Church Council Nominee Bios and Vote

Learn about your Church Council nominees and submit your vote.

Vote by Sunday, November 22.

Consider the following Church Council nominees, and vote for three new council members on the online ballot below.

  • Vote no later than Sunday, November 22, 2020.
  • Only Bon Air Baptist Church members may vote.
  • Vote only once per church member. 
  • Results will be announced by Sunday, November 29, 2020.
  • Contact info@bonairbaptist.org with questions. 

Choose a nominee to learn more, scroll down the page for all nominee bios, or vote now.

Chip A. (3)

Chip Almarode, Buford Road Campus, 36-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Deacon
  • Clothes Closet Team
  • Participant in multiple SW Virginia mission trips
  • Mission trips to Belize, Dominican Republic, Trinidad, Canada, and Louisiana
  • Disaster Relief Team in North Carolina
  • Greeter on Sunday mornings and for funeral services

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

God has blessed me with the gift of servanthood. I feel God is offering me the opportunity to serve our church by giving of my time and energy on the Church Council. I feel blessed as a greeter as it is a very rewarding experience, and will continue in this ministry. I faithfully served my families when I was an active deacon, and I look forward to being a representative for all our church families. I am open to the new plan God has waiting for me and our church. 

Opportunities for BABC:

  • Assisting aging members
  • Assisting in all church ministries
  • Sunday School facilitators in all age group Bible studies
  • Helping our high school and college-age youth to become excited to learn and hungry for more of what God has waiting for them
  • Off-campus retreats for men, women, youth, and couples
  • Mission opportunities in construction, VBS, and disaster relief assistance

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Dennis Collins

Dennis Collins, Buford Road Campus, 34-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Deacon - Chairman
  • Family Needs Ministry Team Leader
  • Deacon Benevolence Fund Team
  • Worship Assistance Team
  • Small Jobs Ministry Team
  • Meals Ministry Team
  • Senior Pastor Search Teams for Travis Collins and Tom Stocks
  • Student Ministry Teacher
  • Ad Interim Team Member
  • Usher Team
  • Drama Team
  • Prison Ministry Team
  • Sunday School Outreach Team

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

I have been a member for 34 years and have tremendous respect and love for our church. My life has come full circle, and now I am the one who is responsible to help other families and couples that come to BABC. I am proud to serve God in this way and would be honored to share my experience and history on the council to make BABC the best it can be. To borrow a quote from our pastor, “I am all in at Bon Air Baptist Church” accurately reflects how I feel about my commitment. It would be an honor to serve on Church Council, and I would accept my responsibilities in humility as a God-called servant. I believe there are many qualified candidates for Church Council at BABC, and if I am selected, I will gladly serve to the best of my ability.

Opportunities for BABC:

BABC has been one of the most dynamic churches in the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). We have identified opportunities and implemented many changes that have allowed us to meet the needs and ever-changing trends in how people worship the true Jesus Christ. These changes have brought many seekers to accept Jesus as their Savior and changed their lives to follow him. BABC has developed mission churches, created nontraditional worship services, created multisite churches, and all the while continued our strong mission giving for the spreading of the love of Christ. In our present world of COVID and civil unrest, people are more than ever looking for something or someone that can give them hope, comfort, and peace in the chaos of our world. I believe BABC once again has a tremendous opportunity to help those who are seeking hope and comfort in a world of fear and unrest that the love of Christ will provide stability during this time of unrest. I will work with our church to find opportunities where we can bring the Light of the World through faith in Jesus Christ. 

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Roberts (2)

Roberts Doyle, Buford Road Campus, 10-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Safety Team Member
  • Upwards Basketball
  • Mission trips - Ghana, Romania, and domestic
  • Assistant Youth Sunday School Teacher
  • Assistant Children’s Missions (RAs) Leader

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

  • I have been at Bon Air Baptist for all of my life, and I believe that it is time for me to step up and help lead.
  • Helping to engage people in my age demographic in being more involved with the guidance of the church body.

Opportunities for BABC:

  • Growing the youth and young adult demographic at BABC.
  • Getting the BABC membership comfortable about coming back to church in-person after the pandemic is over.

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Eddie Gibson

Eddie Gibson, Buford Road Campus, 11-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Emerging Leaders
  • Personnel Team
  • Church Governance Team
  • Sanctuary Choir

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

I got interested in the governance of the church through a Bible study that my former Sunday School teacher, Steve Hutcherson, did. I then joined the Governance Study team that helped form the Church Council. Through these activities, I became greatly interested in how the church runs and the inner workings of the church. I feel called to this role to help continue to bridge the gap between the traditions we have at BABC and engaging younger people and families to continue our legacy. I have 4 kids that have been very active in church activities, so I want to be sure our church continues to thrive into the future.

Opportunities for BABC:

  • Successfully combining in-person and online services for members who are unable to attend in-person
  • Successfully appealing to the younger demographic
  • Continuing to increase the diversity of the congregation
  • Successfully recovering from the effects of the COVID shutdown

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Don Grivetti, Buford Road Campus, 10-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Youth Ministry Leader
  • Adult Sunday School Leader

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

Having a voice of moving the church forward, the world is changing and the church needs to be careful as it moves forward.  I feel it is my responsibility for the future of my son in the church family as he grows and someday attends with his family.

Opportunities for BABC:

  • Develop the college-age and young adult ministry
  • Continue and grow the BABC community outreach ministries
  • Develop a vibrant men’s ministry

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Will McCauley

Will McCauley, Buford Road Campus, 7-year member

Positions Past/Present:

  • Ghana Mission Team
  • Security Team
  • Welcome Team
  • Youth Sunday School
  • Village Campus Launch Team
  • Setup/Takedown Team at James River Campus

Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:

I have always felt called to serve others in my community. Growing up in Richmond, I served as a helper in the hospital, built houses for Habitat for Humanity, and delivered food in my 4 wheel drive during inclement weather for Meals on Wheels. Even now through my Director work in Senior care, I serve the staff and residents. Living out this service at church, I could help to guide Bon Air Baptist and uphold the mission and values of the church. I believe I could make the right decisions for our church as a whole. It is great to feel that I can make a difference in this role with the church council.

Opportunities for BABC:

The top opportunities for our church to focus on are the youth and young adults. We are challenged to grow our church through these groups, our next generations, and reaching our community.

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Vote Now for Church Council Nominees

  • Vote no later than Sunday, November 22, 2020.
  • Only Bon Air Baptist Church members may vote.
  • Vote only once per church member.
  • Results will be announced by Sunday, November 29, 2020.

Voting for Church Council is now closed.

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