CBC Staff

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.David at Central Baptist Church in Richmond, VA

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

Nelson at Central Baptist Church in Richmond, VAThe 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.

Reach Nelson via e-mail.

Nathan Taylor, Associate Pastor for Christian Formation & Children

B.S., Asbury College; M. Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

The Rev. Nathan Taylor joined Central in 2007.  His key areas of focus are spiritual formation/discipleship/Christian education across the whole congregation (all ages) and ministry with children. He serves as staff liaison for Sunday school, CBC Preschool, senior adult ministries, the CBC Endowment Board, stewardship, the leadership committee and constitution and by-laws.

Reach Nathan via e-mail.

Abigail Pratt, Associate Pastor for Youth & Mission

B. A., William Jewell College; M. Div., Wake Forest School of Divinity

IMG_2601sThe Rev. Abigail Pratt joined us in 2014. She provides leadership for youth ministry and missional engagement in the community and world. Abby serves as our staff leader for all facets of youth ministry, as well our many mission initiatives and relationships, including Broken Loaves Food Pantry, Providence Elementary Partnership, Meals on Wheels, CCHASM Thanksgiving, MDBA Christmas store, Impact Virginia, and many more. She also helps lead our communications efforts.

Reach Abby via e-mail.

Dorinda Wegener, Administrative Assistant

B.A., Notre Dame College; M.F.A., New England College

Central welcomed Dorinda in 2015.  She serves as the point person for day-to-day office operations (including bulletins, RSVP lists, the calendar, facilities requests, and maintaining church attendance, membership records, and cemetery information).

Reach Dorinda at (804) 794-8055 or via e-mail.

Nicole Averette, Church Financial Assistant

Nicole at Central Baptist Church in Richmond, VANicole 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.

Allison Herting, Assistant Director, Central Baptist Preschool

B.A., Longwood University

Allison Herting serves as assistant director for our weekday preschool. She provides masterful support through her administrative work, knowledge of education, and welcoming presence for both new and continuing children and their families.

Reach Allison at (804) 794-4652 or via e-mail.

Robbie Jones, Seminarian/Children’s Ministry Assistant

B.A., M.T., University of Virginia

Robbie Jones serves as our children’s ministry assistant, and is in her final year of M. Div. studies at Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Already a gifted elementary school teacher prior to pursuing seminary, Robbie shares her gifts widely throughout our children’s ministry, and is expanding her experiences this year to include older adults and pastoral care.














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