|Fall 2016 Elder Nominee Bios|
David L. Janney (You'll never guess what the L. stands for.)
Family: Pam Janney, my wife and the love of my life! Pam’s birthday is September 8. Yes, I did forget it once…only once and never again. I married up, way up, in June 1988. Joshua, Jon and Suzy, our three children, are miracles. Pam is a registered nurse and works as a quality consultant for INOVA Health Systems.
Experience/Personal History: I grew up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and in South Jersey as a PK (preacher’s kid). I served as Pastor of Worship, Christian Education and Youth, at Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fairfax, Virginia, for 5 years. I have served as Senior Pastor of Purcellville Baptist since June of 1995.
Passion for Ministry: To seek the Lord, preach the Word, love the people, share the Gospel.
Education: B.S. in Bible and Piano Performance with a minor in pastoral studies from Philadelphia College of Bible (Now Philadelphia Biblical University) in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, M. Div. in pastoral counseling from Denver Seminary; Doctorate of Ministry from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C. “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, but…that he understands and knows Me.”
Hobbies: Running, pick-up basketball, table games of all kinds
Favorite Movie: It’s a Wonderful Life
Favorite Sports Teams: Redskins and any Loudoun High School Team
Favorite Food: May I have a separate page, please? Love a good steak and German chocolate cake.
Life Verse: Jeremiah 18:6 - “Can I not do with you as this potter?” says the LORD. “Look, as the clay is in the potter’s hand; so are you in My hand.”
Testimony: Grew up in a pastor’s home, went to Bible college and seminary, but truly encountered Jesus and God’s amazing grace on September 30, 1994, at the age of 31. God literally broke me through an ATV accident so He could save me and make me a vessel fit for His use. From that day on, I became a new creation. The old life is passed and all things have become new! I’d love to tell you more about it.
Family: Shawn, wife, married in December 1992, PBC Mother’s Day Out Director. We have two children, daughter, Kaelin and son, Kaleb.
Experience/Personal History: I grew up in Pennsylvania an hour north of Purcellville. My job moved me to Arlington, Texas, after college. I began my ministry career at Arlington Christian Church in 1995. I then came to PBC in August 2002.
Passion for Ministry: To see people develop a deep love for God’s Word and glorify Him with their lifestyle.
Education: Economics and Business degree from Lafayette College, Easton, PA. Pursuing Masters in Biblical Study from Liberty University.
Hobbies: Hunting and Golf
Favorite Sports Teams: Boston Red Sox and Chicago Bears
Favorite Food: Seafood
Favorite Verse: Philippians 4:13 – "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."
Testimony: I accepted Christ as my personal Savior in Sunday School class at Grace Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, at the age of 7. Received my call to ministry in 1995 in Arlington, Texas.
Executive Teaching Pastor
Family: My wife, Natalie, and I were married February 23rd, 2008. She was a third grade teacher in Loudoun County for a few years prior to staying home with our children (Hudson - 6/23/13, Jonah - 8/2/15). In addition to helping me in various capacities at the church, she also helps lead the "Still Waters" special needs ministry at Tree of Life.
Experience/Personal History: I grew up around Tyler, Texas. I served at Crossroads Christian Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, from October 2003 to October 2006, when I came to PBC to serve as Youth Pastor that same month. In February 2012 I transitioned to my current role.
Passion for Ministry: To see people have a PERSONAL relationship with Christ and a connection to the entire Body of Christ.
Education: Master of Divinity in Leadership from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and a Business Management degree from Dallas Baptist University.
Hobbies: Running, yard work, eating (yep! It’s a hobby)
Favorite Sports Teams: Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, and Texas Rangers
Favorite Food: Mexican food (I’m from Texas, what did you expect?!)
Favorite Verse: Matthew 5:16 – "So let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven."
Testimony: Accepted Christ as his personal Savior at a Vacation Bible School at Bethel Bible Church in Chapel Hill, Texas, during the summer of 1992 at the age of 8. Received a call to ministry at age 14.
Executive Administration/Outreach Director
Bio: Pastor Holliday received the recognition of being an Eagle Scout, awarded the God and County Award and member of the Order of the Arrow as a young man. He served as a Captain in the Army immediately following his college years and then furthered his education to obtain an MBA in Finance at George Mason University. He established his career as an executive for Mobil Corporation for 27 years. God laid a call upon his life to transition his attained skills to use in the ministry so he furthered his studies at Trinity Evangelical Divinity University and Columbia Bible Seminary. In 1999 he was asked to be the Executive Pastor/Administrator for Christian Fellowship Church in Ashburn, VA and he served there for over 16 years until June 30, 2015.
Brooks, Abby - Growth Track and Worship Assistant
Holmberg, Caren - Financial Administrator
Kennedy, Cherith - Ministry Assistant
McMullen, Tracey - Student Ministry Assistant
Ruckman, Kathy - Connecting Coordinator
Taylor, Judy - Communication Coordinator
Graves, Glenn – Facilities Manager
Anderson, Amy – Awana Director
Cole, Kevin- Youth Director
Embrey, Sheila – Women's Ministry
Hart, Taylor – Worship Director
Moore, Bob & Vicki- Caring Ministry Directors
Smith, Paul- Tree of Life Director
“Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.” Acts 20:28
Charlie Bixler: I have a very personal and strong trust relationship with Jesus Christ. I was blessed to have been raised in a Baptist home with parents who were very dedicated to serving Christ and very active in our churches as I grew up. I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and was baptized at the age of nine at the First Baptist Church of Arlington, Texas. I remember the event as if it happened yesterday – it changed my life then and set me on a path of Christian living that remains in effect today. I met Carol, my wife at a Baptist Student Union weekend event during my second year at college. After college, I served in the United States Navy for 23 years as a Naval Fighter Pilot and Test Pilot. My wife and I have always been active church members and served in churches from coast to coast as we moved seven times during our Navy life. Through the years, we have served as Sunday School teachers for junior high, high school, college and adult Bible Studies. Additionally, my wife and I accepted the position as Youth Director for three years at Patchogue Baptist Church in New York. I served as a Deacon for four years at Providence Baptist Church in McLean, VA. I currently serve as an usher at Purcellville Baptist Church.
Peter Buck: Peter Buck and his wife Lynda moved from Vienna, VA to Loudoun County in 1994. Although Peter grew up knowing about Jesus, it was not until 1996 that he accepted Him as his Lord and Savior. Peter and Lynda joined PBC in 1999. On July 4th of that year, they were both baptized in the Shenandoah River by Pastor Janney. Peter has been involved in the World Missions Team (Lynda and Peter have been to Africa on a number of short term trips); the audio/visual team, prayer team, and has served as an elder. One of Peter’s life verses is Job 19:25-26 – “For I know my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God…” Peter and Lynda have been married for 26 years, and they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
David Janney, our Senior Pastor, also serves as an Elder. He and his wife Pam have been serving at PBC since 1995. They have three children: Joshua, Jonathan, and Suzy-Q. Dr. Janney was called into the ministry at 20 years of age. He has a B.S. degree in Bible and Piano Performance, a Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling, and a Doctorate of Ministry. The things he enjoys most about ministry are preaching, prayer, and people. He is passionate about studying and teaching God’s Word and encouraging others to do the same. He also enjoys taking prayer walks and is committed to interceding for our congregation by name. He loves people of all ages—from little children to seasoned saints
George Fletcher: Born and raised on the mission field, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior when I was a young child. During my freshman year at boarding school I had a spiritual awakening where I realized my depravity and what it is that Jesus has done for me. Now married 21 years and father to four, I love God’s Word and how He speaks to us through all of scripture. “Take to heart all the words I have solemnly declared to you this day, so that you may command your children to obey carefully all the words of this law. They are not just idle words for you —they are your life.” Deut. 32:46- 47a My desire, as a PBC elder, is to serve the body with the gifts God has given me.
Larry Foster: Growing up in a Christian home, I trusted Jesus Christ at the age of 15, but did not truly understand about surrendering my life to Him until my late 20’s. My wife Courtney and I have been married 22 years. Before moving to Purcellville, we lived in Sterling VA and attended Faith Bible Church where we both served in the Music and Children’s Ministries. I believe God called me to Purcellville Baptist first in membership and by actively serving Him on the Magnification Team, Men’s Ministry, World Missions Team and most recently the Deacon Board. I’m blessed to be the father of 8 wonderful children: Justin 24, Geoff 20, Brad 18, Malaney 14, Ruby 11, Timothy 9, Nathan 2, and Liliana 8 months. God has given me a passion to serve Him at PBC and to encourage others to do the same. Proverbs 27:17 “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”
Harry Redman met Jesus Christ in 2001. He was attending a worship service, and sensed the extraordinary beauty of Lord Jesus descend into the sanctuary. In that moment he gave his heart to Jesus. Harry grew up in West Virginia where he met his wife Becky. They are blessed with four children: Brock, Cole, Merrill, and Leatha. He and Becky began attending PBC in 2005. He has a passion to serve, having been a part of Working Hands, Usher ministry, Home Group Leader, Deacon, and most recently the Director of the Relief Branch of the Tree of Life. He wants to be an Elder because he feels God has called Him to serve. A favorite verse is 2 Corinthians 7:1, “Since we have these promises dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God".
Steven Ruments Hello my name is Steve Ruments. I was blessed to have the Lord find me at an early age where I grew up in a Christian home with Christian parents. I made the decision to follow Christ at a very early age but the real transformation for me took place when I was 16 years old. I am married to Heather and we have two beautiful girls, Riley and Kaitlyn. We lived in Chicago our entire lives until the Lord guided us here 7 years ago. Heather and I have served in the childrens ministry together. We both serve on the prayer team and I currently serve in Community Bible Study. I am tremendously humbled by the prospect of serving God and the church as an elder. Mark 9:35 “And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘If anyone desires to be first, he shall be last and servant of all.”