Meet our Deacons

Harold Wood was born in Chesterfield County in 1940.  While attending VA Tech, God used Dr. Henry Morris, the founder of the Institute for Creation Research, as Harold’s Sunday School teacher along with the teaching of Genesis 1 to show Harold the gospel and bring him savingly to Christ.  Harold placed his faith in Christ in his second year at VA Tech.  In his senior year, he was appointed Chaplain for the ROTC.  Upon graduation with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Harold went into the Army as a 1st Lieutenant and left the service as a Captain in 1965.  From there, he worked ten years for for General Electric in Lynchburg, VA and Erie, Penn. and then worked another ten years for DuPont in Nashville, TN, Richmond, VA, Europe, and Ireland.  When Harold retired, his wife, Barbara, and he, along with their youngest son, went to work in Moscow, Russia in the mid 1990’s for 3 ½ years.  It was there where they helped start an orphanage and regularly distributed Bibles in hospitals, youth detention centers, schools, and the Moscow Prison.  Harold began his deacon ministry in 1975 at Bluegrass Baptist Church in Nashville, TN.  He has since served as a deacon in four Baptist churches and an elder in two churches.  Harold has been at Redeeming Grace Baptist Church for four years and has served as a deacon for three years.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the deacons at RGBC.  Harold sees his office of deacon as one that is to serve those in the church in any way that may be a help to them.


Harold Wood

Roane Hunt serves as a deacon and church treasurer.  He participates in the teacher rotation for the men’s class in Sunday School.  Roane is a life-long resident of Tidewater Virginia and attended high school in York County.  He is married to Phyllis and they recently celebrated their fifty-fifth anniversary.  For the past thirty-five years they have lived in Gloucester County.  They have four daughters, thirteen grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  He retired in 1994 from the Langley Research Center of the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA).  Roane and Phyllis were founding members of RGBC in 2000.  You can follow Roane at


Roane Hunt

John E. Johnson was born in Richmond, VA in 1952.  He grew up in Highland Springs, VA with one brother, Bill.  He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 and completed his major in Civil Engineering at Old Dominion University in 1976.  He married his wife Cathy H. Johnson of 43 years in 1973.  He has one daughter, Shanna, and two grand daughters, Kathryn and Savanna.  He worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation, a engineering/survey company, and a couple of leading land construction companies in the Richmond, VA area as a estimator and project manager.  He and his wife were baptized and became members of Redeeming Grace Baptist Church in 2011.  He was recently ordained a Deacon in 2016.

Dusty Dowdy, Dr. Roland D. Dowdy, III (Dusty) has been a member of Redeeming Grace since 2009, and took on duties heading the music ministry shortly thereafter.  He trusted his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age, and for many years was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church under the care of Reverend Sparky Pritchard.  He has taken his music ministry to numerous churches throughout Virginia and Illinois.  Dusty has served as principal saxophonist of the Richmond Symphony since 1993 and holds degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and Northwestern University.  He served on the faculties of both of his almae matres as well as those of Trinity International University and the College of William and Mary.  In addition to being a prizewinner in the North American Saxophone Alliance Young Artists Competition, Dr. Dowdy has multiple recordings on the AURec label.  He works in Richmond for his family’s bottled water business and is married to Dawn Hill Dowdy.  Together, they have four children: Davis, Dillon, Daphne and Dawson.dy