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).
Our Staff Elders
Jason McClanahan, Lead Pastor
Jason returned to Charleston in September 2007 to begin his ministry as lead pastor at Randolph Street. He grew up near Charleston and graduated from Poca High School in 1992. Jason attended college at West Virginia State University to play baseball under Coach Cal Bailey. In May 1997 he completed the bachelor of science degree in Social Work at WVSU. It was during his sophomore year that Jason met his future wife, Ginger Fisher. She was instrumental in leading him to Christ through her life and love for the Savior. In June 1994, God radically changed Jason's heart and he placed his faith in Christ. From that day Jason began pursuing pastoral ministry. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, he completed a three year Master of Divinity degree at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. In 2008 he likewise completed the Doctor of Ministry in Expository Preaching from Masters Seminary in Los Angeles. Prior to serving at Randolph Street, Jason planted and pastored Providence Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio for seven years. Jason and Ginger married in September 1995 and have 3 children (Ty, Olivia, and Julia). Jason's main responsibilities as our lead pastor includes serving as our primary preaching/teaching pastor, leading our pastoral staff, elders and preaching team, and developing the overall vision and direction of our ministry.
Tim Valentine, Pastor of Church Multiplication & Care
Tim and his wife Becky joined the Randolph Street staff in July 2011. They both grew up in the Parkersburg area and Tim attended Marshall University and was a member of the football team. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren with two sons involved in planting churches in Pittsburgh, PA and Lexington, KY. Tim and Becky have been involved in planting churches and training families for church planting for most of their 35+ years of ministry. It is with great excitement and anticipation that they join with the RSC family in preparing a new generation to spread the glorious news of the gospel locally, regionally, and globally. Tim has three primary responsibilities: care (overseeing our shepherding 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 the preaching & teaching team.
Jeremy Bennett, Administrative Pastor
Jeremy, Mary Beth, Thessa and Tytus came to Randolph Street in the summer of 2008. Talitha became part of the Randolph Street family in the summer of 2009 and Torah Beth joined the family in the summer of 2013. 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. After 17 yrs as an engineer in manufacturing and serving as a lay elder for 4 years, God orchestrated the means for Jeremy to come on staff as administrative pastor in the fall of 2013. Jeremy’s hobbies include fly-fishing, hunting, and following the world’s best sport, soccer. 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).
Peter Ambler, Campus Pastor
Peter and Leann came to Randolph Street in the summer of 2013 excited to learn and to participate in the Church multiplication efforts of the 321 Project. Prior to moving to West Virginia, they lived in Michigan (Leann’s home state) where Peter earned his Master of Divinity from Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (2012). Peter grew up in Teays Valley, and he and Leann are both thrilled for the opportunity to now serve in that community. His responsibilities at the Valley Campus include administration, preaching, outreach, and leading the worship team. Leann stays busy at home as a full-time mom and a part-time piano teacher, and she also plays piano on the worship team. The Lord has blessed the Ambler family with four wonderful daughters: Elise (2009), Juliet (2010), Adele (2013), and Maria (2015).
Our Lay Elders
Michael and Rachel came to Randolph Street after returning from a 6 month stint with New Hope Uganda in 2010. Michael studied Historical Theology at Moody Bible Institute and is pursuing an Mdiv. through the Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He currently works as a Quality Analyst for a major insurance company, while Rachel (B.A. Elementary Ed. WVSU) is a stay at home mom and a substitute teacher in Kanawha County Schools. They both were born and raised in Saint Albans, WV and now live in Charleston where they are raising their two children, Eliyah Hope (March 2011) and Gideon Matthew (July 2013). While in Uganda, God confirmed a desire and vision for them to spread His glorious gospel and serve His local church in Appalachia. Michael enjoys dating his wife, playing sports or anything competitive, Settlers of Cattaan and raising his children with Rachel to be a gospel saturated man and woman. Books which have made an impact on his life include, the works of John Owen, Keeping the Heart by John Flavel, Church Planter by Darrin Patrick and Future Grace by John Piper.
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).
Greg and his wife Lana, along with their two children, Alex and Annie, have been at Randolph Street Church for four and a half years. Greg and Lana were raised “up Elk,” at Elkview and Clendenin, respectively. Greg is an attorney and Lana is the special events coordinator for Union Mission Ministries. Greg enjoys any activity that involves the outdoors, and also likes to read and work at projects around the house. Greg also plays the piano and bagpipes. Books which have influenced Greg’s spiritual walk include Desiring God by John Piper and Knowing God by J. I. Packer
Shawn has been a member of Randolph Street Church for more than 10 years, and considers it the great joy of his life to serve the people of Randolph Street as an elder and as the worship leader for the Sunday worship gathering. He is the very happy husband of Julia and the very proud father of Samuel. Having failed to achieve his childhood dream of being either a major league baseball player or a comic book super hero, Shawn is the founder and president of Retirement Planning Group of West Virginia here in Charleston.
Fred Nyhuis was “cordially” ordered by the USCG to West Virginia in 1994. He, Alice and their daughters liked the area and people here so much they decided to drop anchor, and in 1997, became full time West Virginians. Since then he has worked in the region’s busy commercial navigation industry. Their four adult daughters have all flown the coop though you’ll still find a few feathered egg-layers at their homestead in Milton. The Lord has used dozens of beloved, transparent Christian friends to bless their lives through intentional discipling and small group bible studies. Books that have left a special blessing on his life have been “When People Are Big and God is Small” by Ed Welch, “The Peacemaker” by Ken Sande, and “Prodigal God” by Tim Keller, plus many of the fine materials produced by the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation.
Roger and Kerry moved from Titusville, FL to Charleston, WV in December 2010 and quickly found a church home at Randolph Street Baptist Church. They met in February 2000, when Kerry came to his church serving with Life Action Ministries. Shortly thereafter, they were married in Kerry’s home church in Overland Park, Kansas. Roger and Kerry are blessed with seven children; Lauren, Franklin, Ari, Miles, Ian, Bethany, and Ligon, and seek to raise them with a passion for Christ and a love for His gospel.
Born and raised in Mims, FL, Roger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Liberty University in 1999. He is a Certified Public Accountant and currently works as the Chief Financial Officer of a regional law firm headquartered in downtown Charleston.
Roger enjoys spending time with his family, playing bluegrass music, and working the small family farm with his kids. Several books that have greatly impacted his life include: Chosen by God (R.C. Sproul), Putting Amazing Back into Grace (Michael Horton), and the Attributes of God (Arthur Pink).
As an un-churched 16 year old, while bailing hay, Lowell was asked to a youth group by a friend. He was promised there would be girls there. Thankfully, there was a special one, Beccy, the pastor’s daughter, who caught his eye (and heart). Five years later with a lot of chasing by him she became his wife. During those five years, of which four years were spent in the Navy, it seems God was chasing him Lowell as well, only to catch him, sometime in the 1970’s, after much struggle as to what it really means to be a follower of Christ. He went on to serve six years in the Navy and is a Vietnam veteran. In 1990 Lowell retired from the West Virginia Air National Guard. 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 blessed, beyond measure, 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.