Our Team

Our Team

Leading Elders

Lead Pastor: Jonge Tate

jonge@bedrockchurch.com

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: Founding Elder
  • How I serve on the Team: Vision Casting, Coaching, Teaching, Staff development & Overseer.
  • My Family: Married to Lynnea for 19 years. 4 Children. 1 man-child and 3 young ladies.
  • When I was saved: At age 10.
  • Education: Bachelors from Liberty University in Religion & Youth Ministry. Masters from Southeasten Theological Seminary in Biblical Counseling.
  • Favorite Snack Food: Chocolate
  • Favorite Place in the World: Traveling with my wife… wherever!
  • Hobbies: Climbing, hiking, fishing, camping, cycling, woodworking, hunting, missions and heights!
  • Favorite Sports Team: Liberty University AND VA Tech!
  • Favorite Bible Story: Gideon defeats Midian. (Judges 7)
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me: “You can do anything you put your mind to.” - My Father
  • Life Verse: Numbers 14:24 “But my servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit and has followed me fully, I will bring into the land into which he went, and his descendants shall possess it.”
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Baptizing all 4 of our children.
  • Most people don’t know this about me: I’m A.D.D… (Come on… you know that’s news to you!)
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: Usually the one that I’ve just finished. Which takes me FOREVER to get through.

 

Executive Pastor: Chris Dowd 

chris@bedrockchurch.com

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: Founding Elder
  • How I serve on the Team: Communicator, Course Charter, Coach
  • My Family: Married to Jessie for 16 years. We have 2 amazing boys (Andrew and Jonathan)
  • When I was saved: 13 years old at Holy Land USA here in Bedford
  • Education: Bachelor degree in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty University, Master of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Favorite Snack Food: Hot Tamales
  • Favorite Place in the World: Home (I love to travel but I always miss home)
  • Hobbies: Golf, hiking, and camping with my family
  • Favorite Sports Team: H-O-K-I-E-S…HOKIES!
  • Favorite Bible Story: Paul in Athens (Acts 17:16-34)
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me:Maybe you should ask Jessie Flight out on a date.” —Former College Roommate
  • Life Verse: 1 Cor. 2:2-5, (ESV) For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Being baptized in the Jordan River
  • Most people don’t know this about me: I could eat cereal for every meal and be completely happy
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: Morning and Evening (C.H. Spurgeon)

 

Guiding Elders

Guiding Elder: Donald Gillete

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: Founding Elder
  • How I serve on the Team: Elder/teacher
  • My Family: Wife: Pamela; Children: Angela, Tina and Casey; 7 grandchildren; 1 GREAT GRANDSON
  • When I was saved: JUNE 1975
  • Education: Th.D Luther Rice
  • Favorite Snack Food: Popcorn
  • Favorite Place in the World: “Prayer Mountain” Somotillo Nicaragua
  • Hobbies: Riding my motorcycle and playing golf
  • Favorite Sports Team: Tennessee Vols
  • Favorite Bible Story: Judges 7…Gideon
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me: Let the church rest in your heart not on your back….
  • Life Verse: Judges 7:21, and they stood every man in HIS place around about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled. Key for me…every man in HIS place
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: The day I got saved, when I reflect back on who I was in 1975 and the new man from that day until this, I stand amazed
  • Most people don't know this about me: I’m a big Teddy Bear
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: “Marine Corp training Manuel”

 

Guiding Elder: David Reid

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: Founding Elder
  • How I serve on the Team: Guiding Elder.
  • My Family: Wife: Paula; Children: Lauren and Brent Dooley, Jordan and Ted Lyle; Granddaughter: Madelynn Grace Dooley
  • When I was saved: Saved at age 10, Billy Graham Crusade.
  • Education: Western Carolina University
  • Favorite Snack Food: Anything sweet.
  • Favorite Place in the World: With Family
  • Hobbies: Farming
  • Favorite Sports Team: Carolina Tarheels
  • Favorite Bible Story: David and Goliath – 1 Samuel 17
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me: Blessings follow obedience.
  • Life Verse: Ephesians 2:10, For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Being on the Mission Field
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: Top Performance - Zig Zigler

 

Staff 

Student Ministries Pastor:  Chris McElroy

Mac@bedrockchurch.com

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: August 2012
  • How I serve on the Team: Student Ministry Pastor
  • My Family: Married Kristiana on July 29th 2007. Jeremiah was born on August 30th 2014.
  • When I was saved: I surrendered my life to Christ in Children's Church when I was 6 years old.
  • Education: Bachelor of science in Youth Ministry (Southeastern University), Master of Religious Education and Master of Divinity (Liberty University)
  • Favorite Snack Food: Anything Gummy (bears, worms, sharks…I dont discriminate)
  • Favorite Place in the World: Olympic National Park (Washington state)
  • Hobbies: Anything competitive (sports, yard games, video games, eating…) and exploring Gods beautiful creation (Hiking, Camping, Backpacking, Kayaking…)
  • Favorite Sports Team: UT football (Go Vols!), Whoever Peyton Manning plays for, and whoever Lebron James plays for. USMNT (Soccer)
  • Favorite Bible Story: The life of Joseph (I have 2 older brothers that I think would have sold me if they ever had the chance).
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me: God’s will for your life is more about who you are than what you do.
  • Life Verse: Romans 12:2-3 “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect Gifts of Grace. For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Baptizing my Sister-in-law Gabriella
  • Most people don't know this about me: I can grow a legitimate Afro (I never cut my hair during my freshman year of college)
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald Miller.

 

Director of Family Ministries: Kevin Cloran

Kevin@bedrockchurch.com

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: January 2018  
  • How I serve on the Team: Director of Family Ministries
  • My Family: Married to Cherad Cloran. We have five children. Audrey, Avery, Natalie, Rachel, and Joey.
  • When I was saved: When I understood and responded to the gospel at 17 years old.
  • Education: Bachelor of Social Work (Temple University), Master of Religion and Master of Special Education (Liberty University)
  • Favorite Snack Food: Chocolate
  • Favorite Place in the World: Most anywhere with Family and Friends
  • Hobbies: Playing sports, reading, and apologetics
  • Favorite Sports Team: Philadelphia teams
  • Favorite Bible Story: The grand story of Jesus
  • Life Verse: Ephesians 2:8-10 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
  • A Great Question Somone asked me:  Can you serve God better with her or without her? (Prior to proposing to Cherad)
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: Serving and helping kids dealing with difficult circumstances
  • Most people don't know this about me: I don't like watermelon
  • The book(s) (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis, Can Man Live without God by Ravi Zacharias, Tell Yourself the Truth by William Backus, The Reason for God by Tim Keller

 

Administrative Assistant: Roxie Maule

roxie@bedrockchurch.com

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  • When I joined the Bedrock Team: July 2011
  • How I serve on the Team: Bookkeeping
  • My Family: Husband Dan - married 22 yrs, Daughter Jami 18 - Freshmen at Liberty University, Son Justin 12 - 7th grade at LCA
  • When I was saved: 1975
  • Education: Associates Degree & attended Liberty University
  • Favorite Snack Food: chips & salsa
  • Favorite Place in the World: The Beach
  • Hobbies: Hiking, crafts
  • Favorite Sports Team: Dallas Cowboys
  • Favorite Bible Story: Jonah
  • Best Advice Someone Gave Me: Be positive!
  • Life Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6, Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
  • One of My Greatest Experiences with God: when my children got Saved & Baptized
  • Most people don't know this about me: I come from a family of 8 children
  • The book (besides the Bible) that impacted my life: The Purpose Driven Life