Bartimaeus House is a faith based organization established in March 2009. There are currently two transition houses that can accommodate four men per home. Elder Ken Ochsenreither is Director of Transitional Housing and is over the day to day operation. He may be reached at 757-332-3761 or by email here.


Bartimaeus House exists under the authority of Grace Covenant Church of Virginia Beach, VA to provide a safe, biblically sound environment for Christians coming from jails, prisons, addiction treatment facilities or crisis situations, where they can receive biblical teaching and fellowship within the context of a local church. For more information on the Bartimaeus House, click here.

curtis Solomon

Director, Biblical counseling coalition

Curtis Solomon serves as Director of the Biblical Counseling Coalition. He is a certified member of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. He received a B.A. in Biblical Studies from The Master’s University and an M.Div. in Christian Ministries from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling. As an Air Force veteran Curtis is passionate about his dissertation topic which applies the truth of God’s Word to help those struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress. He has served as a missionary in the Arizona state legislature, Associate Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church, Instructor at Cornerstone Biblical Counseling Training Center, Adjunct Professor at Boyce College and visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC. He and his wife, Jenny, were married in 2003 and have two delightful sons.

Marc and Heidi Syler

Church Planters in Maine

Marc and Heidi serve a young church plant in Jackman, Maine—Big Wood Community Church. Though many would focus on the large cities of New England, like Boston, Providence, New Haven, or even Maine's Portland, God has lead this couple to rural Maine; there, the gospel is as desperately needed as any New England "city." So, Marc and Heidi hope to answer the diminishing gospel presence in New England by strengthening this little church-plant.


Continuing what Jesus begun in Jackman requires your continual prayer. Marc and Heidi want to be the church that trusts God's Word and takes risks for the sake of the gospel. The only way to see God's transformation is through the authentic power of the gospel. Therefore, pray with them that Big Wood Community Church trusts the gospel of Jesus Christ that lovingly saves poor sinners. Simply stated, Marc and Heidi desire to glorify God in Jackman, Main, by making disciples—this is their message... this is who they are... this is their heart.

Michael and Ashley Emadi

Church Planters to Ireland

Their goal is to plant a church in a village/town in Co. Louth, Ireland. They will be working with Pastor Stephen Murphy from Dundalk Baptist Church and using his insight and wisdom as to where our efforts should be focused. There are several villages within 15 minutes of Dundalk that not only are there no evangelical churches but no one knows of any Christians living in those villages. There is indeed much work to be done there.