Under Christ's headship, Grace is led 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.
Stuart grew up in a Christian home and was exposed to the Gospel at a young age, but at that point, Jesus and his Gospel were just "assets" to believe in, in order to fly under the radar. It wasn't until college that God, through a faithful group of guys, granted gifts of faith and repentance to Stuart. It was at this time that he turned from his sins and trusted in Jesus' sinless life, substitutionary death, and glorious resurrection for the forgiveness of his sins.
Stuart is married to his wife Lauren and they have four children – Payton Anne, Owen, Kaitlyn, and Nathan. He is attending Reformed Theological Seminary where he is pursuing a Masters of Divinity. Stuart also loves football and roots for the Tennessee Volunteers and the Washington Redskins.
Stuart's "must read" list includes The Transforming Power of the Gospel, What is the Gospel, and Just Do Something.
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.
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 works as a defense contractor and balances work and church responsibilities with spending time with his wife Lacey and their six kids. Always up for a good discussion, he's especially happy to talk about international adoption, living as a believer in a post-Christian culture, and his gospel passion for the hope we have in our coming communion with God in the New Heaven and New Earth. (Also, the Washington Nationals and Disney World, though he'll concede they are of lesser importance.)
Deacons, under the direction and oversight of the Elders, seek to attend to the ministry needs of this local church.