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.

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.

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.


Chaplain Steve Christenson was born in Madison, WI and graduated from East High School. After two years of liberal arts studies at the University of Wisconsin, he attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where he earned his B.A. in Theology and Greek. Following his first year at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, IL, Steve served as an associate pastor intern in Seattle, WA. Concluding that "the ministry" was not for him, he pursued another calling.

Sensing God's call to study law, Steve moved to Virginia Beach, VA to attend Regent University. While a law student, he served as an intern with the Norfolk Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court. At the conclusion of the internship, he submitted a proposal to the court regarding the implementation of a new DNA testing procedure, which was adopted by all the juvenile courts in Virginia. At his graduation from law school in 1998, the law faculty presented him with The Distinguished Professional Achievement Award in Public Law. Steve's legal practice in criminal defense and juvenile and domestic relations took him into the jails, detention homes and city projects. He soon found himself ministering to his clients, who were very receptive to spiritual matters.

Within a few years, Steve realized that the Lord was calling him to the ministry, not in the local church, but in the local jail, as a chaplain. He became a chaplain at the Virginia Beach Correctional Center with Good News Jail & Prison Ministry on September 16, 2002. Steve became the Senior Chaplain on February 16, 2003. Steve lives in Virginia Beach, VA, with his wife, Darlene. They are members of New Covenant Presbyterian Church.

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.