Meet Our Staff


Pastor Ted


Graduate of Pitman High School, Pitman, New Jersey
A.A. in Education, Rowan College at Gloucester County
B.A. in Biblical Studies, American Bible College
M.A. in Ministry, Luther Rice College and Seminary
Ph.D. in Religion, Bethany Divinity College and Theological Seminary
Liberty University (Graduate studies in professional counseling)
Licensed and ordained SBC in 1993 in Lilburn, Georgia
Additional studies at the University of Rio Grande and Rowan University 


40+ Years Christian Ministry:

  • Minister of Education

  • Ministry to Singles

  • Gospel Music Ministry

  • Ministry to Homeless

  • Interim Pastor

  • Senior Pastor

  • Charter Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC)

  • Certified F.A.I.T.H. Evangelism Instructor

  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chaplain

  • V.P. Executive Board, Clergy Staff Self Regional Hospital, Greenwood, South Carolina

  • Certified Precept Upon Precept Leader for Precept Ministries

  • United States Navy, Vietnam Veteran 1970-74

  • Certified Transitional Pastor


Dr. Williams grew up in a Christian home but did not make a true profession of faith in Jesus Christ until 1973 while in the Navy. In 1975, he sensed a call to the pastoral ministry but continued to serve as a lay person, remaining employed in the business world. He finally responded to the call of the ordained ministry in 1991. After completing seminary he was ordained in 1993. His first pastorate was at Snow Memorial Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee. He has since served at Abney Memorial Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina before coming to Mechanicsville.

His personal vision includes 4 “E’s”. Exalt, Encourage, Equip, and Evangelize.

Creating a strong foundation in Christ through: Praising and honoring God, equipping the saints to yield changed lives, loving acceptance of all God’s creation, and finding answers to today’s problems through God’s redeeming love. Proverbs 29:18; Psalm 99:5; Colossians 2:1-2
His interests include historical studies, especially the Civil War, Revolutionary War, and World War II, all forms of music, and vegetable gardening.

Precept Bible Teacher

Charlene Shawver Williams


Graduate of Glassboro High School, Glassboro, New Jersey
B.S. James Madison University, Library Science
Graduate Studies at East Tennessee State University
Liberty University
Rowan University
Converse College


Media Specialist, Cambridge Academy, Greenwood, South Carolina
Director of Discipleship, Abney Memorial Baptist Church
Certified Precept Upon Precept Leader for Precept Ministries
19th Century Historical Interpreter, Doak House Museum, Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tennessee
Biblical Counselor


Charlene was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Her father was a professor at Madison College (now James Madison University). The family moved to New Jersey when she was in 3rd grade, and her father accepted a position at Glassboro State College (now Rowan University). She was a state champion for the Voice of Democracy Speech competition for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, competing at the national level.

Charlene returned to James Madison University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Library Science. Charlene is a voracious reader–a lover of historical fiction and children’s literature. She covets the joys of being wife and helpmate to Pastor Ted. Additionally she is an avid researcher and thoroughly enjoys digging into the Word of God. This led to becoming a certified Precept on Precept Bible teacher. Charlene has founded Precept Bible studies in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and South Carolina, and now here in Virginia. She also worked as a historical interpreter at Tusculum College in Greeneville, Tennessee, where she taught children in early 19th century historical studies.

Her interests include historical studies and gardening (flowers and shrubs not vegetables). She loves visiting colonial homes and museums.


Ted and Charlene’s daughter, Meg Stephenson, is a graduate of Samford University with a Bachelor of Music in Church Music, and The University of South Carolina with a Masters Degree in Music Education. She was principle violist in the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra in Georgia and a violist in the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Emory University Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Tennessee Honors Orchestra. Meg also played in the orchestra for the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Meg is now a stay at home mom with their son Xander and twin sons, Wesley and Reese.

Her husband, David Stephenson, holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Georgia, a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from Eastern Kentucky University, and a Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of South Carolina. David was a saxophonist in the Red Coat marching band at the University of Georgia and has been the Music Minister at First Baptist Church in Batesburg, South Carolina and South Lexington Baptist Church in Lexington, South Carolina. He was also the music director for the Chesapeake Chorale while living in Middlesex County, Virginia. He is presently the choral director at Lexington High School in Lexington, South Carolina and an active father with their three young children. He is also now serving as interim Music Minister at the Lexington Presbyterian Church in Lexington, SC.

Minister of Children and Youth

Kate Parrish

Kate began as our Minister of Children and Youth on May 1 2018. Kate is a resident of Mount Sidney, Virginia. A graduate from Fort Defiance High School, she has earned a Bachelor in Arts in Religion from Ferrum College and is a graduate of Liberty University Rawlings School of Divinity with Master in Divinity degree. She has previously interned at two churches, Rocky Mount Christian Church in Rocky Mount, Virginia and St. John’s United Methodist Church in Staunton, VA. She is presently working on her D.Min. degree at Liberty University.

Kate has worked specifically with children and youth during her two internships. She is passionate about helping the community as well as teaching/guiding the children and youth. Her interests include being outdoors, learning new things, traveling, running, reading and crocheting and cooking.

Kate is looking forward to working with our youth and children and helping to grow the ministry at Mechanicsville Church. She is already developing great relationships with our kids as they are readily accepting her love and guidance. We look forward to a long relationship with her as she develops a ministry that will reach far into the community and the present culture.

MBC Sexton

Janice Dollins Franklin

Having lived in Louisa County most of her life, Janice is a graduate of Louisa County High School. She, as well as her grandparents, parents, brother and children have long been members of MBC. Active in numerous MBC ministries, Janice serves on our Nominating and Stewardship Committees, Praise Team and is active in other ministries.

She is the mother of two sons and one daughter and is a proud grandmother.

In the mid-nineties she began working on the MBC staff and continues to provide loving care for our facilities.

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