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Elder Photo - Peter Ristau

Peter Ristau

Head Elder

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).

Elder Photo - Richard Ashby

Richard Ashby


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.

Elder Photo - Doug Sachs

Doug Sachs


Raised as 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. He then remained at the college for several years as staff with their publications ministry.

Elder Photo - Scott James

Scott James


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.

Elder Photo - John Kuvakas

John Kuvakas

Senior Pastor/Elder

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.

Elder Photo - Scott Ferrell

Scott Ferrell

Associate Pastor/Elder

Scott answered the call to minister to God’s people in Warrenton by joining the staff at WBF in August 2011 after leaving a 23-year career in journalism. 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.