Leadership Team


Our church has a history of strong pastoral leadership, a thoughtful and intelligent approach to the scripture and a loving, caring concern for all who attend.  This history is combined with a desire to link the clergy and laity in the structure and organization of our church.  Our desire is a continuous spiritual growth combined with involvement and engagement with the community and the world.


Our Minister leads the staff and administrative functions accountable to the congregation and supported by the Congregational Council, Diaconate and the Ministry Teams.
MICHAEL CHEUK,   Interim Pastor
Michael Cheuk has worked as a campus minister, an associate minister at 
University Baptist Church (Charlottesville), and as senior minister at  Farmville Baptist and again at University Baptist.

After nearly 20 years in congregational ministry, he heads a church consulting and leadership coaching ministry. He holds degrees from Rice University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the University of Virginia.  He serves on the board of Baptist Center for Ethics and just recently completed a 3-year term on the Ministries Council of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. He is also currently the Second Vice-President of the Baptist General Association of Virginia.
He is a certified as a Christian leadership coach from Coach Approach Ministries, and is an Associate Certified Coach credentialed by the International Coaching Federation.

His hobbies include reading, photography, singing, and cooking.
He and his wife Beth live in Charlottesville, Virginia. They have been
married for 24 years, and are proud parents of a daughter who is in college, and a son who is in high school.

Michael blogs at michaelkcheuk.com.


DONNA JOHNSON,  Administrative Assistant

Donna Johnson has worked in a church environment since 1990.  She worked for Peakland’s second minister, Nathan Brooks, as the Administrative Assistant, until his retirement.   Donna also worked for The Rev. Steve McNeely at Peakland until she and her husband, Sam, moved to Richmond, VA., in 2005.  In Richmond, Donna worked at Woodland Heights Baptist Church in Richmond as the Administrative Assistant for three years.  Sam and Donna had the opportunity to return to Lynchburg and they were thrilled to return.   Donna then went to work for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg for six years.   An opportunity became available for Donna to return to Peakland as Administrative Assistant, and she is thrilled to be back at her home church.  They have one son, Jason, who is married Melissa, and Sam and Donna are the proud grandparents of Jacob and Isabelle.



DEBBIE BURTON, Music Director

Deborah BURTON has served as Director of Music at Peakland Baptist Church since 2003 and holds a B.A. in music from Bluefield College and a Master of Music from Converse College School of Music.  She is chair of the Fine Arts Department and instructor of music at Virginia Episcopal School.  For seven years prior to moving to Lynchburg, Ms. Burtonl was an Assistant Professor of Music at Bluefield College.


ALLAN HEER, Organist

Allan graduated from Bucknell University in 1962,  He has been playing organ and piano for churches all of his semi adult life.  In addition to playing for Peakland Baptist Church, Allan is also happy to be the organist for the Traditional Services at Holy Cross Catholic Church on Clay Street.  Allan’s talent is in demand as an accompanist around Lynchburg, and he often plays for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.  Allan is married to Angela, a member of the choir, has 2 grown daughters and 6 granddaughters.


JUDI HANDEL, Financial Assistant

Judi has lived in Lynchburg for 16 years.  She and her husband, Jim, have two children:  Andrew (11) and Sarah (9).  Judi has an accounting degree and is a “retired” CPA. She has worked in both private and public accounting.  As a “stay-at-home” mom, she enjoys volunteering in her children’s schools and in the community, substitute teaching, gardening and photography.