Community Church is a new non-denomination church plant in Buchanan, Virginia. We held our first service on 6/25/2017. For questions or information please visit our contact page and complete the comment form and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also email our pastor at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: To help people know Jesus, grow in their faith and reach others for Christ.
About the Church Planter/ Pastor
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart” (Galatians 6:9).
I spent many years struggling with this scripture. Growing up as an Army brat my father was very structured and expected strict adherence to his order in our house. Doing the right thing was drilled into me almost on a daily basis. God and country were values that went hand in hand in our home. We moved around often in my earliest years but settled in Naples Florida when I was five years old. Church was a big part of our lives and if the doors were open, we were there. My mother, who was very soft spoken, kind, and loving taught me about God’s love by modeling it for me in her own life. She made God as real to me as she herself was, and In July of 1976 in a small church in Naples Florida I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
Measuring ourselves against God’s goodness is enough to show anyone how bad we really are. Coming to that understanding without a good knowledge of God’s grace is dangerous and can leave a person feeling confused and frustrated. In the sixth grade I struggled with the world and what seemed to be contradictions between what I was taught and what I witnessed, what I learned about God and what I knew about myself. As a result my academics suffered and my behavior became challenging.
In the summer of 1980 at 11 years old, in an attempt to help get me back on the right path, I was sent to Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia. I fell in love with Hargrave and asked to remain there to attend school during the regular semester. I lived on campus the first year and excelled in every area. Although it was very structured and they had strict rules they were consistent and I knew what to expect. I felt like I fit in and I was happy.
As a requirement we attended a mid-week chapel service. During one such service, as I sat surrounded by other cadets, I heard someone speak my name. I looked around the chapel but couldn’t tell who was speaking. This happened several more times before I felt this impression, almost as if someone was speaking directly to my heart. It was more of a feeling than an audible voice which translated to an understanding that God wants me to minister to His people. Although I didn’t completely understand it at the time I came to realize this was God calling me to be a minister. That calling remained with me my entire life and no matter what I did, where I went or plans I made, it was always there and I was always aware of it. I would spend the next 20 years running from that calling and the one who called.
Running from God is like jumping into a pool of water and trying not to get wet, it’s impossible. It’s also miserable. My rebellion led me to drinking, drug use and other illegal activity. In 1988 my life was as out of control as one person can get and God said, enough! When the smoke cleared and I finally came to my senses I was sitting in a jail cell. It was in that cell that God spoke again, this time through his Word;
10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.
It was in that cell I realized He never left me. I repented and recommitted my life to Him determined to answer His calling. When I was released (6 years later) I still struggled, still stumbled but I learned that God was indeed true to his word. When I considered giving up I would remember those words in Galatians, “Don’t Grow Weary While Doing Good”.
Many years have passed and I have taken those lessons to heart and God has always been faithful. He has blessed me beyond anything I could have imagined. He gave me a wonderful wife who has dedicated her life to helping people as a Special Education Teacher. We just celebrated 22 years. I have a healthy 21 year old son who I no longer lives with us. I have a BS in Religion, a Masters Degree in Discipleship Ministries from Liberty and a Masters Degree in Human Services. Up until recent I was the Director of Shelter Services at the Roanoke Rescue Mission. I learned as much during my six years at the Mission, if not more, than all my formal education put together. Both I and my wife are outdoor enthusiasts. We spend a great deal of our time hiking, camping, fishing, boating and other outdoor activities. I also love to write and have some published work under a pseudonym.
I believe Sunday morning is the least of Pastors responsibilities. I am about bearing my brothers burdens, giving help and guidance to people in good times and bad, helping people find peace and joy in God, growing in their walk with the Lord and helping them be what God intended them to be. I am about connecting with people and loving them, providing an ear to listen, a shoulder to cry on and a friend to trust.
God has truly blessed my life. In fact, if my blessings ended today, God has blessed me enough to see me through to the end of my life. It’s because of His goodness and mercy that I want to help others and tell everyone what He has done for me. Right now I am seeking guidance and direction to ensure I’m going where God wants me. Please join me as I pray for guidance and direction for my life and the possibility of Community Church.
In Christ, Pastor Bryan