Our Elders

  • Bob Ashton



    My family has attended BCC since 2002 when I moved to the area from Stuttgart, Germany.  I grew up in a non-military family but served in the Air Force until 2006.  After retiring, I joined a small company in Manassas that works with unmanned systems and then moved to SAIC in 2016.

    I became a believer in 1989 while at Edwards AFB and was mentored and encouraged by some great men over the years.  I am committed to service and have been involved at BCC through the Physical Needs ministry, West Virginia partnership, youth lifegroups and 7th/8th grade Sunday school.  I have also helped teach the financial principles and blended step-family classes at BCC.  My daughter Catherine and son Philip (aka "Peanut" who works at BCC) live locally.

    I met my wife Susan through BCC and am blessed to be married to her; she loves her roles as mom and local pediatrician.  Nicholas and Stefan are outstanding young men and keep us engaged with sports, Boy Scouts and school activities.  We enjoy visiting family in CT and IN, exploring our local area, biking and serving others in our community.

    We are thankful for our Lord and Savior and the wonderful BCC family!  God has equipped each of us to serve Him and our community, and we're blessed to be able to contribute.




    Born to a Marine family, I grew up on both coasts and in the Midwest. Finding Christ at the Naval Academy through the Navigators, I continued to be involved in Bible studies and chapel over 10 years in the submarine Navy. Carol and I met and married in 1980 and welcomed Sarah, Joshua, Beth-Ann, and Daniel over the next 10 years. I joined the Defense Department in 1986 and retired in 2015. Our family came to BCC in 1991. In ministry, I teach, lead a home group and small group Bible studies, and I like to encourage folks. Carol and I really enjoy movies, dining out, museums, and battlefields (how cool is that - a wife who likes battlefields?!). I also likes history (especially military history) and literature.

  • Dave duhadway


    I am a Virginia native (Norfolk), was brought up in a believing home, was active in Young Life while attending and graduating from Lake Braddock Secondary School in 1985.  After graduating from the University of Notre Dame in 1989, I served on active duty in the Air Force for 25 years.  My family has been members of BCC for six years, and I have been the Leader of Men's Ministry from 2014-2017. My family has been involved in youth ministry, women's ministry, and the worship team since 2010. 




    I became a follower of Jesus Christ in his early teen years through an AWANA Bible memorization program. I was raised in a Christian home in the Chicago area where I attended a German Baptist church that had been started by my parents and other immigrants from Germany.  I met my wife Mary in southern California where we were married in 1992. Mary is active in the local homeschool community where she teaches several classes through a number of co-ops. Throughout our various moves Mary and I have always been active in the churches we attend and I have been blessed to have been mentored, trained, and served under gifted pastors and other strong leaders.

    Our family has attended BCC since 2008. I am a member of the teaching team to the 4th/5th graders and have a passion for teaching the Bible to this age group and answering the hard questions that kids begin to ask during this age as part of their growing faith. In addition, I am active in Men’s Ministry as a means of supporting and encouraging men in their role as the spiritual leaders of their homes. 

  • George Lare



    I cannot remember the date I accepted Christ into my heart, but my mom, who was the spiritual leader of our family, would tell me Jesus was my savior and I believed her. She would tell me that Jesus died for my sins; He would protect me and watch over me. This truth greatly impacted me when my life was spared in a tragic accident killing 74 men. I should have been one of them, but by the Grace of God someone else (Jon Stever) took my place.

    I retired from the Navy after almost 23 years of service in 1990 and have attended BCC since 1987. Leslie and I met via my mother and her grandmother. We married December 2, 1972 and have 3 children, Adam, Ashley and Ethan. We have 4 grandchildren, Nathan, Abigail, Victoria and Julianne.

    I love to teach and lead a life group. I come from a Reformed background and have a minority view of God’s Grace with respect to salvation.

    I love baseball. I’ve played at the college level and had an opportunity to sign with the Cincinnati Reds as a catcher, but was on active duty at the time. I’ve umpired, coached and spent the summer of 1994 coaching my son Ethan and Central Springfield’s Little League team all the way to the Little League World Series.

    God has blessed BCC with a Godly pastoral team. This team preaches the gospel and God’s Word. The fruit of this endeavor is the growth of His body.




    My family and I have been blessed by the wonderful worship, teaching, and fellowship at Burke Community Church since 2003. It has been a time of tremendous growth and fulfilling service that builds on a faith nurtured by my parents while growing up in central Pennsylvania. I also grew in faith while in high school through the ministry of Young Life and through a vibrant college ministry while attending Penn State, where I graduated in 1980.

    I met my wonderful wife, Joleen, while serving as an Army officer in Hawaii, and we married in 1984. I left active service shortly after that, and we moved to this area in 1985, when I took a job with the Department of Defense. I continued my military career in the Army Reserve for more than 20 years, and also obtained a graduate degree from Georgetown University.

    Since coming to BCC from another local church—where I taught Sunday School and helped create a contemporary worship service—I have worked with the media team to support the worship ministry, helped lead our home group, and served in Men’s Ministry. Joleen and I have two grown children; Matt has worked for a for a local energy firm since completing college in 2011 while Amanda graduated in 2013 and is completing graduate studies prior to becoming a teacher.

  • Paul SCHmidt



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