Associational Church Catalyst
In 2014 God called Drue Matthews to leave the lucrative insurance business he had helped to start. Over the last few years, Drue has actively applied his God-given experience and expertise to serve LifeHouse Church in Middletown, Delaware.
In October 2016, Drue led the launch of LifeHouse Church in Smyrna, Delaware, currently meeting on Sundays at Smyrna Elementary School at 10:00 AM.
Drue's passion is Jesus. "I want to live my life," says Drue, "In a way that brings Jesus praise, glory, and honor. And I want to worship him by offering my whole self as a living sacrifice. Those two things compel me to devote my life to this mission in the church."
Drue's wife and biggest supporter, Heidi, is a vital part of their launch team, helping lead LifeHouse's children's ministry. They were married in 1998 and have six children.
Associational Church catalyst
Champ Thornton is most centrally a sinner rescued by Jesus Christ and welcomed into God's family. He's also husband to Robben and dad to three wonderfully energetic children. Reared in a Christian family, Champ came to know Christ while attending a retreat during high school.
Before coming to Newark, Delaware, to serve as associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church, Champ lived most of his life in the Carolinas. After seminary, he pastored at Grace Bible Church near Spartanburg, South Carolina.
In addition to pastoral ministry, Champ has also served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio, and as author of From Age to Age: A History of the Delaware Baptist Association and the Faithfulness of God; Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation; The Radical Book for Kids: Exploring the Roots and Shoots of Faith; God’s Love: A Bible Storybook; and Bible curriculum for early elementary-aged children.
Champ enjoys hanging out with his family and friends, drinking coffee, listening to music, doing genealogical research, and reading theology, biography, and fiction.
Dr. David Moore is pastor of London Village Baptist Chapel, in Magnolia, Delaware.
David followed the Lord's call to ministry when he was a sophomore in college. Since that time David has served at several churches in the state of Delaware. He has been senior pastor at London Village since February 2013.
David describes London Village as "smaller, older congregation focused on God's Word and worship." Together they desire to minister both to the neighborhood surrounding their church and also to the families in surrounding subdivisions. As pastor, David's heart is to see Christian followers deepen their faith and walk closer to Christ.
David is married to Gennie, and they have three adult children: Erin, Katye, and Gloriana. In his spare-time, David enjoys reading mysteries and Christian fiction. David is currently the Moderator of the DBA.
An accountant by trade and training, Mark began to sense the Lord's call into ministry around 2002, while attending Ogletown Baptist Church. As a result, Mark and his wife, Tammy, soon began the music group, Calling Levi. And then in 2012, Mark pursued his call by planting LifeHouse Church.
Mark describes LifeHouse as an exciting, loving, and unified church, which loves the Bible and follows Jesus. While LifeHouse is thriving in its current location, they're also praying that the Lord would provide a building for them to use throughout the week.
Mark's interests include travel, family, and food. Mark and Tammy have been married since 1997 and have four teenage children. Mark is presently Vice-Moderator of the DBA.