Our pastor

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A native of northern New Jersey, Pastor George C. (Chip)  Hammond responded to the gospel while he was in college. Studying psychology at the time, he transferred from William Paterson University to Nyack College so he could add biblical and theological studies to his college work. At Nyack he was introduced to the writings of the titans of the Reformation, old Princeton Seminary and the founding faculty of Westminster Seminary.

After graduation he worked in sales, as a college admissions director and as stated pulpit supply for Broughton Presbyterian Church in Bloomfield, NJ, before moving to Philadelphia to attend Westminster Theological Seminary.

Pastor Hammond graduated from Westminster in 1992 with the degree Master of Divinity and was called to pastor Bethel Church the following year. In May 2014, Pastor Hammond graduated from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with the degree Doctor of Ministry. His area of study was the doctrine of the image of God in light of those with severe cognitive disabilities.

Pastor Hammond has contributed to publications like Westminster Theological Journal and New Horizons, and also various secular periodicals. He has served his community as senior chaplain of the Leesburg Police Department. To help raise a generation of Christian men ready to take their place as spiritual leaders in their families and communities, he developed Bethel’s 1T4-8 father and son program. In the regional church, he served as chairman of the candidates and credentials committee of the Presbytery of the Mid-Atlantic.

Pastor Hammond lives in Loudoun County with his wife Donna and their four children. When not preaching, teaching, studying, or engaged with other pastoral work, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing drums or disc golf, and working with his hands.