Pointing Generations To Jesus

First Baptist Church has been blessed with gifted individuals serving as called by the Lord. Here’s a little bit about each of our leaders and how you can contact the staff.

Dr. Rob Pochek Small

Dr. Rob Pochek

Dr. Rob Pochek was called to serve as the Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church of Charlottesville on Park Street on February 28, 2016. Dr. Pochek served churches in Missouri, Illinois, and North Carolina before moving to Charlottesville. He has been married to Susy since 1989 and they have two grown children: David and Jessica. […]

Mark Long

Rev. Mark Long

Originally from North Carolina, Pastor Mark graduated from Wake Forest in 1983. He graduated from Southwestern Seminary in 1986. He began ministering at FBC in 1995 as youth pastor, then served as Minister of Education, Family Ministry Pastor, and presently Senior Associate Pastor with additional responsibility for missions. Mark is married to Nancy and have four adult […]


Rev. Raymond Strickland

Following 12 years as an aerospace engineer, and upon his calling by God to the music ministry, Pastor Ray Strickland earned his Master of Church Music degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, in 1981. He has served as minister of music in Baptist churches in Kentucky, Georgia, and Virginia, coming to […]


Pastor Ben Saunders

Ben graduated from Liberty University with a degree in Youth Ministries, Worship Studies and Music. While attending Liberty he met his beautiful bride Steph, who walks along side of him in ministry. He served as a Youth Pastor and Worship Leader for 7 years in Brookneal, Virginia before coming on board here at FBC Park Street […]


Our directors oversee different ministries that fulfill the mission of FBC. Click on the name to contact them, or reach any by calling the church office: 434.296.6195 Nancy Ryalls, Children’s & Women’s Ministry Director Dan McCreight, Acting Director of Administration Daniel Chambers, Director of Spiritual Formation

Support Staff

FBC has a great support staff to handle all of the administrative needs of the church. It’s a vital calling, and the entire church is grateful for them. Click on the name to contact them, or reach any by calling the church office: 434.296.6195 Sherry Felker, Children’s Ministry Assistant Emily Moody, Secretary Sherry Parmly, Bookkeeper Cynthia […]

Music Staff

Music has been a part of Christian worship since the beginning of the church. We strive for excellence in leading the hearts of the congregation into worship, whether it’s with a choir or a praise team, a pipe organ or a keyboard. Here are some of the staff supporting our Worship Pastor, Ray Strickland. Click on […]

Facilities Staff

You can’t run a 3-building, 15-acre facility in the heart of Charlottesville without an exceptional facilities team. The men who keep the church facilities humming along have the longest service to FBC of anyone on staff. This is a testament to their great character and strong work ethic. We are blessed every day through their […]