"Pastor Rob," a Richmond, Virginia native, has served as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Petersburg since the Fall of 2007. An alumnus of Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Virginia (B.A., Religious Studies, 1979), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas (Master of Divinity, 1984) and Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia (Clinical Pastoral Education, 1984), Pastor Rob has served several Virginia Baptist Churches during the past 34 years. These include Coan Baptist Church, Heathsville, Virginia, Pastor (Rappahannock Baptist Association 1984 - 86), Bainbridge Street Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, Pastor (Richmond Baptist Association, 1987 - 2004), First Baptist Church, Richmond, Virginia, Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Senior Adults (Richmond Baptist Association, 2005 - 2007), and First Baptist Church, Petersburg, Virginia, Pastor (Petersburg Baptist Association, 2007 - Present.
Pastor Rob has four children: Lauren, Maryanne, Summer, and his late son, Morgan. He also has three grandchildren: Isabella, Levi and Dawson.
Minister of Music/Choir Director: Debra Bowles - more coming soon.
Church Secretary: Shannon Ellis began volunteering her time with different ministries and is now serving as the Church Secretary for First Baptist, a positions she's held since February 2017. Shannon enjoys all that God brings her way each and every day!
Mrs. Betty Steele. Chairman
Mrs. Glenda Rose, Vice-Chairman
Mr. Lloyd Pugh, Secretary
Mr. Don Anderson
Mrs. Shirley Ashley
Mrs. Gloria Miller