Dr. Lynn Hardaway

Dr. Lynn Hardaway is married to Maureen Tarpey Hardaway; they live in Chesapeake and have four children, one stepson who is a pastor, and twelve grandchildren.  Lynn pastored three congregations in the Tidewater area from 1982-2012 and currently serves as the bi-vocational pastor of Blackwater Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. Lynn joined our staff in January 2013 as our Church Health Missionary, succeeding Roy Smith as the Network Missionary in October, 2015. His doctorate from Liberty University is in Church Health and Evangelism and his passion in ministry is to encourage pastors and congregations in their efforts to fulfill the Great Commission in the midst of a changing culture.

You may contact Lynn at:  LHardaway@Thebridgenet.org



Dr. Kimberley Jessie

Kimberley is married to David Jessie and they live in Virginia Beach with their two daughters, Danielle and Claire. Kim was appointed by the Home Mission Board (now the North American Mission Board) in July 1993 as a Church and Community Missionary.  Her doctorate from Regent is in Leadership and Renewal with a focus on Ministry Leadership Coaching.  Kim’s personal mission statement is to encourage, equip, and empower others to accomplish what God has called them to do.


She can be reached at kjessie@thebridgenet.org.



Rev. Juan Gonzales

juandgonzales-biopicJuan was born in La Paz, Bolivia and raised in Bogota, Colombia.  At the age of 17 years old his family moved to Caracas, Venezuela.  He is married to Nereida Gonzales and has five children.  Juan obtained his Bachelors in Theology from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Venezuela. Sixteen years ago, Juan came to Virginia to plant Hispanic churches.  He planted On the Way Hispanic Church in Norfolk, and currently is the Pastor of the First Hispanic Baptist Church of Virginia Beach.  He lives with his family in Virginia Beach where he has been integrated and involved in the Hispanic community, serving as pastor, church planter, Hispanic demographic researcher, serving on the board of the Tidewater Hispanic Evangelical Ministers Fellowship and is The Bridge Network of Churches Hispanic Church Strategist.

Contact Juan at juandgonzales@gmail.com



Rev. Mike Pumphrey

Mike Pumphrey and his wife, Connie, moved their family from Akron, Ohio to Virginia Beach in 2008 with a vision to share Jesus with the people of Hampton Roads.  In 2009, they met with four others and discussed that vision and Awaken Church was born.  As well as pastoring Awaken Church, Mike joined The Bridge Network of Churches in March of 2013 as the Church Planter Strategist.

You may contact Mike at mike@awakenvirginiabeach.com


Rev. Aaron Wheeler, Sr.

Aaroaaron-wheeler-picn Wheeler, Sr. is the Pastor of the Mountaintop Missionary Baptist Church in Chesapeake.  He has served as the Vice President of the Interdenominational Conference of Police Chaplains.  He is also the Founder and President of The Lighthouse Project as well as the Chaplain for the Sheriff of Chesapeake, Jim O’Sullivan.  Aaron is also serving as the African-American Church Strategist for The Bridge Network of Churches.

You may contact Pastor Wheeler at aaronwheelergroup@gmail.com




Betty H. Roberts

Betty H. Roberts, widow of Rev. Donald K. Roberts, who was Director of Missions for Accomack/Northampton Baptist Association until his death on January 11, 2011.  Betty has two children, Kenneth and Kim.  She has served the Lord here, as a pastor’s wife and a secretary on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for the last 24 years.  The people in the churches are very, very dear to her.

You may contact Betty at:  accobapt@verizon.net



LuAnn Kirk

LuAnn Kirk is the wife of Rev. Bert Kirk who pastors Indian River Baptist Church in Chesapeake.  They have three children.  LuAnn joined the BNoC team in May 2016 as the Norfolk Area secretary.

Contact LuAnn at officesec@thebridgenet.org.






Phyllis Wroton

Phyllis is the Team Leader of the BNoC Support Team.  She is married to Michael Wroton and they have one daughter.  They live in Chesapeake.  Phyllis has been a part of the BNoC team since June of 2007.

Contact Phyllis at finsec@thebridgenet.org