meet our staff

  • lead pastor, dr. steve grieme

    Pastor Steve grew up in Florida, graduated for Dallas Theological Seminary and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Steve spent 10 years on staff at a church outside of Seattle, WA and he became the Lead Pastor at Central in June of 2018. Steve loves the local church, loves telling people about Jesus and what Jesus is doing in his life, and helping people understand how a relationship with Jesus impacts all aspects of our everyday lives. Living and growing in a relationship with Jesus is the one thing that defines his ministry. Pastor Steve oversees the Preaching/Equipping here at Central and leads the way in shaping the vision God has given our church


    Steve also serves on the board for Rural Church Youth Ministries and spends time each week training pastors in Sierra Leone, Africa. Part of his mission in life is to make disciples here locally, throughout our country, and all over the world. When Steve is not at church you can usually find him hanging out with his wife, Stephanie, and their three kids, Emma, Bree, & Pierce. They enjoy a good hike, going to the beach, finding a good book at the library, but most of all, time together.


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  • worship & youth pastor, donnie dehnke

    Donnie works with out 7-12 grade students and also leads our worship team. His passion is to see students understand what it means to have a daily walk with Jesus that infuses every part of their lives. Donnie grew up in Ohio and graduated from Cedarville University in 2005. That is where he met his amazing wife, Amanda. They have 2 girls, Kylah and Dakota, who bring so much joy and laughter to their lives and another baby on the way. Donnie loves hiking, camping, and backpacking in the mountains (and just about anything in the great outdoors.) He also enjoys playing most any sport, watching football, and working on projects around the house. He's always up for a good action movie with a soda in one hand and a bag of chips in the other.


    Click here to email Pastor Donnie.

  • administrative pastor, ethan white

    Ethan loves making other people successful as the Administrative Pastor at Central. He oversees the First Impressions Ministry and our Central Groups ministry and also tries to help out with as much other stuff as he can. Though Ethan grew up in church, he went off to college doubtful of whether God exists. However, God proved him otherwise, and that realization was revolutionary. Where he struggled with insecurity and significance, he realized that Jesus had died for him, to pay for his sin, giving him infinite worth. And where he struggled for purpose and meaning in his life, God gave him the exciting adventure of living in His truth and sharing His love with everyone else. After graduating, he spent two years in campus ministry with the Navigators, where he met his wife Melissa and then went on to Dallas Theological Seminary. Ethan never had the goal of being a church pastor, but when he was given the opportunity at Central after he and Melissa had been members for 4 years, he discovered his true calling. Ethan loves having fun at work!

     

    In addition to his best friend Melissa and their kids—Noah, Grady, Alex, and Rachel—some of the things he really love are the New York Mets and baseball in general, hiking/camping, reading, being healthy, and music, and their German shepherd mix, Aria   


    Click here to email Pastor Ethan.

  • children's pastor, brian davis

    Brian’s passion for ministry began during his college years. After pursuing various career paths, Brian realized that God’s will for his life was to surrender to full time ministry. God continued to guide Brian through the mentoring of other Christian leaders and through prayer. After being involved in many different areas of ministry, Brian realized his passion for kids ministry. Currently, Brian serves as the Children’s Pastor and has the opportunity to use his gifts to invest in the lives of the children in our ministry. His energy and creativity facilitates exciting times of worship and Bible study for kids on a weekly basis and through seasonal events.

     

    Brian has many skills that contribute to his ministry and to him just being an all-around fun guy. Brian never passes an opportunity to sing loud to his favorite songs… especially if it is for karaoke. He wishes he could destroy all pine cones.  He once ran a marathon without training; although, he wished he trained for it after crossing the finish line. Brian considers himself somewhat of a philosopher. One time he was in a theological debate with his friends, and when one of his friends mentioned something about “normal,” he then said, “But what is normal?” It was super deep. Brian is not a coffee drinker. There was once a time when he was tricked into drinking coffee. He thought he was drinking a funny smelling hot chocolate, but he’ll never make that mistake again. Brian doesn’t get the chance to snowboard too often, but when he does, he jumps on the opportunity and loves it! Many of times, he has taken a “red eye” snowboarding bus trip to a mountain… It is called “red eye” for a reason, because when the tiredness hits you, you have red eyes and bags under your eyes that get mistaken as Gucci bags. These skills and more are what make Brian so great with kids, and lastly, his video gaming skills are second to most!


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  • financial administrator, ANGEL FIELD

    Angel grew up in North Carolina and came to Virginia in ???? and found Central in ??? She and her husband Randy have 4 girls (Ashlynn, Harper, Ella, & Sadie) Angel’s desire for Central is to see lives transformed by the power of the Gospel and see them devoted to following Jesus. When Angel isn’t serving at Central, you can find her baking or watching The Great British Baking show. She also LOVES peanut butter and coffee.


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  • administrative assistant, janna robertson

    Janna has been at Central her whole life with the exception of her time in college at Cedarville University in Ohio. Janna started working in the church office after graduating college and has grown to love the church even more. Her passions in her job are graphic design, stage design, researching new skills and methods to promote the local church, creative arts, worship, and decorating for VBS and writing/acting in the VBS drama. Her desire for Central is to see our body of believers truly impact their communities in Portsmouth and Hampton Roads for Christ. For Central to not only meet physical and emotional needs of our community but most importantly, the spiritual need. In her free time, Janna loves going to the beach and any water sport, playing music, hiking and camping, going to the beach, taking road trips to visit friends, watching Netflix, playing with her dogs Sophie and Daisy, and did we mention going to the beach?


    Click here to email Janna. 

  • school administrator, Dawn stephens

    Dawn has attended Central since the summer of 1992. Back then, she and her husband, Scott, had only one baby girl. Over the years, her family and experiences multiplied. Dawn’s journey took her from being a public school teacher to an award winning children’s author and illustrator. After which, she joined Central’s staff as the administrator of Central Christian Academy.  She considers it a great privilege to bring her passion of making learning fun to her own church family. Outside of school, she enjoys never ending home improvement projects that allow her to pretend she is Joanna Gains, binge watching TV shows, and whenever possible, babysitting her grandchildren.  While she loves a great book, a warm cinnamon roll, and a large cup of coffee, her greatest joy is seeing families and children grow spiritually, socially, and academically.


    Click here to email Dawn.