Under Christ's headship, Grace is lead and ruled by a plurality of elders.
Grace Bible Church is lead and ruled by a plurality of elders, but ultimately, Jesus Christ is the head of His church. Elders seek to faithfully shepherd and oversee His people. We have both staff ("pastor") and non-staff ("elder") elders. Click here for FAQs on Elders.
Doug grew up in a Christian home in New Jersey and came to faith in Jesus Christ at an early age. He worked as a radio news anchor after graduating from Temple University. Doug is also a graduate of The Master’s Seminary (M.Div.) and served as a pastor of churches in Alaska, California, and Virginia from 1990 to 2008. He spent several years engaged in politics in Washington, DC before joining the staff full-time at GBC in 2017. Doug and his wife Robin have been members at Grace since 2013, and have five young adult children. He has been most influenced by the writings of John MacArthur and John Piper. In his free time, Doug is a fan of NASCAR , soccer, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Los Angeles Rams.
Merritt was born in South Carolina and grew up in Florida. He was rescued by God's saving grace in his early 20s, shortly after marrying his wife Yvette. Merritt & Yvette have three children, who are eagerly awaiting their next trip to the beach. In the 15+ years since graduating from seminary, Merritt has had the privilege of serving in student ministry, small group ministry, evangelism, and leadership development. Though he does not seem to receive much benefit from it, most mornings you can find him in the gym. His hobbies include softball, fishing, and hunting, and his "must read" list for every Christian includes: The Gospel For Real Life, and How People Change.
James grew up in a Christian home where attending Sunday school and bible study were frequent. During a summer youth retreat to Word of Life camp, he accepted Christ into his heart as Lord and Savior for the first time. He rededicated his life during his Junior year in High School and grew spiritually as God provided opportunities to serve in campus ministries while pursuing his engineering degrees at Virginia Tech. James currently serves as an Elder on the Grace Bible Church leadership team and has been attending Grace since 2005 with his wife, Angie and daughters, Emme, Claire, Natalie, and Charlotte. Both he and his wife have lived in Northern Virginia dating back to elementary school and are also both proud VA Tech Hokie alumni. James works for a small security software company which he started a few years ago based in the Tysons Corner area. James enjoys eating Korean food, spending time with family and friends, and playing basketball.
Dan has been serving at Grace Bible since 1991. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with a Master of Theology (Th.M) and earned his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, where he had the privilege of studying under Haddon Robinson. He also serves with Entrust helping to train pastors in Moldova and, while in that part of the world, spends a few days helping to teach students at a missionary training center in Odessa, Ukraine. Dan and his wife Marge have three young adult children, and Marge serves as an Assistant Principal with Prince William County. Authors who have had the most influence on Dan include J.I. Packer, Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, John Stott and John Piper. He also enjoys reading detective and legal novels and taking long walks.
Chester has served at Grace Bible Church for nearly 20 years. He grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. He married his high school sweetheart, Connie, after graduating from college; he has three children and four grandchildren. He fulfilled his childhood fascination with the military, by serving in the U.S. Army, and retiring after 25 years of service. Chester gave his life to Jesus Christ while serving in Korea. And he is thankful to God for placing a desire to serve in the military in his heart and for using the military to bring him to a saving faith. Chester enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include watching the Colts and Redskins play football and occasionally shooting baskets with his grandson.
Ryan has been serving at Grace in various ministries since 2005. He currently oversees the church's financial process, helps to co-oversee the Home Groups Ministry, and leads a Home Group in Lake Ridge. He works as a defense contractor, and balances work with spending time with his wife Lacey and their six young kids, and attending Reformed Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Masters of Arts in Religion. In his spare time, he likes to plan family vacations, keep up with current events, and follow the travails of the Redskins and Nationals.
Deacons, under the direction and oversight of the Elders, seek to attend to the ministry needs of this local church.