"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-12)
The ministry of FBC is led by elders and facilitated by deacons, but the ministry is done by the members of our church. Staff help support this work on a daily basis.
Jesus has gifted his church with qualified men to shepherd the church through teaching, prayer, oversight, and pastoral care. These men are called elders (or pastors), and we read of their qualifications in God's Word (1 Tim. 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9).
David grew up in a suburb of Houston, TX, where his parents raised him to love the Lord and to treasure the Scriptures. For college, David attended Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA, where he studied Classical Liberal Arts and Philosophy. While at Patrick Henry, David worshiped at Sterling Park Baptist Church and served as an intern on staff during the summers. Upon graduation, David moved to Liverpool, UK, for two years to serve as an intern and then as a pastoral assistant with Aigburth Community Church. After his time in Liverpool, David returned to the US to study at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. In the Spring of 2022, Franconia Baptist called David as Senior Pastor. David is thrilled to be serving the Lord’s people at FBC.
Marcus grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. It was during his freshman year at East Carolina University that, in God's mercy, Marcus came to faith in Jesus Christ through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru). Following his undergraduate studies, Marcus spent two years in Beirut, Lebanon, where he served with a student ministry organization. In 2010, Marcus returned to the Washington, DC area to serve as a pastoral intern at Capitol Hill Baptist Church. He then spent the next few years serving on staff with 9Marks, Together for the Gospel (T4G), and Campus Outreach DC. Marcus currently serves with a nonprofit legal advocacy organization on Capitol Hill. Marcus is married to Suzanne, and they have three children.
Randy hails from San Antonio, TX and became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ while a freshmen at college. He comes to Franconia via a 35-year career in the Marine Corps retiring in 2011. Since then he worked for five years at US Customs and Border Protection running their Air & Marine Operations then Enterprise Services and finally as Deputy Commissioner. He moved to the US Secret Service serving as the director for 2 years before assuming his current position at the Management Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security. Randy has been married to his lovely wife Sarah for 23 years and they have two wonderful children Ellen & Joe. He enjoys ministering to those in our congregation and working on his cars.
Jim was born and raised in Ellington, CT. He came to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ through the persistent prayer of his wife and the loving example and teaching of the people of a small church in southeastern CT in January 1996. Jim is as an active duty member of the US Navy and has lived in many locations across our country over his 34-year career. Jim has been married to his wife, Terry, for 32 years and together they have four adult children and seven beautiful grandchildren. Jim enjoys teaching, studying the Word, and visiting his family around the country.
Katie Deckert - Church Office Administrator
Doug Panneton - Facilities Manager
Douglas was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Springfield, VA, and Ocean City, MD. He was saved by God's grace in February of 2001 when he was 41 years old. Doug ran his own home improvement company for 25 years and then served as a superintendent for a large commercial construction company in Washington for 5 years. Doug is the happy single father of one adult daughter, Tera.