We have a group of several men, who have consistently demonstrated their character and spiritual maturity to the church body over many years and in many ways. This team takes responsibility for the overall strategic direction for BP, and leaves ministry leaders empowered to use their gifts and talents without micromanagement.
The Bible lists the qualifications for Elders in Titus 1, and 1 Timothy 3. Service as an Elder is only one of many manifestations of God’s grace in bestowing gifts upon His people. We do not consider Elders as “better” or “more holy” than anyone else, but merely those whom God has gifted for this role. All of our Elders serve in other ministries (e.g., choir, teaching, Children’s Ministry), and in that capacity they follow the leadership of that member who has responsibility for that ministry. Proper exercise of Christian authority is not about self-aggrandizement, but about service towards God’s people (Matthew 20.25-26).

Dr. Gene Cornett- Teaching Elder/Pastor

Gene is originally from Cumberland, KY, located in the southeastern part of the state. He has been married to Kathleen (Kat) Barnes since 1985 and they have three children: Will is married and serves as a Children’s Pastor in Chesapeake; Hannah is married; and Noelle, whom they adopted from China in November 2008.Gene has served churches in Kentucky, Texas, and Virginia. Before coming to Bethany Place in January 2012, Gene served as the Senior Associate Pastor and Minister of Music at Seaford Baptist Church in Seaford, Virginia, from 1996-2011, and also as their Transitional Senior Pastor from 2008 to 2010. He has been a Board Member of Global Mosaic International since 2005 and has been on mission teams to Jaigon, India and the Dominican Republic.Gene earned his Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, in 1989, and his Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Leadership from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, NC, in 2011. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Music Education from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, KY.

Dr. Ben Haygood – Discipleship & Administration Elder

Dr Haygood was called to Bethany Place in 1997. Ben’s family includes his wife of 30 years, Carol, and his daughter and son, Ashley and David. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Southern University, his master’s degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree through Liberty University. Prior to joining our Church family, he served on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ, as well as churches in Tennessee and Florida.

Matthew Ritchie
Term expires January 2018

Matthew and his family became members at Bethany Place in 2001. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Duke University, and a Master of Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Matthew worked on staff at the International Mission Board from 1999 to 2002, which brought the family from North Carolina to Richmond. He teaches the In-Depth Sunday School class. He has served as a Bethany Place church Messenger to the SBCV and the SBC.

Buddy Lipscomb
Term Expires January 2020

Michael Ryan
Term Expires January 2018

Gene Youngblood – Chairman
Term Expires Jan 2019