WBF is an elder-led church. Our elders lead our congregation spiritually through prayer, studying biblical doctrines, teaching and establishing the vision of the church.
Elder Ernest Ariola
Ernest was born and raised in Taylor, Texas, by a loving mother and father who instilled in him and his three brothers the values of hard work, character and the importance of church attendance. Ernest attributes much of his fun-loving personality to growing up with who he calls the “Lucy and Ricky Ricardo” of Taylor.
Ernest met his wife, Robin, in the 8th grade in that small farming town; they did not marry until their paths crossed again at their 10th high school reunion. Ernest and Robin are blessed with three happily married daughters and sons-in-law, two sons, and five beautiful grandchildren.
Robin was instrumental in introducing Ernest to what a true relationship with the Lord is, and in July of 1990 Ernest dedicated his life to following Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior.
Ernest spent six years in the U.S. Navy, where he was an Anti-Submarine Warfare Acoustic Analyst. He was assigned to various commands such as the U.S.S. Forrestall, and P-3 Squadrons on the west coast and Hawaii. In 1993 Ernest and Robin moved back to Texas after he was honorably discharged from his military service.
Ernest and Robin moved to Warrenton in 2001 after pursuing employment in the DoD contractor world where he still works. They started attending WBF in 2001 and quickly became involved in various ministries of the church.
After several years as a deacon, Ernest was asked to consider furthering his call into the ministry by joining the WBF Elder Board, a calling that to this day he considers one of the most humbling honors that God has bestowed upon him.
Elder Richard Ashby
Richard was born and raised in Fauquier County.
He accepted Jesus as Savior at a small community church revival meeting when he was about 12 years old, and rededicated his life to Christ with his wife in 1978 at a local home-based Bible study. This Bible study grew and evolved into WBF as it is today. His spiritual walk has been enriched by attending conferences with WBF pastoral staff and other Brothers in the church.
He received a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia, which led to a career as a naval architect for the U.S. Navy in the area of submarine maneuvering. He is now retired.
He has a love of old-time fiddle and bluegrass music and has played rhythm guitar in various local bands for the last 45 years.
He met his wife, Carol, on a blind date on August 31, 1967, and they married exactly one year later to the day.
Daughter Kim lives next door with her family, and son Scott lives in Washington State with his family near his wife’s parents.
Elder Scott Ferrell
Scott joined the staff in August, 2011, after leaving a 23-year career as a full-time photojournalist to answer the call to minister to God’s people in Warrenton. He spent 16 years covering the U.S. Congress with a camera, having a front row seat at State of the Union addresses, four presidential inaugurations, the September 11 terrorist attacks, and many controversies and historic moments in the national life of our country. Before that, he was on staff at the newspaper in Warrenton.
It was during college at Washington & Lee University that Scott decided to embrace the faith in Jesus Christ that his parents had introduced him to growing up. He graduated in 1987 with a B.A. in journalism, and a minor in religion.
Married in 1988, Scott and his wife, Leslie, and two sons, Coy and Ramey, have been members of WBF since 2002. Prior to answering the call to full-time ministry, Scott served as a worship leader, graduated from WBF’s Apollos class, and began leading By Every Word, WBF’s Sunday school class for high school students. His experience leading By Every Word produced a love and passion for ministering to students. He now oversees Student Ministry at WBF. He’s also coordinating the development of WBF’s CONNECT home group ministry, oversees the worship team. He also preaches regularly at The Gathering Sundays at 6 p.m. and fills the pulpit occasionally on Sunday morning.
Another passion of Scott's is riding his motorcycle. This passion was born when he began riding year-round to his job in Washington, to take advantage of the HOV lane (which allows motorcycles). He continues to ride and loves going on rides with others!
The Ferrells live in Jeffersonton.
Elder Scott James (currently on hiatus)
Scottie was raised in a foster home in Massas Park by two wonderfulexamples of Godly servants of Christ. He grew up in a Christian Missionary Alliance church that his parents helped to establish and served in for 42 years.
Their example and walk with the Lord helped Scott to find Christ in his early childhood years. He married his high school sweetheart, Michele, in 1985 at his home church when he was 19. They have been blessed with four children: Ashleigh, Chandler, Austin and Caleb.
Scottie has worked in the automotive repair industry for 20 years and currently helps manage a local repair shop.
The James' have been attending WBF since 1995. In addition to being an elder, Scottie has served as Sunday School teacher and on our Deacon Board.
He is excited about the fact that God has called him to serve as an elder and considers it a great honor and privilege to serve the body at WBF.
Senior Pastor/Elder John Kuvakas
John was adopted at an early age and raised by two of the most loving folks a baby boy could be blessed with. He grew up in Youngstown, Ohio, in the tumultuous 1960’s and his world view was formed by those amazing times of change.
John met and married the love of his life, Kelly, in 1980. Two years later, he came to a knowledge of the saving grace of our Father through His only Son, Jesus Christ. They have two grown children, Ruth, who lives in Vermont with husband Todd and their devastatingly cute little girl, Sammi and their handsomely dashing son, Alistair; and Jason, who lives in Warrenton.
After spending over 30 years in retail management, most of them managing automobile dealerships, John was called to the ministry and came on staff at WBF in 2002 as an intern. He became Executive Pastor in 2004 and Senior Pastor in 2005.
After attending John MacArthur’s Shepherd’s Conference in 2003, John became an expositor and has since dedicated his preaching ministry to the verse-by-verse teaching and preaching of the Bible.
One of the greatest and most humbling honors John has ever had has been to serve the body of Christ as a pastor and a shepherd. He sees it as a wonderful gift of the grace and mercy of God.
You’ll get a glimpse into John’s love of cars when you walk into his office and see part of his extensive collection of classic model cars. Too bad he won’t let the other pastors play with them...
Head Elder Peter Ristau
Peter grew up in rural Connecticut among the stone walls and sugar maple trees. He faithfully attended a Lutheran Church with his parents, and at the age of 13, accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
God subsequently gave Peter a heart for missions, so after high school graduation he left home for Washington, D.C., where he spent two years with the Christian Service Corps.
Peter met his future wife, Lois, while serving at CSC, and they married in February 1973.
Peter's an expert in the development and growth of source code and customization in the accounting software community. His relaxed style and refreshing humor have made him a sought-after speaker at workshops, conferences and seminars throughout North America. He speaks on a wide variety of topics, ranging from object-oriented programming to Christian apologetics and theology in the 21st century.
He and Lois have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren. Peter enjoys bicycling, and you'll often see him riding the backroads and hills around the county on his recumbent trike. Peter and Lois live in Warrenton.
Elder Doug Sachs
Raised a semi-observant Jew near Burke, Va., Doug was saved while in the Air Force during the 1970’s Jesus movement.
He left the Air Force early in 1976 to attend and graduate from the Charismatic Bible College in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served on the staff of their publications ministry for several years. In 1980 he was part of a team that planted a church in the New York City area.
Doug has worked as a typographer and editor and owned a publications production/advertising agency for many years. He is now finishing up a second career after more than 20 years as a government human resources benefits analyst.
He met his wife, Carolyn, at WBF in 1988 and they were married the next year. They are now empty-nesters as their previously homeschooled daughters, Hannah and Emma, have both left for college. He has been an elder since 2005. The Sachs' live in Warrenton.