Chris BittermanPreaching & Leadership Pastor
We do not get to choose the family we are born into; that’s God’s prerogative. In His wisdom God placed me seventh out of eight children in a family touched by difficulty. As a Bible translator, my oldest brother was martyred when I was eighteen years old. As often happens in Christian circles, we were drawn into the limelight and heralded as an amazing family—in reality we were not very Christ-like and thos... (Read more)
Kirk BlankenshipDiscipleship & Family Pastor
I am the son of a primitive Baptist father and a Methodist mother, so I guess becoming a Presbyterian was somewhat of a compromise with my roots. I met my wife while attending Mary Washington College, and we were married in 1998. Though I was an environmental science major in college, I worked for a lumber yard after graduation because I couldn’t resist the irony. I had felt the pull toward pastoral ministry whi... (Read more)
He is the healing balm for the weary and the broken, the fulcrum of history, and the center of everything. Because He died for the sins of His people, we can escape the punishment we deserve. Because he rose from the grave, we can have power to overcome the darkness we each must face daily, both within our own soul as well as in the world around us. He is the joy in our pain, the wisdom for our foolishness, and the reason why we exist.