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.
Jon has been pastor at Sycamore Hill since 2006. But Jon’s connection to the church and Hockessin dates back to 1985 when, as a boy, he came to the church with his parents. After graduating high-school, Jon left for college, and upon graduation, was commissioned in the US Air Force.
Jon describes Sycamore Hill as "characterized by genuine care for one another. The heart of our outreach is to young families, and we have many children, but we work hard to consider all the ages and stages." To strengthen this mission, they're praying to improve their facilities, while remaining faithful to God's will.
Jon continues to serve in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, enjoys woodworking, and resides with his family on a farm in Kennett, Pa. He and his high-school sweetheart, Andrea, have four children: Timothy, Joshua, Ransom, and Grace. Jon is currently Moderator of the DBA.
Of his formative years, Jack says, “I was saved and baptized at First Baptist Church (New Castle) and surrendered to ministry at summer camp between my junior and senior years of high school at Fairwinds Christian School.”
Jack and his wife Becky have been married for 36 years and have two sons, daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Jack has been in ministry for almost three entire decades. He says, “I have served in full-time vocational ministry for the past 28 years, and have had the privilege of leading Bethany for the past three-and-a-half years.”
His passions are Jesus, Becky, their children and grandchildren, and sports. Jack currently serves as Vice-Moderator for the Delaware Baptist Association.
Other Members of the Leadership Team
David Moore (2019), Pastor of London Village Baptist Chapel (Magnolia, DE)
Derrick Parks (2019), Pastor of Epiphany Church (Wilmington)
Dave Aubrey (2019), Pastor of Cornerstone Church (Dover)
Blake Hardcastle (2019), Director of Baptist Student Ministry (Newark)
Chandra Rudrapathi (2019), Pastor of Transformation Church (Newark)