Deacon & Deaconess Bios

Justin SokJustin Sok, Deacon of Bookstall

Born and raised in the beautiful Commonwealth of Kentucky (Lexington to be precise), Justin joined CHBC in 2008. Justin and his high school church youth group sweetheart and now wife Rachel, moved to the DC area in after they both graduated from the University of Kentucky. He now works on Capitol Hill for a Member of Congress. Justin loves spending time reading, watching films, messing around with electronics, watching/playing sports and spending time with Rachel. Justin never misses the chance to give a book or film recommendation and when he grows up his dream job is to be a film director, but at least he would like to continue to work in DC doing technology policy. Justin and Rachel love DC, love living on Capitol Hill and love CHBC.

Deacons of Bookstall’s Web page

Nick Rodriguez, Deacon of Budget

Bio and photo coming soon.

Deacon of Budget’s Web page

Paige AgostinPaige Agostin, Deaconess of Child Care

Born in Shreveport, LA – raised in Louisville, KY – attended school in Dallas, TX – Paige is a southerner through and through. Having always attended church, it’s hard for her to remember a time when she didn’t believe in God. However, it was in high school and then college with the faithful teaching of her youth group and college ministers where the gospel really became clear. After graduating in 2010 she moved to D.C. for an internship at one of the many think tanks around town. CHBC was within walking distance and had been highly recommended, she went the first Sunday and never looked back. Paige now works for a U.S. Senator and lives on the hill. She loves fly fishing, running, cooking, and has been known to chime in whenever the topic is political. In her view tea time is at half past 3pm and isn’t to be missed if at all possible.

Children’s Ministry Web page

Sara EdwardsSara Edwards, Deaconess of Child Care

Sara was born and raised in East Texas to Christian parents, but it was after the Lord’s pursuit of her throughout her teenage and college years that she came to understand the Gospel and her need for a Savior. Shortly after moving to DC in 2011, Sara found CHBC and has continued to grow through the church’s faithful teaching of scripture and the strong community of believers. Sara enjoys Big Red, big hair, and touring the city with her dog.

Children’s Ministry Web page

LGoodmanLeslie Goodman, Deaconess of Child Care

Leslie was born and raised in a pastor’s family in southwest Virginia. Through her parents’ faithful witness, she came to an understanding of the gospel at a young age and deepened that understanding and commitment throughout her teen years in youth group. She moved to DC as an intern in January 2008 and found CHBC on Easter Sunday of that year. After graduating from Liberty University in May of 2008, Leslie returned to DC and joined CHBC in early 2009. She lives and works on Capitol Hill for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and appreciates the solid teaching and accountability at CHBC. In her spare time, Leslie is most likely reading, hanging out with friends and cheering for the Washington Nationals.

Children’s Ministry Web page

DRogersDarren Rogers, Deacon of Children’s Ministry

Darren grew up in Louisville, Kentucky with a loving, extended family. After joining the Army out of high school, he spent some time in various duty stations (at home and abroad) before being settled in Washington, D.C. in 2009. By the grace of God and the faithful evangelism of his cousin, he was converted in December 2010 at the age of 24. After joining CHBC in the spring of 2011, he soon met the woman who became his best friend, Amy, and married her in February 2013! Since leaving the Army, Darren now works as an IT consultant; he likes to read good books, engage in conversation, and laugh. He also enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, and serving with her in child care and the International Student’s Ministry.

Children’s Ministry Web page

FedorJenn Fedor, Deaconess of College Ministry

Jenn was born in Cleveland, Ohio but at a young age loved frequent family trips to DC and Annapolis where she became a Navy football fan. When in college Jenn spent four summers at various internships in DC on Capitol Hill. It was during her second summer of living a house facilitated by Christians that she heard the gospel clearly for the first time. Upon her return to Akron, Jenn began attending a church and joined their college ministry where she lived with a great family who encouraged her in walk with the Lord. She moved to DC in 2002 and is now an Account Director for a Strategic Communications firm in DC and currently resides in Alexandria. In her free time, she loves to hang out with college students, attend Navy football games, photography and spending time with families from church.

College Ministry Web page

ASuterAustin Suter, Deacon of Community Outreach

Austin was born in Harrisonburg, Virginia and spent several years in Nepal as a missionary kid. He was converted as a college student then moved to DC where he has lived since 2009. He studied political science and nonprofit advocacy work at George Mason University and now works for a Christian ministry in the DC area.

Community Outreach Web page

TLaibThomasine Laib, Deaconess of Hospitality

Thomasine wandered into CHBC in August 2012 shortly after moving to DC after work with International Justice Mission in Rwanda. Thomasine became a Christian early on in life, under the influence of Christian parents and her five older brothers, all from the Chicago area. She later fell in love with the idea of taking the gospel to those who otherwise would not hear the Truth, and as a result, she lived and worked with an unreached people group in Madagascar. Thomasine loves Irish Step Dance and might be found on a random sidewalk or park working out a Step routine.

Deaconess of Hospitality’s Web page

GoodallIsaiah Goodall, Deacon of International Outreach

Isaiah grew up in Elkton, VA, a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. In God’s goodness and love, he was born into a Christian family and always believed in God. It wasn’t until middle school that he first heard and believed the Gospel when it was clearly explained in an email from an acquaintance. Isaiah attended college at Virginia Tech, where the Lord grew him in his faith and love for evangelism and missions through Campus Crusade for Christ and leading their international student ministry. Following graduation, Isaiah completed the Trinity Fellows Program in Charlottesville, VA, and then moved to DC to propose to his wife, Betsy, and soon after joined CHBC in the summer of 2009. Isaiah works for a small consulting firm that provides data analytics and fraud detection services to government agencies. He enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Betsy, playing football and basketball, getting to know international students, and getting out of the city to go hiking or canoeing.

Deacon of International Outreach Web page

Emily Smith, Deaconess of Library

Emily was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the Maryland suburbs. She graduated from Grove City College in 2003 where she studied computers, and returned to the DC area to work and be near family. She moved to the Hill in 2006, at which time she started attending CHBC, and has been thankful for the strong teaching and discipleship she found here. She is married to Patrick, and currently works as an IT specialist. She enjoys reading, traveling, knittting, and exploring the city by foot or by bike.

Deaconess of Library’s Web page

Brandon BowenBrandon Bowen, Deacon of Media

Brandon grew up in an Air Force family that settled in Lexington, Kentucky. In God’s kindness, he was born into a family where he grew up hearing the Gospel from a young age. Following his undergraduate studies at the University of Kentucky, he married his not-quite high school sweetheart, ran a business, moved overseas for the sake of the Gospel, finished a degree at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then moved to the District to study international affairs at Johns Hopkins University SAIS. He joined the church in 2008 immediately following his arrival to the city. Brandon lives with his lovely wife Christa in NE DC.

Deacon of Media’s Web page

WinsteadsJohn and Katy Winstead, Deacons of Member Care

Born in Louisville, Kentucky and raised in El Paso, Texas, John grew up in a Christian family. After grad school, he moved to Washington, DC in 2006 for a job with the U.S. Dept. of Labor and began attending CHBC. Born and raised in a Navy family, Katy moved frequently around the U.S. After she graduated from Grove City College in 2004, she moved to Washington, DC and joined CHBC in 2006. John and Katy met at CHBC and had their first date during the 2010 Snowmaggedon. They were married in 2011 and are happy parents to their son, David.

Deacon of Member Care’s Web page

JDursoJoe Durso, Deacon of Ordinances

Joe Durso was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of a Catholic father and an atheist mother. He was saved in 1967, through the ministry of Billy Graham, but was not connected to a Gospel preaching church for another six years. He and his wife Jean moved to Cheverly, MD to be close to CHBC after joining a year and a half earlier. Joe and Jean were married in 1974 and have experienced the grace of God through their years together; hospitality and discipleship is a passion they share.

Deacon of Ordinance’s Web page

George FleesonGeorge Fleeson, Deacon of Parking

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Northern Virginia, George came to CHBC in 2006 and became a member in 2007. He was taken with CHBC’s high standard of teaching and its commitment to the local church. There he also met his wife, Becky, whom he married in 2012. George spends the happiest parts of his time in fellowship and with his family, and works as a consultant for Deloitte and Touché.

Daniel Price, Deacon of Sound
Bio and photo coming soon.Deacons of Sound’s Web page

Joel SasnettJoel Sasnett, Deacon of Sound

Joel was born and raised in a Christian home in Birmingham, AL. In his college years at Auburn University, he gained a much deeper understanding of the Lord and grew in his love for him. He moved to DC in 2007 for a job as an electrical engineer. He was married in 2010 and enjoys music and playing tennis in his spare time.

Deacons of Sound’s Web page

Matt SandersMatt Sanders, Deacon of Sound

Matt hails from Carlisle, PA, and has called the DC metro area home since 2003. He grew up in a Bible-believing church and Christian family and heard the gospel from a young age, though he was in his senior year at Grove City College when the Lord removed the veil and his stony heart and saved him in 2003. Since moving to Washington, DC, Matt has worked as an aviation systems engineer on Federal Aviation Administration surveillance systems…an occupation best described as “one who just gets stuff done.” Matt enjoys reading and pretty much anything that gets him out and moving, especially cycling, hiking, running, and working out.

Deacons of Sound’s Web page

Ian WillIan Will, Deacon of Ushers

Ian was born in Takoma Park, Maryland and was raised in a Christian family hearing the gospel and seeing it lived out. He moved to Blacksburg, VA where he attended college at Virginia Tech. After graduating with a degree in computer science in 2005, he moved to DC and began attending Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Ian met his wife Adrienne at Capitol Hill Baptist, and was married in June 2011. He currently lives in DC and works as a computer programmer. He enjoys spending time with his wife, hiking, rock climbing, and photography.

Deacon of Ushers’ Web page

Abbie SandersAbbie Sanders, Deaconess of Weddings
Abbie was born in Lubbock, TX to an Air Force family and grew up loving the constant adventure of military life. Her familly eventually returned to Texas where she met the Lord and got involved in Campus Crusade for Christ while at Texas Tech University. After serving with Cru abroad and completing her MBA at Tech in 2004, she began working in the private sector. She joined CHBC shortly after moving to DC in 2007 and now works in Treasury Operations at the headquarters for Choice Hotels International. In her spare time she loves baking (the bigger the better), traveling, reading classic lit, working on weddings and hosting fierce get-togethers.

Deaconesses of Weddings’ Web page

Sarah RotmanSarah Rotman, Deaconess of Weddings

Sarah grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania but now goes home to visit her family in much warmer and sunnier Phoenix, Arizona. After attending Wheaton College, she spent two years in the Peace Corps in Benin, West Africa, worked for a nonprofit doing development work in Haiti, and eventually moved to DC to attend graduate school in international relations at Johns Hopkins University. She now works as a financial sector specialist with the World Bank and has been a member of CHBC since 2008. Sarah was blessed to have been raised in a godly Christian home where her father was a pastor, and appreciates more and more the wonderful sovereignty of God as she travels to strange and complicated places for her work. She is an avid sports fan and probably spends way too much time on

Deaconesses of Weddings’ Web page



Rebekah Zacharias, Church Clerk
Bio and photo coming soon.