Gwathmey Baptist Church in Ashland, Virginia is honored to announce the arrival of its new pastor, Michael Cauthorne.
Pastor Mike Cauthorne returns to Gwathmey where he was raised, baptized and served as youth director before receiving God’s call to enter the ministry fulltime in 1999. He will serve as the church’s fourth fulltime lead pastor since its founding in 1892.
Gwathmey will be the third church Cauthorne will serve as a lead pastor. After ten and a half years of youth ministry at Winns Baptist Church in Elmont, Mike and his family felt a calling from God to plant his first church. In 2009, CenterPoint Church was established in Mechanicsville, Virginia. In 2019 Mike and his family again obeyed God’s call, planting Resonate Church based in Midlothian, VA.
“It’s truly a blessing from God to be able to return to my home church after receiving God’s call to step away twenty-three years ago,” says Cauthorne. “There are so many new families calling Ashland home, and the area is continuing to grow. It’s my prayer to see Gwathmey become a light in the community.”
Mike and his wife Ingrid have been married for 28 years. They are proud parents to four children: Eric (in Heaven), Hanna (age 25), Jasmine (age 22), and Caleb (age 20). Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Religion, Master of Divinity, Master of Scared Theology, and just completed his dissertation for his Doctor of Ministry from Liberty University. Ingrid has a Master of Education in School Counseling and works as an elementary school counselor in Richmond City.