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Meet Our Staff

B.A., M.A., University of Alabama; M.S., Florida State University; M.Div., McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University; D.Min., Wesley Theological Seminary
The Rev. Dr. David Turner has served Central as Senior Pastor since March 2005. Prior to his call as Senior Pastor, David served Central as Associate Pastor/Administrator. He came to Central from First Baptist Church of Griffin, Georgia, having previously served in hospital chaplaincy and at churches in Georgia. He is married to the Rev. Christy Haga Turner, a United Methodist pastor and, together, they have two sons. Dr. Turner serves on the Board of Directors for Baptists Today magazine and is a past moderator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia (CBFVA). His interests include Christian education, reading, history, current events, baseball, and college football.

Mary Richerson Craven, Associate Pastor For Music & Adult Ministries

B.A., University of Richmond; M.Div., Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond

Mary joined the CBC staff in August of 2019. Prior to her call to Central, she served on staff at several churches in the Richmond area in various positions, including senior pastor, music minister, and student minister. She and her husband, Adam, live in Midlothian with their three children. She loves watching football, eating a good chili dog, playing the piano, and going to the beach (as often as possible). Mary believes that the mission of the local church is to positively impact the community by sharing God’s love in tangible ways. We can work together to be the presence of Christ!      

Leslie Hepburn, Family Ministry Assistant

Leslie Hepburn has been a member of Central Baptist Church since 2016. She joined the CBC staff officially in July of 2019 as the Family Ministry Assistant. She has served and worked with children and youth in various capacities both inside and outside of the church, through Sunday School, bible studies, mission trips, and her time as a Middle School history teacher. She is a graduate of CNU (Go Captains!), an avid reader, wife & mother, and sports fan. Leslie believes children and youth are not only the future of our church but the present, and can live out Christ’s message of love and grace for All people to make a significant impact in our community and the world!

Nicole is a native of Richmond and grew up attending Central Baptist Church.  In fact, she was a founding member of the preschool in 1975. Currently, Nicole serves as Financial Administrator for the church where she has worked since 2002.  She’s married to Steve and they are very proud parents of two children.  In her spare time she enjoys attending her children’s sporting events, exercising, gardening,  and spending time with her fur babies!  Occasionally, you will find her at the courts playing tennis and pickleball and she has been known to binge watch a Netflix series…or two!  Before working at Central, Nicole spent several years in the banking and insurance industries.  

Meghan Engstran, Interim Minister to Families

Shari Fisher, Administrative Assistant

Melissa West, Director of the Ruby Cashion Preschool at Central Baptist Church

Phyllis Watkins,Organist

Darryl Emerson, Pianist

Featured Videos

Hepburn Family

Turner Family

Drive In Worship, March 22, 2020

Mary's Thoughts for Today

David's Thoughts for Today