Our Staff

Here at Smithfield Christian Church, our ministry functions through the gifts, talents, and service from many more people than those who are technically on staff. We are a team passionate about leading our church towards truly loving like Jesus.

Joe Thompson

Lead Pastor

Joe is originally from Seaford, VA, and grew up highly involved in his (and Beth’s) home church, Northampton Christian Church, in Hampton, VA. Joe graduated from Johnson University in 2002 with a BA in Bible & Youth Ministry/Preaching and served in Youth Ministries in VA and NC. Joe also graduated from Kentucky Christian University in 2017 with a MA in Religion. He and his family joined Smithfield Christian Church in September 2014. Joe is married to Beth, and they have two children, Brennen and Allie. Joe also loves woodworking and family trips to Busch Gardens.

Gabriella Loveless

Kids Pastor

Gabriella is a Smithfield native and came up through the SCC youth ministry before heading off to VCU, where she graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater Performance. Gabriella loves to see the lightbulb come on for children; when they finally understand and have a personal moment with God. She teaches for that single transformative moment where a child becomes on fire for God. Gabriella also has a love for theater and animals. Gabriella joined the staff of SCC in June 2018, and she is married to Matthew.

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