2023 Elder & Deacon Candidates

Irving Bible Church is 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 January 29, 2023.

Elder Candidate

Al Palamara

Al and his wife Lori have been members of IBC for more than 25 years. Al has served in the Hospitality ministry, taught Crown and Financial Peace as part of IBC’s original Generous Living ministry, and has been part of the prayer team for several years. Al previously served on the Elder Board from 2016 - 2021.

Al and Lori are parents to three grown children and grandparents to a granddaughter and twin grandsons. They lived in Coppell for 20 years before moving to Dallas in 2016 where they now live in the Preston Hollow neighborhood. Al works for JPI, a major apartment developer in DFW, as head of asset management. He has both a BA and MBA from Baylor University.

Al Palamara

Deacon Candidates

Vennecia Jackson

Vennecia, her husband Ray and their son Raymond moved to Texas from Tennessee in 1994. In her role as Director of Diagnostic Services at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia, Scottish Rite for Children, she works with a multidisciplinary team to provide care for children with school-related problems. Vennecia has served in various ministries, including the IBC choir, Kids Team, Mission Honduras, Foundation, Formation, and Vacation Bible School. She participated in Be the Bridge and also enjoys Women’s Bible Study. Leaning into sacred time, reading and working out are among her favorite activities. Vennecia is persuaded that the multi-ethnic IBC community is fulfilling the Great Commission by being the hands, feet and heart of Jesus. Her heart as a deacon is to minister to the tangible/personal, emotional and spiritual needs of the IBC family as a privileged opportunity to offer affirmation, hope and healing, so others don’t have to struggle alone.

Mary Thottukadavil

Mary was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and has been living in Dallas since 2006. She works as a Team Lead for Dallas CASA, supervising staff and volunteers as they advocate for children in the foster care system. She’s been at Irving Bible Church for six years serving in various ministries including Discipleship, Women’s and Alpha. Mary is honored to serve as a deacon and desires to help people connect more deeply with Jesus and in community at IBC.

Sereena Bexley

Sereena has been married to Jamison since 2019, the same year they began attending IBC. Sereena is a pediatric speech-language pathologist and serves IBC through Young Adults, Arise, Women’s Bible Study, and Be the Bridge. Sereena was raised to know and love Jesus since birth but has found deeper faith as an adult, in part due to IBC’s dedication to its members growing deeper in relationship with God. She is committed to helping others around her feel seen, known, and loved both by God and community. Sereena is humbled by and excited for the opportunity to serve through the deacon ministry!

Mark Mercer

Mark has been a member of IBC since 1975. He has taught Sunday School for children as well as adults. He was involved with the men's canoe trip in the mid to late 80's. From 1991 to 2019 he and his late wife Susie were sent as missionaries to Nairobi, Kenya where he and Susie worked with the Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology (now Africa International University). In 2019 they retired and moved back to Irving. Mark attends the Legacy adult community and helps out with teaching the class. Mark has three grown children and eight grandchildren.