Our Leadership

Elders: who are they?

David is a native Ohioan, hailing from Columbus.  Saved at a young age, David struggled with security of salvation in his early teen years.  At that time God assured David of His love and grace through John 10:28-30. David met Dorcas in college, and they were married in 1990.  Dorcas and David became members of Berean shortly after marrying.  Both teach at Delaware Christian School. They have 3 adult children. 

The church family chose David to be an elder in 2019. David serves in shepherding our youngest in children’s discipleship.

David Art
Elder

Nick grew up in a small town in southern Ohio before moving to the Columbus area. After graduating from college, he accepted a job with the state legislature.
Nick and his wife, Allison, married in the summer of 2017 after meeting each other through a local church. Shortly thereafter, the Coyle’s became a part of Berean.

Nick has served in various roles in the Church’s ministry including the teaching of God’s Word and leading music during corporate worship. Nick wants Bereans to see God more clearly by thinking hard on His word.

Nick Coyle
Elder

Lee was born in Tiffin, Ohio and has remained a life-long Ohio resident. He met his wife, Nancy, at Cedar Point, where they both worked summer jobs. Married in 1965, they moved to Columbus in 1969. At a small-group Bible study in 1971, Lee came to faith in Jesus. He finished his studies, earning a Ph.D. in Art Education at The Ohio State University in 1983 and enjoyed a long teaching career as an art educator and education professor.

Lee has the opportunity to shepherd Berean in various teaching-preaching roles and in counseling. Lee and Nancy love to spend time on the shore of Lake Erie. They have two adult children and six grandchildren.

Dr. Lee Ekleberry
Elder

Glenn was born in SW Ohio and has lived in Ohio most of his life.  He came to faith in Christ as Savior at the age of 16 (many years ago!). Here’s a quick testimony from Glenn: “I wish I could say that everything has been great since then, but life isn’t like that.  We still go through trials but through faith in a God and through His grace He will bring us through those trials, and we will be stronger as a result. I am thankful that the Lord led us to Berean Bible Church to worship and fellowship.  Being here has helped me to behold Jesus like never before for who He truly is, enjoy Him more each day as I understand and know Him better, and to enjoy pursuing Him more as each day passes.”

As an Elder, he desires to help others at Berean to go through life seeking to know Jesus and draw closer to Him day by day. Glenn and his wife, Teresa, enjoy getting outside to bike, hike, and golf.  They especially enjoy spending time with their daughter, son-in-law, and two fun grandchildren.

Dr. Glenn Izor
Elder

Matt became the lead pastor of Berean Bible Church in August 2016. He grew up in upstate NY, lived in VT for a few years, before heading off to college and seminary. While in college, he met Deanna, and they were married in 1999. Before coming to Berean, Matt ministered at a local church in the Tidewater area of Virginia, for sixteen years in various capacities. Matt and Deanna have three boys.

As the lead pastor, Matt has the sobering responsibility to weekly preach-teach The glorious King Jesus from the Word of God. He hopes to help all behold, enjoy, and pursue Jesus!

Matthew Vanderwarker
Lead Pastor