Dr. Joe Buchanan came to be our Senior Pastor in August of 2007. Before coming to First Baptist he served as Senior Pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Richmond, VA (2004-2007) and Open Door Baptist Church in Colliers, WV (1994-2004). Dr. Joe served as President of the Pastors Conference for the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists in 2003-2004 and on the Nominating Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention in 2000. He is married to Grace and they have two children, Matthew and Sara. He earned the Master of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and the Doctor of Ministry degree at the same institution. Dr. Joe enjoys reading and spending time with his family. His personal mission statement comes from Colossians 1:28, “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ.” His vision for the ministry at First Baptist is to build a healthy church focused on being the representation of God’s glory in the midst of a dark world.