Elders & Deacon for Reaffirmation

Nine Elders and One Deacon to be Reaffirmed on June 2

Candidates for Elder to Be Reaffirmed

Don Ellis

My wife and I begin attending the Bible Church when we moved to the Triangle from Memphis almost 10 years ago. Since then, we have added to our family (now having a total of seven children—five girls and two boys) and have been able to put down roots in the area. Beginning in 2014, I served a three-year term as a directional elder and have been a shepherding elder since 2017.

Charles Herbst

I became a Christian at age 10 and am a retired UNC GI surgeon. Rosemary and I joined the Bible Church in 2004. I've been an elder here for 12 years and was and elder for many years previously at another baptist church. 


I help lead the Berean adult class on Sunday mornings, JOY Fellowship (our senior adult ministry). and the Band of Brothers life group.

Ian Howes

I live in Chapel Hill and have been married to my wife, Meg, for 29 years. We have five children.


My wife and I have been members of CHBC since 1992 and I've served as an elder since 2005.


Professionally, I'm the CFO of Accelerator Life Science Partners, a Seattle-based venture capital company that starts and runs emerging biotech companies. By training, I'm a Chartered Accountant and have an M.B.A. from Kenan-Flagler (UNC). I'm also the Chair of Agape Corner, an organization that mentors struggling young men in Durham.


For recreation, I play mediocre tennis and golf and am an avid follower of English football (with the round ball).

Jim Huegerich

Tricia and I began attending CHBC in 1983. I've been a directional elder three times beginning shortly after we moved from campus to the Erwin Road site. I also have been active in the Band of Brothers ministry since its inception in 1986 and have been engaged in congregational care and Stephen Ministries.

Hugh Jones

I started going to CHBC when I was a student at UNC, 1973-1977. My wife, Julie and I moved back to Chapel Hill in 1988. CHBC became our church home for our family.


Several years ago I served on the elder board with a desire to help shepherd the flock. God has given me a heart that cares for others and their well being. As a CRU staff member for 42 years, I also have a heart for equipping others for service and thus being an elder has been a great place for me to use my gifts and calling.


My fulltime job is as a CRU Bridges Mission Director, giving leadership to our international student ministries around the country.


Julie and I have 3 adult children who all live in Durham and Chatham counties.

Christopher Kigongo

I was born and raised in Uganda in a Christian family. I'm married to Robinah and have five children, with the youngest in college.


I originally studied at Makerere University Medical School and worked with Government of Uganda, in ministry of health, in various capacities and at various levels (i.e. Hospital, District, Regional and National). Due to the mounting HIV epidemic challenges in Uganda, I sought to sharpen my knowledge and skills in providing public health services. Consequently, I traveled to the U.S. and attended UNC - Chapel Hill, school of public health 1990 – 1993. On return to Uganda, I worked on HIV, Malaria and maternal health areas. In 2002, I returned to states with my family, and have been attending Chapel Hill Bible Church since. I now work at Duke managing clinical trials.


Before moving to US, my family attended and served in Mityana Church of Uganda Anglican diocese. I served on the Diocesan Board for community outreach ministry, in community health services and in overseeing the 50 community based health clinics affiliated to the diocese. 


I love community work and children in particular. I started two primary schools for rural underserved children and connected them with advanced schools in suburban areas. Annually, I enjoy visiting and holding advisory meetings with schools, communities and church parishes.

Bill Stevenson

Bill lives in Durham and has been married to his wife, Rebecca, for 29 years and they have three children, Will, Everett, and Emma, along with two daughters-in-law, Shanna and Olivia.


Bill and Rebecca have been members of CHBC since 1994. Bill has served on the worship team, missions team, as a deacon and as an elder, while Rebecca is active as a teacher in the youth group and The Well. Professionally, Bill is the President of Spotlight Realty.


Bill and Rebecca met at Grove City College in western Pennsylvania where Bill studied Theology, and moved to Durham to attend the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. 

Dwight Thomas

Susan and I have been members of Chapel Hill Bible Church for 13 years and I've served as an elder since 2012. I am a retired business planning manager and my wife, Susan, and I enjoy a hobby farm in rural Orange County. We have three children and nine grandchildren.


As an elder, I've served as Board Chair and Vice-Chair, Chair of the Lead Pastor Support Team, Leader of the five-year (2013-2018) strategic planning process, Chair of the Executive Pastor Support Team, and Chair of the Building Committee. I am also a member of the Crossroads Class and serve as a greeter.

Wally Turnbull

Wally Turnbull and his wife Betty, have been part of the Bible Church since 2003 when they moved to Durham from Haiti where they served for 30 years as missionaries. 


Wally, who has been a Bible church elder since 2005, is the publisher of Light Messages Books. He has a heart for those who do not know Jesus, for diversity, and cross-cultural unity.

Candidate for Deacon to Be Reaffirmed

Kimberly Ulmer

I am single and live in Durham. I’ve worked at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina for the last twelve years in a variety of roles. I’m currently the manager of our Product Management team.


I grew up in a Christian home. When I was in elementary school I accepted Jesus as my Savior. I was always very active in my church. It was not until college that I truly understood that in order to be in a relationship with Jesus, I had to dive into the Word and spend time with Him on a regular basis. It wasn't just about going to church on Sundays.


I want to continue to support the church behind the scenes, so that when people walk through the doors of the church, they can focus on connecting and growing with others in and through Christ. That support can range from serving on Sunday mornings or using my work experience and prior deacon experience to assist in administrative and financial decision-making. With those connections and growth, my desire is people can and will be transformed by the Gospel.