An Update From The Elders

Hi First Family,

What a wonderful Holy Week we shared together! Our Lord is to be praised above all! Following are a few ministry items we want to share with you to keep you informed and also to ask that you pray for as we journey together as the body of Christ at FBCW.

· The Senior Pastor Search Team has been formed and the members are: Hope Cajayon, Angie Clark, Kellie Dunlap, Ephrem Feleke, Mike Kuhns (co-chair), Jeff MacDonald, and Pastor Jeff Meyer (co-chair). Please pray that we yield to God’s wisdom and timing as we embark on this journey of searching for a Senior Pastor.

· Vanderbloemen Search Group will be partnering with our Senior Pastor Search Team to find the right Senior Pastor for the First Family. Vanderbloemen is a Christian search firm we have partnered with in the past with great success (i.e., our former Senior Pastor and our current Executive Pastor).

· Our next sermon series is a study through Philippians entitled ONE: Church, Mind, Mission. Join the elders and pastoral staff as we all have the joy of welcoming Brian Autry, Anthony Caldwell and Chaplain Daniel Garnett for our new series from the book of Philippians.

o Brian Autry [add picture], the Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia, will serve as our interim preacher. He is looking forward to being part of FBCW and has stated that “First Baptist Woodbridge is such a strategic church for the gospel in northern Virginia.”

Beginning Sunday, May 1, he will share God’s Word with us for many of the Sundays in this period of searching for a Senior Pastor.

Brian led a men’s conference for FBCW a few years ago called Surge which Pastor Erik coordinated. Brian was well received. Our former Senior Pastor speaks highly of him.

You can find out more about Brian on

o Anthony Caldwell [add picture] was our DNOW weekend preacher on March 7 and was well received by the FBCW family. He serves as the founder and lead mentor for pastors at Next Level Pastor.

o Chaplain Daniel Garnett [add picture] and his family have been attending FBCW since January 2022 are finishing their next steps for membership. Daniel currently serves as the Staff Chaplain for the Defense Health Agency, which is a joint, integrated Combat Support Agency that enables the Army, Navy, and Air Force medical services.

· Our Philippians preaching schedule:

o May 1: Brian Autry (also observance of Lord’s Supper)

o May 8: Anthony Caldwell (also Parent/Child Commissioning)

o May 15: Anthony Caldwell (also Graduate Commissioning)

o May 22: Brian Autry

o May 29: Chaplain Daniel Garnett from FBCW

o June 5: Brian Autry

o June 12: Pastor Erik

o June 19: Pastor Andrew

First Family, thank you for your continued prayers, love, encouragement and patience as we remain in this journey of transition. God’s got this!

Elders and Staff

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