Kris Peaden

Lead Pastor
I was born and raised in the beautiful farming country of Eastern North Carolina, where I found my faith at a young age and pursued a career as a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant. After marrying my wonderful wife, Ruth, I felt a calling to serve God more deeply. So, while continuing my career in physical therapy, I began a course of study for pastoral ministry. As an encourager, sharing the living hope of Jesus Christ is at the core of my heart.

In 2006, Ruth and I took a leap of faith and founded Rockbridge Community Church of the Nazarene in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Then in 2020, during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, I invited my congregation to join me in a season of fasting and prayer. It was during this time that I felt a strong calling to lead BFCN in South Jersey, where I now find great joy and fulfillment as I journey with my community.

Ruth and I have been blessed with two amazing sons, Trent and Joshua. We love spending time together as a family – ministering, worshiping, gardening, canoeing, bicycling, and playing with our dogs. Life is truly a beautiful journey, and I'm grateful for every step of it!