Meet Our Team

The Executive Team
  • Pastor Matt & Sarah Friend

    Lead Pastor

Matt Friend, a Charleston native and tenth generation West Virginian, graduated from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, has served in pastoral ministry since 2002 and at Bible Center Church since March 1, 2016 (as our sixth Lead Pastor). He and Sarah (his high school sweetheart and wife) are raising two teenage daughters, Katie and Riley, and one son, Kadyn. Together, they are advocates for adoption and all things Charleston. In his free time, he enjoys reading, running, kayaking, and spending time with his family and two dogs, Queso and Sabi.

  • Prays for the entire Bible Center family
  • Shapes a cross-centered culture
  • Preaches and teaches Christ & Christlikeness
  • Casts vision for the unseen realm
  • Develops disciple-makers who make disciples
  • Collaborates with the Elders on the church’s spiritual formation
  • Oversees pastoral care for the congregation
  • Connects with and prays for the community

mfriend@biblecenterchurch.com

  • John King

    Executive Pastor

    John grew up in West Virginia, attended Bible Center School, Cross Lanes Christian School, and…

  • Steve Corbin

    Executive Director of Operations

    Steve Corbin joined BCC in February 2019 after spending 20 years as a medical device…

  • Stephanie Schafer

    Principal, Bible Center School

    Stephanie Schafer joined the BCS staff in 2018 as the Head of School. She spent…

  • Caleb Korth

    Worship Pastor

    Caleb is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College with a B.A. in Bible and Theology.…

  • Michelle Thompson

    Executive Director of Outreach

    Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Andersonville Bible College and is currently…

  • Mike Graham

    Pastor of Discipleship and Multiplication

    Pastor Mike Graham has a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and…

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    Matt Garrison

    Online Campus Pastor

    Pastor Matt Garrison holds a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Liberty University and a Master…

John King

Executive Pastor

John grew up in West Virginia, attended Bible Center School, Cross Lanes Christian School, and was a whitewater rafting guide on the New River through college. After graduating from Appalachian Bible College, he served on church staffs in Florida and Ohio, and most recently on the Executive Team as the Family Ministries/Worship Arts Pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village, California. John and his wife, Emily, have three daughters: Allison, Alana, and Abigail.

  • Develops and leads the Staff Ministry Team
  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the church
  • Responsible for ministry design/philosophy
  • Creates alignment and attunement within the church departments
  • Works to implement vision

Steve Corbin

Executive Director of Operations

Steve Corbin joined BCC in February 2019 after spending 20 years as a medical device consultant. Steve was raised in WV, attended Cross Lanes Christian School and West Virginia State University. Steve and his wife, Kim, have four children, Jackson, Samantha, Kathryn and Madelyn.

Steve’s areas of oversight include:

  • Business Office
  • Facilities
  • Grounds
  • Communications
  • Information Technology

Stephanie Schafer

Principal, Bible Center School

Stephanie Schafer joined the BCS staff in 2018 as the Head of School. She spent her entire life in sunny Southwest Florida.  After much prayer, her family knew that God was calling them to Charleston, West Virginia to be part of Bible Center School and Church.  Stephanie received her B.A. in Communication from Palm Beach Atlantic University and her M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision from Liberty University. She has been part of Christian education for 18 years as both teacher and administrator.   She has been married to her husband, Joey, for 17 years and they have a son, Dylan, and daughter, Halle.

Stephanie serves as the Visionary, Instructional Leader, and Implementer at BCS.  It is her joy and passion to lead the staff and students at Bible Center School as they seek God’s will for their lives.

Caleb Korth

Worship Pastor

Caleb is a graduate of Appalachian Bible College with a B.A. in Bible and Theology. He has previously served as a Youth Pastor in Virginia. He and his wife, Tiffany, have two children and reside in Charleston.

  • Oversees and leads Adult Worship Team
  • Oversees and leads Youth Praise Band
  • Co-leads worship on Sunday

Michelle Thompson

Executive Director of Outreach

Michelle has a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education from Andersonville Bible College and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree at Southwest Bible College and Seminary. She previously served as the Physical Education teacher at Bible Center School and as the Early Childhood Director. She and her husband, Richard, have seven children.

Mike Graham

Pastor of Discipleship and Multiplication

Pastor Mike Graham has a Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and has served as an international missionary, church planter, and pastor over the past 20 years. Mike brings years of discipleship, outreach and small group ministry experience. He and his wife, Jennifer, are the parents of Luke and Lexi.

  • Oversees groups and community life
  • Recruits and trains leaders
  • Leads the charge in discipleship and spiritual development
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Matt Garrison

Online Campus Pastor

Pastor Matt Garrison holds a B.S. in Youth Ministry from Liberty University and a Master of Arts and Religion from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He previously served for nine years as the Youth Pastor at New Life Baptist Church in Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Andrea, are the parents of Sydney, Tyler, Sierra, and Troy.

  • Hosts online services each Sunday
  • Shepherds online attendees to worship, belong, and serve
  • Collaborates with the Communication team on maintaining and utilizing social media platforms to their fullest
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