Meet our Leadership Team
 Rev. Jay Baines – Lead Pastor
 

 Pastor Baines was saved at the age of five and later attended Southeastern Free Will Baptist College in Virginia Beach, VA (presently located in Wendell, NC) where he earned a BA in Pastoral Theology/Bible.  He later continued his education at Liberty University and received a MAR in 2008.  He then completed his Master of Divinity from Liberty University in May of 2017. It was at Southeastern College that he met his wife, Annette.   They have been married over thirty years and have three children, Jonathan, Caleb, and Matthew.  Jonathan is married to Janie and lives in Nashville, TN. Caleb is married to Missy and lives in New Bern, NC.  Matthew is married to Maddie and also lives in New Bern, NC.  They have two grandchildren, Kenlee Marie and Rhett Parker and love being Papa and Mimi.

  Their hope and prayer for Great Bridge Church and Christian Academy, and in the Chesapeake, Great Bridge, and Greater Tidewater area, is to influence people to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and worship God in spirit and in truth.  It is their desire to both influence the local people and culture around them and have a global impact through various ministries of the church and Christian Academy.  They desire to show the love of Jesus Christ to those whom they have been given the privilege to influence by serving and meeting needs as opportunities arise.  You are invited to join us on this incredible journey and participate in the greatest ministry on earth…building the Kingdom of God.

 
 Rev. Justin Buschman – Executive/Student Pastor
 
   Pastor Justin has a huge heart for seeing young people serve the Lord and come to a saving knowledge of Christ. Currently, he teaches the youth on Sunday mornings and Wednesday nights and leads all the youth activities. As a native to the Hampton Roads area, he felt very privileged that the Lord allowed him to return here and serve Him. After high school, he studied at Pensacola Christian College where he met his wife, Amanda. Justin and Amanda have three precious girls: Savannah, Madison, and Victoria. They feel very blessed to be able to serve the Lord together at Great Bridge.
 
Debbie Barnes – Administrative Assistant
 
Having served in secretarial and office administration positions in churches and Christian colleges for the past thirty years, Debbie Barnes serves as the secretary for the pastor and church. Her goal is always to “serve the Lord with gladness” (Ps. 100:2), and to show that gladness to others. Debbie is married to Dr. Bruce Barnes, who serves as the promotional director for the Virginia Association of Free Will Baptists and the founder of Grace Mission.