Our Deacon Board
James was born in 1961, in a suburb of Philadelphia. When James was a teenager he became involved in a group called FOCUS that ministered to kids in private schools, and for several years he investigated the claims of Christianity. At the age of 18, he was convicted by the Holy Spirit of specific sins, and asked Christ to forgive him and save him. James went to college in St. Louis, MO and got a degree in Meteorology. While in college, he met his future wife, Nancy, while on a FOCUS ski trip. James and Nancy got married in 1990. In 1995, he felt led to move back to the East Coast to be closer to their parents. They moved to Gaithersburg and started attending Derwood with his growing family. James and Nancy have three children: Josh, Tim, and Beth. James serves in the Helping Hands ministry and is a Hall Monitor for AWANA. James and Nancy help lead the Career Singles Care Group, and together they serve in the Two Year Old Nursery class. Nancy is one of the leaders of the Care and Comfort Ministry.
David Brown accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. Blessed to grow up in a Christian family, he had constant exposure to the Bible. He received a Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2006, and a Masters degree in Business Administration in 2008 from Pensacola Christian College. He is the owner of a small accounting and tax consulting business and uses his gifts on the Financial Advisor Board at DBC. In the past, David has also service in various children's ministry programs. It was at college that he met his wife Abigail. David and Abigail are blessed to have three young children: Caleb, Jeni, and Sophia. Abigail currently serves as the Nursery Coordinator at DBC and also serves in MOPS.
Jim was born and raised in Hawaii, one of eight children. He and his family moved to Colorado while he was in high school. Jim was saved during his senior year and followed his brothers out to Maryland a couple of years later. Soon, most of his family joined them. In 1990, Jim married his wife, Zeena. They have four children; Olivia, Ethan, Mia, and Phoebe. Jim and his family have been attending Derwood since 1999. He has enjoyed serving as a Junior High leader for over thirteen years and also serves on the Worship Team.
Brian was raised in Hampton, Iowa with his parents and sister. Brian prayed to accept Jesus as his savior with his parents at the age of five after a service at his home Church. He attended the University of Northern Iowa and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Brian relocated to the D.C. area in 1988 and began attending Montrose Baptist Church where he met his wife Kim. Brian and Kim were married in 1992 and welcomed their daughter Abby into the world in 1997. The Greens have been attending Derwood Bible Church since 2002. Brian has been helping Kim in the 3’s and 4’s Sunday School class for much of their time at Derwood. Kim has also been a Cubbies leader for much of this time as well. Brian works for BOMA International – a trade association in Washington, D.C.
A native Washingtonian, Bob grew up and went to high school in N.E. Wash., D.C. After a year at the Universotu of VA in Charlottesville, he began a long apprenticeship at several workshops to learn furniture refinishing and antique restoration, and in 1972, Bob started his own workshop called Bethesda Restorations, which is now one of the oldest restoration shops in the Metro area. A friend invited Bob to DBC in 2002, where the Lord cracked an old heart of stone. Saved and baptized at DBC, Bob currently serves with the Helping Hands Ministry, the nursery, and preschoolers. He is also a regular at the Men's Tuesday and Thursday Bible Study, and at the Oakes Care Group.
Cristi was born in Romania and raised in a Christian home. In 1996 he spent a year in a discipleship training school with Youth With a Mission in Budapest, Hungary. Part of the training included outreach in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan. In 1997, after completing his missions preparations, he travelled a remote town in eastern Romania to lead worship and help with the youth at a church that had been planted by foreign missionaries. It was in this town that he met his wife, Faith, who had been serving there for several years. After their marriage in 1998, Cristi and Faith returned to his hometown where they worked with several private orphanages and a school for disabled children. They moved to the US in September of 2001. Cristi has served with the DBC worship team since 2006. He and Faith have 4 children; Eddie, Mika, Grace and Alex.
Phil was born in 1979 in Tucson, Arizona and moved to Northern California at the age of three. He grew up not knowing the Lord or attending church except for on an occasional holiday. At the age of 16 he started attending a local church group for senior high school students. While his intentions in attending the group were more for socializing purposes, the Word was being preached. Within a few months he had accepted Jesus as his personal Lord and Savior. In college, Phil joined a Bible study and really began to develop his relationship with Christ. He developed a real heart for building relationships with people of other faiths as a way of showing the love of Christ. He moved to Maryland in August of 2003 to pursue his PhD in genetics, which he completed in the fall of 2008. On September 30, 2006 he married his wife Rian. Together they have been attending DBC since August of 2005 and they currently serve in the Senior High Ministry. They also are active in the Young Married Couples Care Group.
A native of Washington, Ken was born in 1954 and has been a resident of Montgomery County all of his life. He now lives in Gaithersburg with his wife, Sandy and their daughter Amy. An electrician by trade, he now works for the Metro Washington Airports Authority at Reagan National Airport where he is the leader of the electronic shop. Ken attended a large Baptist church for many years and he was saved there his junior year in high school.
The Sauerweins joined DBC in the fall of 1999. Ken serves on the set-up team for the sound system and became a deacon in 2002. Sandy is actively involved with the homeschooling ministry of Derwood as the director of Chieftain Christian Academy and Chieftain Institute.
Vinnie grew up in Hornell, NY with his parents and brother, former DBC member, John. He became a Christian at the age of 13 when he answered an altar call at North Hornell Assembly of God Church. Vinnie attended Hartwick College and then received his Masters at the University of Pittsburgh where he met his wife, Debbie. The couple moved to Maryland in 1992. They have been attending DBC for nearly seven years. Currently, Vinnie works for PASS - a management consultant firm in Virginia. Vinnie and Debbie have three daughters, Maggie, Emmie, and Addie. The Tallmans home school their children. Vinnie serves as a hall monitor on Sunday mornings. He also helps with the set-up/tear-down one Sunday a month and teaches 3's and 4's Sunday School with Debbie. Debbie is the Cubbies director, a member of the Care & Comfort ministry, and serves on the preschool Sunday School leadership team.
James was born in Padget, Bermuda. During his childhood he lived in several places, but moved to Maryland with his mother during his senior year of high school. James came to know the Lord his freshman year in college and, after graduating, moved back home to Gaithersburg, but meandered in his life with Christ. In March 2001, he rededicated his life to the Lord and started attending DBC the following month. At DBC, James came to find out how to live a life sold out for Christ and plugged into several ministries, including Sunday School and the Moving Ministry. He recently married his wife, Cay, and lives in Montgomery Village.
Richard was born in Wisconsin and has lived in many states in the Midwest, coming to faith in Jesus while a teenager during a tent revival at a country church outside Cincinnati. He is a journalist and editor, currently working for a federal agency in the area. He is married to Minako, who is a Navigators missionary reaching out to Japanese people living in this area. Richard is passionate about the inerrancy of Scripture from Genesis through Revelation, and loves reading history, cross-country skiing, backpacking, the arts, meditating on Scripture, and getting away on vacation with Minako. At Derwood, he volunteers in the nursery, and in past years has served in befriending refugees, writing for a pro-life organization, and editing a literary/visual arts journal dedicated to the connections between the arts and Judeo-Christian faith.