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.

 
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.
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.