Elders

We are a Jesus ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-accountable local church. The men listed below serve as our congregation's elders. Two of them are staff elders (meaning they serve the church full-time as paid staff) and three of them are lay elders (meaning they serve the church voluntarily). Regardless of being a staff elder or lay elder, all of our elders are one team under the leadership of our Senior Pastor, Mark Dooley. The elders "have been entrusted by God and recognized by this membership to serve and care for this body by teaching the Word of Christ to us and modeling the character of Christ before us" as stated in the church's covenant.


Click on an elder's picture to email them individually.  If you would like to email all of our Elders, their email address is elders@LBCMD.org

  • Senior Pastor Mark dooley, Staff elder

    Pastor Mark has been at LBC since August, 2007, having previously served churches in PA, NC and, FL. Mark has been in pastoral ministry since 1984 and is a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, NC. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of four children: Hannah, Alex, Matthew, and Rachel. He enjoys most sports, especially golf. 


    A favorite verse of Mark’s is 1 Timothy 1:12: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that He considered me faithful, appointing me to His service.”

  • Associate Pastor allen acker, Staff elder

    Pastor Allen has been at LBC since May 2004, having previously served churches in PA and VA. Allen has been in pastoral ministry since 2001 and is a graduate of Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. He and his wife, Jen, were married in 1997 and have one daughter, Megan. Allen oversees all discipleship ministries related to preschool, children (K-5th Grade), and youth (6-12th Grade), along with fulfilling other pastoral responsibilities.


    A favorite verse of Allen’s is Galatians 2:20: “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me...” 

  • Wayne hetrich, lay elder

    Wayne came to LBC in 2003 shortly after his conversion. He attends part-time at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is married to his wife Amy since April 2000 and has 3 children: Liam, Hope, and Jimmy. Wayne enjoys teaching, reading, and solving problems, and desires to reach the local region with the gospel through church planting. His primary elder responsibility is in overseeing the adult discipleship ministry of the church, including Adult Bible Fellowships, and Men and Women’s ministries. He also teaches in an ABF on Sunday mornings. In his secular vocation, he is an IT engineer for a large corporation.


    One of Wayne’s favorite verses of Scripture is Philippians 1:21: "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain."

  • Bert pridgen, lay elder

    Bert has been a member of LBC since 2007. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and serves as an active duty Marine. He and his bride Tamla have three children (Katie, Cary, Connor). Bert shepherds the Young Adult Bible fellowship and is a member of the LBC Worship Team.


    One of Bert's favorite verses is Romans 8:28: “We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.”