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Meet Our Team
Bob Deffinbaugh graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary with his Th.M. in 1971. While in seminary Bob and his family attended Believers Chapel where New Testament church principles were introduced to them for the first time. Since then Bob has been committed to following these principles and communicating them to others. For 35 years Bob has served as a teacher and elder at Community Bible Chapel in Richardson, Texas. In years past Bob served as a national speaker for Prison Fellowship. He has traveled and taught abroad, primarily in Asia. Bob has served on several boards, including two mission boards. Bob and his wife Jeannette have been happily married for nearly 48 years. They have five grown daughters and ten grandchildren. Bob has written extensively and has contributed many of his Bible study series for use on bible.org.
Kevin Fitzgerald was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, in a large Catholic family. At age 20, Kevin, along with his parents and six siblings, all came to faith in Jesus for eternal life. He and his wife, Cindy, served the Lord as missionaries for 15 years in Ecuador, South America, where they focused on evangelism, church planting and discipleship. For the last 10 years, Kevin has served as an elder and full-time worker at Fenton Crossing Bible Chapel in St. Louis for 14 years. Additionally, he is involved in youth work, camp ministry and Bible conferences. Kevin and Cindy have four adult children and five grandchildren.
Chuck Gianotti, Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary, has held elder and leadership roles in a variety of church and Christian organization contexts since becoming a Christian in 1972. He has been serving the Lord full-time since 1983, in both the US and Canada, serving as an elder for over 20 years, most recently with Crossroads Bible Fellowship in Rochester, NY, which he helped plant. Chuck has served as an adjunct instructor at Kawartha Lakes Bible College (Canada) and is the founder and editor of Elders' ShopNotes (an international bi-monthly ministry letter to elders). His books include: A Cosmic Drama: Men, Women & the Church, The Formation of the New Testament, Day by Day devotional series, the Elders' ShopNotes 5 volume series, The New Testament and the Mishnah, plus numerous pamphlets and blogs. Chuck is vitally interested in discipling men and he speaks at camps, conferences and other churches on a regular basis. He has been married to Mary, for 37 years and together they have two adult children and two grandchildren.
Alexander Strauch was raised in New Jersey and converted to Christ at a Bible camp in New York State. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado Christian University and went on to earn his Master's in Divinity degree from Denver Seminary. For over forty years he has served as an elder at Littleton Bible Chapel near Denver, Colorado. Additionally, he has taught philosophy and New Testament literature at Colorado Christian University. A gifted Bible teacher and popular speaker, Alex has helped thousands of churches worldwide through his expository writing ministry. He is the author of Biblical Eldership, The New Testament Deacon, Men and Women: Equal Yet Different, The Hospitality Commands, Agape Leadership (with Robert L. Peterson), Meetings That Work, Leading with Love, Love or Die: Christ's Wake-up Call to the Church and If You Bite and Devour One Another. Alex and his wife, Marilyn, reside in Littleton, Colorado, near their four adult daughters and eleven grandchildren.
Viji Roberts serves with New Life Bible Chapel, Mississauga, Canada, where he was involved initially in the Church plant and presently as one of the teaching Elders. Before entering the Lord's work, he was employed for over twenty years as a corporate trainer in many countries and across industries. His job involved developing and delivering of training programs and processes in strategy, leadership and personal development. Viji's calling is to develop and challenge men and women both in families and in society to be intentional leaders of influence through their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He sits on the board of MSC Canada, and FBH International, and speaks widely. He represents Voice of the Martyrs as their ambassador and is a lead facilitator for Ken Blanchard's, "Lead Like Jesus" and John Maxwell's Leadership Development program. He has also authored a book, "My Son: Wisdom of Solomon, Inspiration of God." Viji lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with his wife, Joyce and his son.
David Anderson (Denver Seminary '05) was born and raised in Minnesota in a godly household and saved at a Christian Camp at an early age. At 21 he began pastoring Calvary Baptist Church in Englewood, CO until returning to his home church in Colorado, Littleton Bible Chapel, as a teaching elder where he now serves full time. In addition to the pulpit at Littleton Bible Chapel, David has spoken at conferences throughout the US and Internationally. He resides in Littleton with his wife, Lonnalee, daughter Mollie, son Ryle Ironside, and daughter Georgia.
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