Elders

We are a Jesus ruled, elder-led, deacon-served, congregationally-accountable local church. The men listed below serve as our congregation's elders. We have two kinds of elders: staff elders (meaning they serve the church full-time as paid staff) and 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 Interim Senior Pastor, Allen Acker. 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

  • Interim senior 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...” 

  • TEACHING Pastor Mark dooley, LAY elder

    Pastor Mark served as the Senior Pastor from August, 2007 through December 2018, having previously served churches in PA, NC and, FL. During the 2019 year, Pastor Mark will be transitioning to a new job with the Baptist Convention of Maryland and Delaware. During the transition period, Pastor Mark will serve as the Teaching Pastor, preaching on Sunday mornings and facilitating the Wednesday evening Bible Study.


    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 adult children (Hannah, Alex, Matthew, and Rachel), one son-in-law (Kyle Roberson), and two daughters-in-law (Cara and Roxanne).  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.”

  • 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."

  • Jim Harris, lay elder

    Jim Harris was saved by the grace of God at an early age where he grew up just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended seminary at Columbia International University in Columbia, SC, in the MDiv. program in Church Planting. He moved to St. Mary's County in 2013 and became a member at LBC the following year. Jim is married to Kamilla who serves as the Director of Worship Arts at LBC,  and  together they have 3 children: Isaiah, Emma, and Grace. He loves to share the Word of God with others, teach, read, and repair the house. He teaches an ABF class at LBC on Sunday mornings and is the Assistant Administrator at the King's Christian Academy.