Our People

Blue Ridge Bible Church is an elder-led church. The congregation does vote to approve leadership (elders and deacons and the hiring of pastors) and the annual budget. Our elders lead our local body through prayer, teaching, counseling, and oversight.

The Deacons serve the church by taking care of practical needs and organizing service projects. Contact a deacon if you are looking for a way to volunteer.

Our staff consists of three pastors and two administrative staff.

Staff

Jack Gill, Senior Pastor
Tom Gossage
, Worship Pastor
Rich Shipe
, Discipleship and Youth Pastor
Debbie Stevenson
, Administrator
Regina Gossage, Children’s Ministry
Julie Dodson
, Office

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Staff:

Pastor Jack Gill grew up in north Texas and was raised in a wonderful Christian family. After graduating from college, he married his sweetheart Karen and they began the adventure of military life. Jack served as a Naval Aviator, later transitioning to become a pilot for United Airlines. Upon moving and being based at Dulles Airport, he and his family promptly joined Blue Ridge Bible Church to serve the Lord through various ministry opportunities here. In 2003 the Lord began to prompt him to enter into the ministry as an associate pastor for our church. This began his journey from the cockpit to the pulpit! He later became our senior pastor in 2007.

Pastor Jack considers the legacy of a strong Christian heritage as one of the greatest blessings of his life. Having accepted Christ at a young age, he grew in his faith through the discipling he received from others in his family, but also from godly servants in the local church. Having experienced first-hand the impact of a church that is based upon the Word of God, Jack maintains an unwavering confidence in God’s desire and ability to use the church to cultivate gospel-changed lives.

Jack is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary. He and Karen live in Round Hill and have three adult children, two sons and one daughter.




Worship Pastor Tom Gossage is a Florida native who loves God, ministry, music, auto painting, fishing, dirtbikes and Snoopy but most of all enjoys being a dad and husband to nine children and his wife Regina. Tom was a music education and jazz performance major at the University of South Florida where he learned to compose, direct and perform music of many genres and on many instruments. In addition to leading worship at Blue Ridge Bible Church, he enjoys recording and performing with his family in the band “Ages.”

Children’s Ministry Director Regina Gossage has been a member of Blue Ridge Bible Church since 2006, and the Children’s Ministry Director since 2012. She attended New Orleans Baptist Seminary after college where she worked on a Masters in Christian Education. After seminary she served on a church staff in Florida where she met her husband Tom. They have been married for 22 years and have 9 children. They feel blessed to work together on staff at Blue Ridge.

Discipleship and Youth Pastor Rich Shipe and his wife Christy have been a part of Blue Ridge Bible Church since its founding in 1988. Before accepting his current role as a full-time pastor, Rich was active in the church as a deacon since 2002 and a small group leader since 1999. He has a passion for discipleship and helped start the discipleship program and LIFE Groups at the church. Until 2008, Rich had worked for most of his life in politics and Christian ministry including serving as the Managing Editor of Crosswalk.com. God began changing his heart toward full-time ministry, and he joyfully accepted the position of Associate Pastor at Blue Ridge and then started on June 1, 2008. Rich has been married to Christy since 1998, and they are blessed to be able to raise their three daughters and two boys in the church they grew up in.

Church Administrator Debbie Stevenson has been on staff at Blue Ridge since 1994 and has been the full-time Church Administrator since 2000. She brings a fun attitude and a quick smile, as well as a myriad of marketplace leadership skills. She was on staff at Grace Community Church in Panorama City, California before moving to Virginia to work for Christian Legal Society. She also brings planning and organizational skills from her work on a political campaign and her own meeting and wedding planning business, and uses those tools now to keep Blue Ridge working smoothly behind the scenes.

Office Assistant Julie Dodson joined the administrative staff at Blue Ridge in 2008. She works as a part-time assistant to the church administrator for bookkeeping and general office duties. When not at the church office, Julie and her husband, Chip, educate the youngest of their three children at home. The Dodson family lives in Berryville, Virginia.