Grandin Court Baptist Church Staff Members:
Dr. Kevin Meadows, Senior Pastor, has served as pastor of Grandin Court Baptist Church since February 2001. A native of eastern North Carolina, Kevin holds degrees from North Carolina State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and The Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. Kevin’s wife, Cindy, is an ordained minister and currently serves as a hospital chaplain with Carilion Health System of Roanoke. They have two adult children, Blake and Lottie. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Baptist General Association of Virginia and the Board of Trustees for Family Promise of Greater Roanoke. He has a deep passion for being missional and has served in such diverse locations as Prague, Czech Republic, Managua, Nicaragua, Nairobi, Kenya, Yendi, Ghana, and numerous points throughout the country of India. In his spare time, he enjoys running, playing golf, painting, and cooking.
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Rev. Brian Burnette, Minister of Children and Spiritual Formation, has been at Grandin Court Baptist Church since 2009. He grew up in Roanoke and, after being away for over a decade, was happy to come back so he could raise his two children in the valley with his amazing wife, Susan. Pastor Brian is an alumnus of the College of William & Mary (’98) and received his Master of Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (’03). He is passionate about leading children through God’s Story over the course of each year through the Time for Young Disciples and Godly Play. He loves to give high fives in the hallways. He also enjoys empowering parents to do faith formation at home and finding ways to develop connections among all the generations of the church.
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Rev. Melissa A. Fox, Minister of Music & Worship Arts, is a native of Arkansas, graduating from the University of Arkansas in 1984 with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism/Magazine Photography. She attended Midwestern Baptist Seminary in Kansas City and graduated with a Masters degree in Church Music with a minor in Vocal Performance. Her life has always been filled with music whether private lessons on flute and piano, or trying her skills at the saxophone, handbells, timpani and organ. Her first love is singing. She is married to David, having just celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary. She has served churches in Arkansas, Missouri and Virginia since 1982. Her calling and passion is to help God’s people find their voice or talent and offer it to God in worship as a way of life.
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Rev. Melissa Kessler, Minister to Students and Missional Activities, joined Grandin Court in 2014 after earning her Master of Divinity from Wake Forest University School of Divinity and being ordained by First Baptist Church of Kernersville, North Carolina. Born in central New York and raised in North Carolina, Pastor Melissa has always loved people and exploring new places. During her undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro she studied Maori music at the New Zealand School of Music before obtaining her Bachelor of Music in Music Education. She then moved to Southern India to work at an international Christian school and partnered with organizations throughout the country during her tenure. She strives to help the church engage their immediate and distant communities through conversation, learning, and action, bridging differences and finding common ground. Email Pastor Melissa K
Rev. Charles A. Krause, Minister to Senior Adults, has been at Grandin Court Baptist Church for over 10 years. He was born in Lexington, Virginia and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Charlie graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He received his calling to the gospel ministry at Ridgecrest, NC and was ordained April 4, 1993. He has served churches in Jeffersonville, Indiana and in Roanoke, VA. Charlie played the tuba in the Roanoke Symphony for 37 years and currently plays with the Roanoke Chamber Brass. He is married to his wife Fran and they have 3 grown children and 8 grandchildren. He loves music (playing and listening), reading, playing with his Lionel trains and especially playing with his grandchildren.
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Vicki Masters, Church Administrator
Rev. Natalie Kline, Childcare Coordinator
Laura Brewer, Weekday Preschool Director, has been a member of Grandin Court Baptist since relocating to the Roanoke Valley in 1997. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the College of William and Mary and many training hours in Early Childhood Education best practices. She first became involved with the preschool as a parent, then teacher, and has served as Director since 2014. She is passionate about developing relationships with students and their families and loves watching each individual child grow and discover their talents and abilities in a high-quality learning environment.
Joe Kennedy, Organist