Justin was born and raised in West Virginia. He came to faith in Christ when he was 21 and answered the call to preach at age 22. Justin went to a Bible College in Tennessee to prepare for ministry and while he was there he met his wife Melissa, who is originally from Oklahoma. After graduation and an internship at a church in Kentucky, Justin and Melissa moved to Glenwood Springs, Colorado to plant a church. Justin served as the pastor of that church for 11 years and during that time God blessed him and his wife with three sons, Jack, Wyatt, & Cooper. In the summer of 2013, Justin resigned from his pastorate in Colorado to move back East in order to help care for his mother whose health was beginning to fail. On June 1, 2014, Justin accepted the call to become the pastor of the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church in Atkins, VA, where he currently serves.
Brian was born and raised in Southwest Virginia. He was called to the ministry at the age of 17, and he entered full-time ministry in 1998. Along with his wife Keela, who was his own youth director's daughter, Brian, a gifted musician, has traveled extensively singing, playing, speaking, and reaching out to students. He has served as youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church and West Main Baptist Church. Brian also served as Founder and President of Youth Blast Ministries, Inc. Additionally, he was blessed to travel to Peru and minister in the jungle as well as schools and orphanages. God directed his path toward home in 2019, when he was called to be the Youth Pastor at Cedar Bluff. Brian and Keela have two children, a son Spenser and daughter Bly, a lovely daughter-in-law Ali, and a grandson Everett.
Chris was raised in Berryville, VA. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps where just prior to his first duty station, the seed of the Gospel was planted. Unfortunately, during that pivotal moment he chose death over life, and publicly proclaimed there was no room for Christ in the life of a United States Marine. Thankfully, that denial would come back to haunt him nine years later, and through God’s Word and a series of life changing events, he received eternal life in Jesus Christ. Shortly after receiving salvation, Chris married his wife, Patti, and over the next decade God blessed them with three wonderful children, Cailey, Joshua, and Hannah. In 2008, God called Chris to Bible College where he obtained a Bachelor's degree in Pastoral Studies. Answering the call to full time ministry, Chris served as the pastor of a small church on the island of Oahu, HI. After a diagnosis of moderate to severe skin cancer, along with the need to care for aging parents, Chris resigned his position as senior pastor in the summer of 2016 and relocated to Southwest, Virginia where he currently serves as the visitation pastor for Cedar Bluff Baptist Churc.
Born and raised in Glade Spring in Southwest Virginia, Brad began serving the Lord through church choir leadership in 2019 when he accepted the role of Choir Director at Cedar Bluff. He studied Music Education at East Tennessee State University, where he graduated Cum Laude in 2011. After spending a year teaching in Sullivan County, Tennessee, Brad returned home and has been a public school music teacher and choir director in Washington County, Virginia since 2012. He is currently the Choir Director at Patrick Henry High School and Glade Spring Middle School. He is active in the local choral music community, having been a founding member of the Appalachian Men's Ensemble and a current member of the Emory & Henry College Community Choir, and has had the opportunity to sing with choirs in many wonderful places over the years, including in the world-famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Brad married his incredible wife Paula in 2018, and they live and work on their family farm in Glade Spring with their four lovely children: Lily, Nolan, Luci, and Rome.
Leigh Ann Adams serves as the church secretary. She has been a member of Cedar Bluff for 25 years and is an active member of the music ministry. Leigh Ann has faithfully worked in VBS, taught Sunday School and lead in missions. Leigh Ann has a BS in Exercise Science from University of Tennessee (1998) and an MS in Education with a concentration in Health Promotion from VA Tech (2001). She has worked in higher education for the majority of career and enjoys helping students meet educational goals. Currently she is the Director of Upward Bound at Virginia Highlands Community College, managing the Phil Station campus food pantry. Leigh Ann is married to her husband, Vincent, and they have 3 daughters, Heidi, Harper and Hadley. The family lives on a farm in Atkins raising cattle. In her free time, Leigh Ann enjoys reading, writing, playing music, and being outside on their farm.
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