Staff

  • Lance King - Pastor  email

    Lance joined the Chestnut Grove community in 2006 after serving a sister congregation for a decade. He is a graduate of the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and Colorado State University. He treasures centering prayer, marriage to Tonya, and all possible adventures with their two adult children. 

    Lance is engaged in a smattering of diverse undertakings; from Lectio Divina to circuit training, bow hunting to adventure biking, and Bowen Family Systems Theory to ecclesiological pondering over a large cup of coffee. Lance thinks our cultural moment is ripe for a new spiritual vitality to be experienced in post-pandemic  community.  

      

  • Zac Cannon - Associate Pastor of Formation & Fruitfulnessemail

    Pastor Zac, his wife, Jess, their two kiddos, and a couple of very spoiled dogs have been a part of Chestnut Grove since the summer of 2017. Zac celebrates curiosity, humor, openness, and possibility, endeavoring to create space for each in his ministry roles. His interests include continued learning, physical fitness, and writing. He holds a BFA in Film & Video Production, a Master of Theological Studies (Preaching & Pastoral Care emphasis), and a Certification in Spiritual Direction and Social Transformation.

  • Tom Conlon - Artist-In-Residence / Associate Pastor of Worship email

     

    Tom, a seasoned singer-songwriter with three decades of experience, has traversed the nation, leaving an indelible mark with his distinctive blend of music and spoken-word performances. Over the years, he has not only showcased his artistic prowess but has also played a pivotal role as a mentor to aspiring artists and a catalyst in assisting churches to cultivate teams of skilled musicians.

    Tom's journey reflects a commitment to exploring the profound connections between faith and art, emphasizing the transformative power of songs steeped in the rich tapestry of spiritual community. His enduring passion for music and mentorship has not only defined his career but has also contributed significantly to the artistic and spiritual landscapes he has touched. Tom stands as a testament to the enduring impact that thoughtful, spiritually-infused art can have on individuals and communities alike. 

  • Brittany Mullinex -  Minister OF Children's Worship and Family outreach  email

    Brittany has been active in the life of the Chestnut Grove community since the age of 18 months old. CGBC is where her faith journey has been nurtured by many special people in an environment where she states she could question and grow her own faith story. 

    Her life’s calling since an early age has been to work with children. Brittany is passionate about accessible education for every child and currently serves as a Reading Specialist at Agnor-Hurt Elementary School. Before this, she taught single and multi-age classrooms for kids ages Kindergarten-2nd grade. 

    She has been committed and faithful to God and this church through serving in many volunteer roles, especially with the children and nursery. Brittany brings a deep love for CGBC kids, an upbeat and vibrant personality that contributes to the welcoming atmosphere that defines Chestnut Grove.

    She and her husband Deven are the proud parents of three delightful children. These kids bring laughter, adventures, smiles, and family joy in their home and in the life of CGBC. For those seeking more information about the dynamic Children's Ministry at Chestnut Grove, Brittany invites you to explore the children's page, where the heartwarming spirit of community and growth unfolds. 

  • Amy Gaertner - Minister of Children's Formation and Multi-generational Connection email

    Amy is a devoted wife to John and loving mom to Gabby and Alex.  She has been a second or third grade teacher at Broadus Wood Elementary School for 31 years. It brings her great joy to be teaching the children of former students and to have former students as her colleagues today.

    Amy’s family began attending CGBC 15 years ago to find a church and youth group closer to home. Amy has served a deacon, a member of a youth pastor search team, and on the church finance committee. Amy enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling. She delights in planning new lessons, events, and experiences that bring people together to experience God’s love and the blessings of being part of a community.  

    Amy holds an undergraduate degree in fashion merchandising and a minor in psychology from Radford University. She has a master’s degree in early childhood education from James Madison University. She has served as the past vice-president and president of the Albemarle Education Association, and she continues to advocate for public school educators and students.  She is excited to be part of the children’s ministry team this year. She encourages you to visit the children’s page to learn more about where the spirit is fostering and encouraging growth in the youngest members of our church family.

  • wendy brooks - ADMINiSTRATIVE AND COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT email

    Wendy joined the team in February 2023, bringing a wealth of professional experience infused with unwavering faith and a heartwarming spirit. Outside work, she finds solace in books and uplifting music.

    Summer sees Wendy at Virginia Beach, embracing the coastal serenity, while winter draws her to a cherished "war room" for family moments. Wendy's commitment weaves a harmonious blend of dedication, faith, and a love for service, creating a beautiful melody of life's moments.

  • SHane Jackson- Custodian

    Shane joined the team in 2017, he enjoys taking care of the building on a nightly basis. You will catch him with a big smile on his face. He loves meeting new folks that come through the building, so if you hear a noise or 2, stop by and say hey. Outside of work, Shane doesn't have much free time as he does custodian service for another building. When he has time he loves spending time with his daughter "Shay" and his mother "Elaine". Shane is also a huge fan of the Philadelphia Eagles. Shane's main goal at Chestnut Grove is to have folks come in and have a safe clean environment every visit.   

  • Sara albrecht- preschool director

    Sara joined the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church staff as the Preschool Director in August 2022. She is a Pennsylvania native, graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Human Development and Families Studies. She has worked professionally in a preschool setting since 2004. She enjoys making connections with community members, and fulfilling the ministry of the church with an academically enriched, faith based preschool program.

    Outside of work, Sara continues to spread fruitfulness through her community by volunteering at her church, running various school events, and being an active officer of the PTO. Sara is the loving mom of two daughters  who keep her very busy with all their various seasonal sports, including running, softball and skiing (to name a few). In the off-chance Sara has a spare moment you’ll catch her roller skating, tending to her garden or thrift shopping.