Commonwealth Baptist Church

Staff & Leadership

Pastor Robin Anderson came to Commonwealth from University Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was Associate Pastor for Education and Outreach for seven years. While there, she helped groups of all ages connect with each other, learn and grow in their faith, and serve their communities. Robin uses her gifts and talents to minister, serve, and lead at Commonwealth in a manner that is relational, authentic, and creative.

Originally from North Carolina, Robin received a BFA in Theater Performance from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri. Robin earned an MDiv from the McAfee School of Theology and later served as the Associate Pastor for Pastoral Care and Senior Adults at the First Baptist Church in Decatur, Georgia.

She has had a sermon featured in “This is What a Preacher Looks Like: Sermons by Baptist Women in Ministry,” a book published by Smith and Helwys. Robin enjoys reading, family time, running, and hiking, and she finds immense joy in watching her children explore and engage the world.

Pastor Marty Anderson came to Commonwealth from University Baptist Church in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as Associate Pastor for College Ministries for seven years. At UBC, he organized and taught, counseled and led a weekly informal service for 80-100 college students that included music, testimonies, Scripture readings, and a message. In addition, he led student mission trips to Costa Rica, Mississippi’s Gulf Coast, and Atlanta. At Commonwealth, he has drawn on his rich college experience as a Centrifuge camp worship leader by helping lead our youth group on their summer trip to Passport Camp in Wingate, NC.

Born in Saltillo, Mississippi, Marty holds a degree in Educational Psychology from Mississippi State University and his MDiv from the McAfee School of Theology. In addition to spending time with his family, Marty enjoys playing guitar (sometimes even in our services!) and watching college football, particularly his alum team, Mississippi State.

Courtney Hodge is our Youth Leader and Coordinator for Christian Education. In this role, she provides Christian education and training for the CBC church community, with a primary emphasis on youth and children. Courtney coordinates all youth activities, retreats, and events as well as the ongoing development of our children’s program (Uncommon Kids). Not only does Courtney possess a genuine enthusiam and care for people, she has extensive experience teaching children in many capacities, including her “other” jobs as as a Math Teacher at a local DC public school and mom to a preschool son!

Born in Hong Kong, Chang received his musical training at Oberlin and Peabody Conservatories, and he completed his graduate studies at Towson University in 2010. He teaches piano at McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland, in addition to having the fortune and honor to have served as CBC’s music director since 2008.

In addition to teaching and performing as a pianist, Chang is also a bassoonist, composer, and arranger. He worked many years in San Francisco as dance accompanist, improvising for ballet and modern dance, and he has recorded a large volume of original music for dance works.

His main love has always been the collaborative process of creating and making music together, and feels truly blessed each week to be able to do that with the wonderfully talented, loving, and fun group of people at CBC.

Beth Trent is our Church Administrator. She graduated with a Bachelor of Accounting degree from the University of Maryland University College. During her job search, a friend told Beth, “You will know when the right job opportunity comes up.” A few months later, the position of administrator opened up at CBC. It turns out her friend was right! Beth is excited to be in a position that perfectly matches her education and skill set! Beth has two children, Jaimie and Aren, and lives in Springfield with her wife, Dawn.