Each Elder at DBC cares deeply for you. As instructed in scripture, they are devoted to the Body of Believers here and are committed to leadership and spiritual oversight to everyone who attends Derwood Bible Church. Please note that our pastors (Colin and Mike) also serve on the elder team, their bios are on the staff page.
When you need to talk to an elder, please don't hesitate to call or ask them to visit personally with you. They count it a blessing to answer any questions you may have about spiritual or church-related matters or to counsel you on personal issues or burdens you may have.
We have designated an Elder to shepherd different areas of the DBC flock. If you do not know how to reach your Elder, contact the church office.
Geoff grew up in Maryland and came to know Christ during his college years. He became very involved in a campus ministry which helped him to study the bible, share his faith and grow in his relationship with Christ. Geoff has been involved in a variety of church ministries over the years including being a care group leader, a children’s ministry volunteer, and a leader in a middle school ministry. At Derwood, he has taught adult education classes, leads a care group, is involved with the homeless shelter ministry and serves in Kidzone. Geoff is a project manager, currently working as a contractor at the Food and Drug Administration. God has richly blessed Geoff with his wonderful wife Connie and three adult children.
John grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to the Lord at an early age. He has served at DBC for 24 years as a deacon, in Awana and as a youth leader.
Presently he serves as an Elder, a care group leader and counsels couples on finances. He and his wife often counsel couples before they get married, in their marriages and young parents with children who need a little encouragement.
On Sunday mornings, you will find John serving in the ministry he loves the most, greeting members, regular attenders and visitors who come to worship at DBC.
John is the Chief Cardiac Surgical Assistant at the Washington Hospital Center and is a Certified Financial Planner. He has been married to his beautiful wife, Kimberly, for 31 years; has 3 married children and two grandbabies who are his and Kimberly's absolute joy!
One of his favorite verses is Philippians 1:6 ~ Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Jesus Christ.
Dale was born and raised on a farm in Lancaster County, PA. While attending a Jack Van Impe Crusade at his home church, he realized his need for a Savior and became a Christian as a preteen. After taking a job in Virginia, he met his wife Brenda at a local Bible church. They have always lived in Maryland, and in 1999 moved to Montgomery County where they found Derwood Bible thru the AWANA website. They have been blessed with four children and the youngest is in college. Dale works in the information technology field. He also has served 15 years as an AWANA leader and stills serves as a Sunday School teacher in KIDZONE.
Colin was born and raised in the DC area. His vision for DBC is that we strive together for the faith of the Gospel, as Paul mentioned to the Philippians. Striving together means that we are fully engaged in serving the Lord and being used by Him. What is it we're striving for? The faith of the Gospel! The Gospel impacts every aspect of our lives, and we are to take the Good News of Jesus Christ to those around us: our families, our neighborhoods, and our world. We are not to do this by ourselves, but as a unified body of believers. We are a church family; we need to encourage, support, challenge, and comfort one another in all that we do.
Colin met his wife, Christine, while attending George Mason University, where he earned his B.A. in Russian Studies and Masters Degree in Education. Colin also earned his Doctor in Ministry degree at Liberty Theological Seminary, where he previously earned his Master of Arts in Religion Degree and Master of Divinity Degree. Colin has previously served as a Children's Pastor, abroad in Russia, and on the staff of Central Union Mission. The Seager's six children are Ashleigh, Katie, Michael, Alyssa, Matthew, and Kaylee - the older three are now young adults. Colin always loves a good game of hoops or ping-pong, loves to grill and will always be a Skins fan!
Mike was a junior in high school and just moved to Maryland when he was invited on a youth group trip to Kings Dominion. He initially questioned whether anyone his age really believed in God, but it was his friends' authentic faith that led Mike to search for truth. In 1990 Mike responded to the gospel and accepted Jesus' gift of eternal life at a Christian rock concert when he was 17 years old. He continued to grow in his faith through personal time with the Lord, discussing theology with his friends and mentors, and attending church with his family.
Mike graduated from the University of Maryland and met his wife, Anna, at a singles Bible study here at DBC. He enjoys studying and teaching God's Word, playing music, and investing his life in kids, students, and other leaders with the same passion.
Mike earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Liberty Theological Seminary in Dec. 2014. Mike and Anna are proud adoptive parents to their two children, Jake and Emily.