Operations Administrator – Kelton Zacharias (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kelton Zacharias grew up in Connecticut and came to the DC area in 2005 to attend the George Washington University. By God’s grace, his roommate was a Christian who encouraged him to attend a campus bible study. Though he was raised in a churched home, he came to know the Lord through that college ministry. Kelton met his future wife at GWU in 2006 – they started dating in 2012 when they were both members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. They were married in fall of 2013, and moved to the Del Ray area. Kelton loves the Washington Nationals, video games, running, and studying theology.
Office Manager – Heather Robinson (email@example.com)
Heather grew up one of six siblings in Strawberry Plains, TN, with cows and the Holston River for neighbors. She came to trust in Jesus at a young age through hearing the gospel at home and school, and followed God’s call to Washington, DC, to study Psychology and Spanish at American University. There, her faith in Jesus deepened through mentoring others and service opportunities around the world. Prior to coming to Del Ray, Heather worked in nonprofit administration and management for 10 years, equipping her for service as Office Manager for Del Ray Baptist Church. She is currently studying at SBTS for her Master’s in Biblical Counseling and is an avid reader, dog-lover, etymologist and champion of any charade-related game. She and her husband, Matthew, married in 2014 and have been DRBC members since 2015.
Clerk – Sterling Emerling
Sterling grew up in the Indianapolis area. She came to know Christ as a child, after hearing the gospel faithfully taught at church and by her parents. Sterling attended Cedarville University in Ohio and interned in DC as a student before returning after graduation for work. Sterling and her husband, Gary, were married in 2011 and were part of Capitol Hill Baptist Church before joining Del Ray in 2014. Sterling works in digital marketing at a nonprofit and enjoys traveling, hiking, camping, and spending time with family.
Deacon of Children’s Ministry – Brent Maravilla
Brent grew up in Southern California and was saved in his late teens after his older brother shared the gospel with him. He moved to the DC area for college where he met his wife Hope. They were members at Capitol Hill Baptist Church for 13 years before joining Del Ray Baptist Church in the Fall of 2012. Brent is a contracting officer for the Environmental Protection Agency, and enjoys bop / hard bop jazz and spending time with his family.
Deacon of Childcare – Andy Swiston
Andy grew up in Iowa and Wisconsin. The Lord used Kristen, who would later become his wife, to share the gospel with him just after college and he was saved around that time. Andy and Kristen spent over ten years as members of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and were greatly blessed there. They joined Del Ray Baptist Church in 2012 and live in Fairfax with their four children. Andy is an economist at the International Monetary Fund and enjoys running and spending time with his family.
Deacon of Community Care – Daniel Jemibewon
Daniel was born and raised in Columbus, OH and came to the DC Metro Area in 2012 from Grand Rapids, MI. Daniel was saved when, through the discipleship of a worship pastor at his local church in Grand Rapids, the Lord showed Daniel that he couldn’t earn or work his way to heaven. Salvation was a free gift of God, paid for in full by the work of Christ on the cross. Daniel Joined Del Ray Baptist Church in 2013, met his wife Colle there, and was married there in 2014. Daniel enjoys photography, music, movies, and spending quality time with loved ones.
Deacon of Finance – Jerry Liang
Jerry grew up in Northern NJ and was saved by Jesus out of atheism through the faithful work of a christian club in his high school. Jerry spent seven years as a member of Capitol Hill Baptist Church before joining Del Ray Baptist Church at the end of 2012. Jerry and his wife Danielle live in Annandale with their 3 children. Jerry works in investments and finance for Sunrise Senior Living and enjoys music and sports.
Deacon of Greeting – Eric Sprankle
Eric was born in Texas and raised in a military family who moved often to different parts of the U.S and the U.K. Eric came to know Christ as a child after hearing the gospel from from his faithful parents and church. In 2008, two years after high school, Eric joined the USAF and was stationed in Anchorage, AK thus beginning his own journey in the military. After three years, Eric was transferred to Joint Base Andrews, MD in 2011 and married his wife, Leslie, in 2012. In 2013, Eric and Leslie joined Del Ray Baptist Church after an extensive search for a church home. Eric likes snowboarding, camping, hunting, shooting, exercising, video games, movies, books, Chicago sport teams and various other activities.
Deacon of Member Care – Jeremiah Holston
Jeremiah was born and raised in Miami, Florida, and came to know Christ early on while attending church. He moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University. It was there that his walk began to deepen after being plugged in to a college Christian ministry. He also met his wife, Ashley, through the group. Married in 2012, they currently have 3 children together. Jeremiah works in sales and enjoys toddler wrangling, cooking, and reading.
Deacon of Ordinances – Robby Watson
Robby grew up in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He came to know Christ in middle school after hearing the gospel faithfully preached by his parents and at church. Robby and his wife Caroline were married in 2014, and later that year moved to northern Virginia where they joined Del Ray. They currently live in Arlington and have a one year old daughter, Emmaline. Robby enjoys the outdoors, sports, and spending time with his family exploring D.C. and the surrounding metro area.