Pastor Bob Vradenburgh
“God blessed me with a wonderful Christian home, and my preacher father led me to Christ at a tender age. My Christian commitment was put to the test in the public school system because there was no Christian school available in my home town in middle Tennessee. I thank God for the reinforcement of a great local church and Christian camp. It was a huge relief to know that I was not alone in loving and serving Christ as a teen.”
While enrolled in Bible college, God burdened Bob’s heart for foreign missions. Upon graduating with a B.A. in sacred music, he and his first wife Chlo served for nineteen years as missionary church planters in the Cayman Islands.
Chlo’s declining health caused the Vradenburgh family to come stateside, where Bob accepted the call to become the senior pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in 2001. Following his wife’s death in 2004, Bob met and married Rachel Ulmer. Their blended family consists of five children: Cheyenne, Chad, Chase, Chelsea, and Victoria.
Pastor’s passion is the expository preaching of God’s Word to insure that “all the counsel of God” is taught. He loves to impart that passion to the missionaries and church planters sent out by Friendship.
When he’s not in his pulpit or study, you will likely find Pastor out jogging, hanging out with his nine grandchildren, or arranging original accompaniments on the piano.