Mark & Valerie Hopkins  Senior Pastor

Mark & Valerie Hopkins
Senior Pastor

Born and raised in North Carolina, Mark trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of five.  Christian school teachers mentored him in the faith and poured their lives into him pointing him to seek Christ.

Upon graduating high school, Mark served one year with Encounter Revival Ministries traveling the country ministering through revival meetings.  After hearing God’s call, he entered Piedmont Baptist College in 1999. 

In May, 2002, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies with a pastoral training emphasis.  While in college, he served as an Associate Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church, his home church, in Denton, North Carolina, for five years.  Mark was introduced to Valerie at Piedmont.  They decided to begin a lifetime together and the two were married in August, 2002.

Next, God called Mark and Valerie to Vinton, Virginia, to serve as Associate Pastor of Student Ministries and School Principal at Mineral Springs Baptist Church and Christian School.

After almost three years, Shenandoah Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, contacted Mark to become their Associate Pastor of Student Ministries.  After prayerful consideration, Mark accepted in February of 2006.  Five years later to the day, God moved Mark and Valerie to Luray, Virginia, to pastor Mt. Carmel Regular Baptist Church.

Mark was used mightily by God to serve the peoples of Luray and surrounding area.  After five fruitful years serving in Luray, God once again called Mark to move back to Shenandoah.

Mark, Valerie and their children (Garrett, Alexis, and Breanna) have been serving at Shenandoah since September, 2015.

All of our Associate Pastors serve as Discipleship Pastors

Rob & Anna Gribbin  Associate Pastor for World Missions

Rob & Anna Gribbin
Associate Pastor for World Missions

Rob was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania to Tom and Marcia Gribbin as the middle child in a family of three boys.  His parents both love the Lord and raised him to have a love for Him and His Word.  After participating in high school track, soccer, and band, he graduated and enrolled in Bible College – first for a one year Bible Certificate from Philadelphia Biblical University (obtained at a branch campus in Wisconsin) and then completed his B.A. in Biblical Studies at Piedmont International University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Rob served in ministry as an Associate Pastor for eight years in Greensboro, NC prior to joining the staff at Shenandoah in 2011. Rob has served in various capacities as Youth Pastor, Choir Director, Awana Commander, Conference Speaker, and Camp Pastor.

Rob married his high-school sweetheart Anna, and they have three children. Ruth attends Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, New York.  Ivan and Kaitlyn both attend Roanoke Valley Christian Schools. Family hikes, camping trips, and kid’s soccer games are among his favorite activities.

Mark DeLong  Associate Pastor for Equipping & Local Mission

Mark DeLong
Associate Pastor for Equipping & Local Mission

Mark was raised in Franklin County, Virginia.  Mark trusted Christ as his Lord and Savior at the age of nine at his home after returning from church camp.  His teachers and coaches at Roanoke Valley Christian Schools, which he attended from fifth to twelfth grade, mentored him in the faith and during his senior year he was called to commit his life to God’s Word and His work.

Mark studied at and ministered with Word of Life Bible Institute of New York for two years and then completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Bible and Philosophy at Baptist Bible College of Pennsylvania.  He then served the youth at his home church, Franklin Memorial Baptist, while teaching at his alma mater, RVCS.  During this time, he and Meagan met and they were married in 2004.  Mark then assisted Camp Eagle and the youth at Shenandoah Baptist for two years before attending seminary at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary of North Carolina where he earned a Masters of Divinity degree in Advanced Biblical Studies.  During that time, he served as a pastor at Messiah Baptist Church of Wake Forest, North Carolina.

After seminary, God led Mark and Meagan back to Roanoke.  He has served at RVCS as a Bible teacher, assistant to the administrators, and as the athletic director for four and a half years.  He has also enjoyed serving at Shenandoah Baptist as a deacon and in various aspects of the children’s ministry.

Darin & Amy Allen  Associate Pastor for Music

Darin & Amy Allen
Associate Pastor for Music

Darin was born and raised in western Pennsylvania.  He was blessed with Christian parents, and at the age of nine he responded to the gospel and was saved.  He was further blessed by a godly wife in Amy in 1998.  After spending two years as a public school teacher, Darin surrendered to full-time ministry.  He and Amy have been in the music and worship ministry since 1999, serving churches in North Carolina and Alabama before joining the Shenandoah family.

Darin and Amy have three amazing kids – Caylie (born 2002), Garrett (born 2005), and Chloe Beth (born 2009).  Favorite family activities involve the outdoors and eating.  Darin likes to spend his personal time reading, songwriting, or fishing.  The mountains, coffee shops, sushi, and the Steelers are a few of his favorite things.

Darin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Arts in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Tim & Ashley Ragan  Associate Pastor for Students

Tim & Ashley Ragan
Associate Pastor for Students

For Tim, Roanoke has become home by way of Alabama, Missouri, Ohio (Go Buckeyes!), Colorado, and South Carolina. He had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home as the son of Pastor Rick and Cindy Ragan. He made a profession of faith at the age of four, but battled with a dark time of great rebellion throughout his teen years. When God broke through in Tim’s life it became clear that God was calling him to use the experiences of his life to minister to students.

Tim met his wife, Ashley, while they were both students at Roanoke Valley Christian Schools. They were married in June 2012 and enjoy life with their dog, Dwight. In his spare time Tim enjoys watching the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ohio State football, playing basketball, music, writing, reading, and is an avid baseball fan…of the Cleveland Indians (let’s agree not to talk about it.)

Tim is a 2008 graduate of Roanoke Valley Christian Schools.  He holds a B.S. in Religion with a specialization in Student Ministry from Liberty University (2012) and spent two years teaching Bible on the RVCS staff before transitioning into the student ministry at Shenandoah. His passion in ministry is to teach the Word of God in a way that equips students to become contributing members of the local and universal church ultimately activating them to be stretched and challenged to greater spiritual growth!


Rick & Elaine Brown  Associate Pastor for School Ministries

Rick & Elaine Brown
Associate Pastor for School Ministries

Rick was born in Salem, Virginia, on February 17, 1953, and was born again at Mason Cove Chapel near Catawba in May, 1958.  A graduate of Virginia Western Community College (A.S.), Virginia Tech (B.A.), Radford University (M.S.), and Pensacola Christian College (Ed.S.); he has been on staff since July 1991.  Rick taught in the Roanoke County Public Schools for three years and served as an Associate Pastor at four different Southern Baptist churches prior to coming to Shenandoah.

Rick is married to Elaine Cronise Brown who also serves on the RVCS staff as an administrative assistant in the main school office and as athletic secretary.  She has been a long-time member of the Shenandoah Baptist Adult Choir.  Rick and Elaine have two daughters, Dinisha Brown Fether (born 1982; RVCS Class of 2000 and Bryan College Class of 2004), who is a fifth-grade teacher at RVCS, and Deidre Brown Stone, (Born 1985; RVCS Class of 2003 and Liberty University Class of 2007), who is married to Joshua Stone and resides and works in Lynchburg, VA.

Rick also is a member of the Shenandoah Baptist Adult Choir.  He serves as a commissioner on the Southeast Regional Accreditation Commission for the Association of Christian Schools International and has a passion to see students educated Christianly.  He enjoys camping, gardening, reading, and Sudoku.


Stanley & Kelle Long  Associate Pastor for Camp Eagle

Stanley & Kelle Long
Associate Pastor for Camp Eagle

We are currently grieving the loss of our beloved Camp Pastor Stanley Long.

Terry & Cathy Tankersley  Associate Pastor for Administration

Terry & Cathy Tankersley
Associate Pastor for Administration

Cathy and Terry were married in 1976 in Jonesboro, AR.  They came to Shenandoah in 1988 with two young daughters, Michelle and Tiffany.  Marvin and Michelle Haines live in Leesburg, VA with their children Marcus and Mya.  Tiffany Bowles lives in Roanoke with her three children Sam, Sierra and Dillion.

Terry’s college training was instrumental music with the trumpet as his major instrument.  He worked as a public school band director for four years before surrendering to full time ministry in 1980.  The time spent in serving two smaller churches between 1980 and 1988 was time well spent in laying the groundwork for the ministry here at Shenandoah and creation of the Shenandoah Passion Play.  Terry served as Associate Pastor for Music for 23 years until taking the position of Associate Pastor for Administration in 2011.

Terry’s interests have taken a variety of paths in the years at Shenandoah.  He came with an interest in photography, developed a great appreciation for Mac computers, built three houses, learned to snow ski with his girls, and now is an official “hacker” at golf.

Carlton & Elinor Wright  Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care

Carlton & Elinor Wright
Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care


Robert & Amelia Alderman  Minister-at-Large

Robert & Amelia Alderman

Robert L. Alderman was born in South Carolina, April 23, 1937, the first of five children born to Ben and Mary Alderman.  He spent his early years in Alcolu, South Carolina, and was graduated from Manning High School, Manning, South Carolina, in 1955.  He is married to the former Amelia Burke of Alcolu, South Carolina, and they have four children and nine grandchildren.

Pastor Alderman received his college education at the University of South Carolina where he earned the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the College of Business Administration.

He studied in the Graduate School of Bible and Missions at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina, (1957-1960), and was graduated in 1964 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary at Fort Worth, Texas, with a Master of Divinity degree.  In 1987, he received the Doctor of Ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois.  His doctoral study concerned the issue of establishing credibility in the world mission ministry of the local church.

Pastor Alderman has served in the pastoral ministry since 1959 with exception of time given to seminary studies.  He has pastored three affiliate churches of the Southern Baptist Convention and, from 1971 - 2004, pastored the Shenandoah Baptist Church of Roanoke, Virginia, which is a non-affiliated church. In June 2004, Pastor Alderman assumed the position as Shenandoah’s “Minister-at-Large,” a title that allows him to travel and minister throughout the United States and around the world.

In 1973, he led in the establishment of the Roanoke Valley Christian Schools, a ministry of Shenandoah Baptist Church.  The school currently provides training for over four hundred students in kindergarten 2 through grade twelve.

As a pastor vitally involved in world missions and evangelism, Pastor Alderman has ministered in church and campus ministries and with mission agencies in the United States and abroad.  His foreign work has been primarily with student groups, local churches, and mission agencies.  These foreign ministries have been in the Caribbean, British West Indies, El Salvador, Guatemala, Colombia, San Andreas, Paraguay, Guyana, South Africa, Kenya, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, China, Japan, Jordan, Iraq and several countries in Eastern and Western Europe.

He has served on the boards of several Christian organizations.

Email: Robert Alderman