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Board Members

TTF has both a Board of Directors and a Board of Advisors. Click on the board members’ names to read their bios.

Board of Directors

Col. Tim Barrick

 

Capt. Ben Brewster
ben_brewsterLaPlata, MD
Board of Directors since 2015
Currently serving as BoD Member

Ben was raised in Baltimore City and Charles County, Maryland as the eldest of five children in a homeschooling, Christian family. He graduated from Norwich University and married Diana Iandoli in 2006.

They moved to 29 Palms, CA in 2007 where Ben served with 2d Battalion, 7th Marines (2/7), 3d Battalion, 7th Marines (3/7), 7th Marine Regiment (RCT-7) and 3d Battalion, 4th Marines (3/4).
They moved to Quantico in 2012 where Ben currently serves at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory (MCWL), conducting live-force, field experimentation to validate emerging concepts and technology.

Diana homeschools their four children, Levi (7), Micah (5), Judah (4), Felicity (2), and she is expecting “Baby Brew #5” in December 2015. As a couple they have led Tun Tavern Fellowship (TTF) small groups in 29 Palms and Quantico for a number of years, and are members of Pillar Church of Dumfries.
Ben holds a BA in History from Norwich University, and a M.Div. of Military Chaplaincy from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. Diana has a BS of Family and Consumer Science from Liberty University and is generally an all-around superhero.

They have been married for nine years.

 

Chap (LT) Loren Crone
crone-familyIndianapolis, IN
Board of Directors Member since 2014

Growing up with a variety of Christian influences, Loren accepted Christ as a child, followed by an early adult obedience experience, and followed God’s calling to seminary at the age of twenty-four.  He was commissioned in 2009 as a Chaplain and graduated soon after from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN.

Chaplain Crone deployed twice with 1st Combat Engineer Battalion while stationed at First Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA.  He is currently serving at Quantico, VA as a base chaplain, and also with the Marine Embassy Security Group.

He married Jessica in 2009, and they are the parents of Abigail (almost 2) and Carolyn (3 months).  Their family attends church at the MCB Quantico Contemporary Worship Service and Mt. Ararat church in Stafford.

 

 

Maj John Dalby

John_DalbyFrom Arnold, MD (US Navy Brat)
Board of Director since 2006
Currently serving as BoD Vice President

Having been blessed with a godly heritage, John accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young child and was baptized. He continued to grow in his faith through family devotions, church involvement, and OCF at the Naval Academy. He was commissioned in 2003 as an Infantry Officer. He has deployed on multiple occasions and has served operationally in Camp Lejeune (3/8) and 29 Palms (2/7). Schools and b-billets have taken him to MCRD Parris Island, SC; Fort Benning, GA; and Arlington, VA. He is currently serving in Quantico, VA. He was married in 2005 to Leizl, who came to Christ through Young Life while in high school. Leizl is a former Marine Corps Adjutant and now serves as a full-time “Mommy” for McKenna (7), Ainsley (5), and Asher (1). They currently attend church at the MCB Quantico Contemporary Worship Service and host a Friday evening small group.

 

Col Todd Ferry

 

LtCol (Ret) Drew Jensen

 

CWO4 David Pedraza
David_PedrazaFrom Miami, FL
Board Member since 2015

Dave was born again 22 July 1979 at the Circle C Youth Ranch, in Miami, FL, and baptized in 1986 at the 1st Baptist Church of Westwood Lake by Pastor Marvin Gochenour. His wife Dawn was born again in mid-1991 and baptized that same year by Pastor Gochenour. All five kids are born-again and both of Dave’s parents and two younger brothers, also married, are born-again, professing Christians. Dave’s parents are retired and living in Las Vegas, Nevada where they are active at the Shadow Hills Baptist Church (Pastor Michael Rochelle).

Dave has multiple OEF/OIF and MEU deployments in addition to a variety of external agency training required in the 0210 MOS. He is currently serving in an external assignment in VA and has served in a variety of FMF and external agency assignments both as an enlisted Marine and as a Chief Warrant Officer. By God’s gracious redemption and restoration, he was remarried to Dawn M. Pedraza in 2000, and Dawn is a DoD Elementary School teacher at Crossroads Elementary on MCB Quantico and the mother to their five children: Christopher (27), a Marine Sergeant; Angel-Marie Matos (26), Christian school-teacher and the wife of New Life Church Worship Leader Manny Matos in Reston, WA; Alexander (23), a junior in college; and war-babies Genna (14), and Annalisa (12). They currently attend church at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford, VA. The Pedrazas will PCS to Korea in the summer of 2017 and look forward to sharing the TTF vision there.

 

Mr. Aaron Root

Aaron-RootFrom Woodbridge, VA
Board of Director since 2014, Currently serving as Treasurer

Aaron was born in St. Paul, Minnesota; spent some time in Wisconsin, and currently resides in Northern Virginia since 2002.

Faith:  Raised by believing parents, but in a sectarian church where the gospel was obscured. It was well into adulthood before he truly grasped the good news.

Family:  Married to Vania (TTF’s financial administrator) since 1991. They have three children: Matthew (19), Catherine (17), and Daniel (15).  Vania is a quilter and crafter; Matthew, a recent high school grad, loves the outdoors and is preparing for his USMC enlistment; Catherine, a rising senior, is looking at colleges and wants to become an elementary teacher; and Daniel, a rising sophomore, runs cross country and is interested in studying marine engineering.

Church:  Member of Crossroads PCA since 2005, and serving as a ruling elder.  He teaches adult Sunday School now and then, strums a guitar with the worship team, and oversees the budgeting process.

Education:  BS business/accounting, University of Minnesota, 1990. Some post-grad work at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington DC campus.

Employment:  Employed by City of Manassas Park, VA, as a treasurer, collecting taxes (yes, it’s fun), doing revenue accounting (even more fun), investing funds, and authorizing payment of the bills.

 

Maj. Eric Scherrer

 

Capt. Aric Ramsey

 

LtCol (Ret) Mike West
Mike_WestFrom San Diego, CA (USMC family)
Board of Director since 2006
Currently serving as Director, TTF

Having been blessed with a godly heritage, Mike accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior as a young lad. He continued to grow in his faith through family discipleship, church involvement, Young Life, and OCF at Penn State and through his career.

He was commissioned in 1985 as an Infantry Officer. He has deployed on multiple occasions and has served operationally from Hawaii (1/3), Okinawa (1/3), Camp Lejeune (3/6; 24 MEU, 2dMarDiv,
Unitas, II MEF, and 2nd MEB/TF Tarawa). Schools and b-billets have taken him to Fort Benning, GA; Bridgeport, CA; NPS, Monterey, CA; Quantico, VA; Naples, Italy; Portsmouth, UK; and
HQMC, DC. He is blessed to currently serve as Director, TTF and NCR Network Missionary operating out of Stafford, VA.

He was married in 1985 to Michelle, who came to Christ in college at Penn State. Michelle is a former Labor & Delivery Nurse and full-time “Mom” who now serves over 650 children as their elementary school nurse. Their 3 children are Lindsay Malia Kai Kuntz (Texas A&M 2011), Joshua Brooks (William & Mary, 2015), and Bethany Taylor (Univ of Alabama, 2017). They currently attend church at Mount Ararat Baptist and host a Sunday evening TBS small group, while Mike also facilitates the Sat morning “Breakfast and Bible” at the local Tun Tavern Inn and a Wed morning “Wallbuilders” Bible study.

 

SgtMaj John Wyatt

 

Board of Advisors

Mr. John Bishop

 

LtCol (Ret) Chris Braddy

 

LtCol (Ret) Jim Diehl

US Army Brat
Board of Advisors

Raised in a religious home, Jim was led to the LORD by his roommate at USNA. Commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1974, he commanded three times in 6th Marines (slow learner?) and served as the Regimental XO in 3rd Marines (Rein).

The only two investments with eternal consequences are those involving the Word of God and the souls of men/women—and God’s blessed him with lessons in and dividends from both, through infantry assignments, sea duty, an tour with French Marines in Beirut, three joint assignments (clustered topically around counterterrorism and counterinsurgency), and one acquisition assignment (Infantry weapons/Raids and Reconnaissance). Retired in 2002, he was recalled to active duty, and subsequently re-retired…(again, that slow learner thing).

His first wife left the family in 1989. God is gracious and adept at re-creation. Jim re-married in 2007. He remains a strong believer in the need for fathers…especially for the fatherless. All of the kids are now grown and established, and he and Dawn are enjoying the wonderful world of grandkids!

Jim currently works for the US Government as a federal civilian in the northern Virginia area. He encourages believers to pray for revival in America. Pray as if the future of our Republic depends upon it. It does.

 

LtCol (Ret) Karl Johnson

From Chicago, IL
Board of Advisor since 2015

KJ_JohnsonKJ retired from the Corps in 2012 and returned home where he is now the Director for the C.S. Lewis Institute in Chicago.  As a helicopter pilot and operations officer, he’s a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) as well as multiple humanitarian assistance/disaster relief missions — most notably Operation Unified Assistance (2004 tsunami).  He served on the TTF Board of Directors for nearly seven years, two of which saw him serve as the Vice President; he transitioned to the TTF Board of Advisors in June of 2015.  He’s a C.S. Lewis Fellow and holds a Masters in Military Studies (USMC CSC); he is currently pursuing masters degrees in both philosophy of religion and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has been married to Nidia since 1995, and they have two daughters: Selena (20) and Sara (16).

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