Our founding Pastor Tom McCracken and his wife, Laurie.



Laurie holds a Bachelor degree in Organizational Management from Bluefield College, a Masters in Special Education (M.Ed.) and an Educational Specialist degree (Ed.S), both from Liberty University.  Laurie currently serves as the Assistant Principal at Northside High School in Roanoke County.  She serves through CommUNITY Church in the media ministry, creating the bulletin each week, teaching our youth Sunday School class, serving as a youth leader on Wednesday nights, and as our World Changer mission leader leading trips to: WV, GA, TN and OH.


 After serving 14 years of military service, Pastor Tom accepted his first pastorate in North Carolina in 1998.  Pastor Tom and his family have been in the Roanoke Valley since the summer of 2000 serving one local church as the Senior Pastor for five years prior to launching CommUNITY Church on July 10th, 2005.

Pastor Tom holds two undergraduate business degrees (Management and Marketing), one seminary degree and has three Master degrees from Liberty University.  He is currently working on his PhD in Leadership from Piedmont International University, expecting to graduate in 2019. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty at Virginia Western Community College as an Assistant Professor in the Liberal Arts and Social Science division teaching: World Religions, Old Testament, New Testament, Christianity and Ethics.

   Top Ten Things I want to do:

1. Write a second edition of my book Being the Believing
2. Write The Guardian: An Angels Journal Discovered, in the vein of the Screwtape Letters
3. Visit the Holy Land
4. Lead another lost soul to the cross
5. Obtain my doctorate
6. Increase my teaching load at the college level
7. Lead CommUNITY to a debt-free status
8. Plant another church
9. Help a dying or plateauing congregation
10. Hear, from my Father, “Well done”      


Associate Pastor of Senior Adults Dan Carawan and his wife, Ellen

My name is Dan Carawan.  My wife, Ellen, and I are the proud parents of Chris, Kayla, and grandson Maynard .  We are so very excited that God has called us to serve here at CommUNITY Church.  I will be focusing on several areas of ministry to support Pastor Tom and the members of CommUNITY Church.  Prayer, prayer and more prayer for Pastor Tom and our membership, The Small Groups Ministry, visitation, general office administration and anything technological.  As Assoc. Pastor my God called mission is to do whatever Pastor Tom calls upon me to do to the Glory of God. 


What are my passions?

   I love the Word of God and the God of the Word. I love my wife and children. I love my country. I love the church. I love to read. I love to tinker with tech stuff.


Where would I go if I could vacation anywhere?

   I’d take my wife and daughter to Hawaii.


What is my life sentence?

   Jude: 20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. 22And have mercy on some, who are doubting; 23save others, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear, hating even the garment polluted by the flesh.
   Top Ten Things I Want To Accomplish:
1. To win many, many souls to the Kingdom of God

2. To truly disciple men and women towards a deeper walk with Jesus.

3. To be the best husband my wife could ever dream of.

4. To make a difference in the lives of many children through our home.

5. To be an accomplished author to the glory of God.

6. To visit the Holy Lands and Hawaii with Ellen.

7. To continue my education as far as God makes a way.

8. To compile a Bible Study plan for every book of the Bible.

9. To preach the Gospel in Africa, China, and South America.

10.To hear “Well done, my good and faithful servant” from Jesus.
Associate Pastor of Family Ministries Joshua Kelly and his wife, Jessica

My name is Joshua Adam Kelly. I was born and raised just outside of Big Stone Gap, Va. I received a bachelor’s degree in history from Alice Lloyd College in KY and an associate’s degree in applied sciences from Mountain Empire CC both in 2010. By the time you are reading this, I should have my master’s degree in Christian education from Andersonville Theological Seminary. I do plan to continue my education through Liberty University.


I accepted Jesus as my personal savior in September 2005 and answered the call to preach in April 2010. I did the work of an evangelist from 2010-2014 before being called to serve in North Carolina and Texas from 2014-2017.  We are extremely excited to have been called back to the mountains of home to serve “our people!”


My wife, Jessica, and I were married in September 2012. She is from Johnson City, Tn. She holds an instructor’s license and a license to practice Cosmetology in Va and Tn. She was called to the ministry in 2010 to serve as a pastor’s wife.  She does plan to start a D.O.T.S Ministry (Daughters of Truth) with the youth girls.


My Top 10 List of Future Goals

  1. To make a difference in the world for God and leave a lasting witness of “he loved the Lord!”

  2. See another person adopted into the family of God through Salvation.

  3. Earn a doctorate degree in divinity and/or pastoral care.

  4. Visit the Holy Lands and Ireland with my wife.

  5. Go on a trans-Atlantic cruise with my wife.

  6. To become a better man and husband each day with the help of the Lord.

  7. To have a book published.

  8. To continue learning new things on my instruments and have a song recorded.

  9. Open an animal rescue/adoption center.

 10. To hear my Lord say “Well done son, my good and faithful servant.”