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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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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