My name is Jim Drake and I am your Church Planting Catalyst Missionary for the Eastern Region of West Virginia. I am coming alongside you, your pastors, churches and associations to do three things—identify and develop people who are called by God to plant healthy churches, identify and develop places that are chosen by God to plant healthy churches, and identify and develop partners who are called by God to plant healthy churches. People, places and partners—all for the purpose of planting healthy churches that will cooperate with our existing churches to reach the over 190,000 unchurched people of Mercer, Raleigh, Fayette, Nicholas, Webster, Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers Counties.
Tony Inmon has served as a youth pastor, senior pastor, and church planter in various local churches in Mississippi and Virginia. He served as a Church Planting Strategist with the North American Mission Board and the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia from 2005 to 2009. He and his family followed God’s calling on their lives to serve as missionaries with the IMB in Uruguay for two years. Tony now serves as a Church Planting Catalyst for the Southwest Region of West Virginia.
Tony is married to Denita Inmon and they have a 10-year-old daughter, Taylor. Tony understands that God’s chosen instrument for carrying out His mission in this world is the local church. He also understands that starting new churches is the most effective method of evangelize and fulfill God’s mission to the ends of the earth. Therefore his hope for ministry in West Virginia is to walk alongside the local church to help them fulfill their God-given mission of reaching and discipling the lost in West Virginia and beyond.
I am James Smith, born in Huntsville, Alabama and have been serving in WVCSB for 11 years. My spouse’s name is Jerilyn and we have been married for 29 years. We have 3 adult children, Joshua, Jamie and Joy. We have served as a pastor, IMB missionary, DOM in Georgia and West Virginia. I am serving now as Church Planter Catalyst for the North Central region of West Virginia.
My responsibility is helping churches to start churches. I see my role as an encourager and visionary to help churches see places to start new churches, challenge people to start churches and to encourage them to resource new church plants. Also I am privileged to help churches in the region with evangelistic ministries as well. Please pray for the Lord of the harvest to raise up labors for this work.
Matt is a native of West Virginia. He is married to Chrissy Shamblin. He served churches in both Virginia and West Virginia, before he came to the position of the Director of Evangelism for the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. He is a graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree and is also graduate of Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Religion, a Master of Divinity, and a Master of Sacred Theology. He is currently a PhD student at Tennessee Temple University, where he is studying Leadership.
Dr. Gerry White has served as a church planter and as a Pastor since 1990. He first planted the Grace Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach, SC and later planted the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Hurricane, WV. He has served that church since 1992 (for over 21 years). Gerry has served as an instructor in college and university settings and has worked on the Governor’s Regional Substance Abuse Task Force. He is a certified Pastoral Sexual Addiction Specialist. He has written a textbook for use on the college campus and has served to lecture on a number of topics.
He holds a Bachelor’s, Masters and a PhD degree from Liberty University. He worked for Dr. Jerry Falwell for a number of years before leaving Liberty University to go start the church in South Carolina. Dr. White loves the people of West Virginia and looks forward to serving here with the staff in the state office. If he can be of help to you or your church, please call upon him.
Randy Spurgeon came to the State Music Directorís position on April 21st, 2008 after having served in local churches since 1976. He has served as pianist, youth director, minister of music, youth choir director, Awana leader, Awana Commander, Sunday school teacher, Adult Choir director, Deacon and Associate Pastor. From 1978 - 1998 his ministry was for the most part bivocational. From 1998 to 2008 he served full time as Associate Pastor for Westmoreland Baptist Church in Huntington, WV.
Randy is a graduate of Marshall University with a degree in music and has taken classes towards his Masters as well as Bible classes at the Tri State Bible College in Ohio. He has also served on various committees in the WV State convention. Randy is very excited about using what talents God has given to him and the experiences that he has learned over the years in ministry to serve and meet the needs in our convention.
Greg Wrigley was born in San Diego, California. He came to serve on the WVCSB staff as State Director of Missions in September, 2005. Prior to moving to West Virginia, he served as Director of Missions for the Black Creek Baptist Association, in Florida, for four years. Before that, he pastored the Orange Avenue Baptist Church in Green Cove Springs, FL, for nine years.
In 1977, he earned his Bachelors of Arts Degree from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia. He graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, in 1980, with a Master of Divinity Degree. He holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating in May,1986. His ministry project was training outreach leaders for the Sunday School.
He pastored and served a number of other churches while in and after college and seminary. He also served for four years as Religion Instructor and Campus Minister at Brewton Parker College, in Mt. Vernon, Georgia. He also served as an adjunct professor with The Baptist College of Florida and with New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Wrigley applied for the Director of Education/Newspaper Editor position when Dr. John Adams left that position for a church ministry in Florida. Wrigley was hired by the WVCSB Executive Board. He began the new task July 1, 2008.
He met and married Claudia Stephens, of Alpharetta, Georgia, while at Shorter. They have 2 daughters, Sarah and Stephanie. Sarah graduated from Marshall University with a teaching degree. Sarah is married to Stuart Jett. She is a teacher in Putnam County. Stephanie graduated from Marshall with a degree in marketing. She is working in Louisiana.
Wrigley’s hobbies include hunting, fishing, gardening, reading, and learning to play the banjo.
The Principle Ministry assigned to Wrigley is to work with churches and associations in developing Sunday School, Discipleship, and Men’s Ministry and Mission strategies for the local church.
His general areas of responsibility include [but are not limited to]:
His tasks include:
As all the WVCSB staff will do, assist any WVCSB local church or association with any need, if requested.
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Terry L. Harper came to the State Executive Director position on December 1, 2001 after having served for 17 years as the Senior Pastor of the Colonial Heights Baptist Church in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Before that time he served several churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He earned his AS degree in business from Bluefield College, the BA degree in psychology from Averett College and the Masters of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Rev. Harper has served as a trustee on the International Mission Board of the SBC and also on the Board of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served at the annual meeting on the tellers and credentials committees for the Southern Baptist Convention.
He was elected as vice-president and then president of the state convention of Virginia, the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia. Mr. Harper is excited about using what he has learned in nearly 30 years as a pastor to minister to the needs in our convention.