Leadership and Staff

At Belcroft Bible Church, it takes the effort of many people, both volunteers and staff, to serve God and the community.

Staff

Pastor Matt White

Pastor Matt is originally from West Virginia where he grew up enjoying God’s great outdoors being surrounded by mountains, rolling hills, and dairy farms. He learned about his sin and need for salvation from an early age and came to full repentance in his late teenage years. Being overwhelmed by God’s undeserved grace poured out into his life, Matt began to pour his life out for his Lord. After serving faithfully and extensively alongside his senior pastor for ten years, Matt was called into full time ministry. Matt has over twenty years of practical ministry experience and holds degrees from Appalachian Bible College and The Master’s Seminary. Before coming to Belcroft in 2016, Matt served in multiple churches in West Virginia and most recently as an associate pastor at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA.

Pastor Matt met his best friend and partner in life and ministry, Amy, in Glen Burnie, Maryland, and they have been married for over twenty years. The Lord has graciously blessed their family with four wonderful children Sidney, Allison, Christian, and Hunter. Matt enjoys serving the Lord, being in the outdoors, reading, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with his family. Matt has a deep passion for preaching the Word and equipping the saints in order that God may be glorified above all. He is excited to be shepherding at Belcroft as he seeks to help spread the gospel, strengthen families, and support servants both here in Bowie and beyond.

Elders

Tom Fox

Tom started attending Belcroft Bible Church in the early 1980’s while a student at Washington Bible College. Tom and Barbara were married in 1990 and have remained at Belcroft serving in various capacities since then. In the 30 years that Tom has been at Belcroft he has served as youth leader, small group leader, Sunday school superintendent and teacher, praise and worship team member, and missions committee member. Tom and Barbara also serve as outreach coordinators at Belcroft as they are in full time ministry with Open Air Campaigners.

Neal Luebbers

Neal is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to the area in 2002. He became a member of Belcroft Bible Church in 2004. Neal accepted Christ at the age of 22 and since then his focus has been Christian Camping Ministry. He is a graduate of Xavier University and Vanderbilt University and currently serves as the Executive Director of Wabanna Camp & Retreat Center. Neal and his wife, Jenny, have been married since 2004 and have three daughters: Madelyn, Ella & Lucy.

Marty Orcurto, Chairman

Thanks to a good friend who encouraged him to get a “year of Bible” before heading off to a four-year university, Marty attended Washington Bible College. That is where he met his best friend, Joni. Together they have four wonderful daughters. Marty has been blessed to have finished his M.A. in Theology, minister as a Youth Pastor and a Senior Pastor of Administration in previous churches, and serve on the boards of other para-church organizations. His favorite role in ministry is teaching God’s word to young and old. He currently serves as the Director of Operations for Good News Jail & Prison Ministry, an organization dedicated to placing chaplains in prisons in the U.S. and around the world so that inmates might hear the hope of the gospel message.

Ben Peddicord

Ben was born and raised in Maryland, and has been a member of Belcroft since 2009. He has been involved in teaching children’s church and has been a part of numerous productions performed at the church. Ben accepted Christ at a young age and continued to grow in his faith through high school and college. He attended Eastern University and graduated with degrees in History and Secondary education. Along with his wife Tara, Ben served in ministry at Camp Wabanna in Mayo for 7 years. He is currently a teacher in Anne Arundel County.

Walt Townshend

A graduate from Wake Forest University who undertook graduate work at the University of Maryland, Walt’s 27+ year career as CEO of the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber and its affiliated Foundation has taken him on Air Force II, a “cat-shot” off an aircraft carrier and parachuting from 10,000 feet with the Army’s famed Golden Knights.

Walt’s work has led to the creation of electric-purchasing cooperatives, training entrepreneurs from Russia on America’s system of free enterprise, managing America’s only Chamber-led public transit system and engaging the legislative process on the local, state and federal levels.

A life-long Marylander, Walt loves studying God’s Word and enjoys co-teaching a mixed-adult Sunday School class and is known to include a hymn or praise song history during Sunday service announcements.

Walt and his wife, Cheryl, a college professor and behavioral therapist, have two
grown sons and two grandsons living in the Richmond area.

Deacons

James Douglas

James was introduced to the family of Belcroft in 2006 through Washington Bible College. His Bible Survey professor happened to be pastoring Belcroft at the time and was encouraged by his teaching to visit. After experiencing the love Belcroft has for people, James hasn’t stopped sharing that same love with them ever since. He became a member in 2007. James met his wife, Nicole, at Belcroft through Awana. He has also been a Sunday middle school teacher, Awana games leader, a Pastoral Search committee member, and is currently a youth leader. They have a son named Mac. James is a plumber who loves Jesus Christ and loves to serve people and is always willing to lend a helping hand.

Bert Chauza

Bert was born and raised in a small farming community in Kansas. He accepted the Lord as his savior at the age of 16. Bert and his wife, Lorraine have been married for 28 years and have lived in Crofton, Maryland since 1995. They have been blessed with two children and two grandchildren. Bert works for the IRS and has the testimony that “God still loves and can use tax collectors”. His family has been at Belcroft for 7 years and Bert serves as a Deacon, Men’s Sunday School teacher, and Missions Committee lead.

Pete McLeod

Peter and his wife, Bonnie, have been members of Belcroft Bible Church since 2007. Raised in a God-fearing home, Peter recognized his human imperfection and need for a perfect God at an early age. He is a graduate of Philadelphia Biblical University (n/k/a Cairn University), B.S. Bible and B.S. Social Work; Catholic University of America, J.D. and Master in Social Work; and Georgetown University, LL.M. (Master of Law). Peter is a partner in a Washington, D.C. law firm specializing in securities regulation and compliance matters. Peter and Bonnie met in law school and married in 2001. In addition to her J.D., Bonnie holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology and is a partner in the biotech patent law department of a Washington, D.C law firm. They have three amazing children: Skyelar, Heather and Cuillin.

Paul Milbourne

Paul and his wife Erica are both native to the greater Washington metropolitan area. They currently live in Bowie with their children MacKenzie and Emerson. Both share a strong passion for serving God and His Church. After becoming members of Belcroft Bible Church in 2014, they became involved in various ministries including Children’s Sunday School, Worship, and General Ministries for Men and Women. Paul is a graduate of Baltimore International Culinary College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Classical Pastry. Vocationally, Paul has over 15 years experience as a software engineer and user-interface designer.

Brian Patterson

Brian grew up in Northern Virginia and studied at Virginia Tech. He has actively served Belcroft Bible Church over 10 years as Awana Commander, Trustee and teacher of Jr High and other various classes. He is a sinner happy to serve other sinners and forever grateful for a savior who died for us. Brian has been married to his best friend for over 13 years and has three children – Bryce, Audrey and Anna. Brian works in IT for a large national homebuilder.

Steve Waskiewicz, Chairman

Born and raised in Maryland, Steve began attending Belcroft in 1996. Since becoming a member he has held various leadership positions within the church in Youth Ministry and the AWANA Program. Additionally, Steve served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees at BBC from 2007 to 2011 and again in 2015-. Currently, Steve serves as the director of the multimedia ministry and teaches in a weekly Bible study group. Steve attended the University of Maryland and George Washington University for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, respectively. Steve works for the U.S. House of Representatives. He and his wife Claire, have been married for 2 years.

Treasurer

Dave Olson

Dave was born in Maryland. At an early age, he realized his need for a Savior and was baptized while attending Belcroft with his family. He graduated from Prince George’s Community College with an Associates in Business Management, Cairn University with a B.S in Bible and is currently working on a Masters in Financial Management at UMUC. Dave is currently employed by an architectural firm managing their finances. He met his wife Alyce at Belcroft and have been married for over 10 wonderful years. They were blessed with a wonderful daughter, Rowen. Dave has served Belcroft as treasurer for many years.

Children’s Sunday Ministry Directors

Alyce Olson, Director

Alyce was born in Säffle, Sweden where her parents served the Lord as missionaries. She started volunteering at Belcroft in 2000. She met her now husband, Dave Olson, there in 2002. Dave and Alyce were married in October 2003 and had their firstborn, Rowen in November of 2010. Alyce has worked with the kids of Belcroft ever since she first started to attend the church. As the Director of Children’s Sunday Ministries, she thoroughly loves working with Nicole, her right hand gal, and the other volunteers and the children at Belcroft.

Nicole Douglas, Assistant Director

Nicole was born and raised in Bowie, Maryland. She started volunteering at Belcroft’s AWANA program in 2003. She met her now husband, James Douglas, there in 2005 and started attending Belcroft in February of 2010. James and Nicole were married in July 2010 and had their firstborn, Mac, in August of 2013. Nicole teaches 3rd grade at a public school in Greenbelt, MD. She worked with the youth at Belcroft for 4 years and just recently stepped down so she could be home with Mac more. As the Assistant Children’s Sunday Ministry Director, she thoroughly loves working with Alyce and the other volunteers and the children at Belcroft.