Rusty Small, Ph.D.



Rusty serves as Lead Pastor for Liberty Baptist Church after ministering as pastor of Youth and Education from January 2004 to April 2008. Rusty received a B.A. in Religion (specialization biblical studies) and M.A. in Professional Counseling from Liberty University, a Masters of Divinity in Advanced Biblical Studies and a Ph.D. in Biblical Theology from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Rusty is married to his wife, Melissa and recently welcomed their firstborn son, James Henry Small, into their family. 

Mark Landry, D.M.A.

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Mark has been serving as Pastor of Music and Senior Adults since September 1998. Mark is originally from Louisiana and has a B.A. from Louisiana Tech University, a M.M. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and a D.M.A. from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mark is married to Sandra and they have one daughter, Alexis, who is an Instructor of Theatre at Bryan College.

Sandra Landry

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Sandra has been serving as Music Assistant to her husband, Mark, since September 1998. They have one daughter Alexis, who is an Instructor of Theatre at Bryan College. Sandra has a degree in Bachelor of Music from William Carey College and a Master of Music from Southwestern Seminary. Sandra plays the piano for worship services, Director of our KIDSing children’s music program, and Co-Director of VBS.

Cheryl Ellis

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Cheryl began serving in our office part time in 2014 and became the full time office manager in 2017. She has been married to Chris Ellis for over 20 years. Together, they have 3 children, 2 boys who have both graduated high school, Matt & Josh, and a daughter, Amanda, who is in Heaven. Cheryl graduated from Liberty University in 2000 with a B.S. in Family and Consumer Sciences. 

Dottie Rhoads



Dottie has been serving as Children’s Director at Liberty Baptist Church since February 2019. She grew up in New Jersey but has been a resident of Virginia since 2009. She received a B.S. in Elementary Education and a Master of Divinity in Biblical Studies from Liberty University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Theology and Apologetics. She taught in Lynchburg City Schools and loves the opportunity to now teach children at Liberty Baptist to know and trust the Lord.

Tommy Brooks

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Tommy serves as Youth Pastor for Liberty Baptist Church. He is a third generation Pastor and has served in children's, youth and adult ministries over the past 20 years. Born and raised in Virginia, Tommy has been married to the love of his life Valerie for 29 years and they have three children who love the LORD. Twin boys Jeramiah and Jacob and a third son Joshua.

"And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve;"..."but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."  Joshua 24:15