Staff Bios

Mark DeverMark Dever, Senior PastorMark Dever 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. – More on Pastor Dever

Brad WheelerBrad Wheeler, Associate Pastor

Brad 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.

Andy JohnsonAndy Johnson, Associate Pastor

Andy 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.

DeepakDeepak Reju, Associate Pastor

Raised 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 four children, Zachariah, Lydia, Eden, and Noelle.

Jamie DunlopJamie Dunlop, Associate Pastor

Born 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.

Zach Schlegel, Assistant Pastor

Zach 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 Schlegels moved to DC to join the work at CHBC where Zach currently serves as an Assistant Pastor.

Matthew Merker, Pastoral Assistant

Matt grew up in Long Island, NY and believed the good news of Jesus at a young age. After completing a degree in religious studies and music at Vanderbilt University in 2006, Matt returned to NY to serve on the staff of Shelter Rock Church. He moved to DC to participate in the CHBC Pastoral Internship in 2009. Following the internship, Matt worked as a music teacher until coming on staff at CHBC as a Pastoral Assistant in the summer of 2010. He enjoys reading, creating music, food, and especially spending time with his wife, Erica. Matt and Erica are in the process of adopting a child from Ethiopia.

Nick RoarkNick Roark, Pastoral Assistant

Nick 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. Nick also serves as an elder at CHBC. He is joyfully married to Allison and they have three children, Elijah, Hudson, and Emmaline.

Trip BarefieldTrip Barefield, Pastoral Assistant

Trip 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.

Justin PerdueJustin Perdue, Pastoral Assistant

Justin was born in Newport News, VA, but grew up in Asheville, NC. He attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he played football. After college, Justin returned to Asheville and worked for six years in his family’s kitchen and bath corporation. The Lord grew him much during this season through a close relationship with his pastor and through his service as a lay leader at Arden First Baptist Church. Justin moved to DC to participate in the CHBC Pastoral Internship in 2012. He met his wife Michelle at CHBC, and they were married in December 2012. Justin joined the staff of CHBC as a Pastoral Assistant in the summer of 2013. Justin and Michelle are expecting their first child in December 2013.

RSmytheRob Smythe, Pastoral Assistant/Receptionist

Rob was born and raised in the great state of Illinois in a Christian home and came to a saving faith in Jesus in his teenage years. He attended Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky and then spent over a year in South Asia in 2008 and 2009 serving a church alongside a pastor and friend. While there, he discovered how much he didn’t know about ministry. So he interned for two years at a church in London followed shortly thereafter by the Spring 2012 CHBC internship. He began serving as Receptionist in January 2013 and a Pastoral Assistant in January 2014. He is married to his beautiful wife Katye and they have an adorable baby girl, Evalynn.

Gio LynchGio Lynch, Children’s Ministry Administrator

Gio is a Brooklyn NY native who first came to CHBC back in 2000 as a student and became a member in 2004 when work brought her back to DC. Since then she has come and gone several times but is now very happy to be able to serve the church that has served her so well over the years. In her spare time, Gio enjoys hiking, camping and 18th century English country dancing.

LParkerLindsey Parker, Office Manager

Lindsey was raised in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina through her high school years. After high school, she attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began what would be some of her most formative years as a Christian. It was during this time that God led her to Providence Baptist Church, where she began to grow in love for God and His word, and thus grew in her understanding of the vital role of the local church in the life of the believer and in God’s mission to make disciples of all nations. She spent her first year out of college in Central Asia, then returned to Raleigh, where she worked alongside the Pastor of Missions for four years. She began attending CHBC in the spring of 2010, during what was intended as a weekend visit. A weekend visit turned into a month, which lead to a decision to move here permanently.

CHerndonChris Herndon, Facilities Manager

Chris joined CHBC in 2001 and became facilities manager in 2012. Born in Washinton DC, he was an electrician for 14 years before joining the church staff. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife Martha. His five children are Jasmine, Grace, Donald, Elijah, and Shane. He is a graduate of Pillsbury Baptist Bible College and Dallas Theological Seminary (ThM).

TLaibThomasine Laib, Receptionist