Dr. Robert Guffey, Jr. (

Bob began serving as Pastor on January 1, 2017.

Bob comes to us after serving churches in Connecticut, Louisiana, Texas and most recently South Carolina.  He is a graduate of Emory University (Chandler School of Religion, Doctor of Ministry), New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity), Louisiana State University (BS).  He has also studied at Columbia Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Bob is married to Angie and they have 2 adult children and  four grandchildren.   He enjoys fishing, photography, reading and writing.

You can read some of his writings on his blog



Director of Children and Family Ministries

Stephanie Van Leeuwen (

Stephanie became a member of Freemason Street in 2004 and joined our staff in 2016.

Stephanie holds a Masters in Elementary Education and a Certification as a Reading Specialist.  She served our community as a 4th and 5th grade teacher and as an adjunct in Reading Education at ODU.  After many years of helping with our Children’s Committee and serving as the committee’s chairperson, Stephanie heard a call to Children’s Ministry and completed her Certification in Children’s Ministry through the Virginia Baptist Mission Board.

Stephanie is married to Tripp Van Leeuwen and has two children.

Director of Music Ministries

Robert Shoup (

Bob joined the staff of Freemason Street Baptist Church on June 1, 2006. In addition to Bob’s ministry with the church, his music making impacts the community through his work as Chorus Master and Staff Conductor of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  Also a composer, Bob is the founding President/CEO and Artistic Director of CREATOrS, inc.

Bob earned his bachelor’s degree in music education (voice) at Duquesne University and his master’s degree in conducting in the studio of Grammy Award-winning conductor Robert Page at Carnegie Mellon University.  Bob has two children, Benjamin and Ali.

Church Secretary

Susan Keane (

Susan, a native New Yorker, joined the staff in September,1989.  Assisting the minister, church council, working as receptionist, trying to keep members in touch with what is happening in the church and just generally doing whatever needs doing around the church office keeps her busy!

Business Secretary

Trish Davis

Trish joined our staff September 2007.  Originally from Northern Virginia, she is a graduate of Virginia Tech.  She moved to this area in 1994.  Currently working for us part-time, she also works at the No-Frill Grill and Dog-N-Burger as the Office Manager and Bookkeeper.

carlKitchen Manager

Carl Warren

Carl Warren joined our staff in April, 2009.  Born and raised in Norfolk, he spent several years in California and Nevada.  He comes to us with over twenty years experience.   In his spare time he enjoys scuba diving, fishing and snow skiing.


Charles Upshur

Charles joined our staff in May 2009.   Charles is a native of the Eastern Shore, and he enjoys going up there to visit family and fish!   He is a handyman and is always willing to help with whatever needs to be done around the church.


Andrey Kasparov 

Andrey graduated from the Central Music School in Moscow in piano and composition in 1984. He graduated cum laude, in 1989, with a master’s degree in music composition from Moscow State Conservatory, and, in 1990, received a master’s degree in piano from the same institution. In 1999, he received his doctoral degree in music composition from Indiana University, Bloomington.

Billy-07-web-fileDirector of Youth Instrumental Music

Billy Batte

Billy is a lifelong member of FSBC, and frequently heard playing violin during Sunday worship. As a member of the music ministry staff, Billy helps to provide musical opportunities for our youth during our worship services, such as through experiences like handbell choir.

FSBC - Freemason Street Baptist Church

(Our Lenten journey through Jesus' last words from the cross are proving transformational for this pastor. Walking this way with you is a gift from God for which I am grateful. -bg)

-Bob Guffey

There it was again: “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I was reading the “Seven Last Words” of Jesus from the cross, and had come to the Third Word – “Woman, behold your son. Behold your mother” – and there it was again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.” (John 19:26)

The common assumption is those words have come from the writing voice of John the Apostle, the author of the gospel in which we find these words repeated several times.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

Usually when I read those words in the setting of a bible study group, someone will remark, “Well, that John sure thought a lot of him himself, didn’t he?”

The longer I have read that passage though, I do not think so.

This is John – John, as in the brothers, James and John, who Jesus named “Sons of Thunder.” (Mark 3:17)

This is John who, with his brother, came boldly to Jesus demanding to sit in authority with Jesus in his kingdom. (Mark 20:37)

This is John who wants to call fire down to consume a Samaritan village that has rejected Jesus. (Luke 9:54) This is John who gets it wrong again and again.

“The disciple whom Jesus loved.”

I’ve come to read these words differently, especially if this is, indeed, the apostle John.

What I hear now is this.

I hear John writing: “The disciple whom Jesus loved? Can it be? After all I have gotten wrong? The disciple whom Jesus loved! Can it be? Jesus loves even me!”

That’s me, too. I see my life and all that I have done and left undone.

I see hopes fulfilled, and dreams left empty. I see successes and failures.

I see where I have not lived up to the standard set by Christ resident in me, Christ, “the hope of glory.”

I look in amazement at his face at the cross and say, “The disciple whom Jesus loved?”

Yes, even me.

Even you, too.

Grace and peace,


Robert Guffey

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