The New Testament is clear that the church is to be led by a plurality of godly leaders (1 Peter 5:1-4; Acts 20:28). These leaders are to use their wisdom, discernment and shepherding gifts to ensure the church remains on a true course Biblically. Scripture indicates that the ultimate spiritual decision-making authority in the church rests with these Godly leaders.

In the Bible, such leaders were referred to as “Elders.” The primary purpose of Elders at Damascus Road Fellowship is to devote their attention to the spiritual well-being of the members, the biblical accuracy of our ministries, and the spiritual maturity of the Body of Christ called Damascus Road Fellowship. The Elders are responsible to ensure the organizational structure of the Church is in keeping with Scriptural principles and is an efficient and effective means of carrying out the vision and purpose of the Church. Changes may be made to the organizational structure by the Elders provided those changes do not require a change in the Constitution or By-Laws.

The following are qualifications to serve as an Elder:

  • Must be male
  • Must be a spiritually maturing follower of Jesus Christ
  • Must be a member of the Church
  • Must be keeping covenant commitments faithfully
  • Must be in agreement with the Church’s Statement of Faith
  • Must be striving to meet the qualifications in 1Timothy 3:2-7 and Titus 1:6-9
  • Must be twenty-five (25) years or older.

Current Elders

Damascus Road currently has 2 serving Elders.

Pastor Vance and Kim Vyers
Pastor Vance was born in 1964 in Ennis, TX. After graduating from Ennis High School,  he attended Northern Iowa University and earned a BA in Physical Education in 1992.  In 1992, Vance began attending the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where he earned Masters in Religious Education in 1995.  Vance has over 30 years serving God in student ministry, as a Director of Missions and as Pastor of Damascus Road Fellowship. Vance is married to Kim Vyers for over 32 years and they have 3 children; Brad, Tyler and Kalie, and 2 daughter-in-laws, and 2 grandchildren
Matthew, Jaclyn, Norah and Charlotte Peterson Matthew was born in Ft. Dodge IA in 1979. He grew up in a Christian home first in Iowa and later moving to southern Illinois. Matthew accepted Christ as a child and re-affirmed his faith as a teenager. He attended undergraduate school at Northwestern University and then graduate school at Rosalind Franklin school of Medicine. Currently Matthew is an emergency medicine Physician Assistant and works in St. Louis. Matthew and Jaclyn have been married for 13 years and have two daughters, Norah and Charlotte.  They have been attending DRF since 2009. Matthew is actively leading a DRF Bible study and recently served on the leadership team and building search committee. His spiritual interests are evangelism, discipleship and helping the body of Christ mature.


Larry was born in Japan in 1961, his dad was a navy man and the family moved every two years finally settling in Pensacola FL in 1971. Larry is from a Christian home, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior July 1, 1979, and was baptized July 8, 1979. After graduating from Pensacola High School in 1979, Larry entered the Air Force and served 22 years, retiring in January 2003. Larry met his wife Pam, while stationed at Pope Air Force Base, and they have been married for 33 years. Pam was also active duty Air Force, and retired after 24 years in January 2003. Pam and Larry have 3 grown sons, Joshua, Matthew, and Phillip. Their sons are married with their own families. Joshua is married to Kylie and they have 3 children (Dylan, Landon, and Cadence), Matthew is married to Danielle, and they have one son (Elijah), and Phillip is married to Nichole, and they have one daughter, (Peyton).

After retiring from the Air Force in 2003, Larry has served as a Youth Pastor, Children’s Pastor, Education Pastor, Evangelism Pastor and Office Manager. For the last year, Larry has served as the Dream Manager for Chick-fil-A; his duties include mentoring and coaching the staff.