Pastors

Occoquan Bible Church is elder-led by biblically qualified men who serve as our pastors and under-shepherds of Christ our Chief Shepherd (1 Tim. 3; Titus 1; 1 Pet. 5).  Terms such as 'pastor,' 'elder,' 'bishop,' are synonymous with each other in Scripture, the title of which is only given to men who show qualifying character to care for and feed the flock that is given to them by God.

Jared Bridges

Pastor of Youth Ministry

Jared became an Elder in 2009. He presently oversees the Youth Ministry, which includes Sunday School and Youth Group for middle and high school students.  A native of the Volunteer State, Jared studied at the University of Tennessee, and then served as a campus minister in the former Soviet Union. After returning to the U.S., he earned a MDiv in Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). He and his family relocated to the D.C. area where he now works for a nonprofit. Jared and his wife Lori have been blessed with four children, and he enjoys cycling, reading, writing, teaching, and preaching on the more obscure texts of the Bible. He is a founding member of Christ Over All.

Jeff Dionise

Pastor of Outreach

Jeff became an Elder in 2013, and he provides pastoral oversight for OBC’s outreach ministry. Jeff loves to connect church members to community outreach opportunities, so that those in need may know the love of Christ in the Gospel.. As Jeff encountered Christ in the book of Colossians, specifically in Colossians 2:8-10, the supremacy of Jesus Christ has become his passion. During the week, Jeff serves the Lord in his career in the news media. He also enjoys teaching Sunday morning classes, and he and his wife Mary host a Community Group in their home. Jeff’s hobbies include art and performing as a magician!

Rod Fillinger (on sabbatical)

Pastor of Spiritual Care 

Rod became an Elder back in 2002. He provides pastoral oversight to OBC’s Biblical Counseling and Benevolence ministries. Rod and his wife Cyndi have been married since the mid-80s, and have 6 grown daughters (all of whom were homeschooled by Cyndi). Rod and Cyndi are burdened to see marriages established on Christ, marriages that reflect the Gospel portrait of Christ and his bride, the church. In addition to biblical counseling, and Rod's preaching and teaching when he has the opportunity, they provide premarital counseling to engaged couples, are involved in OBC's Community Group ministry, and Men's and Women's ministries. Practicing law since the late-80s, Rod currently serves as the Inspector General for the Denali Commission in Anchorage, Alaska. In his "free time" you will find Rod with a book or two or more reading philosophy or studying as he continues work on a Master of Divinity degree.  Rod is a founding member of Christ Over All.

Sean Oxford

Pastor of Children's Ministry
Sean provides pastoral oversight of Family Ministries which includes OBC’s children’s ministry classes, NextGen Kids, Community VBS, and other family ministries.  On Sundays he can often be found teaching the toddlers ("Busy Bees") class. He also shepherds a Community Group and his family. Sean longs to see the whole body of Christ serving each other sacrificially and stirring up one another to love and good works. During the week, Sean serves God through his work at a Department of Defense think tank. Sean and his wife Gloria have three homeschooled children. He coaches one child's soccer team and enjoys reading and playing with his kids, including introducing them to 80's and 90's video games.

Ben Purves

Pastor of Community & Member Care

Ben provides pastoral oversight of our Community Groups and Member Care Ministry, which includes our Discover OBC class, baptism, membership, and shepherding our church family into community, discipleship, and service.  Ben joined OBC’s staff in 2008. He has a BA from Multnomah Bible College (Portland, OR), an MA from Capital Bible Seminary (Lanham, MD), and a DMin in Applied Theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) where he completed a research thesis examining pastoral ministry during the Great Plague of London (1665-1666). The Lord has blessed Ben and his wife Ricki with three children whom they are homeschooling. His hobbies include teaching his children to enjoy the wilderness, and reading church history. One of Ben's favorite Scripture passages is Psalm 119.

David Schrock

Pastor of Preaching & Theology

David preaches and teaches regularly, oversees the teaching ministries at OBC, and encourages the elders and members who teach throughout the church. Additionally, he oversees the worship services and Men’s and Women’s Ministries.

David graduated with a BA from Albion College (Albion, Michigan) and an MDiv and PhD in Systematic Theology from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). His greatest passion is to proclaim Christ from all the Scriptures, in order to make disciples from all the nations.

He is married to Wendy and they have four energetic children. In his free time he enjoys playing sports with his kids, reading, writing, drinking coffee, and working out while listening to audiobooks. He blogs at Via Emmaus and has written three books, The Royal Priesthood and the Glory of God (Crossway), Brothers, We Are Not Plagiarists (Founders Ministries), and Dividing the Faithful (Christ Over All/G3). He is Editor-in-Chief for Christ Over All.

Deacons

What We Believe About Deacons:

While they are not listed on this page, we have seven deacons serving in various ministries throughout the church.

Deacons are recognized by the church as faithful servants, whose model of good works gains confidence in the gospel and cares for the physical needs of the church body (Acts 6:1–7; 1 Tim 3:8–13; 5:9–16).

Complementing one another in the household of God, elders, who must be male (2 Tim 2:12–13; 1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1:6), lead the church from God’s Word, and deacons, who may be male or female (1 Tim 3:11–12; Rom 16:1–2), serve the church and help in a variety of ministries. 

Staff

Jean Conn

Office Administrator

Jean has been a member of OBC since 1997 and has served in various ministry capacities such as Children’s ministry, Youth group, and Women’s ministries.  Jean joined the staff in 2017 and loves serving the church through connecting the various ministries and congregants of our church.  When she is not serving in the office, you can often find her hiking or kayaking with her husband Jeff and their four adult children.

Matt Wood

Pastoral Assistant

Matt has been a member of OBC since 2019,  serving alongside our Music Ministry by teaching and leading in song. Matt joined the staff part-time in 2020 as a Pastoral Intern before coming on full-time in 2022 as a Pastoral Assistant. Matt is currently pursuing his M.Div. online through the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  When not serving in the church or talking theology, you can find Matt perusing local bookstores, or playing classical guitar.