LEADERSHIP

Don Davidson, Senior Pastor

My ministry in Alexandria has been my greatest joy and challenge as it is a unique place with unique opportunities. I am always working to create a vision that moves FBCA forward and to help the pastors fulfill that vision. As I teach and preach the Bible God allows me to spiritually guide people as they navigate life. I am also able to do this through one-on-one discussions and counseling. My ultimate goal is to communicate God's love with simple clarity and consistency of life--in a winsome way that draws others to Jesus.

I came to FBCA as senior pastor in 2005, but I have been a pastor since I was 19 years old. I earned a Master’s of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I truly love all the things that pastors get to do; weddings, baby dedications, baptisms, and even the privilege of conducting meaningful funerals, as I have the honor of sharing the most important moments of people’s lives with others. Ask me at any time during the week what I am doing, and I will tell you: "I am getting ready for Sunday”. My wife and I do a great amount of entertaining, both as an extension of my ministry and simply because we love people.  

In addition to my role as a pastor, I have had the honor of serving as president of the Baptist General Association of Virginia (2004), a trustee for the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (1995-2005), and on the boards of Hopetree Family Services of Virginia and Guidestone Financial Resources. 

Roger McGee, Worship & Music Pastor

As a young boy I was given many opportunities & was encouraged to be involved at church. My goal is to offer that same opportunity to the next generation and to give everyone meaningful worship experiences that leave them encouraged and inspired to grow in a relationship with Christ. Though music styles continue to transition, I love music that honors Jesus.... all of it. I truly enjoy planning and leading Sunday worship, as well as the chances we have to host and be involved in concerts & events.

Although I have been at FBCA for 25 years I’m still a southerner at heart, born and raised in Selma, Alabama. I received a Master’s degree in Church Music from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The music ministry includes choirs, the orchestra, bands and a technology team and involves over 400 people ranging from preschool to senior adults and we always have a great time together! 

Kim Eskridge, Children & Women's Pastor

God has given me a passion for working with children.  I love the way they think and learn about God and how they interact with others. The best part of my job is helping children connect to Christ and supporting their parents as they mentor their children in their faith.  

A Virginia native, I grew up in Richmond and settled with my family in the Alexandria area in 1995. After teaching for many years, I completed a Masters in Church Leadership from the John Leland Center. My ministry at FBCA began in 2003 in the Preschool and in 2019 I began a position with the Virginia Baptists as Children’s Minister in Residence which I have really enjoyed.

Mikel DaschYouth Pastor

My passion is connecting with youth to help them grow closer to Jesus. I have Master's in Christian Education with a concentration in Youth Ministry that I utilize to help kids discover their gifts and how they can be used to glorify God.  I strive to give them a place to serve, worship, and a safe place to hang out and learn about their faith. God uses me and my personal experiences as a teenager to help our teenagers as they mature into Christian adults. Jesus wants a relationship with them, wants to walk through life with them and help them learn what it means to love Him and people.    
 
I grew up in Baton Rouge, LA and then went to LSU (Go Tigers!).  Although I’ve been in NOVA for while now I am still on the hunt for some real Cajun food!  Any recommendations?  I love all things sports and I play guitar (what youth pastor doesn’t?), and doing just about anything outside.  
 

Reed BernickPastor to Young Adults

My goal is to inspire thoughtful, creative, and authentic followers of Jesus Christ, capable of fully engaging the world with the truth of the gospel. An essential step is developing community, asking important questions, studying and applying scripture. We do this through community groups, Bible studies and our monthly Forum, which helps our young adults think through weighty, stand-alone, topical conversations.  

I grew up in Virginia Beach and earned a Master’s of Divinity and Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. I truly enjoy mentoring college students and getting to know young professionals as they start their careers & build their lives, whether that’s over coffee or in a Bible Study or community group.   

Carolyn JenkinsSenior & Contemporary Adult Pastor

Growing up in Georgia, I always wanted to be a June Taylor Dancer, (aka The Rocketts), but I have found great excitement in church ministry! The theological training I received at Tift College and continued education at Southern Seminary was the beginning of this journey.

I value the worth of ALL people and my passion is to lead them to engage with God, to encourage participation in life and to lead by example. I truly enjoy  leading Bible Studies in the broader church community, meeting with those who need prayer, counseling, or to be connected to a community that cares.  

In providing activities and trips for Senior and Contemporary adults, we aim to enhance their lives, both socially and spiritually during this stage. Missions activities are also important, serving others and provides meaning & purpose for our seniors during these transitional years. I see this group as an important link between the past & the future with great stories to tell!  

Wayne Jenkins, Pastor for Discipleship & Missions

I am delighted to be a part of the many ways FBCA fulfills The Great Commission.  The Great Commission is our call to "go out and share the good news until everyone has heard!"  My goal is to expand the impact of missions, extend hospitality in and around Alexandria, and to encourage giving to mission efforts around the world. I believe helping people grow as followers of Jesus begins with understanding God’s vision for the church.  

I love helping people grow in their faith by coordinating Bible Studies & the Men’s Ministry events, providing teacher/leader development, and equipping people with what they need to give them the knowledge & confidence to go out and share the love of Jesus.

I grew up in Macon, Georgia and have a degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Although I have served in churches all over the south, I now consider myself a Northern Virginian. I serve on the boards of For the Nations DC and a church planting arm of the General Association of Virginia.   

Bob Rhoads, Pastor for FBCA Deaf Congregation

I was born deaf and I grew up in a Christian home in Lancaster, PA. . I graduated from Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC in 1984 and then graduated from East Carolina University in Therapeutic Recreation in 1989. While I was at ECU, I was involved with Campus Crusade for Christ, now known as CRU & was trained in evangelism & discipleship.

My wife Karen is also deaf & together we have 5  children.  Karen and I have been missionaries since 1995, reaching out to Deaf college students and training them for ministry opportunities at Gallaudet University.  We were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ & launched a new ministry called Deaf Leadership Ministries to raise up Deaf leaders for ministry.  In 2008, I was able to restart the high school ministry with Deaf Teen Quest at Maryland School for the Deaf in Frederick, MD.

In 2012, the Lord led me to a pastor position with the First Baptist Deaf Congregation, sooner than I thought. God is making the path clearer and brighter than before upon this VISION journey that my wife and I have been on for years. The goal is to better reach out to the local Deaf community for Jesus.