Meet our Church Leaders
Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you. ~ Hebrews 13:17
Pastor David and Christy Bracken
Pastor David and Christy have been the senior pastors at Christ Fellowship since June of 2013. Pastor David graduated from Lake Charles Bible College with a Bachelors in Bible in 2007. He followed that with an Associate degree in Biblical Studies from Maranatha Bible Institute in St. Albans, WV in 2008. Pastor David is gifted with anointed, passionate and relevant preaching and has been pastoring since 2009. Christy graduated from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation. In 2005 she became a Certified Non-Profit Financial Counselor under Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University. She currently substitutes in Giles County Public Schools, works at Christ Fellowship and answers daily the high call of being a mother to 3 children; Buddy, 17, Billy 16 and Brianna, 9. Pastor David and Christy have a heart for the lost. God has blessed them and continues to bless the work of their hands through ministry to the local Law Enforcement community.
Pastor Phil & Jeannette Vickers
Pastor Phil and Jeannette Vickers met at Virginia Tech in the fall of 1973 where they both experienced the saving grace of God through Christ. They began attending Christ Fellowship in August of 1976 right after they were married. In the last couple of years they both retired from careers in education. Pastor Phil became the associate pastor of Christ Fellowship in June of 2014 where he oversees congregational care. He is also very active in ministry at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Jeannette plays the violin as part of the praise and worship team. They still hold fast to the belief that God wants to and will bring 'healing and hope to Giles County and the New River Valley through the message of Jesus Christ'.
Pastor Richie & Wendy Miller
Pastor Richie and Wendy started dating in high school in 1997. They were married in 2000 and have two children, Eden and Christian. They have been attending Christ Fellowship since 2004. Pastor Richie accepted the call to be a youth pastor in 2006. Wendy serves in the Children’s ministry and Pastor Richie is also plays congas on the praise team. They desire that teens and adults alike realize youth are not just the future of the church. They ARE the church.
Pastor Mary & Mike French
Children’s Ministry Pastors
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.” (Luke 18:16) Pastor Mary and Mike French are excited about bringing children to Jesus. They have been the Children’s Ministry leaders at Christ Fellowship since 2001. Before they started PCF Kids they worked with the teen ministry. PCF Kids shares the word of God with 3 year olds through seventh graders. Mike and Mary have a large family with forty grandkids and are expecting more. They feel blessed to also be Momaw and Popaw to many outside of their immediate family.
Hello! I am Lauren Vickers, the Worship Pastor here at Christ Fellowship, where I have been leading since the fall of 2012. I accepted Christ as my savior at the age of 4, and can say that He has been faithful to me! I grew up in Pearisburg and graduated from Liberty University in 2009 with a degree in Spanish. I am currently a high school Spanish teacher. Leading praise and worship is a blessing and honor. Our God is worthy of all the praise and it's a privilege to come before Him in worship.
Sam & Lori Bostwick
Assistant to Children’s Ministry
“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 (NIV) Sam and Lori Bostwick both grew up in Blacksburg. They were married and moved to Pearisburg in 2007. The Bostwick’s began attending Christ Fellowship in 2010. Sam and Lori have two sons and love enjoying the mountains and outdoors. Lori attended Radford University and teaches kindergarten for Montgomery County Public Schools. She began as an assistant to the teachers in the Children’s Ministry at Christ Fellowship in 2011. She then began to teach the pre-school and kindergarten class in 2012. Lori continues to teach in the Children’s Ministry. She also assists Pastor Mary French in Christ Fellowships’ Children’s Church. Lori is passionate about sharing God’s word and training up children who will know, love, honor, and praise God throughout their whole lives.
Rick & Pat Glaholt
Financial Officer and Administrator
Rick and Pat met when they were both employed at the same company. They were married in 1981. They moved to Pat’s home town of Pearisburg the following year. Pat returned to Christ Fellowship where she had worshiped in the past. She brought Rick with her. They both committed their lives to Christ in 1988. Some years later, Rick was elected to the Board of Directors as Church Treasurer. He served for several years. After a hiatus of a few years, during which he received his Master’s Degree in Global Management, he returned to the position of Treasurer. Upon retiring from the business world in 2010, Rick began working in the church office as Financial Officer and Administrator. Recently, Pat assumed the duties of Coordinator of Lay Ministries at Christ Fellowship.