Dr. Thomas R. (Tommy) McDearis
Known by many as "Tommy," Dr. McDearis is a loyal husband, father, minister and friend who has served as BBC's senior pastor since 1997. Most know him for his caring and gregarious personality, as well as his passionate faith, jovial sense of humor, commitment to personal outreach and his community, and commitment to social and denominational activism. A dynamic communicator, Dr. McDearis presents positive, biblically-based messages through scriptural exposition and storytelling. In addition to his interpersonal ministry style, he also holds multiple academic degrees, including an earned doctorate in pastoral ministry and applied theology, while also receiving training in clinical pastoral counseling from Southeastern Seminary and from the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center School of Clinical Pastoral Education in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Dr. McDearis is married to his college sweetheart, Susan Harris McDearis, who has been the love of his life since 1979. Susan works as a special needs instructor for the Montgomery County School System. She and Tommy have three adult children – Brandon, Eric and Kathryn, whom they cherish and adore.
Rev. Todd Millsaps
Rev. Todd Millsaps serves next to Dr. Tommy McDearis in leadership at BBC. Prior to joining the BBC team, he served as senior pastor of Spray Baptist Church in Eden, North Carolina, where he led his church in an amazing time of renewal, transformation and growth. Prior to his service in North Carolina, Rev. Millsaps served congregations in Virginia, including a time as the senior pastor of the Pearisburg Baptist Church in nearby Pearisburg, Virginia. He is a dynamic communicator with a talent for biblical exposition. Thus, he also serves as another of BBC's teaching pastors. A native of Radford, Virginia, he attended Radford University, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in clinical counseling. After serving as a counselor and in adjunctive professorships at New River Community College and Radford University for a decade, Rev. Millsaps answered a call to ministry. This call led him to attend the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, where he earned his master of divinity degree. He possesses a warm and welcoming personality, plus a strong intellect. He is an innovative and creative leader, who is also blessed with a pastor's heart, so his success in service to Christ comes as no surprise. He is married to Diana Millsaps, whom he met in the singles ministry at First Baptist Church in Richmond. They have two sons – Christian and Elijah.
Rev. Sara Hubble
Minister to Students
Rev. Sara Hubble joined the BBC team as the minister to students in the summer of 2017. She is passionate about building strong communities of disciples who desire to be the presence of Christ in their neighborhoods. A native of the Richmond, Virginia area, she fell in love with the mountains while attending missions camp as a child. She received her master of divinity degree, with a concentration in biblical interpretation from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in May of 2017 and holds a bachelor's degree in Christian studies from Bluefield College. She loves God and people, but also considers her dog, Toby, and copious amounts of coffee essential to abundant life. She enjoys traveling to experience new cultures and to witness God's work in other parts of the world, and stands excited to participate in God's kingdom work alongside BBC's youth and students.
Charlotte Smith is a licensed minister who serves as BBC's minister of music and worship. Prior to joining the BBC team, she served for 24 years as a public school music teacher at Christiansburg High School in Christiansburg, Virginia, and she served 19 years as minister of music at Main Street Baptist Church in Christiansburg. She received her bachelor's degree in music from Radford University. A career musician and a lifelong Christian, Charlotte has a statewide reputation for excellence in music education and music ministry. Her husband, Steve, works in the Montgomery County Public Schools system. They have two adult children, Emily and Ben, as well as a wonderful daughter-in-law, Ellie, and wonderful son-in-law, Jon.
Family Life Minister (Interim)
Phyllis Rettig serves as our Office Administrator. She considers this her "grown up" job after teaching mostly kindergarten in the public schools for 39 years. She grew up in Julian, NC and attended UNCC and ASU. While living in Winston-Salem, Phyllis met her husband, Dave, in the Singles Sunday School class at Ardmore Baptist Church. They have two adult children, Dustin and Eva. She and Dave have been members of BBC since 1997 when they moved to Blacksburg from Farmville, VA.
Building & Grounds Supervisor
Nelson Vest has been the custodian and overseen the grounds maintenance of BBC since 2010 and greatly enjoys being part of the BBC team. He and his wife of 25 years, Diana, are the proud grandparents to three wonderful grandchildren. When not at BBC, he can be found in the woods hunting, outside mowing, or fixing his old truck ... really, anything that keeps him outdoors!
Financial Administrator/Music Assistant
Sheryl Spencer serves as BBC's financial assistant, recording contributions and paying expenditures. She also serves as music assistant, filling choir folders with music, organizing the music library, keeping the choir room straight, and doing a litany of other things. Sheryl assists as the church's Visual Artist and set designer for our Wednesday night "Refresh" services. To be able to help people "see the Word of God" come alive, has become her passion! She feels blessed and honored to be a part of the ministry at BBC.
Katie Beth Criswell
Family & Children's Ministry Intern
Katie Beth Criswell originally hails from Franklin outside of Nashville, Tennessee. She came to know the Lord at the age of 10 and fell in love with His word by the age of 13. She attended college in Johnson City, Tennessee and moved to Blacksburg to be closer to the mountains. In addition to her internship, she works as a dental hygienist for a periodontist in Roanoke, Virginia. Katie Beth has been around children all her life and is very excited to be working with BBC kids. She loves writing letters and musicals, and spending time with friends.
Student Ministry Intern
Rebecca Wheeler is originally from Wytheville, Virginia and moved here to serve as the college ministry intern. She loves all people and is passionate about ministry and building relationships with those she meets. She is excited for all the new things that God is doing in her own life at BBC, as well as the ministry teams in which she is involved. She enjoys being outside, grabbing coffee with friends, and reading. If you see her at church, she is probably going to want to hug you – so prepare yourself!
Zeren (Franklin) Sheng
Franklin Sheng is an international student from China who went to a small private Christian school in Bellevue, Washington for three years. He plans to graduate from Virginia Tech with degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry – if God doesn't have other plans for him. As an intern, he is in charge of securing BBC nightly and running slides on Sunday mornings, and he also works with the youth ministry. He likes goofing around whenever he gets chance. He loves hanging out with friends, throwing Frisbee, catching football, playing chess, and he especially loves meeting new people and making friends.
Senior Adult Intern
Sara Amos grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and graduated from Virginia Tech in 2017. She stayed in Blacksburg to pursue a master's in therapeutic recreation and hopes to work with older adults with memory impairments in the future. Her passion for loving on older adults stems from her close relationship with her Nan growing up. She constantly seeks to learn from those around her and grow in her understanding of God's love for his people. She loves crafting, listening to music, enjoying nature, and sharing meals with people.