“He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God...”

Ephesians 4:11-13

Church Leadership

Sr. Pastor Laurence Windham

Bristol Parish

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Rev. Windham moved to Bristol, Virginia, back in 1997 to join R.C. Sproul Jr. in the ministry of SPPC and the Highlands Study Center. He became the senior pastor of the church in 2000.

Prior to that he attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla., while working at Ligonier Ministries and serving as a college minister for Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Central Florida.

Laurence maintains that his greatest credentials are the smiles of his wife and the laughter of his children. He also makes the best fish tacos this side of the Mississippi.

Pastor Wayne Hays

Mendota Parish

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Pastor Hays is the father of three children and grandfather (“Pito”) of 16 grandchildren. He has been the pastor of Saint Peter Presbyterian Church’s Mendota Parish since 2006. He graduated with a B.A. from Columbia International University in 1968 and earned his M.Div. from Reformed Episcopal Seminary in 1971.

Pastor Steve Murphy

Abingdon Parish

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Husband to Kara and father of 10, Rev. Murphy has served as pastor of the Saint Peter Abingdon Parish since 2009. Previously Steve served as an interim pastor and as a missionary in Romania. More recently the Murphys published Homeschooling Today magazine. Steve received his degree in Bible with a minor in Greek from Cedarville University in 1991.

The Murphy family lives on forty acres in the shadow of Little Mountain and enjoys the rich community life of believers to which God has led them.

Elder Charles Humphrey

Mendota Parish

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A ruling elder at Saint Peter Presbyterian Church since 2007, Charles was called by the Session in November 2012 to take on the work of an evangelist minister in our local area, presenting the Gospel to those who do not know Christ, encouraging those who seek to know Him better and helping equip those who know Him to live the Gospel before others.

Charles received his bachelor’s degree in Bible & Religion from King College in Bristol, Tenn., in 1996. But he considers his greatest blessing from King to be his wife, Jennifer, who he met on the first day of orientation. Charles and Jennifer enjoy the bright lights of Mendota – starlight that is – along with their seven children.

Click here to learn why Charles’ contact card quotes Jesus saying, “Come and eat breakfast.”

From Charles:

“Though not an often-quoted statement of Jesus, it embodies the very reality and essence of who He is. In John 21, the resurrected Jesus Christ appears to the disciples. Here Jesus has just conquered sin and death, displaying His might and right to the throne of the King of kings. What does He do to communicate the weight of that work? He prepares a breakfast for His disciples and calls them to come and eat. Amazing! The God of the universe and all there is, cooks and provides for His own. And from there, with reconciliation and love, He gives the calling to shepherd His sheep. Read John 21 if you haven't recently. It is a wonderful story. It is one of my favorite and most encouraging Bible passages.

“Throughout all of Scripture there are places where God’s people are called to come and eat. It is an invitation of peace for nourishment of life. This displays the character of our Savior. This is love. This is our God. Christ is risen and calls us to come and feast with Him and feast with His beautiful bride, the Church. Thanks be to God!”