Our Team

Andrew Garnett

Pastor

Andrew is our pastor, and he keeps all the balls of our church life in the air. He is married to Jessie, and they have two daughters. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in ancient history from Samford University and a Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University.

Andrew is interested in helping people experience genuine life transformation through Jesus, exploring diverse forms of worship and spirituality, supporting people in all stages of their faith development, and studying the Greco-Roman cultural context of early Christianity.

Andrew loves spending time with his family, traveling, visiting historical sites, and playing board games—and the more complicated the board game, the better!

Roy L. Belfield, Jr.

Minister of Music

Roy L. Belfield, Jr., a native of Petersburg, Virginia, began his undergraduate studies in music at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Master’s degrees in music education and organ performance from Florida State University in Tallahassee, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading, old movies, cooking, and spending time with his miniature schnauzer, Drysdale.

Roy says that is a pleasure to serve a church with such a regard for high quality music in worship. It is also a joy to plan music for our weekly worship services and to work with the talented members of the Music Ministry.

Aaron Whittington

Director of Youth

Aaron grew up at Hampton Baptist, and after an wide-ranging career and study at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond he is happy to be back! Aaron brings life, vitality, and creativity to our youth program, and to our general church life.

Darlene Scheepers

Administrative Assistant

Darlene is known for the smile on her face and the love of Jesus in her heart. She lives in Poquoson with her husband, Scott. They have two adult daughters, Molly and Mallory, a son-in-law, Matt, and a granddaughter, Olivia Scott. Darlene is well known by many in our community for the creation of PBA Workcamp while serving as a Youth Director at Emmaus Baptist Church. She continued for over 25 years as the Director of Workcamp as it provided home improvement help for those in need.

Darlene and her husband are members of Emmaus Baptist and serve in several areas, including the praise band. She enjoys all music, spending time with her family, binge watching TV with Scott, playing games, puzzles, and refurbishing anything.

Larry Jones

Facilities Technician

From cleaning to repair work, Larry keeps our building looking sharp. He does it with a smile, and a great sense of humor!

Maggie Davids

Nursery Caregiver

Maggie loves caring for our youngest members in the nursery…and our kids love her! Even our oldest children, who have long aged out of the nursery, love coming by to see “Mrs. Maggie.”

Chester Brown

Pastor Emeritus

Dr. Chester L. Brown served as our pastor from January 1962 through June 2001. He holds a Doctor of Ministry from Union Theological Seminary, with additional postgraduate work at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Brown and his wife, Mary Etta, live in Gloucester.