Leadership Team

 Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.

Reggie Hester, Senior Pastor

Reggie Hester grew up in Rocky Mount, NC. He attended Campbell University where he obtained a Bachelors of Business Administration (1988) and a Masters of Business Administration (1993). Ten years into a secular career Reggie was saved and called to preach while attending Kempsville Baptist Church in Virginia Beach. He enrolled at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and obtained a Masters of Divinity (2004). He pastored DeBaun Memorial Baptist Church in Chesapeake, VA from 2001 – 2005, and Bethel Baptist of Chesapeake from 2005 – 2014. He has served as Southeast Regional Missionary with the SBC of Virginia since February, 2014. Reggie served as Transitional Pastor of Pinecrest in September of 2015 and became Senior Pastor in 2016.  He has been married to his wife Kay for 23 years. They have three children: Danielle 21, Davis 18, and Ross 14.
Stephen Day, Next Generation Pastor

Hello, my name is Stephen Day and I am excited to have the opportunity to be the next generation pastor here at Pinecrest Baptist Church.  I was born and raised in Chesapeake, Virginia.  I was called into the ministry when I was a youth, and have been involved ever since.  I have led worship for the past 6 years, been involved in numerous foreign trips around the world, and have led in youth ministry for the past three years.  I graduated from Liberty University in May of 2017 with a BS in Christian Ministries, and a minor in Christian Counseling.  I am currently working on a Master of Divinity from Liberty University.  My only hope and prayer for the youth at Pinecrest Baptist Church is for them to be radically transformed by the gospel, and to fall into a deeper relationship with Jesus every day.

Crystal Nelson, Worship Leader
Hello, my name is Crystal Nelson and I’m excited to have the opportunity and privilege to lead praise and worship here at Pinecrest Baptist Church.  I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior when I was 8 years old.  I was born, raised and now reside in Portsmouth, Va. I had the privilege of being raised in a Christian home, and will forever be grateful for the godly foundation that was given to me. Through out the course of my life, I have been given many opportunity’s to serve in various ministries and have served along side of many dedicated people. I have been apart of the Pinecrest family for many years and have served as a worship team member at various times.  I stand in awe that just as Jesus used a little boys lunch, in the Bible to feed the multitudes that He would choose also to use my lunch. I graduated from Christopher Newport University with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in management and a minor in Psychology (2001).  My life verse is “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
(‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬) My mission and vision in life is to love God and love people and to know God and make Him known.  I have been married to my wonderful husband Phil since 1999 and we have one precious daughter, Haley.  I enjoy of course music, softball, auto racing, a variety of sports, and spending time with my family and friends.  I pray that all who enters Pinecrest Baptist will hear Gods voice the loudest, walk out having experienced being in Our Saviors presence and know of His unfailing love!
Toni Troxell, Choir Director
Hi Everyone, my name is Toni Troxell. I have had the privilege of knowing the Lord Jesus as my personal Savior since age 8. My ministry began some 35 years ago when the Lord called me to work with children and youth. This ministry allowed me to work with hundreds of wonderful young people for a span of 17 years. The Lord has also allowed me the privilege to serve in a number of music ministries over the years. These ministries have included directing choirs of all age’s children thru adults, singing with ensemble groups and praise teams. I have been privileged to study music under several tremendous ministers of music. I have a Master’s degree in Theology from the Seminary at Liberty University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biblical counseling with a minor in counseling. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Charlie for 40 years. We have one son who is a Pastor in Elizabeth City North Carolina. Our son Charlie and his lovely wife Jessica have four children, which makes me a grammie of four and they have one grandchild, which makes me a great grammie. I currently serve as a Chaplin with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. With my fellow Chaplin’s, we have seen hundreds accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior while ministering to others in their time of need. I have served at Pinecrest Baptist church for 20 plus years. Currently I serve as the choir director with a tremendous group of musicians. What an exciting time to be apart of God’s work. The ministry of music at Pinecrest is about bringing honor to our Lord. Bringing glory to Him as we use our giftedness and talents to further His kingdom. My life verse is Psalm 90:17″ And Let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands for us; Yes, establish the work of our hands.” expresses my heart completely.
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Small Groups and Communications Director -Paul Tuttle                                                                                Click here for Paul
Kids Ministry Torey Moore

Office Administrator – Katie Diggs

Disbursing Officer – Cheryl Newbern