Born in 1956 and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia, Pastor Baker was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church as a teenager. He was saved at the age of ten and called to preach shortly thereafter. When he was thirteen, he began preaching and as a teenager helped start churches in Virginia and North Carolina. He preached one of his first sermons here at Tabernacle in the winter of 1971. His father attended and graduated from TBBC/TS, and his sisters attended Tabernacle Baptist Academy.
He went to Bob Jones University in 1973 and earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Bible in 1977 and a Master of Arts Degree in Bible in 1979. Later, he served as an assistant/youth pastor in Oxford, Michigan, for fifteen months. Then in October 1980, he went to Huntsville, Alabama, to serve as assistant/youth pastor for three years. He started Grace Baptist Church in Dayton, Ohio, in October 1983, and served there as senior pastor for twenty-one years. The good people of Grace Baptist Church saw God bless in many ways over the years. A public school building was transformed into a beautiful church facility including a lovely Prophet’s Chamber. The missions program grew to over fifty ministries and a budget of over $85,000 annually.
In August of 2004, Pastor Baker came to Tabernacle Baptist Church in Virginia Beach, Virginia, as senior pastor. He commented that “leaving the sweet folks of Grace was the hardest thing my family and I have ever done! I had no aspirations to leave, but God had a different plan for us. Now all we think of is how exciting it is to do God’s will here at Tabernacle. God has brought us home!” With these thoughts, Pastor Baker and the church members are doing God’s will with God’s blessings. Pastor Baker is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity Degree. Pastor Baker serves as a board member for two mission boards and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International.
The Bakers have three adult daughters and four grandchildren.
Mrs. Marci Baker, Church Secretary and Teacher
Marci Baker was born and reared in Bloomington, IL. She was saved in November 1961. She served in her teenage youth group, sang in the choir, and ministered at Calvary Baptist Church in Normal, IL. Marci met Pastor Baker while they were both students at Bob Jones University, and they were married in June of 1977 after they both graduated with Bachelor degrees. Marci has over thirty years of teaching experience in Christian schools, home schooling, private tutoring, and the college classroom. After coming to Virginia Beach in 2004, she earned a Master Degree in Religious Education from Tabernacle Baptist Bible College & Seminary in 2010.
She now serves as her husband's secretary as well as substituting in Tabernacle Baptist Academy. She faithfully serves alongside Pastor in outreach, counseling, singing in the church choir, visitation, and being his best friend and greatest encourager. She and Pastor Baker have three adult daughters and four grandchildren.
Kathi Johnson was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. After high school, she graduated from Plus School of Business. Kathi trusted Christ as her Savior on February 2, 1981. After joining Tabernacle in 1988, she became a part of the ministry staff in July 1989, serving as Financial Secretary. In July of 2003, she took on the role of Bookstore Manager; and in November of 2003 she became the secretary for Tabernacle Baptist Mission Board. She currently serves as Financial Secretary with her responsibilities including the bookstore, the mission board, and much more. Her diligent spirit and dedication have been a tremendous asset to the ministry. Her favorite passage of Scripture is Proverbs 3:5-7. She and her husband Don have four adult children and eight grandchildren.
Art Roberson was born in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Deer Creek Mackinaw High School and then went to Maranatha Baptist Bible College where he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He then taught 5th grade and music at Rockford Baptist Schools in Rockford, Illinois and also graduated from Rockford College with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. After working at Rockford Memorial Hospital for 29 years (15 years as a Respiratory Therapist and 14 years as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit), he and his wife moved to Virginia Beach in 2010. He currently teaches elementary music, junior high choir, senior high choir, high school hand chime choir, and high school science at Tabernacle Baptist Academy. In January 2013, he became the Music Director at Tabernacle Baptist Church. He and his wife Connie have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Connie Roberson was born in Peoria, Illinois. She graduated from East Peoria Community High School and then from Bob Jones University. She then taught English and Home Economics at Rockford Baptist Schools for nine years. In addition, she served as part-time Church Secretary at Windsor Baptist Church for 15 years and a part-time secretary for a CPA for 7 years. Connie loves to read and travel. She and her husband Art have three grown children. She serves as the Financial Secretary for the Academy and works in the church finance office as well.
Pastor Mike Dudley was raised in Elizabeth City, NC. He and his family spent his first twenty years there while they attended Victory Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Reginald Lionel Parker II. He attended Victory Christian School for thirteen years, graduating in May of 1996.
After graduation, he enrolled at Tabernacle Baptist Bible College in Virginia Beach, VA for Pastoral Studies where he spent three semesters before moving to Carolina, Puerto Rico, in January of 1998. While in Puerto Rico, he attended Carolina Baptist Tabernacle and finished his undergraduate work at Calvary Baptist Bible College. While at Calvary serving under the leadership of Dr. James Daniels, he worked in the day school teaching P.E. and Bible as well as doing maintenance work. In 2005, he became the youth pastor, and he served in that position for eight years.
In July of 2013, God called Pastor Mike, his wife Joyce and their three boys (Billy, Nathan, & Jacob) to serve in Virginia Beach, VA, under the leadership of Dr. James Baker as his assistant and the youth pastor. His wife Joyce teaches kindergarten in the day school as well as assisting Mike in ministering to the young people and the people of the church.