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Pastor Barnabas Schwanke

A native of southern New Hampshire, as a young boy Pastor Schwanke placed his faith in Christ and accepted him as his Savior. Several years later, while attending The Wilds Christian Camp in North Carolina, he decided to commit his life to full time service to God.

Prior to serving as Pastor of Faithway Baptist Church, he served as the Assistant Pastor in Peoria, Arizona. Pastor Schwanke is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College. 

While working in Arizona, God called him to plant a church and that led the Schwanke family to Loudoun County, Virginia. In 2007 the Schwankes packed up their car and moved to Leesburg. By God's grace, Faithway Baptist Church was founded in the spring of 2008 with over 125 people attending the first service. 


You will find often find Pastor Barney around town at studying at his favorite coffee shops. He is a life-long New York Yankees fan and is slowly becoming a St. Louis Cardinals fan. He and his wife Liz are the parents to two wonderful children.

“For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5

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