Our Ministry team


Dr. Robert Edwards, Senior Pastor

Rob has been the lead pastor at New Bridge since November 2009. He has served as pastor at churches in Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana since 1988. Rob received his undergraduate degree from Old Dominion University, a Master's Degree from Southern Seminary, and a Doctorate from Southeastern Seminary. Rob & his wife, Anne, have been married for twenty-six years, and they have two daughters and one son-in-law. Abby & Kyle live in Tigerville, SC, and Danielle lives in Richmond. Rob loves to fish, play golf, and go camping with his family. 
Rob's spiritual desire is to fulfill     2 Timothy 2:15: "Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
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Rev. JD Sluss, Children's Pastor/Church Administrator

JD and his wife, Brenda, served in ministry at several churches before coming to New Bridge in the summer of 2004. They have two adult children, Jennifer (JB) & Jeremy (Sarah), and have been blessed with four grandchildren. JD began his ministry as Children's Pastor, and his role was expanded to include Church Administrator in 2007. JD loves family adventures, cooking, fixing things, and connecting with people of all ages. He uses music, media, drama, and more to help kids of all ages to come to know Jesus Christ in a personal relationship. This can be seen in Sunday morning Kids' Worship, VBS, and Adventure Camp (a week long summer camp for kids in the Shenandoah Valley that he has been leading for 30+ years). JD loves to share God's Word with children and help them to build a strong foundation as they face the challenges of everyday life. 
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Pam Sherman, Preschool Director

After nearly forty years experience working with our preschoolers, Pam is looking forward to a new experience with infants...being a grandmother to her grandbaby arriving in July 2015. Pam received a BA degree from Meredith College with a double major in Religion and Sociology. She has a Masters degree in Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a major in Child Development and Family Relationships. She and her husband Jeff have a daughter, Whitney (Jason) and a son, Micah. God has blessed her with a love for children, gardening, cooking, and needlework. 


Angela Linton, Administrative Assistant

Angela joined the New Bridge staff in 2012. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married for over 20 years and have two beautiful daughters. Angela loves reading, cooking, and always has a crocheting or knitting project in the works, usually at the same time.
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Mary Martin, Financial Secretary

Mary has been serving as the Financial Secretary at New Bridge since 1991. She  has one daughter, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchild. 
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Stafford Beasley, Minister of Youth and Discipleship

Stafford came on board the New Bridge staff in December 2016. Originally hailing from Newport News, VA, he and his wife, Leslie, have served in music and youth ministry on both ends of the state. Stafford graduated with a degree in Communication Studies, with minors in Leadership and Philosophy/Religion from Christopher Newport University. He is currently in the home stretch of completing the M.Div. program in Pastoral Ministry at Liberty University. The Beasleys are a sports family, rooting for the Redskins, Red Sox, and Tarheels. They aim to live out 1 Corinthians 10:31, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
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Jeff Yates, Building & Grounds Superintendent

Jeff has been the Building Superintendent at New Bridge since 1997. He was married to Debbie that same year, and they have two teenage girls, Kelsey & Taylor. Jeff enjoys being at the basketball court and softball field watching his girls play. He also enjoys fishing and kayaking and takes pride in his continued dominance over Pastor Rob in the "biggest fish" and "most fish" categories. 
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Laurie Amadeo, Worship Ministry Assistant

Laurie has been serving as Worship Ministry Assistant for over ten years.  Her job includes working with the band, choir, media team and creative arts teams.  She also helps with Children's Ministry in the areas of VBS and Music & Missions.  She loves children and spending time teaching them.  Laurie and her husband, Aubrey, are raising two teenage sons.  Their family enjoys traveling and good food.  Laurie enjoys painting, reading and working in her flowerbeds. laurie@newbridge-church.com  804-737-7331 x 313