Our Mission & Vision
The mission of Courtland Baptist Church is to witness, minister and serve in Jesus name. Our desire is to love God, to love others, and to magnify the name of Jesus Christ. We are a Great Commission Church to reach, teach and make disciples. We want to reach out to our community and around the world with the Good News of our wonderful Savior.
There are events and activities for all ages. We are a mixed congregation with people from all walks of life who come together to worship the risen Lord. You will be warmly welcomed by our congregation and immediately feel at home. Come by and check us out and join the fun of being a Christian and part of our church family.
Our Ministry Leadership Team:
Our leadership team recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We work together to bring glory to God, reach people for Jesus Christ and help equip them to be servants in the Kingdom of God. We strive to be a Great Commission Church. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to introduce people to Jesus Christ and then equip believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.
Dr. Robert H. Carpenter, Interim Pastor
CAPT Robert H. Carpenter was born in Norfolk, VA on 14 December 1961. He lived in the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area until he attended and graduated from Berry College in Rome, Georgia in June 1987. He attended Berry on a Chick-fil-A, Inc. scholarship and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations. After receiving the call to serve in full-time ministry, he attended and graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky with a Master of Divinity degree in Theology in December 1992. Chaplain Carpenter continued his graduate studies and earned the Doctor of Ministry degree from The Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth at Southern Seminary in December 2001. He then decided to pursue a second Doctor of Ministry degree, and in May 2007, he graduated with a major in Expository Preaching.
Chaplain Carpenter’s Naval career began when he entered the Chaplain Candidate Program in February 1990 after his commission as an Ensign. During his initial years as a CCPO, he served at the Naval Training Center in San Diego, CA; Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC; and the Naval Submarine Base, Kings Bay, GA. He was promoted to Lieutenant Junior Grade in 1992; and in March 1993, he began serving in the Chaplain Corps.
In 1994, he was promoted to Lieutenant and began his assignment at the Marine Corps Combat Development Command in Quantico, VA where he served as a chaplain at the following commands: Officer Candidates School, The Basic School (TBS), and at the F.B.I. Academy. After his transfer from Quantico, he served at Commander, Submarine Squadrons SIX and EIGHT in Norfolk, Virginia. During this tour, he was promoted to Lieutenant Commander and was personally requested by the Atlantic Fleet Chaplain to minister to the crew and family members of the USS Cole immediately following the Yemen bombing in October 2000.
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, he was also requested to serve on ADT orders as the command chaplain for the Waterfront Support Unit in Norfolk, VA. In April 2003, Chaplain Carpenter was named the executive officer of MEFREL 106 assigned in the Washington, DC and Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA areas. In May 2005, he transferred to the Washington Navy Yard where he served at the Naval Sea Systems Command.
CAPT Carpenter also served as a chaplain at Arlington National Cemetery from 2005-2007. In September 2007, he was promoted to Commander just prior to transferring back to Norfolk where he began his assignment as the deputy force chaplain at Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic in December 2007. From August 2008 through June 2010, he was mobilized to active duty at Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, NC where he began serving as the command chaplain of the Deployment Processing Command East.
Also during this mobilization tour, Chaplain Carpenter served as the deputy command chaplain for Marine Corps Base. He was then selected by the Commanding General to serve as the acting command chaplain for both Marine Corps Base and Marine Corps Installations East. Following his release from active duty, he returned to SURFLANT until he began his assignment as the deputy force chaplain at U. S. Marine Corps Forces Command in December 2012. Upon his transfer in December 2014, Chaplain Carpenter began serving as the senior chaplain with the 4th Marine Air Wing in New Orleans, LA. In May 2015, he was promoted to Captain and began his service on ADT orders as the force chaplain at Commander, Naval Air Force Atlantic. In June 2015, he was also selected as the senior Navy chaplain for three joint military exercises at United States Forces Japan.
CAPT Carpenter has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (2-stars), Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (1-star), National Defense Service Medal (1-star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and the Fleet Marine Force Ribbon.
He is married to the former Suzanne Bennett of Norfolk, VA and currently serves as the interim senior pastor of Courtland Baptist Church in Courtland, Virginia.
Linda Sutton, Choir Director
Linda has been our organist/pianist for five years and leads the choir. She works with the staff to help develop music for our traditional worship and special seasonal programs. Coming from a musical family she both plays and sings and has served as an inspired, dedicated music leader for many years. We are blessed to have Linda as part of ministry team.
Christine Norton, Nursery Director
We believe that children are special gifts from God. We want to do all we can to start our boys and girls off right. Chris is our nursery director. She makes sure that we have a safe, clean place for our babies & toddlers. Your children will be well cared for and told Bible stories while they have a chance to play with other children or sleep. Chris has a background in elementary education and leads our children’s church for grades 1 through 5 on the 1st & 3rd Sundays through the summer during the 8:30 worship service. Chris has a heart for children and is doing a great job with the nursery and children’s church.