About CBC and Ministry
Carrollton Baptist Church began in 1981 and moved to its current location in 1985. An addition was completed in 2002, and the church was debt-free by the end of the same year. Refurbishment of the sanctuary was completed in 2003.
Active members come from Chesapeake, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Carrollton, Smithfield, Newport News, and Hampton. Various religious, educational, and occupational backgrounds are represented within the church body. Children range from infant to college age. We also have a good proportion of members over 60. Our members strive to support each other through prayer, fellowship, and loving acts of ministry.
Pastor-Teacher -- Lee A. Hess
Lee attended Georgia State University for 4 years, majoring in Geology and minoring in Mathematics. In 1974, near the end of his senior year at GSU, Lee became a Christian. After his call into the ministry he earned his Bachelors in Humanities, with a concentration in Religious Studies, from Baptist University of America. Lee served several years as a teacher and then principal of a Christian school, as well as assistant to the pastor of Harvest Baptist Church in Acworth, GA. In 1988, the Lord directed the Hess family to move to Lynchburg, VA, where Lee attended and graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. While in Lynchburg, he served as an assistant pastor of Old Forest Road Baptist Church. Lee came to CBC June 6, 1992 and has faithfully served the congregation since that time. Lee is married to Sandy, an RN who teaches expectant parent classes and works as a lactation consultant part time, and who serves the CBC fellowship as a digital keyboardist and web site administrator. They have 3 sons, Adam, Peter, and Joel. Peter is married to Missy and they have a daughter and two sons. Joel is married to Ruth. The Hesses reside in Carrollton.
Pastor Lee's ministry philosophy is uncomplicated -- God's church should be theologically driven. That is, the Word of God must be the basis for all that the church desires to accomplish and to become. The Scripture that best speaks to this is Ephesians 4:11-16. Through God's gifted servants' teaching and modeling the truth in love, the saints are equipped for the work of ministry and for building up the body of Christ. The ultimate goal is that God's people will be conformed to the image of Christ, thereby bringing glory to God Himself.
Fred has been a member of CBC since its inception in 1981. He owns G.F. Walls Insurance Agency in Smithfield, VA and is a member of Gideons International. He has worked with the youth of CBC, has served as a deacon, and has directed a Day Camp ministry for area children for 20 years. Fred teaches one of the adult Sunday School classes, assists with the audio visual ministry, and serves in many other ways at CBC. His wife, Darby, serves as Sunday School teacher for 2nd and 3rd graders, is co-chair of the Women's ministry, and blesses the church body with quiet acts of service. They have 3 children, Jay (married to Michelle), Amy (married to Jeremy), and Ben. Fred and Darby have 5 grandchildren. The Walls reside in Smithfield.
Bill is a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, having served for 20 years as a distinguished member, and is now serving in the same administrative capacity as a government contractor. He is married to Naomi, a homemaker who enjoys reading Christian literature, taking photographs, and playing games with the family. Even before coming to CBC, they served the Lord in many areas of ministry and in many places all over the world. Bill is a gifted teacher and administrator. They have 3 children, Ben, Katie, and Abby, in elementary through college. Bill teaches Sunday School and Naomi serves as Music Director at CBC, where she also plays the piano. The Noltes reside in Hampton.