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Our Elders are listed in alphabetical order by last name.


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Jeff Cunningham

Jeff Cunningham

Personal: Jeff was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Jeff married Ok Nan in 1982. They have one grown daughter, Sandra.

Spiritual Journey: Jeff accepted Jesus as his personal Savior in May of 1985 while attending Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA. Shortly after joining Central Baptist, Jeff and OK Nan moved overseas on assignment with the US Air Force. Jeff grew spiritually by leading and attending a variety of Bible studies at various churches throughout his Air Force and civilian career. Jeff was ordained as a Deacon at First Baptist Church of Bellevue, Nebraska in 1992.

FBCW Service: Jeff and his family started attending FBCW in July 2000 and joined the church in September 2000. Jeff and Ok Nan began their service at FBCW by teaching a class in the children's' ministry. Jeff led an adult Sunday school class for several years and continues to serve as a substitute teacher for adult Bible studies. Jeff served as a Levite during the three years FBCW met at Woodbridge Senior High School. Jeff's ministries also included service as Chairman of both the Personnel Committee and the Administrative Ministry Team. Jeff served as a Deacon at FBCW from 2005 to 2011. He was ordained as an Elder in February 2012. Jeff contributes to a variety of FBCW ministries, such as serving in the choir and leading a small group Bible study.

Career: Jeff served in the United States Air Force for 21 years. After his Air Force service, Jeff and Ok Nan moved to Woodbridge in 2000 where Jeff worked as a contractor in Washington DC. Jeff is now employed by the federal government as a Human Resources Officer.

Fred Raines

Fred Raines

Personal: Fred was born in Miami, Florida. He spent the first few years of his life in a variety of railroad towns, mostly in Florida and Alabama as his father found seasonal work during the Depression. Most of his childhood was spent in the Panama Canal Zone. After returning to the USA, Fred finished high school in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, then the University of Virginia where he met Polly. They were married in the UVA Chapel on December 21, 1956. Fred and Polly have four adult daughters and 12 grandchildren.


Spiritual Journey: Fred’s earliest memories of life are of church related activities. Later, a lifelong progression of spiritually nourishing mentors and associations cushioned any hard times. At age 13, Fred made his profession of faith and was baptized during a midsummer revival at Belleville Baptist Church, in rural South Alabama. Throughout his college years at UVA, Fred was active in the Baptist Student Union, developing stronger Christian relationships, including one with nursing student Polly Smith, who was soon to become Polly Raines. Fred has been active in a variety of roles in several Baptist and interdenominational churches here and abroad. He was ordained as a Deacon in 1968 at Bay Ciea Baptist Church, Tampa Florida, and has served four churches in that capacity.


FBCW Service: Fred and Polly began attending FBCW during the “wilderness years” when services were held in Woodbridge High School and joined FBCW in 2006. Fred has been an active participant and contributor in a variety of FBCW activities and ministries to include men’s bible study, substitute Sunday School teacher, the Personnel Team, and as a Deacon.


Career: Fred served in the US Army for 31 years. After retirement from the Army he worked with a national defense related association and still serves as a board member. He also maintains a part time commitment with a company that provides training support to security and law enforcement organizations.

Sam Sanford

Sam Sanford

Personal: Sam was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. Sam married Cindy in 1988. They have two children, Jacob and Gabi.

Spiritual Journey: As a teenager Sam accepted Jesus as his personal Savior while attending his home church—a small Baptist church in Dayton. He rededicated his life to Christ in 2001.

FBCW Service: In 1998 Sam and his family started attending FBCW and quickly fell in love with the First Family. In 2001 they officially became members of FBCW. Since 2002 Sam has consistently participated in Bible study (Men's Bible study—originally Promise Keepers; FBCW Pastor's Bible study). Since 2003 he has led and facilitated a variety of classes: Sam and Cindy started the adult Sunday school class, 'Daily Walk' and Sam served as teacher for 5-6 years. He led a FBCW Biblical Manhood study. Currently, Sam teaches young adults Sunday school and Sam and Cindy have opened up their home to lead a young adult small group Bible study. Sam helps in leading Deacon training and substitute teaches for various classes. In May 2005 Sam was ordained as a deacon. In June of 2010 he was ordained as an Elder. Occasionally Sam supports various church initiatives involving the creative arts.

Career: Sam worked in the private sector for approximately 5 years after graduating from college and has been in federal service for the last 27 years.

Roy D. Steed

Roy D. Steed

Personal: Roy is a native Arkansan, born in Pine Bluff, AR on 16 March 1956 and raised in the small town of Prescott. He initially attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, where he met his future wife, Carol Crews. Roy and Carol were married in August 1976 and moved to Little Rock where Carol completed her nursing degree and Roy graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. They have three grown children and two grandsons.

Spiritual Journey: Roy grew up in the Nazarene church and accepted Christ as his Savior during a revival when he was 10 years old. He started to attend a local Baptist church as a teen, joining Prescott First Baptist Church and was baptized by immersion in 1973. While living in Little Rock, Roy and Carol were active members of Calvary Baptist Church and Roy was ordained as a deacon in 1979. Roy has served as a deacon in five different churches as they moved while serving in the Army.

Service: Roy and Carol joined First Baptist Church Woodbridge in 2008. During that time, they have served as nursery workers; Roy has served as a deacon and completed a three year term on the Administrative Ministry Team. Roy was ordained as an Elder in April 2013.

Career: Roy retired from the Army in 2008 after 26 years of service. Following retirement, Roy has worked as a defense contractor, Realtor and is now working with the Inspector General, Department of Defense.

Billy Wilhite

Billy Wilhite

Personal: Billy was born in Monroe, LA, in 1954, lived there until left to attend college in Colorado Springs, CO, where he met his future wife, Sally. He then transferred to Louisiana Tech University for his senior year and married Sally in August 1975. They have 3 adult children, Ben, Jennifer, and Christina, all living in the greater DC metropolitan area.


Spiritual Journey:  Billy learned of Jesus and His love as a small child through Sunday School at Stone Avenue Methodist Church.  He accepted Christ as personal Savior in July 1970 when the Holy Spirit convicted a headstrong teenager at Central Baptist Church.  Billy spent several years learning more about Christ, Who He is, and Who He calls us to be, but continued to be a “lukewarm” Christian until rededicating his life in the early 80’s to follow Jesus Christ as LORD.


FBCW Service:  Billy and Sally joined FBCW in October 1992.  He has served as a Youth and Adult Sunday School teacher, Administrative Ministry Officer, Levite (Woodbridge Café, Security), and as a Deacon.  He is currently serving in the choir, as a Youth Sunday School teacher, and as a volunteer in the Good News Jail and Prison Ministry.  He became an Elder in January 2008.


Career:  Billy served 22 years in the USAF; first as enlisted for approx 2 years, commissioned in 1978, and then entered fighter aviation in 1979 as a Weapons Systems Officer (F-4 and F-111).  He served on the Air Force Secretariat staff at the Pentagon and retired from active duty in 1998.  He worked as a Deputy Director and Program Manager for a local contractor supporting the Defense Department until May 2010 and has since been involved in several volunteer activities.

Randy Zeigler, Sr.

Randy Zeigler, Sr.

Personal: Randy was born and raised in Salem, Ohio. In June of 1977 Randy and Ann were married. They have two sons, Randy, Jr., (RJ) living in Dumfries and Robert living in Florida.

Spiritual Journey: Randy was raised in a Christian home and attended an Evangelical Friends Church. During his middle school years Randy became active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). It was in June of 1972 at a Fellowship of Christian Athlete's Conference at the US Naval Academy that Randy accepted Christ during a huddle meeting hosted by Roger Staubach. However, it was not until 1979 that he was baptized by a Southern Baptist Church in Augusta, Georgia. He has been active in the Baptist Church since then.

FBCW Service: Randy and Ann joined FBCW in April of 2001. Randy began his service by working with the Audio and Video Team as a video camera operator. Randy continues to support the Multimedia Team on an as needed basis. In 2005 he also began to work with the Senior Adult Ministry as a lay leader and currently continues in that position. Randy served as an Administrative Ministry Team Officer from 2006 through 2008. Randy was ordained by FBCW as a Deacon in October of 2009. As a Deacon he participates in the Visitation Ministry and also has a heart for congregational care.

Career: Randy served in the Army from 1978 to 1987 spending that time here in the Washington area serving in the White House Communications Agency. In 1987 he joined Motorola, Inc, as a wireless engineer. He is currently a Service Engineering Manager for Motorola Federal Government Markets Division. Randy is a member of the IEEE and CTIA. Randy is active in Kiwanis and is a past president in the Woodbridge, VA, club. Randy began his Elder ministry in April of 2010 and will complete his six year term in April of 2016.


Combined Service on December 28
Created On Friday, 12 December 2014
On December 28 at 10 :30 there is a combined service. There will be no Sunday School or childcare available that day....

Christmas Eve Service
Created On Friday, 12 December 2014
Join us for A Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion Service. 5:30-a traditional service with choir and orchestra. Childcare...

The ADVENTure of Commitment
Sunday, December 21, 2014
Contact Address: 13600 Minnieville Road Woodbridge, VA 22193                         Phone: 703-730-9009
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