Reverend Mike Gray
Pastor Mike was born into a military family at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL. One of four children, he was saved out of his Dad sharing the meaning of John 3:16 with him at Sidi Slamane AFB in Morocco at the age of nine, and was later baptized in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
His schooling included graduating with his diploma from Lakewood H.S. in St. Petersburg, FL, completing his BA degree at Palm Beach Atlantic College in West Palm Beach, FL, and his MDIV from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. While in college, his ministry experience began as a summer Youth Minister Intern at 1st Baptist Sarasota, and he was ordained under the leadership of Dr. Jess Moody at First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach, FL.
Pastor Mike moved with his wife Cathy to Louisville, KY to begin seminary that also included a Pastoral Internship at St. Mathews Baptist Church and then a pastorate at Macedonia Baptist in Madison, Indiana. After seminary he pastored at Corinth Baptist in McQuady, KY, and National Gardens Baptist in Falls Church, VA, and came to Gloucester, VA with his wife and two daughters, Lara and Kristen, in October 1992 to begin his pastorate at Newington Baptist Church.
Pastor Mike has a strong desire to build up the local church through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, discipleship, and helping Christians discover, grow into, and live out their mission in Christ.
Pastor Mike is married to Cathy, and together enjoy their five grandchildren.
Contact Pastor Mike: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pastor Brian Burris
Pastor of Children, Youth, and Families
Pastor Brian was born in Ohio and lived most of his early life in Virginia Beach where he was saved in his late teens. After completing his undergraduate studies in Communications at Old Dominion University in 1994, he moved to Gloucester with his wife, Shannon, and he began attending Newington soon after. He earned his Master of Divinity from Liberty University in May 2014, and he was ordained as Pastor in June 2015.
Pastor Brian has a strong desire to build up the local church through the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 1:23). His goal in ministry can be summed up by Romans 1:16, his favorite verse in the Bible.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” ~Romans 1:16, ESV
He aims to saturate the church in the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that it affects every part of their lives. Without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, nothing else matters.
Pastor Brian is married to Shannon, and together they have a two children, Caitlyn and Chase.
Contact Pastor Brian: email@example.com
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