Meet the Staff

Steve Esterline

Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve became the senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church in June of 2021. He served faithfully as Assistant Pastor to J.D. Surbaugh since he came on staff in June of 2008. We now look forward to how God will use Pastor Steve as he leads our congregation!

Steve is a 1998 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. He graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.

He was married in 1995 to Michelle, and God has blessed them with two children, Mary and Andy.

Steve Esterline

Senior Pastor

Steve Esterline

Senior Pastor

Steve Esterline

Senior Pastor

Pastor Steve became the senior pastor of Temple Baptist Church in June of 2021. He served faithfully as Assistant Pastor to J.D. Surbaugh since he came on staff in June of 2008. We now look forward to how God will use Pastor Steve as he leads our congregation!

Steve is a 1998 graduate of Liberty University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biblical Studies. He graduated from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.

He was married in 1995 to Michelle, and God has blessed them with two children, Mary and Andy.

Timothy Thomas

Associate Pastor

Marty Sweat

pastor of Worship
& Administration

Timothy Thomas came on staff as the Associate Pastor in December, 2021. Timothy grew up in the Lynchburg area and attended a local Christian high school. Upon graduation, he attended Liberty University where he received his B/S in Religion in 2013. He then went on to get his Master of Arts in Theology, as well as a Master of Divinity. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry.

As Timothy was getting ready for his freshman year of college, he felt the call to the ministry. He began going on mission trips at a young age through his parent’s foundation that does missions’ work in the country of Romania. These mission trips, as well as his sister’s adoption, gave him a love for ministry and played a vital role in recognizing his calling.

After graduating from college, he began working in church ministry as a Youth Pastor. After doing this on a part-time bases for several years, he wanted to take a leap of faith and go into ministry full-time. After serving in several capacities, ranging from Youth Pastor to Senior Pastor, he felt God calling him to Temple Baptist Church. He is excited to be at TBC and is looking forward to what God will do in the future, both personally and as a church.

In 2012, Timothy married his wife, Alina, and they have two children, Kenneth and Emma. He considers his family to be one of the most precious gifts from the Lord.

Timothy Thomas

Associate Pastor

Marty joined the staff of Temple Baptist Church in May of 1992. In addition to being the minister of music at Temple Baptist Church, Marty is also the financial administrator for the church and Temple Christian School. 

Marty is a 1986 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, receiving a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Music and Youth Ministries. 

Marty is married to Stephanie (Howard), and the couple has one son, Coleman. Coleman lives with his wife Caitlin (Elliot) in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Marty Sweat

pastor of Worship
& Administration

Pete Sudlow

Youth Pastor

Spencer Drake

children's pastor

Pastor Pete is the youth minister of Temple Baptist Church. He came on staff at the church in December of 2005. 

Pete is a 2004 graduate of Tennessee Temple University, where he majored in Youth Ministries.

Pete and his wife Kathy were married in 2004. They currently have one son, Stephen, and two daughters, Emma and Elinor!

Pete Sudlow

Youth Pastor

Spencer Drake is the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Temple Baptist Church. He joined the staff in September of 2015. As of July, 2021, Spencer has taken on the additional role of Adult Ministries Pastor.

Spencer received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University in 2008, with a double major in History and Biblical Studies. In 2011, he completed his law degree from the Liberty University School of Law. Later that year, he became a member of the Virginia Bar Association when he successfully completed the bar exam.

Spencer married his wife, Megan (Malone), in 2011. The couple now has a daughter named Nora and a son named George.

Spencer Drake

children's pastor

Timothy Thomas

Associate Pastor

Timothy Thomas came on staff as the Associate Pastor in December, 2021. Timothy grew up in the Lynchburg area and attended a local Christian high school. Upon graduation, he attended Liberty University where he received his B/S in Religion in 2013. He then went on to get his Master of Arts in Theology, as well as a Master of Divinity. He is currently working on his Doctor of Ministry.

After serving in several capacities, ranging from Youth Pastor to Senior Pastor, he felt God calling him to Temple Baptist Church. He is excited to be at TBC and is looking forward to what God will do in the future, both personally and as a church.

In 2012, Timothy married his wife, Alina, and they have two children, Kenneth and Emma. He considers his family to be one of the most precious gifts from the Lord.

Marty Sweat

pastor of Worship & Administration

Marty Sweat

pastor of Worship & Administration

Marty joined the staff of Temple Baptist Church in May of 1992. In addition to being the minister of music at Temple Baptist Church, Marty is also the financial administrator for the church and Temple Christian School. 

Marty is a 1986 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, receiving a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Music and Youth Ministries. 

Marty is married to Stephanie (Howard), and the couple has one son, Coleman. Coleman lives with his wife Caitlin (Elliot) in Lynchburg, Virginia.

Pete Sudlow

Youth Pastor

Pete Sudlow

Youth Pastor

Pastor Pete is the youth minister of Temple Baptist Church. He came on staff at the church in December of 2005. 

Pete is a 2004 graduate of Tennessee Temple University, where he majored in Youth Ministries.

Pete and his wife Kathy were married in 2004. They currently have one son, Stephen, and two daughters, Emma and Elinor!

Spencer Drake

children's pastor

Spencer Drake

children's pastor

Spencer Drake is the Children’s Ministry Pastor at Temple Baptist Church. He joined the staff in September of 2015. As of July, 2021, Spencer has taken on the additional role of Adult Ministries Pastor.

Spencer received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University in 2008, with a double major in History and Biblical Studies. In 2011, he completed his law degree from the Liberty University School of Law. Later that year, he became a member of the Virginia Bar Association when he successfully completed the bar exam.

Spencer married his wife, Megan (Malone), in 2011. The couple now has a daughter named Nora and a son named George.