VAN LOOMIS (Pastor, Teaching Elder) grew up near Mobile, AL. In 1988, he joined the U.S. Navy where he served 10 years in the Intelligence field at locations such as the National Security Agency (NSA). Though he attended a gospel-preaching church all his life, Van came to know the Lord as his Savior in 1990 at the age of 20 and was baptized in the Pacific Ocean while stationed on the island of Guam. Van is married to April Loomis and together they have three children, Krystina, Jenna, and Christian, and two grandchildren, Lucas and Lawson. Van has attended Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (B.A., Biblical Studies) and the University of South Africa (M.Th., Systematic Theology) and pastored churches in Conway, SC, and Citronelle, AL. He has been the pastor of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church since 2005.
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RICK KOENIG (Ruling Elder) was born in Vincennes, Indiana. Growing up in a farming community gave him an appreciation for a strong work ethic. He was baptized at the age of 14, but does not now consider that a true conversion experience. He attended Vincennes University and Indiana State University, interrupting his studies to serve in the U.S. Navy for four years. His primary responsibility was navigation but also trained as a salvage diver. Most of his professional career has been involved in computer technology at various levels. He is currently on the technical sales team for a Yorktown systems manufacturing company. Over the years, he has been a member of several churches including Baptist, Reformed Church In America (deacon and briefly as elder), Christian (Disciples of Christ), and United Methodist, where he was chaplain of the Men's Group and a Certified Lay Speaker. He also served as a Stephen Minister for two years. God revealed the truth of the Doctrines of Grace to him largely through the preaching and teaching of John MacArthur, Steve Lawson, and others. Searching for sound exegetical and gospel-centered preaching, he is confident that the Holy Spirit led him to RGBC. He feels there is a strong need for Christians to develop their spiritual discernment skills to distinguish, as Spurgeon put it, “truth from almost–truth”. He is grateful for the opportunity to support and encourage this group of saints at Redeeming Grace. Rick and Gloria have been married since 2012 and live in Gloucester with three dogs and a cat.
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MICHAEL CALLIS (Deacon) was born in 1965 and is a life-long resident of Mathews County. He grew up attending Gwynn's Island Baptist Church and was greatly influenced by one of his youth teachers, Ron Watkins, who stressed the necessity of the new birth in Christ and repentance and faith in Him alone. Michael believes the Lord saved him at age 28, and he later served as a deacon at GIBC. In 2000, he was part of a group which founded Redeeming Grace Baptist Church, where he previously served as an elder. He married Vickie in 1986 and they have two sons; Jake, who is married to Katie Jo, and Joseph, who is also a member of RGBC. Michael grew up working as a waterman, and since 1989 has worked as a pilot boat captain with the Virginia Pilot Association.
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DUSTY DOWDY (Deacon) has been a member of Redeeming Grace since 2009, and took on duties heading the music ministry shortly thereafter. He trusted his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age, and for many years was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church under the care of Pastor Sparky Pritchard. He has taken his music ministry to numerous churches throughout Virginia and Illinois. Dusty has served as principal saxophonist of the Richmond Symphony since 1993 and holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Northwestern University. He served on the faculties of both of his almae matres as well as those of Trinity International University and the College of William and Mary. In addition to being a prizewinner in the North American Saxophone Alliance Young Artists Competition, Dr. Dowdy has multiple recordings on the AURec label. He works in Richmond for his family’s bottled water business and is married to Dawn Hill Dowdy. Together, they have four children: Davis, Dillon, Daphne and Dawson.
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L. ROANE HUNT (Deacon) serves as a deacon and church treasurer. He participates in the teacher rotation for the Men’s Class in Sunday School. Roane is a life-long resident of Tidewater Virginia and attended high school in York County. He is married to Phyllis and they recently celebrated their fifty-ninth anniversary. For the past thirty-five years they have lived in Gloucester County. They have four daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and eleven great-grandchildren. He retired in 1994 from the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA). Roane and Phyllis were founding members of RGBC in 2000.
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JOHN JOHNSON (Deacon) was born in Richmond, VA in 1952. He grew up in Highland Springs, VA with one brother, Bill. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 and completed his major in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University in 1976. He married his wife Cathy H. Johnson of 43 years in 1973. He has one daughter, Shanna, and two grand daughters, Kathryn and Savanna. He worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation, an engineering/survey company, and a couple of leading land construction companies in the Richmond, VA, area as an estimator and project manager. He and his wife were baptized and became members of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in 2011. John was ordained a Deacon in 2016.
HAROLD WOOD (Deacon) was born in Chesterfield County in 1940. While attending VA Tech, God used Dr. Henry Morris, the founder of the Institute for Creation Research, as Harold’s Sunday School teacher along with the teaching of Genesis 1 to show Harold the gospel and bring him savingly to Christ. Harold placed his faith in Christ in his second year at VA Tech. In his senior year, he was appointed Chaplain for the ROTC. Upon graduation with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Harold went into the Army as a 1st Lieutenant and left the service as a Captain in 1965. From there, he worked ten years for General Electric in Lynchburg, VA, and Erie, Penn. He then worked another ten years for DuPont in Nashville, TN, Richmond, VA, Europe, and Ireland. When Harold retired, his wife, Barbara, and he, along with their youngest son, went to work in Moscow, Russia in the mid 1990’s for 3 years. It was there where they helped start an orphanage and regularly distributed Bibles in hospitals, youth detention centers, schools, and the Moscow Prison. Harold began his deacon ministry in 1975 at Bluegrass Baptist Church in Nashville, TN. He has since served as a deacon in four Baptist churches and an elder in two churches. Harold sees his office of deacon as an avenue to serve those in the church in any way that may be of help to them. Harold has three children, seventeen grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.