Will become senior pastor of Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond, October 1
Richmond, VA – August 13, 2015 – Dr. Tom Stocks has announced his calling as senior pastor of Bon Air Baptist Church, Richmond. In February 2008, Tom began working for Virginia Baptists as the field strategist for the Valley Region in the western part of the Commonwealth. Additionally, he also served as deacon ministry specialist, consulting with churches all across Virginia in that role.
“When I was pastor of First Baptist Church, Waynesboro, Tom was our field strategist,” David Washburn, BGAV Treasurer, said. “He helped our deacons make an important shift in their ministry focus that continues to serve the church and community well. I am not surprised that God has, once again, called Tom to serve as senior pastor. While we will miss his presence and contribution to the BGAV staff and churches, we celebrate his calling to Bon Air and remaining in the BGAV family.”
Following Travis Collins’ departure last year as senior pastor, Stocks served Bon Air as interim pastor. On August 9, 2015, all campuses of the multi-site church voted unanimously to call him as the church’s next pastor.
“We look forward to doing this journey with you,” Stocks told the church through a video shortly after accepting the call.
“Tom has been a wonderful blessing to pastors and church leaders in the Valley Region,” said Ken Kessler, team leader of the BGAV Empowering Leaders team. “Many have already shared how much they will miss his presence and ministry with them. I am grateful that he will remain in the Commonwealth and provide leadership to one of the strong churches in our Capital Region. We look forward to partnering with him in his new role,” he added.
Before beginning work at the BGAV, Stocks served as senior pastor of Rosalind Hills Baptist Church in Roanoke for 18 years. A graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, he also volunteered for a time as chaplain for the Roanoke County Police Department.
“I have received many expressions of appreciation from pastors and congregations all over the Commonwealth for the ministry of Tom Stocks after hearing of his calling to be pastor of Bon Air Baptist Church,” said John Upton, BGAV Executive Director.
“Tom has touched the hearts and lives of many congregations in his role as field strategist. I am grateful for his time with the BGAV staff. We will miss our daily contact with Tom but are equally pleased that he will be serving among us in this new way. Tom is a gifted preacher, a creative leader, and a person who is ‘all in’ when it comes to God’s children. We look forward to his ministry at Bon Air and his new leadership roles in the BGAV,” Upton said.
Stocks is married to Paula and has two adult daughters, Lindsey and Ashley.
“I depart as a better individual in my Christian journey, leadership knowledge, and capacity for growth,” said Stocks. “As a result of my position, I’ve gained countless, deep and abiding relationships not only with fellow BGAV colleagues, but with numerous BGAV family members and partners. To say thank you for this opportunity rings as an understatement of my heartfelt feelings.”
The Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV) is a cooperative missions and ministry organization that consists of over 1,400 autonomous churches in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as churches from Seoul, South Korea, Toronto, Ontario, the District of Columbia, and the states of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and West Virginia.