Meet Our Leadership

Each of our pastors, elders and deacons have been affirmed by our membership to lead this church with a heart of authority (Heb. 13:17) and servanthood (Mark 10:42-45).

Directional Elders

The Elders are called to shepherd the church, taking into account the whole person, using the Word of God as the fundamental means of ministry. This includes church-wide leadership, vision and strategy, ministry leadership, responsibility for the teaching ministry of the church, as well as pastoral care for the individual members and attendees of the church in such matters as prayer, counsel and guidance.

Read More About the Qualifications of an Elder

The office of elder is Biblically mandated and thus one of the most important factors of a healthy church. The Elders are called to shepherd the church, taking into account the whole person, using the Word of God as the fundamental means of ministry. This includes church-wide leadership, vision and strategy, ministry leadership, responsibility for the teaching ministry of the church, as well as pastoral care for the individual members and attendees of the church in such matters as prayer, counsel and guidance. The goals of the shepherding ministry of the Elders are to teach, care for, equip for service, and protect the people who call this their church home. The lives of these men are to display the attitude of servant-leadership that Jesus modeled.

The qualifications and responsibilities of the Elders are defined in our Constitution and our Bylaws. The biblical basis for the office of elder has its roots in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.

The office of elder was first described in the Old Testament. Their functions included:

  • Sitting at the gate to dispense wisdom, make rulings, apply the law, and protect the people.
  • They were singled out to help Moses, share the Spirit, and do the above for the whole nation [Numbers 11]

There are several terms used to name the same role in the New Testament. They include “elder,” “overseer,” “shepherd,” “leader,” and “bishop.” Their functions include:

  • Directing the affairs of the church [1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 6]
  • Praying and interceding for the sick [Acts 6:4, James 5:14]
  • Ministering from the word of God through: reading it publicly, preaching and teaching it, and encouraging others with it [Hebrews 13:7, 1 Timothy 4:13, Titus 1:9]
  • Delegating tasks that keep them from prayer and ministry of the word [Acts 6:1-6]
  • Refuting those who oppose sound doctrine [Acts 20:28-31, Titus 1:9]
  • Resolving disputes [Acts 15]
  • Laying on hands to ordain or bless [1 Timothy 4:14,5:22]
  • Being an example to the flock [1 Peter 5:3]
How the Elders are selected

Nominations for the office of Elder come from members of the church. Consideration includes the following factors:

  • Demonstration of the character and skills described in 1 Timothy and Titus.
  • Membership in the Chapel Hill Bible Church.
  • Availability for and interest in serving as an elder.
  • Demonstrated involvement in the ministry life of the Chapel Hill Bible Church.
  • Having gifts and skills that are needed to complement the gifts of other elders.

The current elders identify a number of individual potential elder candidates from those nominees who possess the qualifications of an elder. Potential candidates are approached by elders and are asked to consider serving on the elder board for up to two consecutive three-year terms. They are interviewed by the current board of elders and their names are published to the congregation. They are confirmed as elders by a vote of the members present at the annual congregational meeting.

Once their three-year term is finished, elders can either be confirmed again to serve a second consecutive three-year term, or continue in their roles as shepherds of the congregation. They may also serve in specific leadership capacities based on their interests and the needs of ministries of the church. They may be nominated to serve another term as an elder after one year.

What the Elders do

The Bible Church elders aim to the serve the purposes outlined for church leaders in the Bible.

The office of elder was first described in the Old Testament. Their functions included:

  • Sitting at the gate to dispense wisdom, make rulings, apply the law, and protect the people.
  • Their were singled out to help Moses, share the Spirit, and do the above for the whole nation [Numbers 11]

The terms “elder” and “overseer” are used in the New International Version (NIV) translation of I Timothy 3 and Titus 1. Terms used in other translations and in other passages of the Bible are leader, shepherd, and Bishop. Their functions include:

  • Directing the affairs of the church [1 Timothy 5:17, Acts 6]
  • Praying and interceding for the sick [Acts 6:4, James 5:14]
  • Ministering from the word of God through: reading it publicly, preaching and teaching it, and encouraging others with it [Hebrews 13:7, 1 Timothy 4:13, Titus 1:9]
  • Delegating tasks that keep them from prayer and ministry of the word [Acts 6:1-6]
  • Refuting those who oppose sound doctrine [Acts 20:28-31, Titus 1:9]
  • Resolving disputes [Acts 15]
  • Laying on hands to ordain or bless [1 Timothy 4:14,5:22]
  • Being an example to the flock [1 Peter 5:3]
Ben Thomason

Ben Thomason

Elder (Vice Chair) ('20)

Ben Thomason

Ben Thomason

Elder (Vice Chair) ('20)

Works with Duke MBA students running project-based courses at Fuqua. Married to Jennifer; 3 children. At about 10, I placed my faith in Jesus.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

In college I began to consistently pursue the Lord. God used people in my life to demonstrate how Jesus came so that we “may have life and have it abundantly.” This marked a time when I made an intentional decision as an adult to follow Christ. Today, I realize more than ever my deep need for Jesus.

Ben Yeager

Ben Yeager

Elder ('20)

Ben Yeager

Ben Yeager

Elder ('20)

Business owner and Financial Advisor at Hilltop Wealth Advisors. Married to Leah, 2 kids.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

Growing up in a Christian home, I can’t think of a time that I didn’t know the Lord. I formally professed my faith and was baptized at 8. My faith has been tested, but during both lows and highs, I have always felt the Lord’s presence. I truly enjoy helping others organize their financial lives and reach their goals, and hope my gifts benefit the church.

Bob Portman

Bob Portman

Elder ('20)

Bob Portman

Bob Portman

Elder ('20)

Retired from running a family construction business in San Francisco and the Bay Area in 2009. Played several years with the NBA Golden State Warriors. Married to Pat for almost 48 years; 4 children,13 grandchildren and 1 great- grandchild.

About 30 years ago, I was brought to total brokenness as a father and husband, and through this brokenness I realized my great need for a Savior. I marvel at the faithfulness and direction from our Lord.

Dwight Thomas

Dwight Thomas

Elder ('19)

Dwight Thomas

Dwight Thomas

Elder ('19)
Eric McKiddie

Eric McKiddie

Executive Pastor

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Eric McKiddie

Eric McKiddie

Executive Pastor

Eric met his wife, Julie, in grad school, and they have three children. He grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, MI before earning degrees at Moody Bible Institute (B.A.) and Wheaton College (M.A.). He is currently pursuing a D.Min. in Homiletics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Eric came to the Bible Church in 2013 to lead our community ministries, and now serves as Executive Pastor. Before coming to Chapel Hill, Eric served for five years as the Junior High Pastor at College Church in Wheaton, IL.

It's a privilege to minister in one of the fastest growing areas of the country. I'm excited for the opportunity to reach so many people with the good news of Jesus Christ.

In his spare time, Eric enjoys having fun with his family, playing golf and basketball, grilling, watching sports, and writing. He writes regularly at his blog, Pastoralized, and has contributed articles to The Gospel Coalition. He also is a contributor to Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry: A Practical Guide.

Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Lead Pastor

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Jay Thomas

Jay Thomas

Lead Pastor

Jay met his wife, Rebecca, while interning at College Church in Wheaton, IL. They have four children.

Jay was born in India, but grew up in Marin County, CA. He holds degrees from Wheaton College (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div., Th.M.).

Jay became the Lead Pastor at Chapel Hill Bible Church in 2011 after serving as the College Pastor at College Church. He is co-author of Sex, Dating, and Relationships: A Fresh Approach, and the author of 1 Corinthians: A 12-Week Study in Crossway's Knowing the Bible series. He has also written articles and reviews at The Gospel Coalition, Tabletalk Magazine, and Themelios.

I love serving in a major culture and university environment. We can make a high impact on our nation and world. This is an international, relational, semi-southern area with a strong need for a healthy, gospel-driven church.

For fun, Jay likes to dabble in music, humor (especially puns), art, architecture, eating, and occasional fitness. And, he doesn't like to admit this, but Jay has a thing for men's fashion, too. On any day, he can be seen sporting the latest Italian textures and novelties like pocket squares, bold socks, and high-quality footwear. He refers to his dress-code as "Italian nonchalance" and "Gospel-renewal sartorial" - whatever that means. 😉

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy

Elder ('20)

Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy

Elder ('20)

Independent consultant after retiring from the Air Force after 30 years and worked for a defense contractor for 3 years. Married to Karen for 34 years; 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

My faith story was a gradual process, I grew up in a nominally Christian home, but it was the miracle of the births of our children, the influence of friends and the conviction of several pastors’ sermons that led to the decision to follow Christ.

Ray Esclamado

Ray Esclamado

Elder (Chairman) ('21)

Ray Esclamado

Ray Esclamado

Elder (Chairman) ('21)

Lorie and I have been married for 41 years. We both grew up in San Francisco, and have lived in Sacramento, Seattle, Ann Arbor, Cleveland, and now Durham. This is our 13th year in Durham and is the longest we have lived in one location. It is a reminder to us that we are aliens and strangers in this world and are on a journey home.

My career in medicine was the culprit for the moving; I am currently working at Duke as a head and neck surgeon. I have been in practice for 29 years, and have had the privilege and responsibility of caring for cancer patients physically, and when the Lord provides opportunity, spiritually.

Lorie has faithfully provided a home wherever we lived, and raised our three children who are now grown and married. Our two oldest daughters, Laura and Elizabeth, were born in San Francisco, and now live in the Triangle area while our son and his wife, Alyse, live in Breckenridge, CO. We are blessed with 9 grandchildren.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I became a follower Christ by God’s grace. I grew up in a Catholic home but my faith was external and not a heart faith based on the Gospel.

Early in my marriage, the pursuit of medicine and worldly success was my idol and resulted in several personal struggles with my wife and as a father. In my first real job, after residency training in 1989 at the University of Michigan, God placed me in a work environment surrounded by Christians. Lorie and I were seeking help and answers, and accepted an invitation to go to church by faculty members who were friends at work. It was there that God opened my eyes, ears and heart to show me my sinfulness and idolatry, to understand the Gospel, and to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior. When we moved to Cleveland in 1996, these same friends visited and helped us find a wonderful church family that modeled the Psalmist’s heart in Psalm 139:2: “For you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

I continue to learn what it means to have Jesus as Lord - learning obedience, discipleship and trusting that the Lord will complete the good work that He began in us.

 

Rick Hove

Rick Hove

Elder ('21)

Rick Hove

Rick Hove

Elder ('21)

I'm married to Sonya and we have 3 children: Andrew (married to Dana), Meagan, and Mark. Andrew and Dana are members here at the Bible Church, Meagan works at NC State as a graphic designer in their marketing/communications department, and Mark just got engaged to Kaitlyn Cowell and will graduate from NC State this May.

I am the National Director of Cru's ministry to university professors, Faculty Commons.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I was blessed to be raised in a Christian home and came to Christ some time in my teenage years. My later teenage years, in particular, was a time of great spiritual growth for me, as well as my time in college at Georgia Tech. I came to Christ, as all folks do, because of His kind mercy.

Roger Van Dyke

Roger Van Dyke

Elder ('21)

Roger Van Dyke

Roger Van Dyke

Elder ('21)

I've been blessed to be married to my lovely wife Carole for 42 years. We're grateful to have 3 married sons, and 4 grandchildren.

I am a Physical Therapist who evolved into a serial entrepreneur, starting a Rehab Corporation, a Travel Company, a Christian non-profit, and now I'm working as a business consultant.

Carole and I have been members of the Bible Church for 39 years--we're all-in!

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I was raised in a Christian home and attended Christian schools. At age 14, I accepted Christ at a Billy Graham Evangelistic Association crusade. Jesus became my personal Savior and Lord, and I've been following Him ever since. Occasionally, during worship, I wipe tears from my eyes because I'm so grateful and in awe of who He is and what He's done.

Steven King

Steven King

Elder ('21)

My wife Amy and I have three boys Hudson, age 8, Rusher, age 6 and Canon, 5 months. We live in Durham and I teach emerging technologies at UNC.

Prior to coming to Chapel Hill, Amy and I served overseas as media missionaries based out of Thailand and our job was to tell the stories of how God was working around the world.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I grew up in a Christian home and at a young age I began to wonder what would happen if I died. I went to talk to my Dad and understood that I made mistakes and I needed the saving grace of Jesus. So, at that moment, I asked Christ to forgive me of my sins and change my life. Throughout high school and college, I chose to serve Jesus and follow His will for my life and career rather than my own.

Walker Hicks

Walker Hicks

Elder ('21)

Walker Hicks

Walker Hicks

Elder ('21)

I am from Raleigh and went to UNC in 1993, where I met Katherine, a California girl whom I married in 1997. We’ve lived here ever since and have been attending the Bible Church since 1994. We adopted three beautiful children - Savannah in 2005, Isaiah in 2007, and newly-arrived Solomon in 2014.

I work as a Humanities teacher at nearby Trinity School, where our two oldest children attend.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I grew up in a home where Jesus was known and admired, and my family went to church in my early years. By early high school, my family had largely drifted away and I had only a nominal connection to Christianity. By the time I entered college, I was actually an ardent and vocal opponent of what I perceived as Christianity, often mocking parts of the Bible and arguing with campus preachers. Reflecting, I realize now that I never really understood the Gospel and thought that being religious was about going to church and behaving yourself. What I really wanted was to be the "boss of my own life" and, in the process, be popular and admired. God had much better plans for me, though, and He knew my weak spots. Using Katherine, Scripture, and C.S. Lewis, among other tools, He opened my eyes to my own self-absorbed wretchedness and brought me to repentance in the summer of 1994. Since then, He has been disciplining me whom He loves to become more and more like Him. Though I often fight Him tooth and nail, He has stubbornly persisted in bringing me to commit more and more of myself to His lordship. In doing so, I’m seeing more and more how amazing He is and how precious is his grace, marvelling that “no condemnation now hangs over the head of those who are in Christ Jesus; the new spiritual principle of life in Christ lifts me out of that old, vicious circle of sin and death” (Romans 8).

Young Whang

Young Whang

Elder ('20)

Young Whang

Young Whang

Elder ('20)

UNC Medical School physician cancer patient care. Married to Sarah; 3 children. Grew up in a non-religious home. Started attending church during college in Chicago.

How did you become a follower of Christ?

I struggled with WHO was in charge of my life. While spending a break with a church family, I saw what a Christian household looks like and decided to follow Christ. This was an event that “relocates the center of the universe” for me (quote from Mike Mason). Sarah and I have led the Korean Fellowship for years, and enjoy nurturing and training other Asian American leaders.

Deacons

The deacons assist the Board of Elders in the administration of the church. They are responsible for the physical properties and financial matters of the church, and they serve as the directors of the corporation for civil matters.  Specific responsibilities of the deacons include providing for the needs of Sunday worship services and presenting a budget proposal to be voted on at the annual congregational meeting.  Deacons are prepared to assist the elders in guiding the spiritual life of the church. By nature of their role, these men and women must be servants at heart.

How the Deacons are selected

Nominations for the office of Deacon come from members of the church. Consideration includes the following factors:

  • Demonstration of the character and skills described in 1Timothy.
  • Membership in the Chapel Hill Bible Church.
  • Availability for and interest in serving as a deacon.
  • Demonstrated involvement in the ministry life of the Chapel Hill Bible Church.
  • Having gifts and skills that are needed to complement the gifts of other deacons.

The current elders identify a number of individual potential deacon candidates from those nominees who possess the qualifications of a deacon. Potential candidates are approached by current deacons and are asked to consider serving on the deacon board for a three-year term. If they are willing to serve, their names are published to the congregation. They are confirmed as deacons by a vote of the members present at the annual congregational meeting.

The qualifications and responsibilities of the Deacons are defined in our Constitution and our Bylaws. Deacons serve three-year terms. The chair, vice chair, and secretary of the deacons serve as trustees for the church. The deacons also appoint a Treasurer each year to oversee the finances of the church.

Once their term is finished, many deacons continue in various service roles throughout the church. They may also serve in specific leadership capacities based on their interests and the needs of ministries of the church. They may be nominated to serve another term as a deacon after one year.

What the Deacons do

The Greek work diakonos (translated, deacon) means servant. Acts 6:1-7 is often seen as the prototype of the office of deacon.

Deacons are charged with assisting the elders in the administration of the church. All major actions of the deacons are subject to the approval of the elders.

Deacons care for all matters pertaining to the physical properties and finances of the church. This includes:

  • maintenance and protection of the church buildings and supervision of their use
  • formulation and presentation of the annual operating budget
  • supervising of Sunday morning activities including opening and closing the building, providing support for worship (communion, ushering, audio and visual support)
  • formulation of operating policies and guidelines for facilities, finances and personnel

In addition, the deacons may undertake special projects, and many deacons are key participants in other ministry teams.

All deacons serve as “Sunday service supervisors” once approximately every 8-10 weeks; two deacons share this responsibility each Sunday. Deacons also supervise each of the special services that occur during the year (such as Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday). (A large active group of former deacons also helps with these worship service support duties.)

The church hosts four workdays each year, providing an opportunity for all in the congregation to assist with major projects (such as landscaping or painting). Each deacon serves for at least two of these four workdays.

There is a church leadership retreat held each year that all deacons are encouraged to attend. There is a deacon-elder dinner once each quarter, to facilitate communication between the elders and deacons.

Current Deacons (term ending year follows name)

Jay Baas (’21)
Bill Commander (’20)
Tao Huang (’20)
Tom Kemble (’19)
Doug Marchuk (’21)
Bill Reedy (’21)
Eric Rodgers (’21)
Saundra Smoak (’20)
Laine Stewart (’20)
Kimberly Ulmer, Chair (’19)
Charles Watson (’19)
Shannon Witherow (’20)

Many deacons have specific areas of responsibility with relation to the operations of the church. For example, deacons are responsible for the preparation of the Communion elements, and for getting the baptism pool ready when needed. Deacons also lead groups of volunteers in indoor and outdoor projects on workdays and other occasions. Many deacons are involved with ministry teams, as well, and may take on key projects for the church.

So thankful for CHBC! We love being a part of this community. We started attending and joined shortly after moving to Chapel Hill and getting married in 2016. The Lord has greatly used CHBC and our life group to grow our marriage and our individual walks with the Lord. So thankful for our family here!

April Sawyer

April Sawyer
Service Coordinator

I take my kids here and they love it. Staff are very welcoming and there is a great mom's Bible study which I truly enjoy. You really feel the love there.

Daisy Jowi

Daisy Jowi
Mother

MY WIFE & I FOUND CHBC THROUGH A GOOGLE SEARCH AND AFTER ATTENDING REGULARLY FOR THE PAST SIX MONTHS WE HAVE FOUND OUR CHURCH HOME. THE PREACHING IS BIBLICAL, EXEGETICAL, AND GOSPEL-CENTRIC. ONE OF OUR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THE CHURCH IS THE INTERNATIONAL ASPECT, WITH SERVICES AND CLASSES HELD IN SPANISH AND MANDARIN.

Will Goldsmith

Will Goldsmith
Young Married

I love Chapel Hill Bible Church! I found the church shortly after moving to Chapel Hill and quickly became a member, and never looked back. If you are looking for a church in the area that loves Jesus, the Word, and the Triangle, this is the place!

Mary McManamy

Mary McManamy
Chemistry Professor

This church has blessed me by keeping me spiritually and theologically honest. Their college program is phenomenal and there are many ways to get involved in the mission.

Zane Geiser

Zane Geiser
College Student

Bible Church has truly been a blessing to me! So thankful for everyone in their graciousness to us. The teaching here Is filled with a strong presence of the Lord.

Pam Cross

Pam Cross
Long-Time Member

I have been a member of this church for 32 years and have never considered going to any other church. My five children were raised and baptized at CHBC.

Karen Casey

Karen Casey
School Teacher

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