Our Leadership Team


Rob Connelly


Rob is originally from Martinsville, and is a 2001 graduate of Martinsville High School. Rob and Ashley met while they were students at James Madison University and have four children. While living in Harrisonburg, Rob served on staff with a new church plant. After graduating from JMU with a B.A. in Philosophy and Religion, Rob served on staff of a church in Louisa, VA. The family relocated to Wake Forest, NC in 2008 so that Rob could pursue further education, and in 2012 he earned a M.Div. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. During his time in Wake Forest, Rob also served as Director of Communications and Technology for North Wake Church.


Rich Holland


A native of western Pennsylvania, Rich earned his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1994; and while serving in the U.S. Army, he also served on staff with a new church plant in Newport News, VA. While at that church, he met Larissa, and they were married; and they now have four children together. After serving in the Army, Rich served as Pastor of a church in Yorktown, VA, and went on to earn both an M.Div. and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rich currently teaches philosophy and ethics at a public university and a community college; and he teaches theology and apologetics at a large Christian university.