Pastors & Staff

Justin Runyan

Senior Pastor, Elder

Justin came to pastor BBC in April 2009. Justin has a passion for God and His Word. He is also extremely excited about global missions and BBC’s strong desire to reach the unreached with the gospel of Christ. Originally from Lebanon, Ohio, Justin and his wife Lauren are excited to now call Maryland home.

Justin graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana with a B.A. in Biblical Studies in 2004. Following his graduation, he began studying at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, graduating with his Masters of Divinity in 2008. In 2019 Justin graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary with a  Doctorate of Ministry. Justin has been in ministry since 2002 in churches throughout Indiana, Kentucky, and Maryland.

Justin and Lauren were married in 2005. They have four children: Luke, Audra, Caleb, and Malia.

Justin loves to read and write. He enjoys exercising, and he is also an avid Ohio State football fan.

Jeff Girdler

Associate Pastor, Elder

Jeff began attending BBC in 2015. He was elected as an elder in January 2017 and was then called as the Associate Pastor for Discipleship and Counseling in April 2018.  A native of Farmingdale, Long Island, New York, Jeff retired from the US Navy after serving 30 years on active duty. He graduated from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2007 with a Masters of Divinity degree.

Jeff has served as the interim pastor at three churches throughout Maryland, while providing pulpit supply at numerous others. Jeff has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland (College Park), Washington Bible College/Capital Bible Seminary, and he has been a guest lecturer for the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware.

Jeff loves classical music, reading, writing, getting to know people, and spending time with his two granddaughters. He lives with his family in Columbia, Maryland.

Jeremy Dawkins


Jeremy has been a member of BBC since 2013 and has served as an elder since 2017. He grew up in West Chester, PA, and is a graduate of North Carolina A&T (B.S.), Georgia Tech (M.S.), and Auburn University (Ph.D.) with degrees in Mechanical Engineering. He is an Associate Professor in the Weapons, Robotics, and Control Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy where he does research on unmanned systems. He is also a faculty mentor for the Navigators ministry at USNA where he has had the opportunity to disciple and mentor Midshipmen at the Academy.

Jeremy and his wife Shaneé are both from the Philadelphia area, but met in college at A&T in 2005. They have been married since 2008 and live in Burtonsville, MD with their children Daniel and Brianna.

Jeremy enjoys playing the bass guitar and golfing.