Randolph Street is an elder led church. Our elders are men who sense a calling to shepherd the church that Christ has purchased with His own blood. These men are responsible for shepherding through Word and prayer while also providing oversight for the church. Some elders serve in a full-time capactiy (staff elders) while others maintain secular employment (lay elders).
Jason McClanahan (Lead Pastor)
Jason, Ginger, Ty, Olivia and Julia moved back to Charleston and began their ministry at Randolph Street Church in September 2007. Prior to this ministry they planted Providence Baptist Church in Westerville, Ohio. Jason grew up in Poca, WV not far from Ginger's hometown of Sissonville. He graduated from West Virginia State University (B.S. Social Work - May 1997), Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Master of Divinity - May 2001) in Virginia Beach, and The Master's Seminary (Doctor of Ministry - May 2008) in Los Angeles. While his passion is Christ and his love is ministry, his hobbies include: baseball (a Yankees fan), hunting, fishing, and reading theology. His favorite books include The Pleasures of God by John Piper, Calvin's Institutes andThe Works of John Flavel.
Jason's has four primary responsibilities: primary preaching/teaching elder, chairman of our elders, leadership development and vision.
Tim Valentine (Pastor of Church Multiplication & Care)
Tim and his wife Becky joined the Randolph Street Church staff in July of 2011. They have a passion to finish their ministry training the next generation for a gospel movement in our region. Tim and Becky have planted Churches, and have sent teams out to plant Churches. All of their children are faithfully involved in Church planting and/or some aspect of Church leadership. His experience of over 30 years of pastoral ministry is greatly benefiting this multiplying gospel movement.
Tim has three primary responsibilities: care (overseeing our shephering ministries and deacons), church multiplication (mentoring our future church planters, networking with other like-minded churches in our region, overseeing our church planting efforts), and being a regular part of our preaching & teaching team.
Jeremy, Mary Beth, Thessa and Tytus came to Randolph Street Church in the summer of 2008. Talitha became part of the Randolph Street family in the summer of 2009. Jeremy was born in Korea, but was adopted at an early age to his hometown of Hurricane, WV - not far from where Mary Beth grew up in Milton, WV. Jeremy graduated from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1996 with a mechanical engineering degree, and he is currently an engineer at Toyota in Buffalo, WV. While his passion is Christ and his love is ministry, his hobbies include fly-fishing, hunting, and playing with his Mac computer. Several books that have impacted his life include: The Gospel According to Jesus (by John MacArthur), Desiring God (by John Piper) and Adopted for Life (by Russell Moore).
Randy came to Randolph Street Church in December 2008. His responsibilities include overseeing the Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the Appalachia Conference on Theology and the Church. He grew up in Sissonville and graduated from Virginia Tech (M.S. & B.S. Electrical Engineering) and from Marshall University Graduate College (M.B.A.). He loves Christ and is grateful for the opportunity to serve the people at Randolph Street Church. Randy also enjoys reading, horticulture, and studying theology. Several books that have impacted his life include: The Gospel According to the Apostles (by John MacArthur), The Bondage of the Will (by Martin Luther), and Chosen By God (by R.C. Sproul).
Shawn and his wife Julia have been at Randolph Street Church since 2002, and were married in the Church in 2004. God blessed them with a beautiful baby boy in the fall of 2010, Samuel Robert Moran, named after both Shawn's and Julia's fathers. Shawn is originally from James City, Pennsylvania, a town of 400 people in the Allegheny Mountains of Western Pennsylvania. Shawn is a 1987 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and is the founder and president of both Westport Wealth Management and Retirement Planning Group of West Virginia here in Charleston. Shawn is a runner (having hobbled across the finish line of 2 marathons), who also loves to read, to travel and to walk through life with Julia. Several books that have impacted Shawn's life include: The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer and The Grandeur of God: A Theological and Devotional Study of the Divine Attributes by Samuel Storms. Shawn considers it the great joy and privilege of his life to serve the people of Randolph Street Church.
As an un-churched 16-year-old Lowell attended a youth group because he was told it was a great place to meet girls - it was there he met his future wife Beccy (a preacher’s daughter). As they say, “He chased her for the next five years until she caught him.” They were married in December 1969. Lowell is a six year Navy and Vietnam veteran. He went on to retire from the West Virginia Air National Guard in 1990. A WVU forestry graduate, he spent 30 years with the USDA as a soil conservationist. The Wilks moved to the area in 1987 for the express purpose of becoming a part of Randolph Street Baptist Church. Lowell and Beccy have been greatly blessed at Randolph Street and have witnessed the conversion of their three children through the ministry of RSBC. Not your traditional reformed avid reader, Lowell is more likely to be found studying through a book of the Bible or searching the Scripture on a particular issue or doctrine with the help of various commentators.