Bruce has invested his life in the training of young men and women to serve Jesus Christ. He began working as an assistant with the BJU Ministerial Class since 1977, when he graduated from BJU. He served as the Director of Ministerial Training and Outreach from 1991 until May of 2014. He has taught a variety of Bible and ministry courses including Church Planting, Biblical Church Ministry, Current Issues, and Ministry Relationships. He speaks at pastors’ meetings and churches around the country. Bruce has been actively involved with churches as a church planter, pastor, conference speaker, and consultant. Bruce now serves as the Director of Pastor Relations which includes an expanded traveling and preaching schedule. Bruce and his wife, Ellen, have four children and two grandchildren.
Pastor Vradenburgh came to Friendship Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC after 18 years as a missionary in the Caribbean. He has a heart for missions and for missionaries. After serving as Associate Pastor for one year, he became the Senior Pastor in January, 2001.
Pastor Vradenburgh married Rachel Ulmer in 2005 following the passing of his first wife Chlo. Their blended family consists of five grown children and seven grandchildren.
Raised in a Christian home, Pastor Vradenburgh came to know Christ at a tender age. He surrendered to full-time ministry while a teenager at a Christian camp. Later, under the ministry of the late Dr. Lee Roberson at Tennessee Temple University in the late 1970s, he surrendered to preach the Gospel. A graduate of Tennessee Temple University, Pastor Vradenburgh has a passion for the expository preaching of the Scriptures to insure that “all the counsel of God” is preached.
Salvation: Saved on Easter Sunday 1959, at Broadway Baptist Church, Indianapolis, IN (High school senior at the time)
College: Graduated from Bob Jones University 1964. Degree: BA- School of Religon
Family: Married to Joe since November, 1971. He is retired International Captain for US Airways, and an active layman and teacher in the Lord’s work.
Frequent speaker for Ladies Retreats and Banquets.
Author of Teen devotions on the lives of great missionaries.
Author of A Woman of Prayer published by BJU press.
Reading—especially books on church history, and biographies of great Christians.
Collecting Old books- especially old copies of Pilgrim’s Progress, old hymnals, books authored by Amy Carmichael, Rosalind Goforth, Isobel Kuhn, Frances Havergal, and books written by other faithful servants of the past and present.
Hymnology—studying the lives of hymn writers of the past, and traveling to visit their places of birth, ministry, and burial. This is a family hobby we have enjoyed for many years.
Beth faithfully and energetically serves at Catawba Springs Christian Church in Apex, NC after serving on The Wilds staff for over thirty years with her music director husband, Mac. Mac and Beth are a gifted team and are known for sharing and producing God-honoring music through their piano and vocal talents. Beth has a heart for God and a great love for helping ladies grow in their walk with the Lord. This love for God and others, coupled with her humor and her biblical and practical outlook on life and its experiences, has given Beth many ministry opportunities both here and abroad.
Pastor Sean Harris has been the Senior Pastor for Berean Baptist Church and Academy in Fayetteville, NC since 2006. He served as a member, lay teacher, and deacon at Berean from 1987 until he became the Senior Pastor. As the Senior Pastor, he oversees Berean’s ministry to over 1,000 residents of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, the education of over 400 students, and a staff of 75 employees. In addition to pastoral responsibilities, Sean also teaches OT and NT Survey in the Academy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in US History from Thomas Edison State College and a Master of Divinity with a concentration in leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, Lynchburg, VA.
Now retired from the military, Sean entered the US Army on May 5, 1987 in Boston, MA, trained as a fire support specialist, and graduated US Army Basic Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. Most of his career was spent in the 82d Abn Div where he served as a forward observer, team sergeant, platoon sergeant, firing battery first sergeant and division fire support sergeant major. His tours outside the Division include observer/controller at the Joint Readiness Training Center and ROTC instructor at Central Michigan University. He graduated from the US Army Sergeant’s Major Academy (Class #55), completed all levels of the non-commissioned officer (NCO) education system, and numerous other courses relating to his specialty in the field artillery. He is a member of the All American Centurion Club and a lifetime member of the 82d Airborne Division Association. He was the 1993 82d Abn Div NCO of the Year and is a member of the distinguished Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC), the Honorable Order of St. Barbara (the patron saint of artillerymen), and is a distinguished member of the 319th Abn FAR.
His personal decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with 3 oak leaf clusters), Army Commendation Medal (with 7 oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 7 oak leaf clusters), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (with Arrowhead), Southwest Asia Service Medal (with 2 bronze stars), Kosovo Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, NATO Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Master Parachutist Badge (with bronze star), Air Assault Badge, and Ranger Tab. He has deployed to combat four times with the 82nd Abn Div in Panama, Southwest Asia, and Kosovo. It was during his last deployment to Iraq that Sean sensed God’s call to pastoral ministry.
In 2011, Sean and his only son started a lawn care business that presently consumes some of his free time and gives him time to teach, mentor and coach young men in the church. His favorite recreational activity is downhill skiing, a hobby he began as a young man in the mountains of New England. He is married to his wife of over 25 years, Pamela Sue Gilbert, who hails from Garden City, Michigan.
Jay Knolls was born in Milford, Delaware in 1970, the youngest of five children. He came to know Christ as his personal Savior when he was nine years old at a small Nazarene Church in Maryland. When he was 12, he followed the Lord in believer’s baptism. Because he grew up being taught the fallacy of sinless perfection, he struggled with his relationship with God during his high school years. While he felt the call to ministry when he was 16 years old, he didn’t follow that call because he knew he wasn’t sinless as he believed one needed to be to serve in ministry.
After high school graduation Jay attended the University of Delaware for his freshman year before transferring to Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. He graduated with a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Salisbury in 1992. He entered the health care industry right after graduation and began working in Dover, Delaware.
Jay married Michelle Van Ness in January of 1995. The summer after they were married they moved to Vermont where Michelle attended the University of Vermont for graduate school. Jay took a job at the local hospital and worked his way into an administrative position. He had the privilege of serving as the Director of Clinical Education for four years. While they were in Vermont they attended Trinity Baptist Church which is where they were attending when the Lord called them into fulltime vocational ministry. God did an amazing work in their lives while they were at Trinity.
Following the Lord’s leading, the Knolls moved to Lansdale, Pennsylvania where Jay attended Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary. After finishing his MDiv, they moved to Orlando, Florida where Jay served as youth pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Winter Garden. After two years as youth pastor, he was asked to serve as the Discipleship Pastor. When the senior pastor resigned, he was named Interim Senior Pastor. The Knolls served at Calvary for four years before the Lord called them back to Trinity Baptist Church in Vermont to pastor.
After five years of ministry in Vermont, in 2011, God brought their family to Grace Baptist in Wilmington. Jay served as Discipleship Pastor for the first two years, and in the fall of 2013, the church voted for him to become the Senior Pastor. In the spring of 2014 Jay earned his doctorate in ministry. He is a dynamic preacher of the Word of God and a compassionate, caring pastor.
Brent Brondyke is the music minister and children’s ministries’ director at Friendship Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC. He has been in full-time vocational ministry for over 25 years. Along with his wife Debi, they have served in North Carolina for the last 20 years, first in Rocky Mount at Falls Road Baptist Church and School for 18 years, and now at Friendship for the last two. The Brondykes have two grown sons who are faithfully serving the Lord.
The ministry of The Anchorage has long been important to the Brondykes as their boys attended camp and later worked here. Mr. Brondyke has spoken at the men’s retreat and tries to find any excuse possible to stop by for a visit. The Brondykes enjoy various fitness activities in their free time, including the occasional “Gator Run” along the banks of the Lake Waccamaw canal.
I grew up in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in a very churched, Christian home. When I was 5 or 6 years old, I made a profession of faith in Jesus as my Savior. However, I don’t think I realized the extent of my sinful heart at that age and by the age of 7 knew that I had not submitted to Jesus as Lord. After fighting the Lord for 7 years, I finally submitted to and trusted in Christ to save me from my sins. After graduating from high school, I began working summers at Northland Camp in Dunbar, Wisconsin. It was there that God used His word and the people to grow me in my understanding of my union with Christ and how the gospel is for the “saved” and “unsaved” alike–that knowing our position in Christ and understanding His grace extended to us through the gospel is the only way to grow in sanctification. After graduating from Bob Jones University with a major in Bible, I traveled for a time on the Frazor Evangelistic Team and worked mainly with the Children and Teen programs. I then attended Northland International University, working as a Graduate Assistant with Northland Camp and completing a Master’s Degree in Biblical Studies. Currently, I do administrative work for 4theGospel ministries headed up by Will Galkin and travel with his evangelistic team. I have a specific burden that people know the futility of life outside of a relationship with Christ and that our only hope and satisfaction in life and death is knowing that we belong to Him.
Debi and her husband are active members of Lighthouse Baptist Church in La Verne, California. She accepted Christ as her Savior at a young age of 5 years old. Debi and her husband, Tom, have been married for 42 years . Together they have 2 children, Thomas and Michelle, along with 8 grandchildren. Debi has been teaching various ladies’ Bible classes and speaking for ladies’ groups for over 30 years. Her greatest burden is for the problems Christian families face today, and her greatest love is ministering to women who have a heart for their families and children. To learn more about the speaker, visit her website at www.debipryde.com.
Jonathan was born in Togo, West Africa and was saved as a young boy. He surrendered his life to the Lord for ministry when he was a senior in high school. Jonathan met his wife Emily at BJU where he received a BA in Bible Evangelism. After graduating in 2006, Jonathan served the Lord as a youth pastor at Westgate Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC before the Lord called him to join National Hoops Ministries. Jonathan serves as the coordinator for the NH League program as well as the evangelist for a division of National Hoops called National Goals, which uses a similar program to take the Gospel to soccer players. He also serves as a speaker at and coordinator for the National Hoops Camp.