Meet our staff.
Mark was called as Senior Pastor of IBC in January 1988. He grew up in the small town of Paris, Illinois. Raised by Godly parents, he accepted Christ at age five and attended a small Bible Church during his formative years. He graduated from Appalachian Bible College in 1977 (BA in Bible/Pastoral studies) and Grace Theological Seminary (Th. M. in Old Testament) in 1982. In May, 2004, he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Baptist Bible Seminary of Clarks Summit, PA. Mark and his wife, Gerri, who grew up in Florida and West Virginia, have two daughters, Tara and Erica. Tara graduated from Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, WV and is married to Nathan Heijermans, a computer engineer for the US government. Tara and Nate have four children, Hannah, Micah, Leah and Noah, and live in Ohio. Erica graduated from Cedarville University and Westminster Seminary (MA Biblical Counseling) and is married to Nathan Kurcsak, who serves on the pastoral staff of Maranatha Bible Church in Akron Ohio. They are parents to Arabelle, Eliza, Samuel, and Annalese. Besides teaching God's Word and spending time with his family, Mark enjoys fishing and gardening. Mark and Gerri are enjoying their empty nest.
West Virginia native born in Charleston, in 1957, but, raised in North Carolina, Tom "married" into The Eastern Panhandle of WV, by marrying Diana Murphy, of Hedgesville, in 1981, at IBC. The two met at Liberty University, where Tom graduated with a degree in Religion/Missions,and Diana in Psychology.
After working as Customer Service Manager for an airline in Charlottesville, VA, and in the Mission Department at Liberty, the Turleys moved to Brazil, South America in 1986, where they served as missionaries with Global Outreach Mission for twenty-five years. In 2013 the Turley family returned to the USA, and Tom became the Executive Pastor of IBC in 2017.
Tom and Diana have been involved in church planting, camping ministries, evangelism, family seminars with Walk Thru the Bible Brazil(Caminhada Brasil), and helped launch Purpose Driven Ministries Brazil (Ministerio Propositos Brasil). They have ministered in over forty countries on five continents, and enjoy leading short-term mission trips back to their adopted home, Brazil.
Tom and Diana have a son, Joshua, who grew up in the Amazon jungle, near Manaus, Brazil. He is married to Jessica, and they have six children. They also have a daughter, Charity, who grew up in a "concrete jungle" near the fifth largest city in the world, Sao Paulo.
Pastor of Care & Small Groups
Curt has been associated with Independent Bible Church since his pastoral internship in March of 1977. His hometown is Hagerstown, Maryland. He graduated from Washington Bible College in 1973 (B.A.) and from Capital Bible Seminary in 1978. (Th. M.). He became the Associate Pastor of the Independent Bible Church in 1983, having responsibility for CE Ministries from 1983 to 1997 and Pastoral Care & Small Groups from 1997 to the present. He and his wife Robyn have one son, Curt II, who graduated from the military academy at West Point and serves as a Major in the US Army. Curt enjoys many sports and has most recently been playing golf during the summer months. He also enjoys hunting and fishing and is learning to bow hunt and shoot black powder.
Pastor of Music Ministries
Dave has a long history with IBC. He grew up attending IBC, and in the fall of 1977, he came to know Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at the age of six in Children’s Church. He was later baptized and became a member of IBC. As a teenager, IBC played an instrumental role in his early training and development for ministry. Dave and his wife, Lisa, were married at IBC and he was licensed and commissioned into full-time vocational ministry by IBC. He was excited to be called to serve at his home church starting in July 2008. Pastor Dave is a graduate of Baptist Bible College in Clarks Summit, PA. He has served as a Worship Pastor in Princeton, IN, (1996-2008), and as a Minister of Music in Mount Vernon, OH (1993-1996). As our Pastor of Music Ministries, Dave plans and leads our worship services and oversees and directs our music ministries. Lisa is a talented pianist and assists her husband with the IBC Worship Choir, Praise Team, and Children's Music Ministry. Dave and Lisa have five children: Emily, Matthew, Katie Lin, Patrick, and Lily. Dave’s hobbies are singing, photography, and playing with his kids.
Pastor of Young Adults (Part Time)
Brad was raised in Berwick, PA in a Christian home, and at the age of six his Dad had the opportunity to lead him into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. After graduating from Berwick Area High School (1998), Brad attended Word of Life Bible Institute in Schroon Lake, NY. During that year God "moved mountains" in his heart and life. God showed Brad that His purpose and desire for him was full-time local church ministry. After Word of Life (1998-99) Brad went on to study at Philadelphia Biblical University (1999-2002) where he received a bachelor's degree in Bible. After graduating from PBU, Brad served for two years as youth pastor in Williamsport, PA. In 2005, Brad came to IBC as Pastor of Student and Young Adult Ministries. Brad met his wife Kim while attending PBU. Kim is also a graduate of PBU (2004); she graduated with two bachelor's degrees, one in Bible and in Early Childhood Education. Brad and Kim are the parents of three daughters, Elianna Grace, Emily Faith, and Eryn Joy. In 2010 Brad shifted to Pastor of Outreach. Brad currently teaches and leads Momentum a ministry designed for young adults. Brad and Kim and family enjoy camping, swimming, good food, and the company of close friends.
Pastor of Student Ministries
Josh grew up in or around West Virginia, calling the Charleston area “home” for most of his grade school years. After moving to the Eastern Panhandle in the late summer of 2005, Josh and his family began attending IBC, joining the church as members a few months later. As he finished high school, Josh benefitted from the influence of IBC’s pastors and leaders, and after graduation he began attending Baptist Bible College (PA) in the fall of 2007. Having received his bachelor’s degree in Bible in 2010, he returned to serve with the church in the capacity of Middle School Coordinator, a position he filled until March 2012 when he accepted the role of Pastor of Student Ministries. While on staff at IBC, he has also completed a Master of Arts degree in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. Josh trusted in Jesus at a young age under the guidance of his godly parents. As he matured, he realized the importance of baptism; accordingly, he was baptized in July of 1999 at the age of nine. Since that time, Josh’s life has been a journey of growth and discipleship in learning to follow Jesus daily. In March of 2014 Josh was blessed to marry Joy and have her support and companionship for the journey. For the curious, Josh enjoys running, hiking, and playing guitar. He also appreciates a good book and spends as much time as he can reading.
Pastor of Middle School Ministries
John grew up in Bunker Hill, WV, and has been a part of Independent Bible Church since he was in the nursery. He has been privileged to be raised in a godly home. At the age of five, John trusted Jesus as his Savior, and later made his faith public through baptism. God used the influence of godly parents and people at IBC to deepen his relationship with the Lord through his teen years. After graduation from Musselman High School (2008), John attended Appalachian Bible College near Beckley, WV. There he met his beautiful wife Melissa (married June 2013) and graduated with a B.A. in Bible/Theology and youth and family ministries (2012). Melissa also graduated from ABC with a B.A. in Bible/Theology and piano performance (2013). John then graduated from Baptist Bible College with an MA in Organizational Leadership (2015). John served as a youth pastor at Fellowship Bible Church in Beckley, WV (2011-2012) while attending Appalachian Bible College. John served as a part-time middle school coordinator at IBC (2012-2015) and in 2016 became Pastor of Middle School Ministries.
Pastor of Children's Ministries
Chris joined the IBC staff as Pastor of Children’s Ministries in the summer of 2018. He has a long history with IBC starting at birth. He is thankful for the godly heritage and influence of his parents and IBC on his life. Chris was saved at age 4 at home and was baptized at IBC by Pastor Curt Lowry in November 1987. Through his high school and college years Chris was actively involved in the children’s ministry at IBC. After graduating from Martinsburg Christian Academy in 1996, Chris pursued his elementary education degree at Baptist Bible College. Upon graduation Chris began his teaching career at Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy in Stephens City, Va (2000-2010). He also served as part-time Children’s Ministries Director at the church. Chris and Christine were married in the summer of 2003. Acquaintances from childhood, they met through IBC’s first daughter church Paw Paw Bible Church. Chris and Christine returned to IBC in 2010 when Chris began working for Berkeley County Schools (2010-2018). They have 4 children – Tanner, Evan, Silas, and Aubrey. Chris enjoys gardening, hiking, and ancestry.
Pastor of Adult Ministries (Part Time)
George grew up on a farm in Washington County, Maryland and graduated from Clear Spring High School. He attended Wheaton College from 1964 to 1968 where he graduated with a B.A. degree in Social Science. This included work completed at the Near East School of Archaeology in Jerusalem in the summer of 1966. From 1969 to 1972, George served in the United States Army. After graduating from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia and Military Intelligence School at Ft. Holabird, Md., he served as a Special Agent for Army Intelligence, conducting background investigations for Top Secret security clearances. During this time, he also did graduate work at the University of Virginia and Capital Bible Seminary. From 1973 to 2000 George worked in Christian Education, mostly recently having served as Principal of Grace Academy in Hagerstown, Maryland. George is married to Cheryl Mowery Michael of Capon Bridge, West Virginia. They have four children: Joshua, Ben, Katie, and Daniel. Pastor Michael has served as Pastor of Adult Ministries and Administration at IBC from 2000-2006 and as Executive Pastor from 2006-2016 when he became part time Pastor of Adult Ministries.
Women’s Ministry Coordinator (Part Time)
Brenda has been the Coordinator of IBC's Women's Ministry since July 2017. Born and raised in Canada, she attended a small Bible-believing church in a cottage-country town in Ontario. There she, at a young age, gave her life to Jesus Christ and was baptized in a church member's swimming pool since her church didn't have a baptistry. In 1993, she graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Arts in Guidance and Counseling. This degree focused on nouthetic counseling and the Bible. Desiring to teach, she obtained from the University of Maryland a Master's Degree in Instructional Systems Development. She taught in private and public schools, but because her life had been so affected by IBC's classes, she felt led to turn her energies toward the church. Here at IBC, God showed her that God always wants to use His willing children, so she began what is today IBC's Mom's CAFE in 2009 and taught the Women of All Seasons Sunday School class. She is married to her better half of over twenty years, and homeschools their only son, KC. Their mission statement is Micah 6:8.
Pastoral Care Assistant (Part Time)
Sam has been a regular attendee of IBC since January, 2013. Sam and his wife, Alomha, became active members of IBC in Sept., 2013. Before attending IBC Sam held the Offices of Deacon and Pastor. Sam has been a part-time employee of IBC since 2016 as a Pastoral Care Assistant reporting to the Pastor of Care and Small Groups and accountable to the elders. Sam is the Team Leader of the Visitation Team and visits IBC members, attendees and others in the community to encourage the hurting, edifying believers and evangelizing the unsaved if the occasion presents itself. Sam and Alomha have a grown son. They love to travel, particularly cruising, and have made many trips to the Caribbean.
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