Meet Our Guest Preachers

While we search for the next senior pastor of FBCA, in addition to our own staff we have been blessed to have many wonderful guest preachers visiting us to fill the pulpit on Sunday mornings. Learn more about these individuals below and listen to the sermons they have preached for us.

Ed Allen

Ed and his wife, Diane, are from the Carolinas originally.  They lived in the Boston area for 12 years where Ed pastored a small church. Then in 1996, FBC called him to come plant a church here in Northern Virginia.  Gateway Community Church is the result of that calling.
Ed is the father of three sons.  He and Diane love living and pastoring in this area, and they are still very excited about doing what God has called them to do.

Mike Bradley

Senior Pastor, Warrenton Baptist Church

Mike Bradley has been serving churches in Northern Virginia since 1978. He served as Minister of Youth and Evangelism at FBC Alexandria in the late ‘80s and has pastored and served on staff with churches in Alexandria, Woodbridge, Fairfax, Annandale, and currently serves as Senior Pastor at Warrenton Baptist Church in Warrenton, Virginia. He has been married to his wife Lois for 39 years and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Rusty Coram

I’m Rusty Coram, Senior Pastor of New Hope Church. In 1991 my wife Becky and I, made the decision to move our family to Northern Virginia to start a church, because we felt strongly that is where God was leading us. Together with a team of 17 other adults and 9 kids we became New Hope – a church for the unchurched – and had our first service on Easter Sunday 1992.After failing out of my first year of college, I unintentionally ended up at a multi night event, where an evangelist was speaking, and I heard about Jesus for the first time.  What he was saying got my attention and I realized that if this Jesus stuff was true, it would change everything.  So, I took a break from my drinking and drugging and went back each of the following nights to hear what else he had to say, and by the end of that I was a 19 year old brand new Christian.  I left the drugs, alcohol, and reckless party lifestyle behind, and never went back. God has used so many things in my life to help prepare me for New Hope and the role I would play in it. From the experiences I had starting my own landscaping business while I was in grad school, to being judged harshly by churches solely based on what I looked like as a new Christian – God was preparing me for New Hope

Dr. Randel Everett

Founder/President, 21Wilberforce

Dr. Randel Everett spent four decades pastoring churches in Florida, Virginia, Arkansas, and Texas before founding 21Wilberforce in 2014 to focus attention on religious persecution abroad and the enduring importance of religious liberty in the United States. Dr. Everett was the Founding President of the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Falls Church, Virginia. He served as the Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and currently serves in leadership for the Baptist World Alliance. Throughout his career, he has traveled to nearly 50 countries, meeting with religious and government leaders and witnessing first-hand the ravages of persecution.

Dr. Everett holds a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas and Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. In 2021 Baptistway Press published his book, Speak Freedom: Developing Emergent Leaders in the Struggle for Justice.

Dr. Gary Hollingsworth

Executive Director/Treasurer, South Carolina Baptist Convention

Reared in a Christian home, Gary Hollingsworth accepted Jesus as his Savior at seven years of age, was baptized in the Northside Baptist Church in Anniston, AL, and was called to ministry at age 17 at the Highlands Baptist Church in Huntsville, AL. Gary married his high school sweetheart, Gwen, and they have two adult children: Jonathan, his wife, Caroline, and their two daughters, Camilla and Eleanor reside in Birmingham, AL: and Ryan, who lives in Charleston, SC.

Dr. Hollingsworth came to the South Carolina Baptist Convention in January of 2016. He had previously served as senior pastor at Shively Baptist in Louisville, KY; First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA; First Baptist Church of Trussville, AL: and Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, AR. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama (B.S. in Recreation Administration), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Doctor of Ministry). He has served on the Boards of Trustees for the Alabama State Board of Missions, the Arkansas Baptist Convention, the North American Mission Board, and the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Additionally, he was elected President of the Arkansas Baptist Convention and served as President of the Alabama Baptist Pastor’s Conference.

Dr. Bryan Jones

Associate Executive Director, NorthStar Church Network

Dr. Bryan R. Jones is a trusted leadership coach, organizational strategist, and ministry consultant. He currently serves as the Associate Executive Director of NorthStar Church Network, an association of 170 Baptist congregations across Northern Virginia in the metro-Washington D.C. area.

Bryan mentors pastors and leaders, helping each to fulfill the God-given vision for their leadership and church. He led multiple churches in the area and is a regularly sought-after speaker, preacher, and teacher. Dr. Jones is dedicated to the theological training of emerging pastors and leaders. He served on the Accreditation Council for The John Leland Center for Theological Studies where he formerly taught as Adjunct Professor of Christian Education and Leadership as well as mentored students during their supervised ministry experiences.

An Alexandria native, Bryan loves time with family, being outdoors, and working on home remodeling projects as a licensed contractor. He and his wife, Toni, have three children: Brent, Austin, and Brianna.

Chris Moerman

Chris Moerman is the Founding and Lead Pastor of Grace Capital City in Washington DC. Originally from Adelaide, Australia, Chris moved to the United States in 2008 where he first Pastored for 7 years in Atlanta, GA at Grace Midtown, before moving to DC to plant Grace Capital City. Chris is married to his wife Jessica, who serves as a Climate Scientist and Policy Director for the Evangelical Environmental Network. Together they have two energetic young sons; Liam and Josiah. Chris has a Masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary and in his occasional moments of free time loves Crossfit, going to NBA games and hanging out with friends and family. 

Welford Orrock

Kairos Initiative Team Leader, Baptist General Association of Virginia

Rev. Welford Orrock is a native of Virginia and lifelong Virginia Baptist. He is a graduate of James Madison University where he received a BA in Philosophy and Religion. He received his MDiv from Duke University Divinity School in 2009 with a Certificate in Baptist Studies. Welford was ordained by Second Baptist Church in Richmond Virginia where he served as the Minister of Students before joining the Kairos Team of the BGAV in 2013. Welford and his wife Becky have two children, Abby and Walter.

Welford’s calling is to work with youth and young adults to help them discern their identity in Christ and grow as servant leaders in that identity. To that end, Welford serves the BGAV community as the Kairos Initiative Team Leader. In this role he helps to build and strengthen collegiate and young adult ministries throughout the BGAV, on college campuses, through local churches, Fresh Expressions of church and collegiate-focused church plants. Welford specializes in the areas of leadership development, forming mentoring relationships, personality assessments, visioning and strategic planning for ministry. He serves as a consultant and coach for collegiate and young adult ministries to enable them to assess their gifts, passions, competencies and call to grow flourishing ministries.

Deen Salami

Deen lives in South Riding, VA with his wife of 27 years, Althea. They have two daughters ages 25 and 20. Deen attends Gateway Community Church where he has been a member for 24 years. There he serves as a deacon and small groups coach. Deen is currently in the Master's of Theology degree program with Dallas Theological Seminary. He hopes to complete his program some time before the Lord returns. His main ministry passion is men's discipleship, which he has been engaged in for the last 15 years. When he completes his degree, he hopes to transition into full time ministry that will allow him to pursue his passion for men's discipleship.

Stan Smith

Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church, Somerville, TN

Stan Smith has served as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Somerville, TN since December of 2015. He graduated from Union University in 1981 with his Bachelor of Arts degree, attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from Union University with Master of Christian Studies degree in 2011. Previously, he served as Director of Missions for the Big Hatchie Baptist Association, near Memphis, Tennessee from 2007-2015. He also planted a mission church for First Baptist Church, Houston, Texas in 1984. Stan has a heart for missions after his first mission trip to Ukraine in 1995. He has led numerous mission teams to Idaho, Alaska, Thailand, Taiwan, Ecuador and South Africa.
Stan and his wife, Monica celebrated their 45th anniversary in February. They have been blessed with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. Joey and Jeannette Smith, along with their three sons, Jackson, Colton and Hunter are members at FBCA.

Stan has also served on associational and state convention committees and boards. Presently, he is serving on the Tennessee Baptist Mission Board and is chair of the Partner Ministries Committee of the board.

Will Snipes

Will Snipes lives in Travelers Rest, SC and is a sixth grade English teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School.  In addition, he coaches boys tennis at nearby Blue Ridge High School. In the summers, Will serves as a Camp Director and Camp Pastor with FUGE Camps, a ministry of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention.  Will is also a frequent speaker at youth events and retreats throughout the country.  Will first met FBC Alexandria at a FUGE Camp in Kingston, Ontario, Canada in the summer of 2007. A friendship and partnership in ministry developed then, and Will has made frequent trips to Alexandria ever since to speak at D Now and other youth events.

Dr. Jay Wolf

Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist of Montgomery, AL

Dr. Jay Wolf served as the Pastor of  First Baptist of Montgomery, AL from 1991 until his retirement in 2020, and is now Pastor Emeritus. The Georgetown, Texas, native attended Baylor University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary for his Masters, and Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY for Doctoral Studies. His other pastoral ministries include service in Texas, Canada, Louisiana, and seven years as Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Alexandria, VA.
Jay has traveled to 60 countries to engage in a wide variety of Christian mission enterprises.  He hosted  “The Fishin’ Mission” with Dr. Neil Schaffner for over 20 years.  Jay has been recognized as Alabama’s Minister of the Year by Samford University,  as a Distinguished Alumnus by New Orleans Baptist Seminary, and as Family of the Year in Montgomery.  In 2019 Dr. Wolf was the recipient of Montgomery’s Martin Luther King Jr.'s Beloved Community Award as a leader who upholds and advances Dr. King’s ideals of justice, equality, and Christian unity.  He has served as a leader on many boards and Christian organizations including the International Mission Board, Samford University, the Baptist Healthcare Systems of Central Alabama, The Baptist Foundation of Alabama, Children’s Hope for Haiti, and Governor Ivey’s Task Forces for Coronavirus and the 2020 Census Campaign.

Jay and his wife, Mary Ruth, have been blessed with four Christ-following children and six treasured grandchildren. 

Bryant Wright

President, Send Relief

Bryant Wright is the President of Send Relief, a compassion-based ministry that seeks to meet not only physical needs, but also spiritual needs of people all around the world.  In addition, he is Founder and Chairman of Right From The Heart Ministries, a media ministry, which he began in 1992.  He retired as the founding Senior Pastor of Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in 2019, where he had pastored for 38 years.  The church grew to over 7,300-members in Marietta, GA under his leadership as pastor.  It was also during this time that Bryant served as President of the Southern Baptist Convention for a two-year term (2010-2012).
The author of six books, including The Stage is Set  and Seeds of Turmoil, Bryant is a straightforward communicator who uniquely connects God’s unchanging truth with a diverse culture through compelling and creative teaching.  He and his wife, Anne, live in Marietta Georgia and have 3 grown sons, 3 daughters-in-law, and 7 grandchildren.