Erik has been the pastor of Lyndale since May of 2014. However, he did serve the church as interim for six months prior to his calling to be the full-time Pastor. Prior to coming to Lyndale he served as youth minister in Lawrenceville, Chesterfield, and Roanoke, VA, and High Point, NC. In 2003, Erik became the pastor of a church in High Point, NC and then served as pastor of a church in Nokesville.
Erik is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a BS in French and foreign language and literature. He used his degree to teach in middle and high schools in the Guilford Co. School system. After teaching for two years, Erik realized his calling to ministry. He went to Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond (BTSR) and received a Master of Divinity in 2000.
Erik has a heart for ministry and missions. His philosophy of ministry is to help people where they are in their journey to seek and serve the Lord. He enjoys helping people discover their God given potential and helping them use those gifts to serve our community and the Kingdom of God. Erik believes in working alongside people and has done this through mission work in our local community, Haiti, New Orleans, Kenya, Brazil, Ocean City, and Southwest Virginia.
Erik is married to his wife Caroline and they have one son, James. Our pastor enjoys spending time with his family, trying new restaurants, going on new adventures, speaking French, going to the gym, and keeping up with his young son.
He would love to speak with you about where you are in your journey and how God is working in your life.
Alice Abell has been working at Lyndale as secretary since April of 2006. Before coming to Lyndale she worked 34 years as an administrative assistant for Bank of America.
Alice is an active member of Second Branch Baptist Church where she sings with the choir and praise team. She has been married 40 years to her husband Joe.
Alice grew up in NC where her father was a Presbyterian pastor and she graduated from Montreat College near Asheville NC. Alice enjoys reading and traveling to NC to visit family.
WILLIAM F. (BILL) GREGORY
Bill has made his home in Richmond, Virginia, and has played piano for most of his life. Many Richmonders know Bill from his piano playing at Nordstrom, where he was employed as resident pianist for eight years.
Aside from playing the ‘Standards’ from the 1920’s, ‘30’s, and ‘40’s, Bill enjoys very much the ‘Big Band’ and Broadway sounds. In February of 2008, Bill was invited to play at an Engagement Party for the President’s daughter, Jenna Bush. Christmas of 2008 was the third time that Bill was invited to the home of the legendary Jimmy Dean (and his wife, Donna Meade) to play the piano at their annual Christmas Extravaganza.
Mr. Gregory’s second CD entitled “…By Request” was released in January, 2009. An additional CD, “A Grand Christmas Season” was released the following year.
Bill has been involved in Church Music for many years. He started off playing piano at his Dad’s church in South Richmond, and enjoyed working with soloists and choral groups. This trend continued throughout his life and Bill became very much involved with Christian music and working with the Music Department at Lyndale Baptist Church, where he has been Pianist since 2015.
He looks forward to many more years of serving our Savior through his musical talents.