Pastor Wendell Horton
Pastor Wendell Horton serves as Senior Pastor. He grew up in Sky View and has served as senior pastor, since 1995. Before his call into the ministry, he was a local cabbage farmer. He has served four terms on the SBC of Virginia Executive Board and was also the Chairman of the Executive Board in 2012. He has an associate degree from New River Community College, an Adult Studies Certificate from The Moody Bible Institute, a bachelor’s degree from Bluefield College and a Master’s degree from Luther Rice Seminary. He has been married to Kitty Turman Horton for 40+ years and they have two adult children, Kasey and Aaron and two grandchildren, Leah and Gaston.
Pastor Gary Horton
Associate Pastor-Pastoral Care and Missions
Pastor Gary Horton serves as Associate Pastor of Pastoral Care and Missions, since Oct 2016. He grew up and was called into the ministry at Sky View. He has served Southern Baptist in various roles the past 32 years from Minister to Youth, Minister of Education, Regional Missionary with SBC of Virginia, GuideStone Benefits Director for South Carolina Baptist Convention, and Marketing Specialist with GuideStone Financial Resources. He received his associate degree from Surry Community College, bachelor’s degree from Radford University and M. Div from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to Susan Newcomer Horton for the past 30+ years and they have two daughters, Laura and Audra. They have lived in NC, PA, TX and SC.
Pastor Austin Keith
Associate Pastor-Student Ministries
Pastor Austin Keith serves as the Student Ministries Pastor, since January 2020. Austin was called into the ministry in 2019 and became the Youth Pastor at Green Mountain Baptist Church. He then joined the staff at Sky View in January of 2020. He is a graduate of the 2012 class at Carroll County High School and is currently enrolled at Liberty University in pursuit of his Bachelors in Religion. He and Keri were married in 2012 and have two beautiful daughters named Emma and Zadey.
Pastor Lucas Dalton
Young Adult Pastor
Pastor Lucas has served as the Young Adult Pastor, since May 2021. Lucas grew up in Galax attending SBC affiliated Midway Baptist Church where his father Myron Dalton pastors. He attended Liberty University where he received his Bachelors in Religious Studies. During this time, he also completed an apprenticeship in the student ministries program at Thomas Road Baptist Church. Pastor Lucas is currently pursuing an M.Div. from Rawlings School of Divinity at Liberty University with hopes of becoming a United States Air Force Chaplain. He married Alexis Meredith Dalton of Carroll County in June of 2021.
Children's Director and Director of Sky View Academy
Keisha Stuart grew up at Sky View and was an active member until she married Chad Stuart and they moved to Wythe County in 2004. In 2008 they had their only child Harbor Stuart. Keisha always had a passion for working with children. She volunteered at Gladesboro Elementary School during her junior and senior years of high school. Then worked at the school until she moved to Wythe County. While in Wythe County she worked as lead teacher and assistant director at the Wytheville Community College Child Development Center from the time it opened until it closed in 2012. Keisha’s dream was to was to open a center where she could help the youngest children begin their lives with a solid foundation in the Lord. Keisha was able to come home to Sky View and begin the ministry of Sky View Academy Preschool in 2018. She acts as director and teacher at Sky View Academy as well as heading up children’s ministries at Sky View.