Our Elders

  • 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.

  • 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 am married to Brenda and the father of two sons, Carson and Travis. I am currently an Account Manager for a California software company. Before retiring in 2008, the US Navy sent our family all across the US and to Japan in our 28-year adventure. I feel that God brought us to DC in 2001 and led us to BCC soon after, where I have served in the Men's Ministry and in the Children's Ministry.  After serving several years on the Master Planning Committee, I became the Elder responsible for the expansion project for our church facility.  We are growing the campus not just for those who will worship onsite.  The expanded facility will serve as a strong hub to branch across Northern Virginia for the Gospel.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Married to my sweet wife Barbara for over 50 years. Ten kids: two sons (Joe and JD), two daughters-in-law (Emily and Heather) and six grandchildren. Joe and his family (Emily, Anna, Joseph and Will) live in Charleston, SC. Joe is a retired Air Force officer who now flies for American Airlines.  JD and his family (Heather, BreAnna (married to Alex), Bethany and Jim) live in Wichita, KS. JD is an executive for Cessna Aviation. We love our family and our family loves the Lord.


    Vocation: Retired Army Colonel (Infantry). Since retirement almost ten years with the American Red Cross National Headquarters (Disaster Services) and over ten years with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in homeland defense.  Now fully retired. 


    Education: BS, USMA (West Point). MS (Operations Research), Naval Postgraduate School. MA in Bible (Capital Seminary, Lancaster Bible College). Graduate Command and General Staff College and Army War College. 


    I know that God is in control and that He loves me. My goal in life is to please God. I have a passion for people and a servant-leaders heart. God isn't finished with me. I am privileged to be a long-time member of the elder council.