Pastor (Teaching Elder): Dave Bentz
Dave grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and is a graduate of James Madison University. After college, he taught history and geography and coached track and volleyball at Turner Ashby High School in the valley. The love of his life, Chris, has patiently tolerated his antics for over 20 years now. They have 4 children and a dog named Zipper. Dave is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL. He was an associate pastor in Fredericksburg, VA before working with a group of people to plant a church in King George in 2002. Dave is an astronomy buff, likes to read, enjoys reef aquariums, suffers as a Mets fan, and likes The Beatles, B.B. King, Mozart, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Card, Ricky Scaggs, Indelible Grace, Motown, funk, Diana Krall, Tolkien, Narnia, The Shawshank Redemption, Groundhog Day, The Dirty Dozen, The Fugitive, and other things/music/movies too numerous to mention. In his spare time, Dave encourages Jim to not blow up things that he shouldn’t. (See below.)
Elder: Jim Yee
A native of Long Island, NY, Jim is a 1988 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and recently earned a master's degree from Indiana University in 2012. While in the Navy, he served aboard two destroyers, deploying to the Mediterranean, West African, and Caribbean areas of operation. He has lived in the King George/Fredericksburg area since 1994, and is a senior leader at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division. With a penchant for cooking, Jim may frequently be found in the kitchen or engulfed in a pillar of smoke on the patio. He treasures time with family and friends, and is always looking for opportunities to fellowship. Other interests include graphic art, writing, and learning new skills related to home projects. Jim and Gretchen came to faith together in 1996 and shared 20 wonderful years together. Gretchen went home to be with the Lord in November of 2014. Jim and his seven children live in King George.
ELDER: RANDY BROOKS
Randy and his wife Erlene were guided by unknown hands as two teenagers who connected in the hallways of Caroline High School in 1966. Through God’s providence these two young believers’ faith and love endured separation through college years at Virginia Tech, culminating in marriage and a career in engineering with the Navy. Four adult children, eleven grand-children and forty-eight years of doing the Government’s business are transitioning into retirement, just in time to celebrate 45 years of marriage. God’s faithfulness to them through the Church of God has been unfathomable. They look forward to serving Grace Presbyterian Church in the role of elder and wife.
ELDER: BEN GOLDMAN
Ben grew in Roanoke, VA and graduated from Virginia Tech with a master’s in mechanical engineering. He moved to King George after college and works in unmanned systems at the Naval Surface Warfare Center: Dahlgren Division. When the robots take over, you can blame him. He and his wife, Anna (also the church secretary) met through Reformed University Fellowship at VT. Through God's strength, they survived a long distance relationship before getting married in 2013. They have two children: Sam (born April 2015) and Elise (born November 2016) who constantly keep them on their toes. On his off days, you’ll find Ben building something new in his backyard with is his sidekick Sam. Ben enjoys woodworking, science-fiction, historical fiction, bluegrass/Americana music, tacos, and most importantly cheering on Hokie Football.
ELDER: JONATHAN FRANKLIN
Jonathan Franklin is a native of King George, VA. He graduated from the University of Mary Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Not forsaking the examined life, he has worked with children and families since 2005 as a Child Protective Services Investigator with the King George Department of Social Services. He met the love of his life, Bethany (who is also Randy's daughter, see above), in high school, and they have shared life and encountered God’s faithfulness and providence ever since. Jonathan has a passion for music of all kinds, ranging from the acoustic harmonies of bluegrass to the digital dissonance of electronic dance music, and has no fear of cranking the distortion with his Les Paul. Jonathan and Bethany have two children, Sylas and Violet. As a family they relish Thai food, walks in downtown Fredericksburg, and tabletop games. It is not unusual to find Jonathan immersed in a documentary or podcast, and he welcomes you to join him anytime for the experience.