Our elders serve as the primary leaders of Waller Mill Bible Church focused on teaching, preaching, prayer, and the strategic direction of the church for God's glory.
The polity of Waller Mill Bible Church could be summarized as Elder-led, Deacon-served, and Congregation-governed. God has ordained that Biblically qualified elders (as defined in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9) must lead, feed, oversee, and protect the local church. God has ordained that Biblically qualified deacons (as defined in 1 Timothy 3:8-13; cf. Acts 6:1-7) must serve the local church by handling such administrative and service details that arise so that the elders may not get distracted from their key functions of teaching the scriptures and of prayer. And God has ordained that the congregation be involved in the authorization of certain decisions that affect the local church, such as appointing leaders (Ac 6:1-7), finances (1 Corinthians 9; 2 Corinthians 8-9), and church discipline (Matthew 18: ; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:6-11).
Eric Ickes, Teaching Elder
Eric was raised in a Christian home and trusted in Christ at an early age, through the influence of his soul-winning mother. His first ministry experiences included inviting others to church through his father's bus-ministry, and by tagging along with his mother during her visitation efforts. He and his older brother would try to share the gospel with the kids, using the Wordless Book, while their mother shared the gospel with the adults. He first sensed God might want to use him in full-time ministry, while he was still in elementary school. Although he grew up in church, his first Christian educational experience was at Washington Bible College. While he was invigorated with the Biblical teaching, he was also disappointed that he had to go to Bible college in order to learn basic Biblical knowledge and theology. Why had he not learned most of that while he was growing up in church? This frustration led him to the conclusion that the local church should be a place where knowledgeable disciples are intentionally developed. This conviction then became like a philosophical compass that has driven Eric's pastoral ministry. He loves to teach the scriptures, with a view towards their practical application to life.
Eric earned his Masters of Divinity at Virginia Beach Theological Seminary, in 2003, and he has served as the pastor of this church since May 2005.
He has been married to Jalyn since 1992, and they have three children -- a married daughter, and a college-aged daughter and son.
Brian Peak, Elder
Brian serves as a lay elder at WMBC. He grew up in southern California attending church regularly without a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Brian responded in faith to the gospel in 1997 while attending a United Methodist Church in North Carolina. Living in Maine a few years later, he and his wife (Cheryl) were led to an independent Baptist church where they learned of the command for baptism. They and their two daughters were baptized by immersion. Cheryl serves WMBC in various capacities and their daughters, now adults, serve the Lord in their own churches in Texas and Ohio. Brian works full time in the medical profession as a nurse practitioner in a cardiology practice. He and Cheryl moved to Williamsburg in 2011 and have been members of WMBC since 2012.
Waller Mill Bible Church Deacons are a team of men who have faithfully met the Biblical qualifications outlined in 1 Timothy.
Deacons are elected by the church body to serve the Lord by ministering to the body and assisting the elders in building up the church through prayer and Godly counsel. Their responsibilities include overseeing the maintenance of our facility, serving Communion, and disbursement of benevolence funds.