Meet our Leadership Team
 Rev. Jay Baines – Lead Pastor
 

   Pastor Jay was saved at the age of 5 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, and three grandchildren.

  Their hope and prayer for Great Bridge Church and Christian Academy, and the surrounding areas, is to influence people to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ and worship God in spirit and in truth.  It is their desire to influence the local people, the culture around them, and impact through various global ministries of the church and Christian Academy.  They desire to show the love of Jesus Christ by serving and meeting the needs of those who they have a privilege to serve.  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 Pastor
 
   As a native to the Hampton Roads area, Pastor Justin felt very privileged that the Lord allowed him to return to the area to serve in Him in this great community. 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.
    Pastor Justin began his ministry here at Great Bridge Church in 2014 and served as our Student Pastor during that time. In the Summer of 2019, he transitioned to the Executive Pastor role where he will be helping Pastor Jay oversee the ministry.  He will be overseeing many different aspects of the ministry to allow Pastor Jay to better lead the flock that the Lord has blessed us with.
 
Jeremy Huff – Student Pastor
 
Jeremy was saved at the age of 12 and graduated from a Christian school where he attended from K5-12th grade.  In May of 2017, he graduated from Southeastern Free Will Baptist College in Wendell, NC where he met his wife, Rebekah.  Jeremy and Rebekah were married in November of 2017. Jeremy serves as the student pastor at Great Bridge and is very thankful for the opportunity God has given to be a part of this ministry. Both Jeremy and Rebekah have a burden for young people in seeing them transformed more into the image of Christ. They both have a desire to serve the Chesapeake area to show the love of Christ and point others to Him.
Joseph Taylor – Children’s Pastor
Joseph was born and raised in Muncie, Indiana. He started attending church when he was 5 years old. After his senior year of high school, he dropped out of church for close to a year. On a Thursday night before a volleyball tournament at his church, he called his youth pastor because a song had convicted him of his need for Christ. That night Joseph gave his heart to Christ. Upon giving his heart to Christ he decided to attend Southeastern Free Will Baptist College where he met his wife, Christina! He surrendered his life to Christ, and answered the call to youth ministry! Christina and Joseph are excited to see how the Lord is going to use them for his work with youth here 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.