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.
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.
Mike grew up in Derwood in a Christian home, accepted Christ at an early age and attended DBC since early childhood. He attended the King's College in New York and Univeristy of Maryland, earning a B.A. in Business Administration. He has worked in his family's plumbing business since graduating college. Mike and Carol have three children: Dustin, Ryan, and Brittany. Over the years Mike has served as a nursery worker, Sunday School teacher, Usher, Trustee, Deacon, Awana leader, Young Singles Bible Study leader, and Elder.
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, being a children’s ministry volunteer, and being a leader in a middle school ministry. At Derwood, Geoff teaches an adult education class, is involved with the women’s 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 - Amy, Avery and Bethany.
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 are often counseling couples before they get married and in their marriages. On Sunday mornings, you can find him 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 30 years; has 3 married children and two grandbabies. 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 Musser (finishing current term)
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 VA working with computers, he met his wife Brenda at a local Bible church. They've lived in Maryland but about fourteen years ago moved to Montgomery County where they found Derwood Bible thru the AWANA website. They have been blessed with four children ranging from the 8th to college age. Dale still works with computers in the information technology field. He also served eleven years as an AWANA leader and stills serves as a Sunday School teacher.
I was born in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in the suburb of Shelby Township. Growing up I never attended church except for the rare holiday. I joined the Navy immediately after High School, determined to experience all that life had to offer. While serving with the Marines as a Corpsman near the DMZ in South Korea in 1987-88, I first heard the Gospel from two Marines: that everyone, including myself, is by nature and choice a sinner and needs a Savior - Jesus Christ. One night a rumor spread through the camp that the North Koreans were mobilizing for invasion. I was forced for the first time in my 21 years to face the fact that I would not live forever, at least not on this earth. What if what these Marines had shared with me was true? That night I begged God to forgive my sins, based on the work of Jesus on the cross, and became “born-again.”
I came to DBC a year later in 1989 as a baby Christian, where I met my wonderful, supportive wife, Lorraine, in a Sunday School class. We both served in the Junior and Senior High School Ministries for many years. We have three young-adult children, Alexandra, Caleb, and Shelby. I also have a son, David, from my first marriage who lives in Wisconsin. After 15 years of service, I was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1999. DBC was the main reason that we elected to stay in this area. Since leaving the Navy I have worked for St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators.
I completed my BS degree in Religious Studies online at Liberty University in 2011, and will soon finish a Master’s program at Dallas Theological Seminary. I enjoy music, theology, photography, videography, gardening, and water balloon fights, and continuing to discover God’s grace (not necessarily in that order). It is my desire that our church continues to bring glory to God through our five purposes: Reach, Connect, Grow, Discover, and Honor.
Jeff grew up in Rhode Island in a Catholic family. In college he was introduced to the Gospel. He became a Christian in 1980 at the age of 24 through the encouragement of his future wife, Erika. He and Erika were married in 1982. They moved to Olney, Maryland, in 1991 with their three sons, Justin, Jared, and Jeremy, and their daughter Carina was born shortly thereafter. They began attending Derwood Bible Church that same year. Jeff has served in several positions at DBC, including the head of Sunday School, Chairman of the Elder Board, Chairman of the Deacon Board, and most recently as the Head of the Financial Counselors for the Elder Board. He retired from AT&T in 2006 after 28 years and joined the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab as a Chief Architect. He enjoys spending time with his four grandkids.
Bruce was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. His parents loved the Lord and had a deep and active faith which they modeled for him and his siblings. He accepted Christ as his Savior at the age of five. Bruce graduated from the University of Texas in 1980. He married his beautiful wife, Cat, in 1990, and they moved from Dallas to the DC area in 1993 and began attending Derwood Bible Church. They joined the church as members in 1994 and have grown tremendously in their faith as part of the Body at DBC. Their family grew as well with the addition of Noah in 1996 and Julia in 1999. They have been actively involved in many areas of ministry at DBC and in the community. Their life at DBC has also included an 8 year time in ministry in northern Vermont (2000-2008), serving full time at a program for teens and families in crisis - The Fold Ministries. They were also very involved in the local church, he served as an Elder, and Cat led worship. In early 2008, the Lord began to let them know that He was bringing that season of their lives to a close, and the door opened for them to return to Maryland. They've settled right back into the DBC family and have been very excited to renew old friendships and begin to build new ones. In addition to serving as an Elder, Bruce also helps lead DBC's Men's Ministry. Bruce's "day job" is with Fisher House Foundation, a wonderful non-profit that supports military families. His hobbies include gold, cooking, and hiking.
To meet our pastoral staff, who also serve as elders, please visit the 'Staff and Leadership' page.