David Turner, Senior Pastor
B. A., M. A., University of Alabama; M. S., Florida State University; M. Div., McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University; D. Min., Wesley Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. David Turner has served Central as Senior Pastor since March 2005. Prior to his call as Senior Pastor, David served Central as Associate Pastor/Administrator. He came to Central from First Baptist Church of Griffin, Georgia, having previously served in hospital chaplaincy, and at churches in Georgia. He is married to the Rev. Christy Haga Turner, a United Methodist pastor and, together, they have two sons.
Currently, Dr. Turner serves on the Board of Directors for Baptists Today magazine and is a past moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBFVA). His interests include Christian education, reading, history, current events, baseball, and college football.
Reach David via e-mail.
Nelson Taylor, Associate Pastor of Music
B. S., Virginia Tech; M. Div. in Church Music, Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond
The Rev. Nelson Taylor serves as Associate Pastor of Music. Originally from Charlottesville, he spent 25 years in the insurance business and served in several church music and youth ministries before being called into full-time ministry. He directs the sanctuary choir, children’s choirs, and coordinates all matters pertaining to music and, together with the pastor and other staff, artfully crafts the order of worship. Nelson is the staff liaison for the finance, transportation, premises and music committees.
Abigail Pratt, Associate Pastor for Families & Mission
B. A., William Jewell College; M. Div., Wake Forest School of Divinity
The Rev. Abigail Pratt joined us in 2014. She provides leadership for children and youth ministry an
dmissional engagement in the community and world. Abby serves as ourstaff leader for children, youth, and college ministry, as well our many mission initiatives and relationships, including Broken Loaves Food Pantry, Providence Elementary Partnership, CCHASM Thanksgiving, MDBA Christmas store, Impact Virginia, and many more. She also helps lead our communications efforts.
Reach Abby via e-mail.
Nicole Averette, Church Financial Assistant
Nicole is the point person for church finances and giving records, as well as wedding information. She also produces the monthly newsletter and weekly on-site media. She is married to Steve and they have two children.
Reach Nicole at (804) 794-8055 or via e-mail.
Patti Lopez, Director, Central Baptist Preschool
B.A., Drew University; M.S.W., Rutgers University
Patti Lopez serves as director of our weekday preschool. As a long-time classroom teacher, “Ms. Patti” brings to her role many years of experience in education, administration, counseling and child development. She exudes a warm and encouraging presence for our children, as they learn through play in preparation for elementary school. For more, visit: centralbaptistpreschool.org.
Reach Patti at (804) 794-4652 or via e-mail.