Faculty

Full-time Faculty

Mr. Davis studied at VBC to earn his Bachelor of Ministry in Pastoral Studies as well as his Master of Ministry. Staying at VBC, he has served in various capacities over the past several years.

Before becoming a full-time instructor at VBC, Mr. Davis worked with Bible Truth Music as an evangelist and the assistant to the president; this position allowed him to record, produce, and arrange music and placed him in conferences, rallies, and special meetings across the United States. Burdened for young people, he founded Keep Your Heart Ministries, a ministry focused on reaching people with God’s truth though written lessons, preaching, special music, conferences, rallies, and camps. In addition to actively directing this ministry, Adam Davis educates young people through Bible and youth ministry classes at VBC.

Dr. Edmonds earned her bachelor’s degree in English, her master’s degree in Secondary Education, and her doctorate in English Instruction and Curriculum from Pensacola Christian College. She also earned a master’s degree in English from the University of West Florida.

Dr. Edmonds has been teaching English since 1992 and has had the opportunity to teach students ranging from first grade through post-graduate work. In addition to teaching grammar, literature, and writing, Dr. Edmonds has also served as an International Student Advisor, teaching students how to read, speak, and write the English language. Her love for her subject and her desire to help students succeed are vital as she serves at VBC as an instructor and General Education Chair.

Completely blind from the age of nine, Dr. Forrester has not allowed hardships to hinder his service for the Lord. He graduated from West Texas A&M in 1970 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education. Through attending Temple Baptist Seminary, he earned his Master of Religious Education degree, Doctor of Religious Education degree, and Doctor of Education degree.

Obeying God’s call, Dr. Forrester started Faith Baptist Church, the foundation of Faith Baptist School and Virginia Baptist College. After serving as senior pastor for thirty-six years, he stepped down from that position in order to become the full-time president of VBC. Dr. Forrester is currently Pastor Emeritus of Faith Baptist Church and the Chancellor of Virginia Baptist College as well as an active teacher and conference speaker.

Mrs. Joyner graduated from Tennessee Temple in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in English and History, and she earned her Master of Education in Cross-Categorical Special Education from Regent University in 2006. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Special Education from Liberty University.

Before moving to North Carolina, Mrs. Joyner taught English and history in a Christian school for several years. Because of her heart for children with special needs, she taught for one year at Wake County Public Schools as a special education teacher and developed the Specialized Learning Center in Raleigh to help children with special needs at Friendship Christian School. Mrs. Joyner currently serves as an instructor and Education Chair at VBC.

Dr. Wagner earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Bob Jones University in 1977, his Master of Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in 2003, his Master of Theology from Liberty Theological Seminary in 2006 , and his Doctor of Philosophy from Piedmont Baptist Graduate School in 2012.

Throughout the years, Dr. Wagner has served as Minister of Youth and Christian Education at Limerick Chapel, missionary church planter in Ireland, and pastor of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He is the Chair of the Undergraduate and Graduate Ministry Department at VBC.

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Amsbaugh, well-known for his speaking and writing ministry, has a bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple University, a Master of Divinity from Luther Rice Seminary, a Doctor of Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist Seminary, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Temple Baptist Seminary.

Since entering the ministry in 1987, Dr. Amsbaugh has been used greatly by the Lord. His writing ability has aided him in producing numerous commentaries and curricula and has placed him on several doctoral dissertation committees. He has pastored in Pennsylvania, Georgia, and Rhode Island, and he currently serves as pastor at Heritage Baptist Church in Woodbridge, Virginia.

In 1997, Mr. Allen graduated from West Virginia University Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, and he earned his master’s degree in Modeling and Simulation from Old Dominion University in 2013.

For twenty years, Mr. Allen has used his education and God-given ability to serve our country as a civilian engineer for the U.S. Navy. He currently teaches math courses at VBC as an adjunct faculty member.

Mrs. Mary Boggs earned her bachelor’s degree in Christian Elementary Education from Patriot Bible University in 2004 and her master’s degree in Christian Education from Virginia Baptist College in 2014. Her burden for children with special needs led her to audit a special education course from VBC and to focus her thesis work on special education in Christian schools.

Recognizing opportunities to minister to children in different venues, Mary Boggs has years of experience as a Sunday School teacher, an AWANA club leader, and a teacher for the elementary through high school levels. She currently shares her love for children with her undergraduate students as she teaches education courses at VBC.

Dr. Cloud earned his bachelor’s degree in Theology from Bethany College in 1992, his master’s degree in Biblical Studies from Bethany Divinity School in 1996, and his master’s degree in ministry from Atlantic Baptist Bible College in 2006. Moving on to study at Piedmont International University, he completed his master’s degree in Biblical Studies in 2008 and his Doctor of Philosophy in New Testament in 2013.

Through his twenty-nine years of Christian ministry, Dr. Cloud has acquired valuable experience with evangelistic work, youth, music, radio, education, and pastoral ministry. In addition to serving as adjunct professor at several seminaries, he currently pastors Hatcher Baptist Church in Cumberland, VA.

Dr. Creed earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible and Psychology from Tennessee Temple University in 1972 and his Master of Religious Education and Doctor of Ministry from Temple Baptist Seminary.

Dr. Creed has a strong background in ministry and education, with eight years of experience as a Christian school principal and assistant, fifteen years as an assistant pastor, and thirty-seven years as a senior pastor. He had the opportunity to serve as the president of the Atlantic Independent Baptist Fellowship for two years and has been able to share his knowledge with others through church planting seminars and teachers’ conferences. God is currently using Pastor Creed at VBC to prepare young people for Christian service.

Mrs. Dameron graduated from Pensacola Christian College in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications and went on to earn her master’s degree in Interpretive Speech in 2005.

Outside of her own personal performances, Melissa Dameron has directed numerous Christian theater productions, assemblies, plays, and adult cantatas. Due to her gift of communication in both speech and writing, she was invited to speak at a Home School Legal Defense Association seminar and also wrote and published a devotional book for single women. Building on her teaching experience, Melissa Dameron currently teaches speech classes at VBC.

Mr. Edmonds earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Pensacola Christian College in 1988. He later completed his master’s degree in Biblical Exposition and his Master of Divinity at Pensacola Theological Seminary.

During his twenty years at Pensacola Christian College, John Edmonds served as the administrative aide to the Executive Assistant, an administrative aide to the President, and a Bible and Greek professor. After ministering in California as the assistant to the pastor and serving in Texas as a school principal, Mr. Edmonds was called to VBC where he currently serves as the president and as a Bible and Greek professor.

Ms. Annalisa Houghton studied at Pensacola Christian College to earn her bachelor’s in History Education as well as her master’s in History Education. While studying her masters she taught for two years at PCC.

For the next five years, Ms. Houghton taught at Calvary Baptist Church Academy in Glen Bernie, MD. She then taught at Sweethaven Christian Academy in Virginia for seven years. Most recently, she is an instructor at Friendship Christian School in Raleigh, NC, and has been teaching there five years.

Dr. Lewis obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Science from Coker College, a master’s degree in Business Management from Central Michigan University, and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law. He also completed extensive specialized courses in conjunction with his service in the U.S. Army, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Department of Defense.

During his twenty-six years of service in the U.S. Army and his twelve years of service as a consultant to the Department of Defense, Dr. Lewis was responsible for management, planning, and execution of various facets of criminal investigation as well as business process reengineering, organization design, planning, programming, and budgeting. He currently instructs business and church law classes at VBC.

Pastor MacAvoy earned his bachelor’s degree in Bible from Bob Jones University, a Master of Ministry from Bethany Theological Seminary, a Counseling Certificate from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, and a Master of Ministry from Virginia Baptist College.

Pastor MacAvoy has held leadership positions in the Jehovah Jireh Ministry, the Virginia Assembly of Independent Baptists, and the Atlantic Independent Baptist Fellowship. In addition to ministering in Kenya for fifteen months, he and his wife have traveled abroad to preach in Haiti, Jamaica, Ireland, Italy, Puerto Rico, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and the Philippines. Daniel MacAvoy currently pastors Hanover Baptist Church in Glen Allen, VA.

Pastor McCrum obtained his bachelor’s degree in Bible Exposition and Music Concentration from Pensacola Christian College as well as a master’s degree in Bible Exposition from Pensacola Theological Seminary. Through studying at VBC, he received his Master of Biblical Studies in 2016.

The Lord gave Pastor McCrum a heart for missions, leading him to serve as an assistant missionary-pastor for two years before becoming a lead pastor in a missionary church plant. Through his time on the mission field, Pastor McCrum has been able to live firsthand what he teaches in the classroom at VBC.

Pastor McGee received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology/Biblical Studies from Tennessee Temple University in 1992, his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University in 2001, and his Master of Ministry from Virginia Baptist College.

As a highly qualified counselor, Pastor McGee has been able to help many people with various struggles through pastoral counseling, psycho-social rehab counseling, and substance abuse counseling. After serving as assistant pastor for four years, he became senior pastor of Ambassador Baptist Church in Woodford, Virginia, where he has ministered since 2007. Pastor McGee currently shares his love for and experience with counseling in his classes at VBC.

Dr. McGuire graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a double major in Biological Sciences and Psychology in 1997. In 2002, he graduated from the New England College of Optometry (NECO) and served as a naval officer at the Marine Corps Base Quantico.

Dr. McGuire has gained professional experience in various positions, including the head of the Optometry Department of the Naval Health Clinic at Quantico, the director of the clinical program at the University of Indiana and the University of Texas, and the customer service facilitator for the Navy clinical staff. Building on his previous experience at multiple Virginian optometry practices, Dr. McGuire opened Vision Health Center, O.D. in 2008. He currently teaches at VBC while continuing his optometry practice.

Dr. Parker received both his bachelor’s degree in Business Education and his master’s degree in Counseling from Bob Jones University. In 2015, he returned to BJU to earn his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership.

Certified by AACS, Dr. Parker has had the opportunity to teach in various platforms, including North Hills Christian School and the Braxton School of Business in Richmond. In addition to being a VBC instructor, he currently serves as the administrator of Frederick Christian Academy and the assistant pastor of People’s Baptist Church.

Mrs. Rill received her master’s degree in English Education from Pensacola Christian College in 1998. She went on to earn a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University in 2011 and completed postgraduate work at Concordia University in 2015-2016.

Over the past fourteen years, Mrs. Rill has served Virginia Baptist College in various capacities. She has worked as a full-time English and education instructor, a library director, the Director of Assessment, and the General Education Department Chair. She currently serves as the Academic Dean.

Mr. Rill earned his bachelor’s degree in Health Care Studies/Business Administration from Towson University and his master’s degree in Human Resource Development from McDaniel College.

For over twenty years, Mr. Rill has worked in nonprofit organizations in staffing and management. Besides instructing CPR and first aid for the American Heart Association and Green Cross, he has filled the needs of multiple organizations as a retail department manager, nonprofit operations manager, nonprofit resource coordinator, nonprofit program coordinator, and a staffing coordinator for various nursing facilities. As a VBC instructor, Mr. Rill implements his knowledge of nonprofit procedures to thoroughly train his students.

Mr. Sale earned his Associates in Arts degree from Louisburg College in 1971, his bachelor’s degree in Health, Physical Education, and Drivers Education from James Madison University in I974, and his master’s degree in Elementary Education from Bob Jones University in 1988. In 2007, he received his specialist degree in Pupil Personnel Services from Bob Jones University.

Since trusting Christ as his Savior at age twenty-eight, Mr. Sale has worked as a Christian elementary school teacher and coach for the last thirty-six years and has had the opportunity to conduct workshops at the ODACS Teachers’ Conference. He currently teaches first grade at Faith Baptist School and education courses at VBC.

Pastor Samms graduated from Bob Jones University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Bible degree, and he earned his Master of Divinity at Luther Rice Seminary in 2014.

Most recently, Pastor Samms has served on the Bible and Evangelism Faculty at West Coast Baptist College as an evangelist and representative. Prior to working at WCBC, he served as a full-time evangelist, which gave him the opportunity to preach in youth conferences, revival meetings, evangelistic crusades, camps, chapels, and youth rallies across America. He is currently the senior pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL.

Pastor Schmidt earned his bachelor’s degree from Hyles-Anderson College, and in 2018, he earned his Master of Ministry from Veritas Baptist College.

Cary Schmidt is pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newington, Connecticut. For the last 29 years, Pastor Schmidt and his wife, Dana, have served together and encouraged as many people as possible to trust God, love Him, and enjoy Him in a daily, personal relationship with Jesus.

Pastor Skelly earned his bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Hyles-Anderson College and his master’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Hyles-Anderson Seminary. He completed graduate work at Emmanuel Baptist Theological Seminary, and earned his Master of Ministry at Virginia Baptist College in 2017.

Throughout his twenty-nine years in church ministry, Pastor Skelly has been able to pastor three churches, including his current pastorate at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia. His passion for the Lord and for people has helped open up many speaking opportunities for him across the U.S. and abroad. As Chairman of the Board of Directors and instructor for VBC, Pastor Skelly helps give direction for the college and works to effectively train people for the work of the ministry.

In 2003, Mr. Smith graduated from Shawnee Baptist College with his bachelor’s degree in Music Ministry. After attending Pensacola Theological Seminary in 2005 to earn his Master of Church Music, he completed a Graduate Certificate in Church Music from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2010.

As a church music director and school music teacher, Mr. Smith has gained experience with general music, choir, children’s choir, band, orchestra, and handbells. His background as a pianist and conductor have aided him in becoming a published arranger, presenting an opportunity to further serve the Lord through music.

Pastor Venable attended Pensacola Christian College where he received a bachelor’s degree in Youth Ministries/Physical Education and a master’s degree in Bible Exposition.

In 2008, God called Pastor Venable and his wife to Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he has served as youth pastor for nine years. In addition to serving as student pastor and youth pastor at the church, he currently teaches at VBC, training young men and women to reach others through youth ministry.