On September 1, 2018, Rev. Toby Wagoner became pastor at Ravenswood First Baptist. He and his wife Jennifer have five children ranging in age from 5-23, and they have one grandson. Originally, from Roane County, Pastor Toby worked as a radio broadcaster for over 15 years in Spencer and in state government for over a decade. He has served in bi-vocational ministry since 2007. Pastor Toby had previously served as youth pastor at First Baptist since 2014, where he was instrumental in growing the youth program.
While in his role as youth pastor, Toby created and branded the church’s teen ministry “Captivate.” He helped facilitate the End Zone after-game party following each home football game that has an attendance of over 125 young people each night. Additionally, he has led youth mission trips for the church to Myrtle Beach to work in a homeless feeding kitchen and nursing home. He has also encouraged young people to get involved with the Salvation Army and Community Kitchen in Jackson County.
Transitioning into the role as senior pastor at First Baptist, Toby is bringing the same excitement that he had in his youth ministry to the entire congregation. He has begun an interactive Bible Study on Wednesday night. He is also preaching a second sermon on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. He is actively promoting multiple areas of ministry where persons can get involved in the church including a full choir, a bell choir, women’s fellowship group, men’s fellowship group, family life activities, Community Kitchen, End Zone, children’s programs and more.
The pastor is pleased the church provides a nursery, Sunday School classes for all ages, youth groups for all ages, and even a children’s church service during morning worship. Ann Johnson, a local school teacher, has been appointed to serve as the bi-vocational Youth Ministry Director for the church. Ann has hit the ground running with enthusiasm and has some great plans for our youth programs.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to be serving Ravenswood First Baptist,” said Pastor Toby. “I love this community, and this church loves this community. Our desire is to see more people come and join us, as we grow together in love and faith. We are an active and engaged church, grounded in family values. Our worship service is blended – offering both traditional and contemporary Christian music.”
Pastor Toby completed his pastoral training at the West Virginia Baptist Convention’s (WVBC) School of Christian Studies (SCS) as part of the American Baptist Churches USA denomination. He has also completed a two-year Advanced Studies Program with the SCS, and has a secular degree from West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
He is ordained through the Good Hope Association of the WVBC, where he serves on the executive committee. Pastor Toby has been a guest minister at several churches across West Virginia.
Pastor Toby is available to our church family to provide pastoral care to individuals and families for marriage planning and marital support, spiritual counseling, hospital visits, funeral service planning, salvation and baptism consultation, home visitation, and emergency or crisis response needs.
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