Elder Bios

Randy Alles

Randy AllesRandy hails from San Antonio, TX and comes to CHBC via a 35 year career in the Marine Corps. He became a Christian through the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1973 while a student at Texas A&M graduating in 1976. He met & married his beautiful wife Sarah in Beaufort, SC. Randy first came to CHBC in 2003 serving as an elder before departing in 2007. He returned in 2011 and currently works at U.S. Customs & Border Protection in the Office of Air & Marine Operations. He lives in Falls Church with his wife and children, Ellen & Joe, and enjoys spending time with his family, working on his vehicles and sightseeing.

Thabiti Anyabwile

Church Planting Pastor

Thabiti Anyabwil Thabiti Anyabwile is a full-time husband to Kristie and father to three children. His family makes their home in Southeast Washington, D.C., where Thabiti serves as a church planting pastor for Anacostia River Church. Thabiti also serves as a council member for The Gospel Coalition and writes regularly at The Front Porch and Pure Church. He is the author of several books, including: The Life of God in the Soul of the Church; The Gospel for Muslims; The Decline of African-American Theology; and What Is a Healthy Church Member?

Ken Barbic

Ken BarbicKen moved to Washington, DC, after graduating from Maranatha Baptist Bible College with a B.S. in Business Administration and an M.A. in Biblical Studies. He became a member of CHBC in the Fall of 2004. Ken preciously served as the Deacon of Children’s ministry, and later as the Deacon of Budget. Ken works as a lobbyist for the fresh produce industry. In his spare time, Ken enjoys watching football, reading, running, golfing, and eating Chipotle burrito bowls. He and his wife, Kelli, live on Capitol Hill along with their young son, where they hope the Lord will keep them for many years to come.

Trip Barefield

Pastoral Assistant

Trip BarefieldTrip was born and raised in Dallas, TX. His family attended a baptist church, where he heard and believed the Gospel when he was 14 years old. Soon after, God gave him a passion for proclaiming the Gospel to others, which he does as a hip hop artist and author of “The Good Life.” In 2006, he went to Bible College in Philadelphia, where he met Jessica, and they married in 2009. A few years later, God gave them an unbelievably cute son named Q. The Barefields moved to DC in 2011 to do the CHBC internship and Trip joined the staff as a pastoral assistant in the spring of 2013. Trip hopes to be a pastor, and to continue his ministry as a rapper and author.

Bill Behrens

Bill BehrensBill came to Washington in 1992 to work on Capitol Hill. After a three year absence, he returned to the nation’s capital in 1996 to pursue graduate education at American University, and began attending CHBC, joining the church in 1997. Originally from New York, Bill currently works as a lobbyist. Over the years, he has served as Core Seminar teacher, bible study leader, and service leader at the church. Bill is married to Carreen and is father to Caroline, William, John, and Abigail.

Josh Coover

Josh Coover Josh grew up in a Christian family in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania. While he always thought he would take over the family candle-making business, everything changed when he started attending CHBC as an undergraduate student in 1999 and began to grow as a Christian. Josh has served as the deacon of community outreach and on the staff of 9Marks helping with operations. He currently works as a financial management analyst for the Department of the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. He met his wife Rebekah at CHBC, and they were married in 2010. They live on Capitol Hill with their two children.

Mark Dever

Senior Pastor

Mark DeverMark serves as the senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. A Duke graduate, Dr. Dever holds a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, a Th.M. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Ecclesiastical History from Cambridge University. He is the president of 9Marks Ministries and has taught at a number of seminaries. Dr. Dever has authored several books and articles, most recently, What is a Healthy Church? and The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (Crossway 2007). Earlier books include Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Crossway 2000, 2004). The Deliberate Church (Crossway 2005), Promises Kept: The Message of the New Testament (Crossway 2005), and Promises Made: The Message of the Old Testament (Crossway 2006). He and his wife Connie live and minister on Capitol Hill, with Connie giving a lot of her time to creating a childrens’ curriculum (PraiseFactory). They have two adult children.

Jamie Dunlop

Associate Pastor

Jamie DunlopBorn and raised in the Chicago area, Jamie joined CHBC in 1999 when he first moved to Washington, DC following undergraduate work in engineering and applied math at Princeton University. He worked in business for ten years, most recently managing a line of business for a large management consultancy while serving the church as an elder. In 2009 , Jamie joined the staff as an Associate Pastor, focusing on administrative matters. He is passionate about the gospel, the local church, his wife Joan, and their three children.

Andy Johnson

Associate Pastor

Andy JohnsonAndy was born and raised in a believing family in Texas. He worked both on church staff and managing a small, family cattle operation. After completing degrees at Texas A&M, Andy moved to Washington, DC in 1997. Andy earned a living as an agricultural advisor for the US Congress while serving CHBC as an elder. In January of 2006, Andy joined CHBC as an Associate Pastor. Andy also gives special attention to the discipling and international missions efforts of CHBC. Andy loves reading, gardening and, most of all, spending time with his wonderful wife, Rebecca, and their children, Andrew, Evelyn, and Samuel.

Klon Kitchen

Klon KitchenKlon was born in Nashville, TN, and raised in Atlanta, GA. He met his wife Tracy while attending Bryan College where he also earned a BA in Theology/Philosophy. Klon moved to Washington, DC in 2000 and began attending CHBC in 2003. Having completed his graduate work at the National Defense University, Klon is now an instructor at the school where he teaches courses on national security and strategy. He is passionate about the gospel, his wife and four children, and the local church.

Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan LeemanJonathan first joined the church in 1996 after completing undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science. He began his career in journalism where he worked as an editor for an international economics magazine in Washington. Since his call to ministry, Jonathan has earned a master of divinity and a Ph.D. in political theology and served as an interim pastor. Since 2006, he has worked as the editorial director for 9Marks. He edits the 9Marks series of books as well as the 9Marks Journal. He is the author of multiple books and articles on the local church (see here, here and here). Jonathan lives with his wife and daughters in suburban Washington.

Philip Leeman

Philip LeemanBorn in Southern California, Philip grew up in Eugene, Oregon and then suburban Chicago where his high school passion was basketball. He graduated from Minnesota’s Bethel University in May 1999, after which he moved to Washington, DC and joined Capitol Hill Baptist Church. One year later he married his college sweetheart, Molly. They now have three children. Philip works for a software company which specializes in government relations. He also lays claim to being the tallest member of CHBC, though this has never been officially verified.

Jeremy McClain

Jeremy McClainJeremy was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Howard University in 2007. Three years after graduating from Howard University, he began to search for ways to serve under-resourced and at-risk communities with the gospel and so began a career with Daybreak ministries in 2010. It is also during this time that he became a member of the Capitol Hill Baptist Church. In the fall of 2013, he completed the church’s pastoral internship and soon after became a seminary student at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his free time he is either studying for his Masters in Divinity, having fun with his Daybreak family, or spending time with his church family.

Luke Murry

Luke MurryBorn and raised in San Pedro, CA to believing parents, God saved Luke at a young age. It was at UCLA that Luke met his wife before doing missions work in Japan and receiving his M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University. He joined CHBC in 2008 and currently works on foreign policy issues for the U.S. Congress. He is the grateful father of three, enjoys hanging out with his family and playing almost any sport.

Dan Nelson

Dan NelsonBiography coming soon.

Deepak Reju

Associate Pastor

Deepak RejuRaised in New Jersey, Deepak Reju serves as an associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. His pastoral responsibilities include oversight of the biblical counseling and family ministries at CHBC. He previously served on staff at Grace Church in Westfield, N.J. and Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, KY. A George Washington University graduate, he also holds the MDiv and PhD degrees from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Deepak and his wife, Sarah, have five children, Zachariah, Lydia, Eden, Noelle, and Abraham.

Deepak is the author of several books and articles, including Great Kings of the Bible: How Jesus is Greater than Saul, David and Solomon (Christian Focus) and On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church (New Growth Press). He serves as the President for the board of directors of the Biblical Counseling Coalition.

Nick Roark

Pastoral Assistant

Nick RoarkNick was born in Falls Church, VA, but grew up in Chattanooga, TN, and attended the University of Tennessee. After college, Nick relocated to Raleigh, North Carolina where he worked for IBM Global Services for six years. During this time, he began attending and serving at Providence Baptist Church, where he would eventually join the staff in 2006 and serve as the Pastor of College and Equipping. Nick holds a MDiv degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He moved to DC to participate in the CHBC Pastoral Internship in 2012. Following the internship, Nick joined CHBC’s staff as a Pastoral Assistant in the summer of 2012. He is joyfully married to Allison and they have three children, Elijah, Hudson, and Emmaline.

David Russell

David RussellDave grew up mostly in Florida and moved to North Carolina when he was in high school. His parents were both believers and were the first to share the gospel with him. His college years at UNC Charlotte were a time of great growth with the help of Campus Outreach. God’s work in Dave’s life during college ultimately led him to desire to work in Christian ministry. Since graduating college, he has worked with Campus Outreach to evangelize and disciple on college campuses. After 10 years of working for Campus Outreach in North Carolina, Dave moved up to DC in 2010 to start Campus Outreach DC out of Capitol Hill Baptist. Dave is presently working towards a degree at Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Carrie and their four children, Charlotte, Carson, Helen, and Henry.

Zach Schlegel

Assistant Pastor

Zach SchlegelZach grew up in Nebraska with a family where he heard the gospel and saw it lived out among other family members seeking to follow Jesus. After attending the University of Nebraska to study Mechanical Engineering, he moved to Chicago to go to Moody Theological Seminary. There, he met and married his wife Katie and had their first son, Hudson. After serving as a pastor in Chicago for four years, the Schlegel’s moved to DC to join the work at CHBC where Zach currently serves as an Assistant Pastor.

Matt Schmucker

Matt SchmuckerBorn in Pennsylvania into a large Roman Catholic family (seven sons!), Matt was converted his senior year at the University of Maryland where he graduated with a business degree in 1985, and currently serves as the president of Gospel Projects. Joining CHBC in 1991, Matt lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Eli, and their children.

Greg Spraul

Greg SpraulA native of San Diego, California, Greg spent his college years in the midwest and graduated from Indiana University in 2000. Greg came to DC after college to work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where he is currently a Congressional Liaison working on water pollution issues. Greg lives in Maryland with his wife Beth and two daughters Kate and Ella. Many years ago, Greg was a decent cyclist and water polo player.

Dave Sutton

Dave SuttonDavid was blessed to grow up in a loving Christian family near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Since graduating from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1992 he has flown in various locations as a fighter pilot, attended graduate school in Helsinki, Finland, and served as an international affairs officer in New Delhi, India and the Pentagon. David lives in northern Virginia with his wife Shannon, son Donovan, and daughters Lydia and Marianne. He enjoys family, racquetball, music, and marveling at God’s patience and grace in his life.

Ryan Townsend

Ryan TownsendBorn and raised in Houston, Ryan grew up attending a Unitarian church. He moved to Washington, DC in 1993 to attend Georgetown University. After graduation he converted to Christ through the ministry of Capitol Hill Baptist Church, where he later served as a pastoral assistant to Mark Dever. In 2005, Ryan began his master of divinity studies at The Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville. During his time in Louisville, Ryan served as the pastor for administration & children at Clifton Baptist Church. Ryan now lives in Washington DC with his wife and five children, serving as Executive Director of 9Marks and elder at CHBC.

Sebastian Traeger

Sebastian TraegerSebastian grew up outside of Philadelphia and graduated from Princeton University in 1996 with a degree in Politics. He moved to Washington, DC to work in business and he’s been an entrepreneur ever since, co-founding several companies including Village Phone in El Salvador, Christianity.com, Silas Partners, Razoo.com and his latest, FiveStreet.com. Sebastian joined CHBC in 1997, met and married his wife Nikki here in 2005, and began serving as an elder in 2010. He is passionate about his 3 children – Alex, Wesley and Analeigh, traveling, eating comfort food and competing in just about anything.

Patrick Traylor

Patrick Traylor Patrick and his wife Ronna both hail from Texas where they met and married as undergraduates at Texas A&M University. They moved to D.C. in 1995 for Patrick to finish law school at The George Washington University. Patrick is an attorney at Hogan Lovells US LLP, where he has practiced air quality and climate change law in the energy sector since 1997. He has served CHBC as a lecturer in Church History and the Old Testament, a small group leader, the Deacon of Budget, a childcare volunteer, and a member of the church’s music ensemble. He has the great privilege of serving as a husband to Ronna, a father to Benjamin, and an elder to CHBC. Patrick is a voracious reader, and enjoys studying history and political philosophy, playing the piano, science, biking, music, sailing, hiking, and cooking.

Steven Wall

Steven WallBiography coming soon.

Brad Wheeler

Associate Pastor

Brad WheelerBrad Wheeler was raised in a Unitarian home, as many good New England children are. It was after moving to Santa Cruz, CA that he first heard and believed the gospel through his (now) wife Erin, and emerging church pastor/friend Dan Kimball. Never intending to become a pastor, he established a career in investment consulting after graduating from Princeton University. Yet “many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” (Prov 19.21) Thus, in 2001 he happily joined the staff of CHBC, followed by a MDiv and ThM at Southern Seminary where he served as an elder at Third Avenue Baptist Church. Brad returned to CHBC in 2010 to serve as an associate pastor and is responsible for church planting/revitalization, the pastoral internship program, public teaching and other pastoral duties. He and Erin have four children, Page, Maggie, William, and Eliza. Brad enjoys all things having to do with motorcycles, his family, travel, and dreaming of the water polo phenom he never was.