Leadership

Pastors & Staff

Josh Hayden

Senior Pastor

Josh loves helping people to discover the hope God has for each of our lives. He studied leadership and organizational change while writing Creative Destruction: Towards a Theology of Institutions to receive his Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School. He's the author of Sacred Hope, a book designed to foster conversation about the role of hope in our lives. Josh also studied at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies (M.Div) and James Madison University  (B.A. English). Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for: Fresh Expressions US, Mission Possible and Uptick. He also helps lead a re-missioning movement with established churches through the V3 Movement. Josh is married to Shéy and enjoys exploring the world with his two boys  and dog Izzie. He also loves to read, run, and coach soccer.

Tom Lynch

Pastor of Missions and Discipleship Strategies

Tom Lynch lives in Ashland, VA with his wife and two children. He is passionate about sharing Jesus with youth and families so that they might experience the wholeness Christ intended in their lives. He holds a master of divinity from the John Leland Center and a Master of Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University where he also teaches social justice as adjunct faculty. In addition, he was awarded a bachelor’s in communication from Michigan State University in 2000. Go Green! Go White! He remains active in the community volunteering as the faith community mobilizer for the Richmond Justice Initiative, an anti-human trafficking non-profit. Tom has been published in journals and various periodicals.

Lisa Reckley

Director of Administrative Operations

Lisa is a native of Pennsylvania and attended the University of Pittsburgh to receive a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She then went on to pursue a career in Software Quality Assurance and Network Engineering while co-owning a fitness facility.  After working ten years in the engineering field, Lisa felt led to get more connected to God and grow spiritually.  She moved to Montpelier, VA in 2005 when she joined us on staff at First Baptist.  For over 15 years, she has served in various administrative roles and currently serves as the Director of Administrative Operations.  Lisa and her husband Steve have three children.  She enjoys spending time outdoors, gathering with her family and watching football. Go Steelers!

Rachel Pierce

Pastor of Worship

Rachel is a lover of flip flops, a singer/songwriter and worship leader originally from Wytheville, Virginia. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Radford University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Theology with a concentration in Worship & the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rachel is passionate about discipling leaders and inspiring artists to live into their true calling. You will find her sharing her gifts and talents at churches, conferences, special events and anywhere she can sing or whistle a tune. Her passions for music were inspired by her parents and the simple life of having been raised in southwest Virginia. She shares her home in Hanover Virginia, with her husband Joe, two boys and daughter. Rachel and Joe enjoy traveling, meeting new people and trying new cuisine.

Ross Wright

Assistant Pastor of Worship

A creator at heart, Ross has been writing songs since his early teens. He’s been a part of various worship teams, bands, recording projects, and songwriting groups. In vocational ministry, Ross has served as a worship pastor, teaching pastor, and arts director.
He and his wife, Amanda, call Richmond home (Ross is originally from Goldsboro, North Carolina) along with their three kids Henry, Silas and Eleanor. Ross’s full time job is at Crest Foodservice Equipment, where he works in K-12 sales, helping schools equip their kitchen needs. When he’s not on the clock, Ross can usually be found writing and recording music, collaborating with other artists, playing with bands, and playing board games and video games with his family.

Laura Ross

Pastor of Children

In 1993, Laura graduated Magna Cum Laude from Trinity Episcopal School  where she was named “Female Scholar Athlete” by the Richmond Times Dispatch.  She graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in French in 1997. She was named as an "Outstanding Young Woman of America” in the same year.  She played soccer from kindergarten to college. After college she coached youth soccer.  Laura taught math and science in elementary and middle school for five years. Laura and her husband Jason have two children, Gracyn and Coral. In the Ross household, sports are paramount. Laura can be found either watching Gracyn under the Friday night lights or on the side of the basketball court watching Coral play.  Laura strives to be a positive role model for her children in every aspect of life. She is a sentimental individual and appreciates tradition and family memories.  Laura takes pleasure in vintage decor and organization.  She has been involved at First Baptist Church as a youth intern and volunteer since 1994.

Jeremiah Hurst

Director of Youth

Jeremiah loves to help disciple young people to walk with Jesus in their everyday life. From working as a venturer and missionary in Norway, leading worship, and most recently serving as a Transformational Leadership Resident before coming on staff with us as the Youth Director, Jeremiah loves to connect his faith and work. Jeremiah is a Masters of Divinity student at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies and a graduate of VCU in Music with a Concentration in Guitar Performance. Journeying with his wife and best friend, Allison, is never boring. On a day off you would find him hiking with his daughter Zoe and learning how to play basketball with his son Booker.

Todd Smith

Pastor of Senior Life

Todd is from the great state of Kentucky. Go wildcats! He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Union University and went on to get a Masters of Divinity from Southern Seminary. Todd has served in churches for over 30 years. He has worked with students, seniors, internationals, as a church consultant, and interim pastor. Todd is married to his college sweetheart, Jan. They have one son, Zachary, who is the joy of their lives. Todd is passionate about seeing lives changed by God and loves walking through life alongside people.