Dr. Tinney Parrish has served as our Pastor since 2009. With over 25 years of pastoral experience, he pastored churches in Maryland and North Carolina before moving here to Norfolk. Pastor Tinney earned a B.A. and M.A. in History from the University of Mayland, Baltimore County and his M. Div. and D. Min. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC.
Traveling, reading, golf and good coffee are among his favorite pastimes. He’s a devoted fan of the Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens. During spare time you can usually find him playing a round of golf, walking or reading in one of our many lovely local parks, or spending the day at the beach enjoying the salt air and the sound of the waves.
Pastor Tinney and his wife Michelle were high school sweethearts and have been married forever (well, at least since 1979). They have two married children, Amy and Andrew and three grandchildren, Len, Stephen and Penny. The Parrish Family has fallen in love with our beautiful Ghent community and reside just a few blocks from our church.
Rachael Meyer has been blessed to be a part of the Central Baptist Church family for a little over four years. Originally from a tiny town in southern Ohio, she currently calls Norfolk home by order of the U. S. Navy. Her husband, Caleb, proudly serves our country, and he and Rachael both are delighted that they're able to serve the church as well.
Rachael grew up attending a very small church pastored by her grandfather. Though the church was minuscule, lacking even a piano player, her love for singing was great. Her school years were full of pursuing anything and everything having to do with music: Band, choir, honor ensembles, steel band, percussion groups, musicals, hand bells, and even pep band. Through the love and encouragement of her family, Rachael's passion for music cultivated a yearning to know Christ, and to share Christ with others through music.
Credited with doubling the size of the children's ministry at Central, Rachael has a deep joy in seeing her four children growing and learning in the hands our faithful congregation. A joy that is doubled by the rich blessing of worshipping in song with dear friends every Sunday morning.
Born in Washington D.C., Patsy and her family moved to Norfolk when she was just 2 years old. She has degrees from Washington Bible College in Washington D.C. and Old Dominion University. Patsy spent 7 years teaching at South Norfolk Christian School (now Cornerstone Christian School) in Chesapeake and 28 years teaching at Norfolk Christian Academy. Patsy and her husband, Tom, have been members at Central since 2006. She loves to scrapbook and her favorite scripture verses are: Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 30:15, Psalm 32:8, and Ephesians 2:8-10.