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 his Lord and Savior. God subsequently gave Peter a heart for missions, so after his high school graduation, he left home for Washington, D.C., where he spent two years with the Christian Service Corps (CSC).
Peter met his future wife, Lois, while serving at CSC, and they married in February 1973. He and Lois have five grown children and thirteen grandchildren.
Peter is an expert in source code development, growth and customization within 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. Peter enjoys bicycling, and you'll often see him riding the backroads and hills around the countyside on his recumbent trike. Peter and Lois live in Warrenton.
Richard was born and raised in Fauquier County. He accepted Jesus as his 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 continued to be enriched by attending conferences with WBF pastoral staff and other brothers in the church.
Richard 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 met his wife, Carol, on a blind date on August 31, 1967, and they married exactly one year later to the day. Their daughter, Kim, lives next door with her family, and their son, Scott, lives in Washington State with his family to be near to his wife’s parents. Richard has a love of old-time fiddle and bluegrass music and has played rhythm guitar in various local bands for the last 45 years.
Scottie was raised in a foster home in Manassas Park, VA by two wonderful examples of what it means to be a godly servant 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 Scottie to find Christ in his early childhood years. In 1985, Scottie married his high school sweetheart, Michele, 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 family has been attending WBF since 1995. In addition to being an elder, Scottie has served as a Sunday School teacher and on the 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.
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 worldview was formed by those amazing times of change. John 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.
John and Kelly have two children. Their daughter, Ruth, lives in Vermont with her husband Todd and their devastatingly cute little girl, Sammi, and hereditarily handsome little boy, Alistair. Their son, Jason, lives in Manassas and is engaged to Katie Krause.
After having spent over 30 years in retail management, most of them managing automobile dealerships, John was called to the ministry, and joined the staff of WBF in 2002 as an intern. He became the Executive Pastor in 2004 and the 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 verse-by-verse teaching and preaching of the Bible. This high view of the authority of Scripture permeates all the teaching, preaching and counseling at WBF. John was ordained by the Evangelical Free Church of America in 2015 and has become a lifetime member of their ministerial association.
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. One of his most exciting blessings is to see people grow in their faith and in their understanding and application of the Word 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. If you see him around town, you'll also see his love of coffee and fellowship. You can run into him at Panera, Chick Fil A, Starbucks, or just about anywhere that offers free refills and wi-fi! If there's an empty seat across from him, sit down and have a cup!