Church Council

In conjunction with the pastor, the Church Council is responsible for implementing and guarding the integrity of the mission, values, and vision of Bon Air Baptist Church.

The council is made up of 9 members of the church that are nominated and voted on by the congregation. They meet at least once monthly and act as the church on all matters except those specified in the By-Laws of the church. The members of the church council are on three-year terms, with 3 members rotating off each year.

New Church Council Members

On November 18, 2018, Bon Air Baptist Church elected three new Church Council members:

  • Matt Buckley

    • 20-Year Member of Bon Air Baptist Church

    • Positions Past/Present:
      • Governance Study Team Lead
      • Ministry Coordination Group - Member and Strategic Planning Team Lead
      • Student Ministry - Fusion (Wednesday Nights)
      • Stewardship Education Team - Team Lead
    • Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:
      "Both in professional pursuits and in volunteer activities, I enjoy opportunities to think strategically and solve complex problems, particularly in team leadership environments. Also, as part of the BABC Governance Study Team which resulted in the formation of the BABC Church Council, I feel that I can assist in providing perspective and be a resource in collaborating with the other Church Council members. I believe that the Church Council leadership approach and the related development of a strong leadership culture within teams at BABC is important to enable us individually and as a church to maximize our time, energy, and resources on God’s plan, the Great Commission, and showing love to others outside of our church by meeting their needs and building deep relationships.

    • Opportunities for BABC: 
      "In an environment where it will be more common for folks to not have a church-based family background, we have an opportunity to figure out how we as a church can be increasingly relevant and impactful to the communities we serve. In thinking about the vision to be 'A Place To Belong… A Place To Become,' I think of it as meeting people where they are in their spiritual journey and helping to meet their needs along the way just as others have done the same for us. We do this because God wants us to love others and meet their needs as a reflection of His unconditional love."
  • Terry Judge

    • 12-Year Member of Bon Air Baptist Church

    • Positions Past/Present:
      • Member Mobilization Co-Coordinator
      • Worship Leader in the Gathering Band
      • Transition Team Member
      • Children’s Preschool Volunteer
    • Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:
      "I believe I have Bon Air Baptist Church’s best interest in mind and heart. I have the ability to see things objectively and from a macro and micro perspective. I am happy to serve the church, and God, in any way that I am capable to do so. I love our church very much and would be honored to serve in this role."

    • Opportunities for BABC:
      "I think a couple of our greatest opportunities at Bon Air Baptist Church are 1) our youth, and 2) getting our members and longtime attendees (who are not members) more involved at Bon Air Baptist Church. Growing a strong youth following is vital to the strength and future of our church. If our youth are engaged, they will grow in their faith and bring their family and friends which will help to keep our church thriving. Getting involved with different things throughout the church has been a wonderful experience for me. Whether it’s joining a Bible study class, a small group, or just getting plugged into volunteer with something at Bon Air Baptist (one time, a few times, or even on a regular basis). The more involved you get, the more of a family the church becomes, and the more you will grow in your faith. As the saying goes: you get out what you put in."
  • Erica Schulman

    • 15-year Member of Bon Air Baptist Church

    • Positions Past/Present: "Over the past 15 years as a member, I have served in multiple lay member roles as well as a staff member. I have taught Sunday School classes of all ages from nursery to adult. During this time I served on the Young Adult Taskforce, the RBA study team, and as the Member Mobilization Co-coordinator. I also served on staff part-time as the Young Adult Ministry Intern."

    • Calling/Interest to Serve on Church Council:
      "God has led me to serve in many different roles through the years, which I would not have originally considered, and this is one of those times. Through focused prayer and Bible study, my husband and I discerned the leading of the Holy Spirit for me to serve in this capacity. It will be a privilege to serve my community through the ministry of the Bon Air Baptist Church family that we have been called and committed to."

    • Opportunities for BABC:
      "There are many opportunities in RVA, and one that has great potential is the Forest Hill corridor. This opportunity allows us to reach unchurched families and young adults in that area as well as open up more opportunities for our church family to serve, share our faith, and reach our community with the love of Jesus."

Current Church Council Members

  • Kathy Clements
  • Dominic Sottile
  • Bill Montgomery
  • Meredith Van Voorhis
  • Matt Thornhill
  • Bill Thomas

Sincere thanks to the following Church Council members who finished their term at the end of 2018:

  • Betsy Akins
  • Michael Clark
  • Brian Lee

FAQs-Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does the Church Council do?

    Per the By-Laws IV Church Council; Section 1 & 2…

    In conjunction with the pastor, the Church Council is responsible for implementing and guarding the integrity of the mission, values, and vision of Bon Air Baptist Church. The Church Council shall annually review the strategies and objectives to accomplish the church’s purpose. A key role of the Church Council is to help guide the church in the proper decision-making process. Church Council will act as the church on matters except those noted below.

    Church Council shall not:

    1. Call a Senior Pastor and/or ministerial staff members
    2. Change the Constitution or By-Laws
    3. Alter the identity or denomination affiliation
    4. Enter into contracts or agreements that require trustee signatures
    5. Adopt the budget
    6. Approve a large financial obligation
    7. Start or disband a multi-site location
  • What are the requirements of a Church Council member?

    Per the By-Laws IV Church Council; Section 3…

    • In order to serve on the Church Council, an individual must be:
      • a member of Bon Air Baptist Church for at least 5 years
      • be fully engaged/invested in the church;
      • have demonstrated leadership in a variety of capacities; be knowledgeable of various Bon Air Baptist ministries;
      • be a spiritually mature Christian who makes decisions based on what is best for the church.
    • A member of the Church Council cannot lead another church team while serving on the council.
    • The Church Council shall be comprised of 9 members, plus the pastor or pastor’s designate. The Church Council shall be elected by the church to serve a 3-year term, one-third of whom rotate off each year. A Church Council member may be eligible for re-election only after a lapse of at least 1 year.
    • The Church Council will be led by a lay member for a 1-year term, elected by its members.
    • The Church Council will meet at least once a month. A quorum of the Church Council shall consist of 7 members, excluding the pastor or pastor’s designate.
  • How will the application process work?

    Per By-Laws IV Church Council; Section 4…

    Church members will nominate candidates for the Church Council on an annual basis. A nomination form and supporting documents will be completed based on the communicated deadlines. The returning Church Council members will vet the nominated candidates to confirm qualifications are met and present all qualified candidates to the church for consideration. The church will vote for the new Church Council members in the January business meeting for the new term.

  • What is the next step?

    If you feel you know someone who demonstrates these qualities and is willing to consider becoming a Church Council member, fill out the nomination sheet. This step will start the application. It will be up to the nominee to ensure all forms and deadlines are met. Pray for and support the nominee as he or she continues through this process. All forms are available on the website and in the church office in a hard copy format or contact your campus pastor.

(Nominations will be received in September)