Our under-shepherd was educated in the public schools of Nottoway County, Virginia. He continued his education at Greensboro College, University of North Carolina at Greensboro and, ECPI University. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy. In addition to pastoring, he is employed as a senior corporate IT manager.
While stationed for duty in Pensacola, Florida, Pastor Bagley and his family joined First Missionary Baptist Church Warrenton of Pensacola, Florida. It was there that a transformation in his life began. Under the guidance of his spiritual father, Dr. James H. Miller Sr., he received both spiritual mentorship and guidance. He accepted his calling to the gospel ministry at Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida under the pastorate of Dr. John A. Newman. He returned home to Blackstone, Virginia where God began to use him in many capacities to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
With over 25 years of ministry and church leadership experience, 4 pastorates, and many accomplishments in service to the Christian community, our Pastor, along with his wife and soul mate Lady Sandra, continue to believe God for the vision of His people.
"Ministry that costs nothing does nothing!"
Sandra (Peaches) Bagley, First Lady
With quiet elegance and grace, our First Lady ministers alongside her husband, and is the Biblical example of a virtuous woman. She has been married to Pastor for over 32 years.
A native of Asheboro, North Carolina, Lady Peaches attended Randolph County, NC public schools. She continued her education at Pensacola Junior College and Longwood University where she earned a Bachelor and two Masters Degrees. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As a health care professional, she serves the community as an ASHA Certified Speech Language Pathologist and Rehab Director.
… A Message from Pastor Bagley
“The world does not consist of 100 percent Christians and 100 percent non-Christians. There are people (a great many of them) who are slowly ceasing to be Christians but who still call themselves by that name: some of them are clergymen. There are other people who are slowly becoming Christians though they do not yet call themselves so.” C. S. Lewis
I thank the LORD for the assignment of Chief Servant here at Concord. Over the years I have learned through experience of what God expects of me in this capacity. Comprehending what Jesus has done while taking hold of the gospel helm, He continues to bless this humble man with greater insight and knowledge of His holy word and will for His people. I continue to be in awe of the things that God would reveal to me at this present time; His vision for the people of this great institution, the Concord Baptist Church. I can only hope for greater knowledge of Him, His word, and His love that continues to overshadow me as I stay the course that He continues to order for me each day.
In retrospect, God’s assignment comes with a much greater vision for ministry. His vision for Concord is marvelous and mysterious; it is also powerful. George Barna provides an excellent Christian perspective on vision. He states, "Vision is a clear and precise mental portrait of a preferable future, imparted by God to His chosen servants, based on an accurate understanding of God, self, and circumstances."
It’s one thing to dream a dream and see a vision; but who makes it happen? Who develops the strategy to see it achieved? The composer’s idea must become a musical score before it is ever a moving symphonic performance. The builder’s dream becomes an architect’s drawing, followed by a construction crew’s dirty, noisy work before it is ever a beautiful edifice. In the church, someone has to take the pastor’s vision and translate it into a congregational strategy before it can become part of the church’s ministry, or all is lost.
As Pastor and people, we are performing the Composer’s idea and constructing the Builder’s dream. Though dirty, tired, and often noisy, our performance, neither our labor has been in vain. The reward at the end of the day is being able to see what was only an idea or a dream, now living in the hearts of those who have been touched by its means. I thank God for His vision and the efforts of all of you to see it come to fruition. “Ministry that costs nothing, does nothing.”
To my wife, I owe much for this journey. Her warm smile, gentle thoughts, and especially her love, have given me the support needed to overcome the challenges of life and ministry. Her statue and strength are the Biblical traits of a virtuous woman; one who is the pride of her husband and the apple of his eye. I salute her not only today, but each day that God blesses us together.
Finally, to my sons: you are mighty men of valor. Do not lose sight of the love that you have been given by God, mom and dad. Be true to who you are, and keep your eyes on Christ.
In closing, I celebrate those things that are most important to me: my LORD, my family, and my church, Concord. “The LORD is the joy of my strength!"