Joshua Hayden

Senior Pastor

Josh loves helping people discover the hope and meaning that God has for our shared life together. He studied leadership and organizational change while writing Creative Destruction: Towards a Theology of Institutions to receive his Doctor of Ministry at Duke Divinity School. He’s the author of Sacred Hope, a book designed to foster conversation about the role of hope in our lives. Josh also studied at The John Leland Center for Theological Studies (M.Div) and James Madison University (B.A. English). Josh currently serves on the Board of Directors for: V3 Church Planting Movement, Fresh Expressions US, and Spence Network. He finds delight in his marriage with Shéy and enjoys exploring the world with his two boys Rowan & Eli and dog Izzie. He also loves to read, run, and coach soccer.

Bill Ellis

Pastor of Senior Life

Bill is a husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He graduated from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee and graduated from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology degree and a Doctor of Theology degree in the field of homiletics. He has pastored churches in Tennessee, Louisiana, Maryland and Virginia. He is presently the interim associate pastor at First Baptist Church in Ashland, VA, serving in the area of pastor to seniors. He has enjoyed preaching, teaching, and pastoring all groups including seniors. He enjoys music (50’s, country, southern gospel, and religious-traditional and contemporary) and sports (New Orleans Saints in NFL). Bill is married to Marilyn. They live in Ruther Glen, Virginia and they have children through three generations.


Tom Lynch

Pastor of Students & Family Life

Tom Lynch lives in Ashland, VA with his wife and two children. He is passionate about sharing Jesus with youth and families so that they might experience the wholeness Christ intended in their lives. He holds a master of divinity from the John Leland Center and a Master of Social Work Administration, Planning, and Policy Planning from Virginia Commonwealth University where he also teaches social justice as adjunct faculty. In addition, he was awarded a bachelor’s in communication from Michigan State University in 2000. Go Green! Go White! He remains active in the community volunteering as the faith community mobilizer for the Richmond Justice Initiative, an anti-human trafficking non-profit. Tom has been published in journals and various periodicals.

Daniel Peyton

Missional Resident

Daniel is a husband, student, runner, and soccer fan. One quarter away from graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary (M.A. Theology), he has emphasized art and justice in his coursework. After graduating from The College of William and Mary (B.B.A. Marketing), he worked for a Williamsburg church building local and global partnerships to participate in God’s mission in the world. Additionally, he brings a diverse skillset with professional experience ranging from social entrepreneurship in South America, sustainable farming in his hometown of Warrenton, VA, to disability research and waiting tables in New England. Daniel is married to Kristen, a painter, and together they enjoy exploring the arts and culture.

Rachel Pierce

Pastor of Worship

Lover of flip flops, singer, songwriter and worship leader from Wytheville, Virginia. Rachel earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Radford University. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Theology with a concentration in Worship & the Arts from Fuller Theological Seminary. Rachel is passionate about discipling leaders and inspiring artists to live into their true calling. You will find her sharing her gifts and talents at churches, conferences, special events and anywhere she can sing or whistle a tune. Her passions for music were inspired by her parents and the simple life of having been raised in southwest Virginia. She shares her home in Hanover Virginia, with her husband Joe, two boys and a crazy springer spaniel pup Diego. Rachel and Joe enjoy traveling, meeting new people and trying new cuisine.

Lisa Reckley

Finance and Communication Assistant

Lisa moved to Virginia from Pittsburgh, PA with her family. Lisa is a mother of three and has been married to her husband, Steve, for 20 years. As a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, she holds a bachelor of Science in Biology. Lisa enjoys spending time with her family, being outdoors, and football season. Go Steelers!

Laura Ross

Children's Pastor

Laura graduated from Randolph-Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in French. She is married to Jason with two children, Gracyn and Coral. In the Ross household sports are paramount. Laura can be found on the sidelines, of her children’s athletic events, on any given Saturday. Laura strives to be a positive role model for her children in every aspect of life. She is a sentimental soul who appreciates traditions and family memories. Laura takes pleasure in antiques and vintage decor, organization, and creative display.

Joanie Tompkins

Administrative Assistant

Joanie was raised in western Hanover County. She has been married to Jeff, her high school sweetheart, for 44 years. They have two grown children, Clay and Katy, and 3 grandchildren from their son and his wife, Lindsey. Joanie began working at First Baptist Ashland when Katy went off to college in 2002 and has been here ever since. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends whom she holds close to her heart.