Servant Leaders


Rev. Keith D. Manuel

What is Christian stewardship? How can I be a faithful steward of God's gifts? Christian stewardship is a way of living in which we recognize that everything belongs to God. All resources must be used for His glory.  A steward is someone who handles affairs for someone else. In ancient kingdoms, stewards ran the country in the absence of the king. Upon the king's return, the steward gave a full accounting for his actions. Even when the king was present, the steward often handled the daily affairs of the kingdom. However, a steward did not own the kingdom. And, the king determined when and how long a steward would serve him.  Joseph was one of the greatest stewards of all time!

In Genesis 41, we find the story of Joseph and how Pharaoh made him steward over the land of Egypt. Joseph was not part of the royal family, and he would not inherit the throne. Yet, because of Joseph's wisdom and discretion given by God, Pharaoh entrusted the entire kingdom to his care. "You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command; only as regards the throne will I be greater than you" (Genesis 41:40).


Stewardship respects the purpose for which things were made. When God commanded Adam and Eve to subdue all creation, He was not implying that creation and man were adversaries. There was no sin, and the creatures of the earth did no harm to Adam or Eve. The created order was given by God to man so that man might achieve his temporal purpose in preparation for heaven's glory. It was expected that Adam and Eve would subdue the earth by using its resources for the advancement of humanity. As they filled the earth, they would need its resources.

The primary purpose of all creation is twofold: to give glory to God and to serve man's needs in preparation  for the accomplishment of the vision of heaven.

Because stewardship is collective, the service provided to man by a particular resource is not intended for only one man. Christian stewardship is the only way we fulfill the commands of God. The Lord challenges us to consider the dignity and freedom of each person.

When Jesus saw the widow putting her "two pennies" in the Temple treasury, He told His disciples, "Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For they all contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living" (Mark 12:43-44). And that is what God expects from us.

 God gave us life and the gift of eternal life. He created us for Himself, and He wants our total person (Matthew 19:16-24). How we use the resources in our control expresses our gift of self to God.

Stewardship does not mean giving generous gifts from our possessions. Stewardship means that we recognize God owns it all. We have been entrusted with the goods of the earth, yet we own nothing.

We have an obligation to provide for ourselves and our families and to maintain a way of life that respects our own dignity as persons. Yet we must recognize that most of us in North America have opportunities and resources at our disposal that other people will never have.

Pastor Keith D. Manuel


First Lady Danielle Manuel

Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

I must first say, To God be the Glory! Hallelujah! Who else could have done a thing like this except for our all-knowing, all-Powerful Creator of Heaven and Earth?!

To my Byrd Grove family, I love each of you with the love of Christ.  I continue to stand on Roman 8:28 for us all, that God works all things together for us who love Him and are called according to HIS purpose (my words).

I don't believe that there is any situation, circumstance or problem that is too hard for our God. I truly know that there are great things in store for us, both individually and collectively, for us and our families, when God is first. Let's keep Him first and be prepared as He takes us to greater heights unlike anything we have seen thus far!

Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 

Yours in Christ,

Danielle Manuel

Minister Teresa M. Baskfield

Minister Teresa M. Baskfield


Teresa Baskfield was born to the late Thomas Henry Matthews, Sr. and Eva Key Matthews. She is the youngest of four children.

Teresa was educated in the Fluvanna County Public School System. After graduation, she attended Piedmont Virginia Community College. She is currently enrolled in the Virginia Union Evans-Smith Leadership Training program.

Teresa has successfully earned certification as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) from the Charlottesville/Albemarle Continuing Education Program.

Teresa was married to the late Arthur Baskfield Sr., from this union they were blessed with one child, Arthur Baskfield Jr. He is married to Nicole.

Teresa gave her life to Christ and was baptized at an early age. She is an active member of Byrd Grove Baptist Church where she is currently a door keeper, Sunday School Teacher, member of Missionary Ministry, a bible study instructor and servant leader for the Women’s Ministry. She is an active member of the Interdenominational Church Ushers Association of Virginia (ICUA). She is the elected Vice President of the Fluvanna County Sunday School Union.

Teresa was licensed to preach: April 18, 2015 by the  Rev. Frederick Sales and Rev. Dr. Price L. Davis. She also received  her certification in Religious Studies on  May 21, 2016 from the Evans-Smith Leadership Training Program, co-sponsored by The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of VUU

She is a firm believer in the birth, life, death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. Two of her favorite scriptures are: “It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.” (Psalm 18:32) and, “The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalm 27:1).

Minister Joseph Bruce

Trustee Charles Bruce

Trustee Leroy Price

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  June 2021  
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