Jesus has given pastors as gifts to lead, feed, and protect the church. These are the men our congregation has recognized as elders. We understand the Scriptures to use three different works to refer to the same office in the local church: elders, pastors, or overseers.
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, woodworking, music, sports, and being outdoors.
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.
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 six children. Garrett enjoys hanging out with his family, watching sports, fishing, and exercising so he can eat whatever he wants.
Jason earned his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University (MA, History), where he was also a member of the WVU Wrestling team and an active member in Cru. After university, he spent two years involved in some pioneering missions work in East Asia before moving to north Texas for further theological education. Jason served as the Associate Director for Denton Bible Church’s ministry to senior adults for four years while earning his masters degree from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., Historical Theology & World Missions). After seminary the Sevilles moved to Memphis, TN where Jason was on staff with Downline Ministries for four years, and then to Shanghai, China for six years, where Jason served as the senior pastor of Shanghai International Bible Church. Jason is married to Kim–a graduate of JMU and DTS (MA in Psychology & MABC, respectively)–and they have four daughters (Sydney, Sophie, Hannah, and Hayden), and they are expecting a son.
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 to Texas in sixth grade and further grew in his faith there. Russell attended Taylor University and graduated with majors in Biblical Literature and Political Science. In God’s kindness, Russell also met his wife Amanda there. Although Russell had been considering seminary after graduation, the Lord instead led Russell into the legal field. Russell received his law degree from Yale Law School, and he and Amanda moved to the D.C. area in 2013, when Russell joined a large law firm. The Balikians have been blessed with four amazing children, and when he’s not writing legal briefs, Russell enjoys exploring the outdoors with his family and playing piano.
Danny grew up in Orlando, FL, but was born in New York and stayed there just long enough to become an over-the-top Yankees fan. He attended the University of Florida to pursue a business degree. While there, the Lord saved him through the faithful witness of a high school friend. It altered the course of his life. After college, he went through a men’s disciple program at Denton Bible Church where he later served on staff. He’s had various ministry and business roles in rural, suburban, urban, and inner city contexts, including extended time overseas. Danny graduated with a Master of Arts in Religion degree from Redeemer/Reformed Theological Seminary in Dallas with an emphasis in biblical counseling. He moved to Alexandria to take on his current role as a Regional President for a non-profit organization called Apartment Life. Danny has an amazing wife and three incredible kids who joyfully take up most of his free time outside of work. His other hobbies include sports, reading, beaches, and scouring Yelp for really good restaurants.
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.
Dan was born and raised in Wisconsin with parents who loved and served the Lord. Dan came to know the Lord at a young age but deeply struggled to walk in the Spirit in middle school and high school. As he started attending the University of Wisconsin, God started drawing him into closer fellowship with Himself through various trials and difficulties. Halfway through freshman year, he joined Cru (a Christian ministry on campus) where he started growing in the Lord through discipleship, community, and faithful brothers in Christ. Ever since, God has used many faithful believers to pour into Dan and help him live out the gospel in all areas of life. He graduated in May of 2015 with Marketing and Supply Chain Management degrees. He served with a management consulting firm in Chicago/Madison for 2 years and then transitioned into his current role of leading the College Program at International Justice Mission. Dan and his wife, Alyssa, moved to Virginia in May of 2017, and joined DRBC in August 2017.
Cody was born in Boulder, Colorado and came to trust in Jesus Christ, by God’s grace, at an early age through the witness of his parents. He attended Dallas Baptist University for undergrad, playing baseball there and ultimately receiving a degree in communications. During his time at DBU, he met his wife, Brittany. After working in North Texas in a variety of roles, he and Brittany moved their family to the DC area in 2017 to begin working in a global non-profit organization where he works today. Cody and Brittany were married in 2008 and have been blessed with three beautiful daughters. Cody enjoys spending time with his family, fly-fishing and being outside whenever he can.
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 eight children: four boys and four girls.
Ben was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. By God’s grace, he repented of sin and trusted in Christ late in college. At Oklahoma State University, a few close friends ministered to him, by inviting him to church and encouraging him to read his Bible more. Since then, he has earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Historical and Theological Studies. He desires to pastor a local church and teach God’s Word at the seminary level. Ben is married to Anna (pronounced “uh-nuh”), and they have two children.