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2022 Elder and Deacon Candidates

The elders and deacons of Irving Bible Church are pleased to present the following candidates for the elder and deacon board. All members of IBC are invited to vote in confirming these nominees at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 30.

Elders

Craig Pierce

Craig Pierce

My name is Craig Pierce. I was born and raised in Irving. My father was a family physician in Irving for over 35 years and we grew up attending Central church of Christ. It was there where I first learned of God’s love for me and his great sacrifice in giving up his one and only son, Jesus, on my behalf. I still cannot get over that simple truth we call the gospel. I have fond memories of my heritage growing up in this small community of faith. Although I had grown up knowing who God was all of my life, it wasn’t until my freshman year in high school when my knowledge of him touched my heart in such a way that I felt compelled to respond. I was on a Young Life ski retreat and after hearing the gospel taught in a way that cut me to the core, I committed myself to living for Him the rest of my days. The journey began!

I attended Abilene Christian University where I met the best thing that ever happened to me, my wife Cathy. We have been married for 37 years, and my greatest joy is spending time with her and our family. Our three sons, Corbin, Caleb, and Jacob grew up in the youth and children’s programs at IBC and are all now grown and married. We have 2 beautiful grandchildren that live in the area and anywhere they are–you will find us most of the time! I earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from A.C.U. and then went on to graduate school at the University of North Texas, where I obtained a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family. My wife and I have owned and operated Christian preschools in Coppell and Irving for the past 36 years.

Cathy and I have been involved in small group bible studies our entire married life. We love learning from God’s word and doing life with a small group of friends who feel like family. I love the word of God and have taught an adult bible class for the past 31 years–10 at our previous church and the rest here at IBC. I have been part of the IBC teaching team since 2008 and also served on the elder board for two previous 6 year terms. I have also served on the boards of Irving Youth and Family Counseling Services, Irving Christian Counseling, and the Irving Friendship Foundation. Cathy has served in the children’s ministry and in the youth ministries. We both love Irving Bible Church and its commitment to teaching the word of God and challenging its members to apply that truth in practical ways by reaching out to our community and beyond. I am humbled and honored to be asked to help in this leadership capacity at IBC and will serve with great enthusiasm and joy because I truly believe that the local church is the hope of the world.

Jim Henry

Jim

I was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and spent most of my years growing up in Texas, however I spent short stages of my life living in various places like New Jersey, Arkansas, Michigan, and Mexico. These transitions and diversity of both place and people helped shape who I am today.

My family, as long as I can remember, made church and a relationship with Jesus a part of our lives. In the summer of 1985, at the age of ten, I accepted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. I learned that I needed to personally accept Jesus by confessing my sin, understanding my need for a savior, and recognizing that Jesus, who is God’s son, is the only way for my salvation. I feel very blessed that I grew up in a home that made our faith a priority.

I went to the University of Arkansas where I received my Bachelor of Architecture after playing football for the Razorbacks. My wife, Tarrin, and I met at a camp focusing on inner city youth called Kids Across America, a camp associated with Kanakuk Kamps. We married two years later and have been married for 23 years. We have three children–Megan (15), Jacob (12), and Logan (8)–all of whom I have had the honor baptizing. We live in Flower Mound, and you will find us serving together in Kids' or in service at 10:45.

Tarrin and I have made it a priority to be invested in the church. We joined IBC in early 2000 where we attended a young-married class called Foundations. We prayed for a year prior to us moving to DFW that God would provide us a church home with close friends in the same stage of life, and he answered those prayers in a big way. The friends that we made in that class are still some of our dearest friends, and we continue in a small group with several of them. We have also been faithful members of IBC since then. From 2002-2004 I led a small group class called “Starting Point” where people “kicking the tires” on Christianity had the chance to ask tough questions, learn the basics of the Bible, and be themselves in a safe place. After having a daughter, Tarrin and I started working in the early childhood ministry. I have been serving weekly or biweekly in Kids' ministry since 2006. I love being connected to the families of IBC and serving the body.

I am an architect and currently lead the Health and Wellbeing Practice for an international design firm, CallisonRTKL. I have been practicing architecture for over 20 years and had the privilege of designing work locally and around the world. I appreciate the opportunity to impact people's lives through design. I was also fortunate to serve as an advisor to the NextUp project at IBC.

I am so excited for where God is taking our church. We have a unique opportunity to be light to the world, to demonstrate unity, and to bring communities together while serving and loving one another. I love IBC and am thankful for our church home.

Deacons

Sharon Arrington

Sharon grew up in Florida and still misses the beach! She was married to Joe for 35 years before his death. They have two grown children, Amy and Joe. She knew of Jesus as a child, but totally surrendered her life to Him in her late teens. Sharon has attended IBC for over 20 years and has served in Choir, Women’s Bible Study, Blue Candle Ministry, Stephen Ministry and facilitated the GriefShare ministry for 12 years. Her gift of encouragement and desiring to see Jesus set captives free drew her to the opportunity to become a Deacon.

Sarah Crawford

Sarah and her husband JC met at Wake Forest University, where the mascot is a Deacon. They married and moved to Texas in 2006, joined IBC, and now have four daughters and a dog named Deacon. Although she believed in Jesus at a young age, God has drawn Sarah into deeper faith as an adult. Sarah prays for IBC to be a loving family that cares well for its members and promotes flourishing for everyone inside and outside its walls. She is very grateful God has given her an opportunity to serve through the Deacon Ministry.

Sherene Joseph Rajadurai

Sherene was born in India, raised in Oman, and moved to the U.S. at 26. She has been married to Joseph for 20 years and has two children. Sherene came to know the Lord as a pre-teen at VBS. A third culture kid, Sherene understands what it means to be a foreigner and views herself as a bridge-builder. As a graduate of DTS, she learned that while theology can be studied, ministry can only be done in the trenches with brothers and sisters. Sherene values IBC’s mission to serve the community and care for people and is excited to be a part of the deacon ministry.

Rob Nickell

Rob and his wife Julie are parents to Jude and Naomi. Rob has been an investment banker serving the public finance and 501c3 sectors for 17 years. Rob first came to IBC in fourth grade and grew into his faith in the IBC youth group. After college, Rob began to better understand God’s work and plans in his life. Rob has been involved in Children’s Ministry, Crossroads Bible Community, Prayer Ministry and Choir. Rob views the Deacon Ministry as an important calling and looks forward to serving the specific needs of the IBC community, as the Holy Spirit leads.

Nila Odom

Nila is the mother of three adult children and “Nina” to 11 grandchildren. Spending time making memories with her family means everything to Nila. Nila worked in the corporate world for 39 years. Following retirement, she worked in Women’s Ministry at IBC for over eight years. Nila was raised in a strong Christian family and accepted Christ at age 12. However, it was later in life that Nila formed a close, personal relationship with Jesus. Nila believes God led her to become a deacon because of her desire and love to serve Jesus by serving others.

Betsy Paul

Betsy was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, and moved to Texas in 2003. She and her family were first introduced to IBC through the Arise Ministry. The experience was life changing for them. Betsy and her husband Abe have been married for 19 years and have two children, Elyssa and Elijah. Betsy practices privately as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has served IBC through Women’s Bible Study, Marriage Ministry, and Choir. Betsy feels blessed and honored to serve in the Deacon Ministry and prays that all IBCers feel loved, cared for, and supported.

Angel Piña

Angel has been married to Elizabeth for 21 years and are proud parents of Gabriel, Zabdi, Marco and Angel Jr. They both serve in Hospitality and enjoy meeting new people who visit IBC. For Angel, service has been a life calling since coming to Christ at the age of 15. Angel is an Irving ISD HS teacher working in Special Education. For Angel and his family, service to God and loving people is a way of life. For the Piñas, it has been a great blessing to be a part of IBC’s multicultural family and to grow in Christ while serving HIs people.



Elizabeth Piña

Elizabeth, AKA Liz, has been married to Angel for 21 years and they have four children, Gabriel, Zabdi, Marco, and Angel Jr. Growing up, Liz's family's ministry service impacted her view of life’s purpose. For Liz, service is a way of life which can only be the fruit of her strong relationship with Jesus. Liz currently serves in Hospitality as a Co-Captain. She enjoys connecting with new people and reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community to build stronger bonds within the IBC family. Liz looks forward to serving the IBC family as God empowers her to do so.

Kristi Sheffy

Kristi was born in Canyon, TX, and moved to the Dallas area after graduating from Texas Tech. She enjoys being outdoors, watching movies, and the Texas Rangers. Kristi is a realtor and loves serving her clients. In High School, she realized that there’s more to being a Christian than sitting in a pew, and that’s when she started digging deeper into the Bible. Kristi has been at IBC since 2008 and is active in the Thrive Singles Bible Community, Women’s Ministry, and Hospitality. She enjoys the diversity of IBCers, and was drawn to the Deacon Ministry to help others.

Mary Weyand

Mary is originally from New York where she grew up in the church and accepted Christ when she was ten. Mary is married to Harold for 52 years, has two adult children, and four grandchildren. Mary is grateful for how the Lord has grown her faith. She has served in Women’s Bible Study, Choir, Blue Candle Prayer Ministry, Journey Class, and Wednesday Night Meal team. After sitting out for a while due to health reasons, she felt strong enough to be able to contribute and serve. The call to become a deacon was an answer to prayer and she was grateful to be asked.

Kathy Whitthorne

Kathy and her husband Todd have been married 38 years and are parents to Lauren and her husband Scott, and Andrew Whitthorne and his wife Lauren. They are also “Honey & Pops” to five grandchildren. Kathy serves as the AM Coordinator for IBC Women’s Bible Study and served as a table leader for Foundation. She enjoys hearing stories about Jesus showing up for and loving people in ways that are unique and personal. She is excited about the Deacon Ministry because she feels called to come alongside people from different cultures as we all worship Jesus together.