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Daniel Duis – Senior Pastor, Senior Elder
Tom Nusbaum – Administrative Pastor, Elder
David Sanborn – Assistant Pastor, Worship Leader
Carol Borreson – Office Coordinator
Carly Nusbaum – Office Coordinator, Nursery Director
Andrew Keener – Teen and Young Adult Pastor
Carmen Fielding – Children’s Ministry Leader
|Our EldersDaniel and Scotti DuisDan Duis is the founding pastor of Shepherd Gate Church. He traces his calling to the traumatic events that followed a farming accident on his Dad’s Kansas farm. From his youth he dreamed of the day when he would pastor a church and have a horse farm.
Following college, Dan was involved in youth ministry in Arlington, VA when he prayed a salvation prayer and turned his entire life over to the Lord. The next night he prayed to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Thus began a fire for the Lord that brought revival to a community of young people. In the third year of that ministry, Christian Assembly called Dan to serve as their youth pastor. He took the position in August of 1974 and married Scotti Stringfellow on December 28, 1974. Dan served in many roles including Associate Pastor and founder of The Christian Assembly Academy until January 1986 when he was asked by the elders to begin a new work in Western Fairfax County.
After laying a foundation of prayer, Dan and Scotti and several members from the Christian Assembly, ventured out to form what would be known as Shepherd Gate Church. Dan and Scotti have served this body for the past 28 years. They have a daughter, Corrie, and three sons, Matthew, Samuel, and Tyler, as well as several grandchildren!
Dan has a heart for the local church and still senses the calling of pastor on his life. There is recognition that there must be others coming behind carrying the banner of the gospel. So in these years, there is particular interest in the development of future leaders in the Body of Christ. After all, he owes much to the mentoring he received from Dr. Carl H.F. Henry, Derrel Emmerson, the elders of Christian Assembly, and Ken O’Hare, missionary to France. We can all trace our success to the investment that others have made in our life.
Tom and Bonnie Nusbaum
Tom and Bonnie Nusbaum were raised in Northern Virginia; Tom on a small farm in Oakton and Bonnie in the Falls Church and Fairfax areas. Bonnie graduated from Fairfax High School and Tom graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna.
After serving in Vietnam, Tom graduated from George Mason University in 1973 with a BA degree in Political Science, minor in business. Tom worked for the USDA Rural Utilities Service for 25 years as a regional director overseeing a lending program for America’s rural electric cooperatives before working for another 11 years for the Cooperative Finance Corporation in Herndon. Bonnie graduated from the University of Delaware in 1973 with a BS degree in nursing. Bonnie worked for Fairfax County as a public health nurse for 8 years and for Christian Assembly Academy in Vienna, Virginia as a teacher for another 13 years.
Tom and Bonnie have two sons, Jeremy and Eric, and four grandchildren! Jeremy and Eric’s families are members of Shepherd Gate as well, and serve the church in many ways, including both sons being deacons of the church.
Tom and Bonnie were charter members of Shepherd Gate Church and have served in various ministry roles. Tom serves as an elder and the church administrator.
Gary and Sandi Woodford
Gary and his wife, Sandi, grew up in the Midwest. Gary was born in Southern Minnesota and Sandi was born in South Dakota. They first met in 8th grade when Sandi’s parents moved to Southern Minnesota.
Gary and Sandi graduated from Wabasso Public High School in Wabasso, MN. Gary went on to earn a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. Sandi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in teaching from Minot State College in Minot, ND. They were married in 1967 and moved to the Washington, DC area in 1971, where Sandi taught for two years at McLean High School before becoming a stay at home mother when their first child was born. Gary has worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation for over 30 years in the areas of light vehicle and large truck and bus safety.
Gary and Sandi have three grown children; Chad, Paul, and Nanmarie. They also have nine grandchildren!
Gary and Sandi and their children joined Shepherd Gate Church in 1990, where Gary has served as a deacon, and now currently as an elder. Sandi has served in a variety of ministries with emphasis on helps, children’s ministry and the church greeting ministry.
Doug and Nancy Dronfield
Doug and Nancy were both born and raised in the Northern Virginia area. Doug graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School and Nancy graduated from McLean High School.
Doug and Nancy both graduated from the University of Virginia, where they met. Doug went on for a master’s degree in groundwater hydrology from the University of Arizona. Nancy was a teacher in Fairfax County for two years until they started their family at which time she became a stay at home mom. Nancy has home schooled all four kids, finishing in the eighth grade. Doug has worked for CH2M Hill consulting engineering company in Chantilly since 1984 and is currently a program manager for large environmental cleanup evaluations at Navy bases.
Doug and Nancy have four kids: Caitlin, Stephen, Scott, and Melanie. Both have extended family in the northern Virginia area.
Doug and Nancy were charter members of Shepherd Gate. Nancy has been working with children in nursery or Sunday school or teen ministry since the beginning. She continues as a Sunday school teacher to the older kids. Doug has led a life group, men’s small group, High School Sunday School teacher, adult and children’s education coordinator, original building committee leader, teen ministry and elder.