Board of Elders

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 - sorted by first letter of last name. If you do not know how to reach your Elder, contact the church office.

 

Mike Barr

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 Frink

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 Kidszone.  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 Guy

John grew up in a Christian home and gave his life to the Lord at an early age. He was a youth leader when he was 18 years old. He started digging into the Word and found himself growing in Christ. Since then he has served in many capacities; he continued to be a youth leader for many years. He has served as a Deacon and has been a Care Group Leader for over 19 years now. One of the ministries that he has loved most is to greet our body and new people who come to church on Sunday mornings. John is the Chief Cardiac Surgical Assistant at the Washington Hospital Center where he has worked for 33 years. He has been married to his wonderful wife Kimberly for 26 years and they have 3 incredible adult children; Joseph, Jennifer and Kevin.

 

Dale Musser

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.

 

Dave Neff

Dave was born in Detroit, Michigan. Growing up, he never attended church except for the rare holiday, or perhaps to see his cousin sing in the choir. He joined the Navy immediately after High School, determined to experience all that life had to offer, and he's pretty sure he got fairly close. While serving with the Marines as a Corpsman near the DMZ in South Korea, he first heard the Gospel from two Marines: that everyone, including himself, is by nature and choice a sinner and needs a Savior - Jesus Christ. He wasn't totally convinced of his own need for a Savior, until one night, amidst the roar of trucks, tanks, and helicopters, a rumor spread through the camp that the North Koreans were mobilizing across the border. It was New Year's Day 1988; Communism was still alive and well. The rumor of invasion turned out to be nothing more than an exercise, but he was forced for the first time in his 21 years to face the fact that he would not live forever, at least not on this earth. What if what these Marines had shared with him was true? That night he begged God to forgive him of his sins, based on the work of Jesus on the cross, and became "born-again".

The first few years of his Christian life were not easy. He came to Derwood in 1989 separated and soon to be divorced. Partly because he had never heard the claims of Jesus as a teenager, and at times wondering how his life might have been different if I had, he immediately began to work with our fledgling youth group. He has continued serving in DBC's youth ministry to this day. In 1991, he married his wonderful, supportive wife, Lorraine (a significant marrying-down on her part). They have three terrific kids, Alexandra, Caleb, and Shelby. Dave also have an adult son, David, from his first marriage that lives in Wisconsin. After 15 years of service, he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1999. DBC was the main reason that they elected to stay in this area. Over the past 20 years, the evidence of Spirit of God at work in this local body of believers constantly amazes him. It is Dave's desire that our church continues to bring glory to God through our five purposes (Reach, Connect, Grow, Discover, and Honor).

Since leaving the Navy he has worked for St. Jude Medical, a manufacturer of pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. He have recently earned a BS degree in Religious Studies at Liberty University. He also enjoys Christian rock (even his kids think it's too much), photography, videography, gardening, water balloon fights with Junior Highers, and reading about great historical water balloon fights.

 

Jeff Osborn

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 Phillips

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.