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Dr. Eldridge Cullum, IV


Dr. Eldridge Cullum, IV began his ministry at Beth Car on March 1, 2016. Friends and family call him “Ridge.” He is from Knoxville, TN and is married to Jennie Jones from Etowah TN. They have three children: a daughter Stefanie who is married to Brian Ritz in Fort Worth, TX with two children – Nolan & Leah; a son named Jared who is married to Johanna and a son named Justin who live in Richmond, VA.

Dr. Cullum enjoys Facebook, Fishing, Tennis, Genealogy, Gardening, Walking, and being with his wife. He graduated from Carson Newman College in Jefferson City, TN in 1978; and earned a Master of Divinity Degree in 1981 and a Doctor of Ministry Degree in 1988 from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. Dr. Cullum has been a pastor for over thirty-one years, serving churches in VA, TX, TN and IL.

Zak Ford
Youth Pastor


Zak recently graduated from Averett University with a degree in Sociology.  He hopes that the knowledge he has gained can be a light into dark areas through youth ministry.  When approached with questions about reaching youth, Zak said, “You can’t expect youth and young adults to just come into a church on Sunday mornings and feel fully welcomed, loved, and wanted.  You first have to meet them in their comfort zone, in their environment, and their area of life. You have to build lasting relationships with them, all the while showing them the love of Jesus.”  Zak has prayerfully left his home church and youth at Black Walnut Baptist and is embarking on the journey to which God has called him as the Youth Pastor at Beth Car Baptist Church.

Karen Fruend
Church Secretary


Karen coordinates all of the day-to-day operations of the church office, produces communications and publications, as well as maintains financial and contributions records.

Sheila Carr
Minister of Music


Marianne Williams
Church Organist


Beth Car Baptist Church  ::  25 Church Street, Halifax, VA  24558  ::  434-476-2567

Over 177 Years of Ministry and Missions in Halifax and Beyond!