We believe that the role of the Deacon is to assist the Pastor in fulfilling his ministry -especially with regard to the proclamation of the Gospel and to attending the needs of members of the Church and our community. Below is the list of Deacons currently serving our congregation.
Larry Schulman, Chairman
Larry was born on Long Island in the great state of New York. He was raised in a Jewish household. Through his early years he attended Hebrew School and was bar mitzvahed at the age of 13. After high school Larry attended and almost completed 2 years of college before deciding to enter the work force. He spent about 8 years in the role of Director of IT prior to venturing out on his own. Since about 2000 he has been self-employed. He came to Costa Rica back in 2005 for 3 months for a computer consulting contract. Shortly thereafter he met his wife Ruth and has never looked back. Larry and Ruth were married in 2007 and were blessed with the birth of their first son, David, in April of 2011 and their second son Christopher in October of 2014.
It was around 2009 that Larry found IBC and shortly after that found the Lord. He started and currently still heads up the Media Ministry (live webcast) as well as being very involved in the Men's Ministry.
Nick Van Slyck
Nicholas is happily married to Yvonne Van Slyck and is the father of Sophia (15), Jackson (13), and Charles (11). He became a christian in 1994 after a search for depth and purpose ultimately led him to the Lord. He and his family have been in Costa Rica for over 5 years where Nicholas works for SBA Communications, a large cell tower company based in Boca Raton, FL. Previously, he was a Peace Corps Volunteer, worked in the NGO sector in Washington, DC, and later became an entrepreneur. He received a BA from Boston University and a JD from the University of South Carolina.
Javier Villalobos My name is Xavier Villalobos, I was born in San Jose, Costa Rica. I moved to L.A California when I was 21 Years old, I completed my high school in L.A.City College, then I moved to Fort Lauredale, Florida where I became a State certified electrician. I converted to christianity back in 1984 in a crusade with the international evangelist Gigi Avila. We moved back to Costa Rica in 2008, and have attended IBC since 2011, I have been serving the Lord in this church as a deacon for two years. I am a father of Dania Villalobos who has been in the youth ministry for several years, and Johann Villalobos who likes to play soccer. I can be reach at email@example.com or cell # 8703-4073
Luis Diego Marin Luis Diego is a native Costa Rican and married with one child. He has been Baptist since he was 12 and engaged in teaching Sunday School for many years. Currently, he serves as a Sunday School teacher for our Spanish Bible Class for Adults. He has also served within the Translation Ministry. In 1981 Luis represented Costa Rica to the Fifth International Bible Contest in Jerusalem. He loves teaching the Bible, Apologetics, and Church History. If he is your assigned deacon he sends a Bible verse on a daily basis and occasionally you will receive the word about prayer requests. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Edwards is a missionary from Houston, Texas. As a freshman pole vaulter, he was saved in 1983 when a group called Athletes in Action came to his high school. An Eagle Scout, he was very active in the Boy Scouts during his high school years. He has degrees in Management, Psychology, and Speech Communication from Texas Tech University. Steve was called into the mission field on his first trip into La Carpio, a poor barrio of mostly Nicaraguan immigrants. Also known as Lalo de La Carpio, Steve has served as a missionary in La Carpio since 2005 w/ soccer teams, computer labs, music, youth camp, and skateboarding. In 2012 he founded Skate Costa Rica which conducts and helps start skate churches, special events, and working with local municipalities to build quality skateparks. With over 9 years of experience in the mission field, Steve still works to help people discover and utilize their gifts for the Kingdom.
Tom and his family have been in Costa Rica since 2003 and they serve at Portantorchas, a Torchbearer Bible School located in Coronado. He has been a member of IBC for several years where he and his family have been involved in serving our church community.
Federico Castro Federico was born in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 3, 1982. He did his elementary and high school in American schools, actually hi is finishing a Master Degree in Business Administration with emphasis on International Trade. He became a Christian when he was about 18 or 19 years old, his mother, who met Christ, spoke to him about the Gospel. After this he attended Unidos x Cristo where he grew in the faith and served the Lord by teaching Bible Studies. Later on he served also by teaching Bible studies at THEOS. He and his wife came to IBC because they were looking for a church close to Santa Ana about 4 years ago and since that day they have attended regularly. After a year in IBC they felt they need to serve the Lord so they help with Sunday School (8-9 year olds) during a year, after this they moved to the Youth group were they are still serving.He currently serves families that live in the Santa Ana area of San Jose and you can contact him at email@example.com.
Jeff Renaker I was born and raised in Ocala, Florida to two wonderful parents who have since gone on to be with the Lord. I was lucky as a child to be brought up by God fearing parents. I was raised in church all my life, instilled with the belief that you fellowship with other believers on Sunday! I was baptized in high school and I point to that as my Salvation decision. After a successful career as a Financial Planner the Lord me to Costa Rica in 2009. I didn't know what He had in store for my life here! A mutual friend introduced me to my loving wife and partner, Vanessa, and I knew that I was going to stay here! We were looking for a church home, here in Costa Rica. We found IBC on the Internet and wanted to visit! We attended our first service in November of 2011 and love the people here at IBC! You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joel McCutcheon Joel came to know the Lord through the ministry of the deacons when he was 18, so he considers it a great privilege to serve the Lord in this way so many years later.
Joel is a chaplain and counselor in San José, graduated from Word of Life Bible Institute, has a bachelor's degree in Theological Studies from Liberty University and a master's degree in Biblical Counseling from The Master's College.
He and his wife, Krista, have been in Costa Rica since 2007 and they have two teenage daughters. In his free time, he enjoys running, biking, surfing and reading
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