Good News Bible Chapel is led by a team of four pastor-elders who are responsible for the pastoral care of the church. In addition, a team of dedicated deacons cares for the needs of the church family and the facilities.
The staff at Good News includes Steve DuPlessie, an elder who serves full time as the Teaching Pastor, and Ben Parker, the Director of Youth Ministries.
The elders — who meet the spiritual and character qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:6-9 – help set the spiritual direction of Good News by feeding and protecting the assembly. As “shepherds of the flock” (see Acts 20:28) they teach, mentor, provide counseling, visit the sick, and perform weddings and funerals. The primary way that elders lead the assembly is not by authority but by their own example of life (see 1 Peter 5:2, 3)). Here are the elders:
|Steve DuPlessie serves as one of the elders and is on the staff at Good News as the Teaching Pastor. In 2005 — after 15 years as an elder here while working for 25 years in a marketing position in the business world — the elders asked Steve to leave his marketing career and serve at the Chapel full time. Steve and his wife Deb have been married for over 36 years. They have three married children and seven cool grandchildren. Steve was educated at RI College, Trinity International University, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MA-Urban Ministry). He is the author of “Obeying Jesus: The seven commands for every disciple,” and “Deadly: Confronting the seven deadly sins” (both published by Anapauo Press, available at amazon.com). Steve enjoys kayaking with Deb on the rivers in New England and reading a good book.
Contact Steve: Email / Twitter / Facebook
|Dave Stebbings is the leader of the Care Group ministry at the Chapel. He also serves as a worship leader and a Care Group leader. Together, he and his wife Ellen lead the marriage and family ministry at Good News. Dave is Vice President of an advertising agency in Attleboro Falls and Ellen is a school teacher in Rehoboth. They live in Rehoboth and have four adult children — Addy, Kelsey, Dane and Zac — and two grandchildren.
Contact Dave: Email / Facebook
|Mark Wurster oversees the weekly Remembrance Service and is the director of the intentional discipleship effort at the Chapel. He and his wife Kim live on a small farm in Rhode Island with their seven children. Mark is also the owner and clinical director of three Physical Therapy offices in Rhode Island.
Contact Mark: Email / Facebook
|Bill “Wes” Silva develops the pulpit preaching plan for the Celebration & Growth service, mapping out the teaching series, texts and topics. Wes is a passionate Bible teacher, an experienced church planter, and a gifted worship leader. He leads a mid-week Care Group and is an international banker at BBH in Boston by day. Bill and Marie have two children, Hannah and Kate.
Contact Wes: Email
|Youth Ministry – Ben Parker is on the staff at Good News as the Director of Youth Ministries. He is a Youth Ministry graduate of Gordon College, and works with an experienced team of youth ministry volunteers to focus on relational ministry with students. Ben and his wife Jen are the proud parents of Sadie and Owen!
Contact Ben: Email / Twitter / Facebook
|The Deacon Team - The team of Deacons at Good News serve by caring for the finances, the buildings and grounds, general operations. They also administer “The Acts 4:32 Fund,” a benevolent fund used to care for the needs of those in need in the Good News family and in the community. The deacons are Dave Carter, Dave Harrington, James Sailors, Dan Stebbings, Art Warner, Jeff Cambridge, Ethan Tirrell, and Peter Sharp.
Contact the Deacon Team: Email