Bill Nieporte, Pastor
Dr. William Michael Nieporte Sr. (Bill) was born in Middletown, Connecticut on September 5, 1963. He became a believer at age nine under the ministry of the First Baptist Church of Ormond Beach, FL. Throughout his teenage years, Bill became an active participant in the life of the church, attending Bible Studies, Mission Trips, Youth Choir, and numerous other activities. Bill preached one of his first sermons at age 13 to a worship gathering with over 600 in attendance. Feeling called by God to enter the ministry, Bill pursued this call through studies at Stetson University, Deland Florida. While a student at Stetson, he served as a Student Summer Missionary in Canada. He also spent two summers in youth ministry at The College Park Baptist Church in Orlando, FL and The First Baptist Church of Palatka, FL.
Following graduation from Stetson University, Bill attended The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he concurrently served two rural congregations. While in seminary, he met Jeana Murray, a fellow student. The two were married in 1989 and now have two children: Michelle, age 22, is a recent graduate of Randolph-Macon College and is employed in sales. and Michael, a senior at Deep Run High School, and is gifted in math, technology, and music. Jeana is a gifted minister, preacher, and educator and is Center Director at the Huntington Learning Center in Glenn Allen.
In 1997, Bill completed the Doctor of Ministry degree at the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Lee Steve, Music Minister
J. Timothy Pierce, accompanist
Tim has served churches in the Richmond area for the past thirty years as organist and/or minister of music. Patterson Avenue Baptist is blessed to have Tim as a part of our staff and congregation.
Tim finds great joy in sharing his God-given gifts in ministry. His gifts go well beyond the music he provides on the organ, keyboard, or piano. Tim is extremely creative, has strong leadership skills, and is an excellent communicator.
Tim also works well with children, which isnt't surprising, as his fulltime career is as an elementary school teacher in Henrico county.