Garrett Kell – Lead Pastor
Garrett Kell did his undergrad at Virginia Tech where he came to know the Lord through the witness of a friend. Garrett served as the evangelism pastor at Denton Bible Church in Denton, TX while earning his ThM from Dallas Theological Seminary. He then served as a pastor with Graham Bible Church in Graham, TX for seven years. He later spent time on staff with Capitol Hill Baptist Church who helped place him with Del Ray Baptist Church where he has served as a Pastor since 2012. He is married to Carrie and together they have five children. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, fishing, and exercising so he can eat whatever he wants.
John Henderson – Associate Pastor
Growing up in a missionary family, John heard the proclamation of the gospel at a young age and, by God’s grace, came to trust in Jesus Christ. While working on an undergraduate degree in psychology from Texas A&M University and graduate degrees from the University of North Texas in Counseling Psychology, the Lord brought John to renewed trust and growth. Prior to coming to Del Ray, John served as a counseling pastor at Denton Bible Church for 14 years. During those years he ministered to families, led yearly biblical counseling training for the congregation, and helped supervise counselors in a local counseling center. John and his wife Ruth were married in 2000 and have been blessed with five children: Gabe, Faith, Judah, Ellie, and Nate.
Chris Disch – Associate Pastor
Chris grew up in Garland, TX. At the age of 8 years old, through the faithful ministry of his parents and local church, the Lord saved Him. In 2006, he received his undergraduate degree in Sociology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He moved to Graham, TX, in 2008 to join the staff of Graham Bible Church, where he led music and admin. The following year, he married his wife, Rebekah. He completed his M.A. in Cross-Cultural Ministry in 2012, and in 2015, Chris & Rebekah, moved to Alexandria, Virginia, where Chris became a Pastoral Intern at Del Ray Baptist Church and where he now serves as an Associate Pastor, overseeing music, community groups, and international partnerships, among other things. He enjoys spending time with Rebekah, music, sports, and being outdoors.
Russell Balikian – Elder
Russell grew up in Hillsdale, Michigan, where he came to know the Lord through the faithful ministry of his parents and local church. He moved with his family to Texas in sixth grade, and then attended Taylor University in Indiana, where he played for a year on the men’s basketball team and met his wife Amanda. Russell was considering seminary after college, but during his sophomore year God unexpectedly redirected Russell into the legal field, leading him to double-major in Political Science and Biblical Literature. Russell received his law degree from Yale, served as a law clerk for a federal judge, and then moved to the D.C. area to join a law firm. The Balikians have been blessed with two amazing children, and when he’s not writing legal briefs, Russell enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and playing piano.
Mark Butman – Elder
Mark was born in the Detroit area but grew up near Frederick, MD after his dad’s job transplanted the family when Mark was 3 years old. He grew up in a Christian home with parents that taught and lived the true gospel of grace, but viewed God as a strict schoolmaster through his teenage years. Mark was truly converted when he was a senior in college and came to understand the truth of the gospel when he read Romans 4. He attended the University of Maryland and then went on to George Washington University for grad school. He has been a member of DRBC since February 2012. He is married to his lovely wife Mel and works as a geographer doing cultural research.
Eric Butterbaugh – Elder
Born to American teachers overseas, Eric grew up in Bonn, Germany. Through the loving witness of his older brother, friends, and the process of Lutheran confirmation (at Worms!), Eric came to faith in Christ and was later baptized in a bath house in South Korea. After an Air Force career in communications, Eric now works as a contractor in Arlington, Virginia. Eric and his wife have 5 kids and love to serve their church family at Del Ray. Though the eldest elder, Eric enjoys travel, drumming, sports, and speaking foreign languages.
Ben Hamilton – Elder
Ben was born and raised in Bloomsburg, PA. He was raised in a Christian home and came to know the Lord at a young age. He went on to received degrees from Houghton College, Bloomsburg University, and Nova Southeastern University. In 2002, Ben married his high school sweetheart, Jill, and they now have three daughters, Rachel, Naomi, and Haylee, and a son, Alex. When Ben and Jill moved to D.C., they did not anticipate being in the area for more than a year…that was in 2004. Ben and Jill stayed in large part to grow through the preaching/teaching at CHBC, and they have remained in the area to see God’s work at DRBC. Ben enjoys spending time with his family and playing (or watching) just about any sport.
Josh Hart – Elder
Josh was born in Japan, the eldest son of a military family. He moved around a lot as a child but came to know the Lord at a young age. Growing up, Josh wouldn’t say he experienced consistent discipleship, but that he can see God’s hand in preserving him throughout his life. In 2001, while stationed with the Air Force at Langley AFB, Josh joined Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA, where he was introduced to expository preaching, deep discipleship, and his precious wife, Krista. In 2009, they moved to the Northern Virginia area and have been members of Del Ray Baptist Church since 2015. Josh currently works for an IT services company as a cyber security engineer. He and Krista are the blessed parents of two children, Kaitlyn and Jacob.
Mercury Payton – Elder
Mercury Payton was born and raised by his parents in Northern Virginia. Throughout his childhood, his mother constantly shared with him the redeeming message of the gospel offered through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. It wasn’t until after he graduated from grad school that the Holy Spirit personally convicted Mercury of his sin. Since then he has enjoyed learning, growing, and serving in the local church. He graduated from Hampton University with a Political Science degree and from the University of Delaware with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. Mercury has worked in local government since 1997 and has been the Town Manager of Vienna, Virginia since May of 2011. He is married to his college sweetheart, Andrea, and together they have seven children: three boys and four girls.
Micah Walters – Elder
Micah Walters grew up in northern Indiana. He came to know the Lord at an early age through the faithful ministry of his parents and local church. Micah moved to northern Virginia for college, where he met his wife Joanna. Micah and Joanna both previously attended Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling. After getting married in 2012, they moved to Alexandria and joined Del Ray. They are blessed to be the parents of a daughter, Elizabeth, and a son, Ethan.