Meet Our Team

The Executive Team

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, camping, hiking, kayaking, golfing, and spending time with his family and two dogs, Queso and Wasabi.

  • 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
  • John King

    Executive Pastor

  • Steve Corbin

    Executive Director of Operations

  • Stephanie Schafer

    Principal, Bible Center School

  • Caleb Korth

    Worship Pastor

  • Michelle Thompson

    Executive Director of Outreach

  • Mike Graham

    Pastor of Discipleship and Multiplication

  • garr

    Matt Garrison

    Online Campus Pastor

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 has been a part of the Bible Center family since he joined the staff in 2007. As a worship pastor, his desire is to grow a culture of Christ-centered worship that is founded in doctrine and expressed with passion. One of his greatest joys is equipping others use their gifts and talents to worship Jesus and serve others. Caleb and his wife, Tiffany, have been married for 16 years and have 3 amazing children: Emma, Jack, and Hailey. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, woodworking, and reminiscing about being on the curling team in high school.

  • 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 served on the staff at Bible Center since 2002. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Theology and Christian Education from Andersonville Theological Seminary and a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling & Psychology from Southwest Bible College and Seminary. Michelle is passionate about Jesus and the difference a relationship with Him makes in people’s lives. She also enjoys All-Things-Leadership and the study of personalities. She and her husband, Richard, have seven children and three grandchildren.

Michelle oversees both local and global outreach.

  • The Maker’s Center
  • Adoption and Foster Care Ministries
  • Homeless Outreaches
  • Thomas Baby Steps Hospitality Room
  • May We Serve
  • Partnerships with local ministries and organizations

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
garr

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
Loading...