“We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work.”
-1 Thess. 5:12-13
Pastor Matt is originally from West Virginia where he grew up enjoying God’s great outdoors being surrounded by mountains, rolling hills, and dairy farms. He learned about his sin and need for salvation from an early age and came to full repentance in his late teenage years. Being overwhelmed by God’s undeserved grace poured out into his life, Matt began to pour his life out for his Lord. After serving faithfully and extensively alongside his senior pastor for ten years, Matt was called into full time ministry. Matt has over twenty years of practical ministry experience and holds degrees from Appalachian Bible College and The Master’s Seminary. Before coming to Belcroft in 2016, Matt served in multiple churches in West Virginia and most recently as an associate pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.
Pastor Matt met his best friend and partner in life and ministry, Amy, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and they have been married for over twenty years. The Lord has graciously blessed their family with four wonderful children Sidney, Allison, Christian, and Hunter. Matt enjoys serving the Lord, being in the outdoors, reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with his family. Matt has a deep passion for preaching the Word and equipping the saints in order that God may be glorified above all. He is excited to be shepherding at Belcroft as he seeks to help spread the gospel, strengthen families, and support servants both here in Bowie and beyond.
Tom started attending Belcroft Bible Church in the early 1980’s while a student at Washington Bible College. Tom and Barbara were married in 1990 and have remained at Belcroft serving in various capacities since then. In the 30 years that Tom has been at Belcroft, he has served as youth leader, small group leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, praise and worship team member, and missions committee member. Tom and Barbara also serve as outreach coordinators at Belcroft as they are in full time ministry with Open Air Campaigners.
Neal is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to the area in 2002. He became a member of Belcroft Bible Church in 2004. Neal accepted Christ at the age of 22 and since then his focus has been Christian Camping Ministry. He is a graduate of Xavier University and Vanderbilt University and currently serves as the Executive Director of Wabanna Camp & Retreat Center. Neal and his wife, Jenny, have been married since 2004 and have three daughters: Madelyn, Ella & Lucy.
Ben was born and raised in Maryland, and has been a member of Belcroft since 2009. He currently serves as the elder overseeing children’s ministry. Ben committed his life to Christ at a young age and continually strives to grow in grace and knowledge of our savior. He attended Eastern University and graduated with degrees in History and Secondary education. He later received a Masters of Education in School Leadership and serves as the Middle School Principal at Annapolis Area Christian School. Along with his wife Tara, Ben served in ministry at Camp Wabanna in Mayo where Tara continues to work today. Ben and Tara have two beautiful “twin” daughters, Ellie and Alice.
A graduate from Wake Forest University who undertook graduate work at the University of Maryland, Walt’s 27+ year career as CEO of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and its affiliated Foundation has taken him on Air Force 2, a “cat-shot” off an aircraft carrier and parachuting from 10,000 feet with the Army’s famed Golden Knights.
Walt’s work has led to the creation of electric-purchasing cooperatives, training entrepreneurs from Russia on America’s system of free enterprise, managing America’s only Chamber-led public transit system and engaging the legislative process on the local, state and federal levels.
A life-long Marylander, Walt loves studying God’s Word and enjoys co-teaching a mixed-adult Sunday School class and is known to include a hymn or praise song history during Sunday service announcements.
Walt and his wife, Cheryl, a college professor and behavioral therapist, have two grown sons and two grandsons living in the Richmond area.
Byron hails from the small town of Cazenovia, New York. Full of boundless energy and enthusiasm, Byron has worn many hats. He spent 12 years owning and training horses in dressage, and went to Morrisville State College. After graduating with a degree in automotive management, he moved to Maryland in 2017 and immediately connected with Belcroft Bible Church. Having a strong desire to serve the Lord who saved him from his sins Byron became a deacon in 2018. After learning about the ministry of Wabanna, Byron prayerfully left his career in insurance to become Grounds Manager at Camp Wabanna, in 2019. Byron met the love of his life, Joanna, at Belcroft and was happily married in 2019 by Pastor Matt White.
James was introduced to the family of Belcroft in 2006 through Washington Bible College. His Bible Survey professor happened to be pastoring Belcroft at the time and was encouraged by his teaching to visit. After experiencing the love Belcroft has for people, James hasn’t stopped sharing that same love with them ever since. He became a member in 2007. James met his wife, Nicole, at Belcroft through AWANA. He has also been a Sunday middle school teacher, AWANA games leader, a Pastoral Search committee member, and is currently a youth leader. They have a son named Mac. James is a plumber who loves Jesus Christ and loves to serve people and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
Brian is a native of northern Indiana and has lived most of his life in various locations in the Midwest. In 2016 he transitioned with his family to Maryland and into full time ministry, serving the coaches and athletes at the Naval Academy through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brian serves in the mission’s lane, assisting Elder Tom Fox by encouraging, informing, and elevating missions at Belcroft. Brian and his wife Jodi, have been married since 2007 and have 4 kids.
Ben was born in California and spent four years in Florida as a kid, but considers Washington State his home state. He met his beautiful wife, Emily, in the Seattle area whom he pursued in high school and promptly married while still attending college in 2004. They made the trek to Maryland in 2010 with their son, Carter, to start Ben’s career as a financial manager with the U.S. government. Since moving to Maryland, he and Emily have had two more children, Brooke and Addison, who are the delights of their lives. Ben has led music ministry teams for over a decade now and finds great joy in leading God’s people to sing God’s praises. He has a passion for the Word of God and seeks to lead the music ministry at Belcroft in a way that allows Scripture to shine, ensuring that God is magnified as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Ben has taken classes at the Master’s Seminary online and hopes to finish up his courses to earn his M.Div. in order to be even more equipped to lead his family and serve as a deacon. When not at work or at church, you can usually find Ben at one of the many local coffee shops or bookstores around Annapolis.
Brian grew up in Northern Virginia and studied at Virginia Tech. He has actively served Belcroft Bible Church over 10 years as AWANA Commander, Trustee and teacher of Junior High and other various classes. He is a sinner happy to serve other sinners and forever grateful for a savior who died for us. Brian has been married to his best friend for over 13 years and has three children – Bryce, Audrey and Anna. Brian works in IT for a large national homebuilder.
Dave Olson, Treasurer
Dave was born in Maryland. At an early age, he realized his need for a Savior and was baptized while attending Belcroft with his family. He graduated from Prince George’s Community College with an Associates in Business Management, Cairn University with a B.S in Bible and is currently working on a Masters in Financial Management at UMUC. Dave is currently employed by an architectural firm managing their finances. He met his wife Alyce at Belcroft and have been married for over 10 wonderful years. They were blessed with a wonderful daughter, Rowen. Dave has served Belcroft as treasurer for many years.