IBC Deacons

The deacons at IBC are a group of volunteer leaders who partner with elders and staff to provide care and support for all who need it.

Brian Arrington

Brian Arrington

Deacon

Brian met his wife Kim at IBC, and they have been married for more than 20 years. They have two daughters, Katie and Rachel, and together they love serving, traveling, and spending time as a family. He has served in various ministries at IBC including men's, Formation, youth, and kids. His favorite thing about IBC is the authenticity. Brian has grown closer in his relationship with the Lord through leading and serving at IBC, and has a passion for walking alongside others who are hurting, healing, in need, or desiring to draw closer to Christ.

Sharon Arrington

Sharon Arrington

Deacon

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, the 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.

Jeff Black

Jeff Black

Deacon

Jeff has been married to Leesa for 42 years and they have two adult children, Landon and Amanda. Jeff was raised in the church and at 14 he accepted Christ and was baptized. In his 30s, Jeff was challenged to evaluate his relationship with the Lord, which drew him into a more personal and meaningful relationship with Christ. Jeff and Leesa have facilitated marriage, parenting, and finance classes at IBC, along with leading small groups. He believes his experiences in building relationships and his desire to serve others have brought him to this moment to serve as a deacon.

Clint Calhoun

Clint Calhoun

Deacon

Clint and his wife Aryn have four kids between the ages of 3 and 11. He is a lawyer, programmer, and investment advisor. Aryn teaches music and helps lead worship at IBC. Clint has been involved in Foundation, First Watch Replay, Man Party, and has attended the Father/Son and Father/Daughter Campouts. His favorite thing about IBC is the humility of the leadership, and how that empowers lay people to initiate and drive ministries. Clint sees being a deacon as an opportunity to serve the local body of which God has called us to be a part.

Sarah Crawford

Sarah Crawford

Deacon

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.

Sandhya Curran

Sandhya Curran

Deacon

Sandhya grew up in India in a traditional Hindu family and came to the U.S in 1995. She and her family have been attending IBC since 2008. Sandhya and her husband James accepted Christ in 1984 after hearing the gospel and testimonies from believers. She has seen the Lord work miracles in her life, including the birth of their son. Sandhya has served in kids ministry, on the Sunday evening meal team, in a refugee group, and as a table leader for a biblical marriage seminar. Sandhya has a heart for the hurting and loves to be involved in this capacity at IBC.

Justus George

Justus George

Deacon

Justus is married to Suni and they have twin daughters, Kayla and Katelyn. Justus is the global head of PMO for a supply chain software and technology company. In 1999, he attended a Bible study, where he understood his true need for repentance and truly accepted Christ. Justus has served in various ministries at IBC including hospitality, men's, kids, mentor, and choir ministries. Some of his favorite things about IBC are the Bible teaching, the church's vision, and the people that he has come to meet. Justus was drawn to the opportunity to help IBC meet the real needs of the body.

Courtney Grimes

Courtney Grimes

Deacon

Courtney and her husband Jason have a son, Logan. Courtney taught HS math, coached volleyball for 17 years, and is currently a stay-at-home mom. She accepted Christ as a child and has had experiences that have allowed her to more fully understand God's love, sovereignty, grace, and mercy. Courtney has attended IBC since 2001 and has served in both women's and kids ministry. Courtney is focused on building an "infrastructure of care." She believes that being a deacon allows her to be present for those in the church body when they need it most.

Matt Holland

Matt Holland

Deacon

Matt has been married to Camille for over 12 years, and they have three children. He currently serves as the dean of students at Coram Deo Academy. Matt grew up in the church and his faith has always been central in his life. In high school, Matt chose to seek ways to serve God and to positively work for good, the gospel, and the kingdom. Matt has attended IBC since 1997. Matt has served in kids, college, and young adult ministries, as well as the Central Park Bible Community. Matt is excited to minister to the people of IBC.

Chris Kuykendall

Chris Kuykendall

Deacon

Chris is married to Lori and they have four kids: Katie, Maddie, Zach, and Emma. He works as a civil engineer for a consulting engineering firm. Chris accepted Christ as a child through VBS, and his life has been marked by following Jesus and learning more about what that means and looks like personally, both at home and at work. Chris has been involved in kids, youth, and missions ministries as well as Arise. His favorite thing about IBC is the community. Chris is excited by the opportunity to serve the church in a larger capacity with IBC families in the area.

Lori Kuykendall

Lori Kuykendall

Deacon

Lori has been married to Chris for over 26 years, and they have 4 children: Katie, Maddie, Zach, and Emma. Lori serves as President of Beacon Health Education Resources, promoting health and wholeness for families, schools and communities. Lori has served in various ministries at IBC including Arise, kids, youth, and women's ministries. Lori loves IBC's service to the physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual needs of its members, the community, and the world. Lori's hope in serving as a deacon is to make our big church feel smaller to those with needs in our community.

Alf Laukoter

Alf Laukoter

Deacon

Alf has been married to his wife Susan for 29 years. They have three kids: Austin, Hayden, and Gretchen. He has a degree in advertising from UT and works as a creative director. Alf came to know the Lord through Young Life, and continues to serve with that ministry. Alf has also served in the youth, kids, and marriage ministries at IBC. His favorite thing about IBC is the desire to love the community around us. The biggest transformation in Alf's life has been learning to walk in the reality of who he is as a child of God.

Jen Mayes

Jen Mayes

Deacon

Jen is originally from Indiana, but has lived in Texas since 2006. She loves traveling, a good book, serving others, and spending time with friends. She grew up as a pastor's kid, and came to know the Lord in her pre-teen years. She continues to see Jesus teach her that life is not all about her and being comfortable, that loving and communing with neighbors, especially those who are marginalized, is very important. Jen has a passion for serving others, helping people connect in the church, and making sure people are seen and cared for.

Will Meier

Will Meier

Deacon

Will is the youngest of three siblings and an uncle to five nieces and nephews. He calls East Dallas home and works in IT. Will grew up going to church but really started to better understand who Jesus was when he was in high school. He has attended IBC for more than 15 years and has served with kids and youth ministries. Will's favorite thing about IBC is the friendships he's made over the years through serving together. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the body as a deacon.

Rob Nickell

Rob Nickell

Deacon

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 4th 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 kids ministry, Crossroads Bible Community, prayer ministry and choir. Rob views being a deacon as an important calling and looks forward to serving the specific needs of the IBC community, as the Holy Spirit leads.


Nila Odom

Nila Odom

Deacon

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 more than 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 Paul

Deacon

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, the marriage ministry, and choir. Betsy feels blessed and honored to serve as a deacon and prays that all IBCers feel loved, cared for, and supported.

Angel Piña

Angel Piña

Deacon

Angel has been married to Elizabeth for 21 years and the are proud parents of Gabriel, Zabdi, Marco and Angel Jr. They both serve in the hospitality ministry 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 high school teacher working with Special Education children. 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 grow in Christ while serving HIs people.

Elizabeth Piña

Elizabeth Piña

Deacon

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 her 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 the hospitality ministry 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.

Sherene Joseph Rajadurai

Sherene Joseph Rajadurai

Deacon

Sherene was born in India, raised in Oman, and moved to the U.S. at age 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.

Brian Severski

Brian Severski

Deacon

Brian and his wife Tanya have been married for 14 years and have two children. He loves cooking, hiking, camping, reading, and spending time with his family. He works in business operations at a software company. Brian began following Jesus in high school, and since then the call to love God and love others well has been foundational in his life. Brian has also served in marriage, youth, and special needs ministries at IBC. Brian is humbled to serve as a deacon, and help others experience authentic community as part of the IBC family.

Kristi Sheffy

Kristi Sheffy

Deacon

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 Weyand

Deacon

Mary is originally from New York, where she grew up in the church and accepted Christ when she was ten. Mary has been married to Harold for 52 years, has two adult children, Allison and Nate, and four grandchildren. Mary is grateful for how the Lord has grown her faith. She has served in women’s Bible Study, choir, the Blue Candle ministry, Journey Class, and on the 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 Whitthorne

Deacon

Kathy and her husband Todd have been married for 38 years and are parents to Lauren and her husband Scott, and Andrew and his wife Lauren. They are also “Honey & Pops” to five grandchildren. Kathy serves as the AM coordinator for 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 being a deacon because she feels called to come alongside people from different cultures as we all worship Jesus together.

Neil Wiersum

Neil Wiersum

Deacon

Neil grew up in Texas, loves the outdoors, and works in the construction industry. He has been married to Sarah since 2005 and they have two children, Ayden and Ava. Neil grew up in the church and began to follow Christ at nine years old. He has been attending IBC since 2003 and has served in college and discipleship ministries, and is currently serving in children’s and men’s ministries. His favorite thing about IBC is the realness of everyone. Neil was led to serve as a deacon because IBC has grown and taught him so much through the years.

Jessie Yearwood

Jessie Yearwood

Deacon

Jessie was born in Jamaica as one of eight children, and has a son. She came to know the Lord as a teenager and grew as a believer through her involvement in Youth For Christ, Back to the Bible, and Dr. J Vernon McGee on Transworld radio. Jessie has attended IBC for over 25 years and has served in the nursery, meal ministry, prayer ministry, and as a crown and financial peace table leader. Specifically, IBC has had a major impact on her through single parent ministry, youth ministry, women's ministry, and financial peace. Jesse is excited to be involved in serving others in meaningful ways.

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