Meet the Staff

Tim Hight

Senior Pastor

Life Verse: Psalm 1

Dr. A. Timothy Hight began his ministry at GraceLife in the spring of 1996. He was ordained to the ministry in 1986 at Labelle Place Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee. Tim received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Mid America Seminary in 1991. Prior to GraceLife, he had served as pastor of two churches in Arkansas: First Baptist Church, Newport, and First Baptist Church, Lepanto. Through the last several years, he has been involved with the Life Action Ministries of Buchanan, Michigan and has served two terms as President of the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.

Tim and his wife, Dawn, have five children: Whitney, Lindsey, Timothy, Valory and Courtney.

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Gary Long

Associate Pastor

LIfe Verse: Acts 20:24

As Associate Pastor, Pastor Gary supervises the education ministries of GraceLife and coordinates the classes for Life Groups and Discipleship Training. He also coordinates the administration needs of the church. Gary received his Master of Arts degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978 and had served churches in Oklahoma, Texas, and Georgia before coming to Christiansburg.

Gary and his wife, Barbara, have three children: Stephen, Lydia and Marianna. Lydia and her Husband, Ben have four children and live in Colorado. Stephen and his wife Kathryn have one child and live in South Bend, Indiana. Marianna has just completed her Associates degree from college.

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Craig Hughes

Minister of Music and Worship

Life Verse: Joshua 1:9

Pastor Craig came to our church in September of 1999. As Minister of Music and Worship, he directs or oversees the various music groups of the church and also plans the corporate worship services. Graduating from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1980, Craig served churches in Texas, Georgia and Virginia before moving to Christiansburg.

Craig and his wife, Katha, have two children: Hannah and Caleb.

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Dave Widgeon

Minister to Children

Life Verse: Psalm 37:4

Pastor Dave came to us from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated Spring, 2001. After growing up in Lynchburg, Virginia, Dave attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) where he received a degree in computer engineering. While a student at VT, God called him into the ministry to be used in reaching/teaching children. As our Children’s Pastor, Dave coordinates and supervises the children’s ministries of Life Groups, AWANA, Upward Basketball, and numerous activities throughout the year.

Dave was married in the summer of 2008 to his wife, Angela.

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Jonathan Couch

Student Ministry Coordinator

Life Verse: Psalm 28:7

As Student Ministry Coordinator, Jonathan Couch oversees the Youth and College ministries including Sunday Morning Life Groups, High School and Middle School worship on Sunday nights, HSM Band and many other activities throughout the year. Jonathan is a native of Christiansburg, graduating from Christiansburg High School in 1996. He received a degree in business management from Radford University in 1999.

Jonathan and his wife Erin have two daughters, Cara and Chloe.

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