Brandon Hembree – Lead Pastor
Pastor Brandon was born and raised in Mississippi. He graduated from a small Christian college in Clinton, MS in 2007 with a degree in political science and communication. After spending a year in law school, he surrendered to God’s call to be a pastor. Brandon has served vocationally in ministry since he was 18 years old, in which he served as a youth minister. He moved to Northern VA to answer the call as a youth pastor in May 2009 at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas. After fulfilling many different roles throughout his time there as teaching pastor and providing leadership to many different ministries, he once again was challenged by The Lord and his local church to start a new church so that new people could be reached. On the same day, December 18, 2011, Brandon married his wife, Ellen, and they were commissioned to the mission field of Fairfax, VA. The heartbeat of Brandon’s ministry is having a front row seat to life change by proclaiming The Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is actively engaged in the community, serving on the Board of Directors for Cutting EDGE Ministries, a non-profit in NOVA focused on bringing The Gospel to public high schools. He is a baseball enthusiast and coffee-addict.
Charles George – Worship Leader
A native of northern Virginia, Charles graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2010 with a degree in communication. Upon his return to Virginia, Charles worked as an art teacher and aspiring graphic designer before receiving his call to the ministry in 2011. Charles has led worship for the youth and college ministries at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas, VA and carries a desire to lead others into genuine worship through the power of Holy Spirit. He is also a songwriter who enjoys snowboarding and various chicken dishes.
Like Pastor Brandon, Jay was also born and raised in Mississippi, receiving his undergraduate degree in biblical studies at William Carey College in Hattiesburg. Jay moved forward with his education to receive a Master’s in pastoral counseling from Liberty University. Involved with various ministries over the course of his calling – from worship to crisis counseling – Jay stands alongside his wife, April, to serve the greater D.C. area with the love of Christ. Jay and April have a son, Tobias, who has become an intimate inspiration for them to see a new generation rise for Christ. Jay enjoys writing, martial arts, and copes with a numerological OCD based upon Hebrew perfects.
Bill served churches in both Georgia and Florida before coming to northern Virginia 15 years ago, in which he served as administrative pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Manassas. He has worn many hats before accepting Christ in 1980. Artist, teacher, realtor, stock broker and race car driver are among the varied pursuits he followed prior to accepting the call to the ministry. A native of Wisconsin, he holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin and a Master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a doctoral candidate at Luther Rice Seminary. Bill also serves as the Administrative Dean at Emmanuel Christian School. He and his wife, Rozi, have one daughter.