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!
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.
In 1988, Scott married his wife, Leslie, and they have two sons, Coy and Ramey. They 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 then led a high school Sunday School class. Scott oversees the WBF CONNECT group ministry, the worship team, the children's ministry , and the outreach ministry. He also preaches regularly on Sunday mornings.
Another passion of Scott's is his model railroad, which is a work in progress. His love of trains began when he was a child traveling with his family through the coal fields of the Appalachians, watching the locomotives strain up the mountains with their heavy loads. The Ferrells live in Jeffersonton.
Diane is one of those people for whom was composed the truism, "We couldn’t have done it without you." She’s the go-to person for many aspects of our church life, the often unsung hero behind many of our ministries and efforts, and she works doggedly to assist our pastoral staff, elders, deacons and ministry leaders. She’s been on staff since 2007,
when she began working part-time between shifts driving a school bus in Culpeper County. She parked her bus for good in 2010 when the church’s needs grew, and she became a full-time staff member.
Diane came to the Lord at a Christmas Eve service in 1997. It was then that her spiritual eyes were opened. She realized that the only thing that could make her right before God was trusting in Jesus Christ and His work on the cross - not her religion or good works. She enjoys studying the scriptures and the continual growth that comes from time in the Word. She has been particularly impacted by the Precept Bible study, and is thankful for how God reveals Himself through His Word, and continues to open her eyes to His truth. She’s a graduate of WBF’s Apollos class, and a member of the worship team.
Diane married her husband, Jon, in 1988 and they live in Culpeper County. They have two adult sons, Curtis and Dan, who also live in Culpeper. When she’s not keeping the pastors organized and on time, she enjoys quiet time in the Word, volunteering for community events, and doing home projects with her husband.
Laura came to the Lord in 2001 and was baptized shortly thereafter. However, in 2005 something happened that helped Laura to realize that she couldn’t do anything in this life on her own and that she didn’t even possess the tools to begin to know how. In that moment she was driven to Christ in a whole new way. From then on, it has been her pursuit to be more like Christ.
Her home life growing up was hard and wrought with abuse. After coming to the Lord, Laura experienced His healing in all of the areas of her heart that needed it. The things from her past that were once meant to break her, Christ is now using to show others still stuck in their circumstances that there is complete healing and restoration in His name. This has given her an immense passion for the lost and broken of this world.
Growing up, Laura was always a runner. Throughout middle and high school, she ran for various sports teams, such as JROTC activity club and track. This continued throughout her adult life, with opportunities to be a sponsored runner for Weight Watchers, Snickers Marathon Bar, active.com, and Omron. Finishing first in her age group and overall female on multiple occasions led to other opportunities to train women to run 5k races for various groups. Being a distance runner by nature and competing in half marathons, marathons, and even an occasional tri-athalon has prepared her for the perseverance needed for motherhood and this Christian walk.
Laura is the oldest of 9 children and grew up never spending very long in any location. As a child, she lived all up and down the East Coast, living in places as far north as New York and Michigan and as far south as Florida. At the age of 17, she met and married her husband, Pat, in Washington state. Within a few years of graduating from high school, she went back to school and graduated with honors with an AA degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design. However, the very next morning after graduation, she had their oldest child and chose to stay home with her. Since then they have been abundantly blessed with 5 children here on this earth and 3 angel babies. Laura’s days are now spent homeschooling these precious ones and each new day with them is an adventure.
Children's Ministry Directorbwilsonwbf@gmail.com
Bridget is a Northern Virginia native who grew up in a home with Christian influences, but did not truly embrace what it was to be a Christian until her college years. As a child, she always had a curiosity and desire to further explore the intricacies of nature, which led her to pursue studies in biology.
She met her husband Micah at a church event and they were married soon thereafter. Bridget then spent several years as an educator until her family grew to such a size that she and her husband decided that it would best suit the needs of their family to switch to homeschooling.
Prior to their move to the Warrenton area, Bridget and her husband were very active at their previous church, serving as part of the Greeting/Ushering Team, Parking Team, Children’s Ministry, Access Ministry (special needs), and Daybreak (inner city ministry). As their family grew to now having 5 children, their focus predominantly turned to Children’s Ministry due to logistical constraints. Bridget and her husband are passionate about equipping the next generation and feel that the family unit being supported by the church is essential to cultivate the next generation of Christ followers.
Bridget enjoys being outdoors and will try just about any summertime sport. Throughout her childhood and early adult years, she enjoyed riding/competing horses. Now she and her family enjoy hiking and have been able to explore many parks in various states. These moments are especially enjoyable to be surrounded by the beauty of nature as it glorifies its creator and to make memories with her quickly growing little ones.