Things. Take time to get to know us and let us know how we can serve you and help you get connected!"

Nick Smith

Pastor of Pastoral Care & Senior Adults
Nick Smith, a  Fayetteville native, is the longest tenured staff member at The Village. Nick is a graduate of Campbell University and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Nick began serving at Village Drive Baptist Church in 1993.
Nick and his wife, Theresa, enjoy their dogs, watching British dramas and cooking shows, and camping in their RV. Nick’s hobby is experimenting with new foods on his charcoal grill. He is the grill master!

Robyn Nolette

Family Ministries Director
Robyn is a native of Fayetteville and has been a member of Village Baptist Church for 15 years. She wants more than anything to see children grasp Christ at a young age, and is dedicated to the children and families of The Village. Her life verse is Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight my Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Robyn is married to her best friend, James, and they have one amazing son, Andrew.

Tyler Mock

Pastor of Youth & Digital Connectivity
Tyler was born and raised in Houston, TX. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BS in Psychology and a Business minor. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Divinity at Southeastern Seminary. Tyler has a deeply ingrained desire to reach the next generation for Christ and to walk with them as they become disciple-makers.
Tyler loves serving in ministry with his wife, Elise.  He enjoys roasting his own coffee beans, playing with his dog, Luna, and reading.

Allen Burnette

Children's Pastor
Allen attended  Village Christian Academy before going to Appalachian State and getting his BA in Criminal Justice.  Allen has a passion for teaching kids about the love of God and assisting parents in raising kids to know the Lord. Allen is blessed with a wonderful wife, Michelle, and a little girl named Addison. Allen enjoys golfing and going to the mountains in his free time. He is also very passionate about his alma mater, Appalachian State.

Chris Ferger

Pastor of Worship & Arts
Chris was raised in Garden City, SC and Lake City, FL. He is a graduate of Florida Baptist University with a Bachelor’s in Church Music. Chris has served churches in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Missouri. He has a passion to see people connect to Christ in worship. He loves leading and singing all styles of music. He is passionate about college football and drinking good coffee.
Chris married his High School sweetheart, Teisha, in 1994. They have 4 children. 

Aaron Hanrick

Director of Media
Aaron, a Fayetteville native grew up in Hope Mills and has an Associates Degree from Fayetteville Tech in 2016. Aaron has served in a variety of ministry positions in the Fayetteville Community including as the Worship Pastor at Reilly Road Community Church. Aaron Serves oversees all forms of media in the church from Audio/Visual to digital signage. Aaron enjoys fishing, playing the guitar, and playing softball. He is creative, caring, and spontaneous.

Joy Cayton

Worship Assistant
Joy was born in Fayetteville and grew up in neighboring Harnett County, where she first met her husband Marty.  She has been a part of Village since 2005 singing in the choir and on praise team.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband and their four kids and especially their two grandsons!

Dr. Matthew Bryant

Reilly Road Campus Pastor
& Discipleship Pastor
Matthew Bryant is a graduate of Liberty University, Liberty School of Divinity, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Orlando, FL and Chambersburg, PA. Matthew is currently a chaplain in the Air Force Reserve. He is assigned to the 403d Reserve Wing, Keesler AFB, MS. Matthew married his college sweetheart, Lindsay, in 2011. They have three young children: Mercy, Josiah, and Lily. 

George Morton

Community Outreach Director

George and his wife, Pam, have been in Fayetteville since 1994, when the army sent him here kicking and screaming. In 1995 when he got out of the army, they chose to stay.  They have been part of The Village family since 1995. In his spare time, George enjoys reading and visiting his grandkids in Virginia. 

Evan Young

Worship Leader
Evan is a Fayetteville, NC native. He graduated from Liberty University with a BS in Biblical Studies. He served as both the worship leader of the Reilly Road Campus and High School Bible teacher for VCA. Evan has a passion to know and communicate Truth. Evan is blessed to serve along aside his wife, Stephanie. He enjoys reading theology and philosophy and is an avid movie fan.

Alexandria Serna

Administrative Assistant & PMO Coordinator
Alex is from Texas, and married to her best friend, Michael. They have a 4 year old daughter, Mackenzie.  She is passionate about watching children grow and learn new things.  In her free time, Alexandria spends time with her family and travels.

Michael Troxel

Pastor of Operations

Michael Troxel, or "Trox" as we call him, is from Memphis, TN. Trox received his BA from Union University and his Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Trox joined The Village team in 2012, and served in a variety of roles before becoming Pastor of Operations. Michael married his wife, Jennifer, in 2006, and they have two children, Caleb and Abigail.

Alana Kimball

Director of Relational Connectivity/ Office Manager
Alana was born in a small town in California as the middle child of 3. She attended Stanislaus State University when she met and fell in love with her husband, Chase. The Lord has blessed them with three fun, energetic, loving children. Alana desires to see people know their worth as children of God and seeks to treat all people with sincere love through a friendly smile, a hug, or a kind word. Alana is fluent in sign-language, loves a challenge, can rough it in the outdoors, and has never turned down a meal!

Jessica Roush

Director of Communications

Jessica was born and raised in Kansas. She is a graduate of Kansas State University with a BS in Family Studies and Liberty University with a MS in Human Services. After college, Jessica worked on staff with Youth for Christ of Central Kansas doing youth ministry. Jessica loves designing, all things adobe, writing, good coffee, and the enneagram. She has been married to her best friend, Brad, since 2008. They have three awesome kids and love to travel. 

Elise Mock

Administrative Assistant & 
Youth Girl's Ministry
Elise was born and raised in Tyler, TX. She is a graduate of Texas A&M with a BA in International Studies and English with a minor in French. After college, Elise moved to Magnolia, TX to serve as a Girl's Youth Minister. She later moved to College Station, TX, where she worked at a Community Development Nonprofit. Elise desires for girls to know that their true identity lies in Jesus.  She and her husband, Tyler, have been married since January of 2017.  She has a deep love of coffee and is a talented baker.

Jim Biermann

Chief Financial Officer
Jim has an MBA from the University of Virginia. He has held positions at Eli Lilly & Company, Marriott Corporation, and Union Corrugating. He was a small business owner in Chicago. Jim has been an adjunct professor at Methodist University as well as Fayetteville State teaching business classes. Jim is married to Pam and they have two adult children, Alex and Kelly.

Christy Lamb

Director of Finance
Christy Lamb grew up on the beach in North Carolina before moving to Raleigh for college. She met her husband while in Raleigh and they moved to Fayetteville. They have one daughter. In her free time, Christy enjoys going to the beach and visiting family. 

Rosa Parker

Director of Human Resources
Rosa grew up in Dallas, Texas. She earned her BA in Accounting from the University of Texas at Dallas and her MBA with a concentration in Organizational Behavior and Human Resources from the University of North Texas. In her free time, Rosa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and going to the movies.

Dr. Toby Travis

Superintendent
Toby and his wife, Tannia, served as missionaries in Ecuador for many years. Today, their shared passion for discipling young people continues through their ministry here at The Village Christian Academy. He is the author of “The TrustED School Leader”, co-author of "Unmasking the Masquerade", and the creator and developer of the “TrustED School Leader 360” assessment.

Jennifer Hairr

Admissions Director
Jennifer was born and raised in North Carolina.  She is a graduate of The University of NC at Wilmington.  Jennifer and her husband, Kevin have been members at Village Baptist Church since 2005.  Together they have one son, Gavin.  Gavin will be entering 8th grade this year and has attended Village Christian Academy since kindergarten.  

Kevin Duffy

VCA Campus Pastor
Kevin is from Nebraska and a graduate of University of Nebraska. Kevin is passionate about seeing every student and adult in VCA and The Village Baptist Church trained to live out a Biblical Worldview. He also oversees regional, national, and international missions here at The Village. Kevin and his wife, Casey, have one daughter. He much prefers the hot summers of North Carolina to the cold winters in Nebraska.

Kevyn Brown

High School Principal
Kevyn grew up on the Outer Banks of North Carolina and has been an educator for over 20 years.  His life mission is to "connect students and families to one another and Christ through the avenue of education".  When he is away from the Village, he loves investing in people, spending his time snowboarding, golfing, at the shooting range, and traveling.
K-8 Principal

Theresa Clark

Theresa is North Carolina born and bred! She has lived in Fayetteville over 25 years and has been at Village for most of those years! She has enjoyed the past 10 years at Village Christian Academy, working with some of the best teachers in Cumberland County. In her spare time she loves spending time with family. When not in Fayetteville, you will find her at the beach, reading and hunting for shark’s teeth.
Director of Village Baptist Preschool

Kay Matthews

Kay believes that God uses her work as a means to start children on the right path by giving them a foundation in the wisdom of the Lord. Kay has lived in Parkton, NC all of her life. She and her husband have one child. Kay is currently enrolled at FTCC working on her Early Childhood Education degree. She has many years of experience working with children.

What We Believe

Who is God?

There is one and only one living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is all powerful, all knowing, and His perfect knowledge includes past, present, and future; including the future decisions of His free creatures. The eternal triune God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
God the Father
God as Father reigns and rules with providential care over His universe, His creatures, and the flow of the stream of human history according to the purposes of His grace. God is Father in truth to those who become children of God through faith in Jesus Christ, He is fatherly in His attitude toward all men.
Jesus Christ - God Became Man
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. In His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples, ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God. He is fully God, fully man, and in whose Person is accomplished the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to complete His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever-present Lord, Because this is true you now have a God who is willing and able to forgive you of your past sins, be with you in the present, and give you a home in heaven when you die.
Holy Spirit - God Indwells In Us
The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God, fully divine. He inspired holy men to write the Bible. He enables people to understand truth. He exalts Christ. He convicts people of the reality of their sin, of their need for the righteousness that comes only through faith in Christ, and of the certainty of judgment as a result of their sin. He calls people to the Savior, and brings about regeneration. At the moment of regeneration He baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ. He cultivates Christian character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gifts by which they serve God through His church. He secures the believer until the day of final redemption. His presence in the Christian is the guarantee that God will bring the believer into the fullness of the stature of Christ. He enlightens and empowers the believer and the church in worship, evangelism. and service.

Where Do I Come In?

Human Beings - God's Image Bearers
Humanity is the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created them, male and female, as the crowning work of His creation. The gift of gender is part of the goodness of God’s creation. In the beginning mankind was innocent of sin and was endowed by his Creator with freedom of choice. By his free choice man sinned against God and brought sin into the human race. Through temptation of Satan, man transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original innocence whereby his inherit nature and an environment inclined toward sin. Therefore, as soon as they are capable of moral action, humans become transgressors and are apart from God. Only the grace of God can bring man into His holy fellowship and enable man to fulfill the creative purpose of God. The sacredness of human personality is evident in that God created humanity in His own image, and in that Christ died for all mankind; therefore, every person of every race possesses full dignity and is worthy of respect and Christian love. Because this is true you are of great value, but may be far from God and need to be saved.
Eternity - Somewhere Forever
Man was created to exist forever. He will either exist eternally separated from God by sin or in union with God through forgiveness and salvation.To be eternally separated from God is Hell. To be eternally in union with Him is eternal life in Heaven. Heaven and Hell are places of eternal existence. Because this is true you right now have one of two destinations where you will spend eternity. As of this moment your eternal destination is _________________?

The Turning Point

Salvation - God's Only Way
Salvation involves the redemption of your whole self, and is offered freely to all who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, who by His own death on the cross obtained eternal redemption for the believer. In its broadest sense, salvation includes the regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification of those who believe. There is no salvation apart from personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord.
Regeneration
Also known as the spiritual birth, is a work of God’s grace whereby believers become new creatures in Christ Jesus. It is a change of heart worked by the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin, to which the sinner responds in repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Repentance and faith are inseparable experiences of grace. Repentance is a genuine turning from sin toward God. Faith is the acceptance of Jesus Christ and commitment of the entire personality to Him as Lord and Savior.
Justification
God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ Justification brings the believer unto a relationship of peace and favor with God and sets the believer free from the penalty of sin.
Sanctification
The experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him. Growth in grace should continue throughout the believer’s life. Sanctification sets the believer free from the power of sin.
Glorification
The finale of salvation and is the honor of Christ-followers in eternity. Glorification sets the believer free from the presence of sin, living forever with God in Heaven. Because this is true you can receive God’s gift of eternal life right now by faith.
Eternal Security
Those who believe In Christ, sanctified by His Spirit, will never fall away from the state of grace, but shall stick with it to the end. Believers may fall into sin through neglect and temptation, whereby they grieve the Spirit impair their graces and comforts,and bring reproach on the cause of Christ and temporal judgments on themselves; yet they maintain salvation by the power of God. Because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ, the believer is secure in their salvation for eternity. It is the grace and keeping power of God that gives this security. Because this is true you can know for sure that you have eternal life, no longer live in fear or doubt and experience the joy that comes from knowing that you are okay with God!

Faith Filled Living

The Bible
We believe that the Bible is the supreme spiritual authority on what we are to believe, how we are to behave, and how we are to conduct the ministry of this church. The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s written revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation. Because this is true we now have an objective source of what is true and what is not; of what is right and what is wrong. We have a written account of who God is; what He is like; and how we can know and enjoy Him personally.
Baptism
Christian baptism is the immersion of a believer in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is an act of obedience symbolizing the believers faith in a crucified, buried, and risen Savior, the believer’s death to sin, the burial of the old life, and the resurrection to walk in newness of life in Christ Jesus. It is a testimony to his faith in the final resurrection of the dead. Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership and to the Lord’s Supper.
The Lord's Supper
The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking of the bread and the cup, memorialize the death of the Redeemer and anticipate His second coming.
The Church
The church is a local community of baptized believers unified through faith in Christ. It is committed to the teachings of Christ to obeying all of His commands, and it seeks to bring the gospel to the world. The Church works together in love and unity, intent on the ultimate purpose of glorifying Christ.
For our expanded statement of faith that includes the articles of faith we consider important see The Baptist Faith & Message.

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-Mother of 3

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