Dr. David Phelan, Ph.D.
As the President of IBL, David has overall responsibility for the ministry and operations of IBL across the US and around the world. David works extensively with pastors, missionaries, and leadership teams, helping them to be more effective in fulfilling their God-given callings.
Prior to joining IBL, David worked in the software industry for more than fifteen years, holding various management positions, including VP of Development and VP of Research and Development at two companies. David has a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. In his software career, David has led teams as small as three and as large as seventy. He has extensive experience with building effective teams, establishing and executing efficient organizational processes, and training and mentoring other leaders.
In addition, David has served as a lay leader, teacher, and counselor in churches for more than thirty-five years.
Like most engineers, David loves to build. After fifteen years of building software and software development organizations, God gave David a desire to put his energy, experience and giftedness into building things with eternal value: the lives and souls of God’s leaders.
After serving for three years as volunteer staff members, God led David and Dawn to join IBL on a full-time basis in 2003. David served as IBL’s Executive Director for ten years prior to succeeding Russ Lloyd as President in 2013.
Dr. Russell Lloyd, Ph.D.
Founder & Executive Consultant
Russ is passionate about serving the men and women God has placed in positions of ministry leadership. Having served as President for IBL’s first twenty-five years, Russ continues to serve full-time with a particular focus on training in Vietnam, writing, and consulting with the IBL ministry teams.
Prior to establishing IBL, Russ served his country for twenty-two years on active duty in the Air Force and was Director of Biblical Counseling in his local church. Russ became increasingly burdened about the need for a ministry dedicated to leaders. In 1988, God raised up the Institute of Biblical Leadership.
Russ’ Air Force career included duty as an advisor to the Vietnamese Air Force for the year he was in Vietnam during the war; an Assistant Professor of Psychology while on the faculty of the Air Force Academy; Head of the Department of Organizational Sciences at the Air Force’s graduate school; and Commander of an organization that provided consultation in organizational effectiveness throughout the Department of Defense. Russ’s Ph.D. is from Purdue University in Organizational Behavior.
Mrs. Dawn Phelan
Ministry Executive, Counselor
Dawn has a dual role at IBL: assisting in the execution of ministry as a counselor and overseeing the office and financial administration
Dawn set aside her professional career when the Phelan’s son, Nathaniel, was born. Prior to that, Dawn enjoyed a successful, fifteen-year career with a large life insurance company. She worked with dozens of agents as an administrative assistant, office manager, trainer, and consultant. As a consultant, Dawn worked with agents and their staff to clarify roles, improve processes, and hire and train personnel. She now enjoys using her organizational and administrative skills and experience to increase the effectiveness of IBL’s ministry.
As a Christian lay leader, Dawn organizes instructional classes, leads Bible studies, and disciples and counsels other women.
Mr. Derick Jarvis
email | 828.242.0251
As a Ministry Executive, Derick is responsible for leading ministry activities with individual leaders and ministry teams.
Prior to joining IBL, Derick worked for over twenty-two years in the consumer products industry, holding various sales and sales management positions. As a result of applying biblical principles to his work, Derick was awarded PepsiCo’s “Ring of Honor” award in 2004, recognizing their outstanding achievers worldwide. Through Derick’s sales training and experience God has blessed him with the proven ability to successfully influence decision makers. Derick attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville and has an ABSC from Moody Bible Institute. As a lay leader in his church for many years, Derick’s heart is for teaching God’s word and investing in the lives of those he serves.
Like most sales professionals, Derick loves the challenge of successfully influencing decisions. God gave Derick a burden to offer his life a living sacrifice in service to Christ; and in the power of His Holy Spirit influence eternal decisions and victorious living in His body, the church. Derick and his wife June have two adult daughters, Jessica and Kelsey.
Dr. Joel Tetreau, D.Min.
Regional Coordinator for IBL-West
As Regional Coordinator for IBL in the western United States, Joel plays a key role in our efforts to strengthen and encourage pastors, leaders and churches throughout the Southwest, West and Northwest.
Joel has over twenty years of pastoral experience and presently serves as the Senior Pastor of Southeast Valley Baptist Church in Gilbert, AZ. He has taught on the graduate level as an adjunct professor and has served in leadership positions in a variety of para-church ministries. Joel is passionate about church leadership and has written a book on local church leadership entitled, The Pyramid and the Box: The Decision-Making Process in a local NT Church.
Joel has earned multiple degrees during his years of study at International Baptist College and Seminary (Chandler, AZ); Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Allen Park, MI); Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (Lansdale, PA); Jerusalem Center for Biblical Studies (Jerusalem, Israel); and Central Baptist Theological Seminary (Plymouth, MN).
Rev. Doan Nhat Tan (Solomon)
Director of IBL-Vietnam
Pastor Tan is Director of the Institute of Biblical Leadership-Vietnam. In this capacity, Solomon (nickname) provides the ministries of IBL in a clandestine fashion to fellow pastors and lay leaders within the underground church movement throughout the Communist nation of Vietnam. Solomon also serves as the Senior Pastor to an underground Baptist church in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
Pastor Tan is a trained church planter and was involved in church planting for many years. He is also experienced in small group ministry and directed such a ministry for twenty years.
Solomon has an earned B.A. degree in Education from Qui Nhon National College and has earned his Masters of Theology from the Asian Baptist Theological Seminary. He has taught in public schools for ten years, and served as an administrator (principal) in a secondary school for five years. Pastor Tan has excellent English language skills and has spent ten years as an ESL teacher. He has applied these skills translating numerous theological works from English to Vietnamese.
Solomon is married to Deborah. They have two adult sons, Kien and Thuc.
our board of directors
Dr. Dan Burrell
IBL Chairman | Executive Pastor, Life Fellowship Church | Cornelius, NC
Rev. Eddie Coakley
IBL Vice Chairman | Senior Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church | Cayce, SC
Mr. Dan DiDonato
Vice-President for Development
Mr. Barry Lawson
President, Curbside Management, Inc.
Dr. Russell F. Lloyd, PhD
Founder & Executive Consultant, IBL
Dr. David Phelan, PhD
Mr. Kevin Whitehead
Dir. of Corporate Relations,
Financial Services Institute | Atlanta, GA
Dr. Joel Tetreau
Senior Pastor, Southeast Valley Baptist | Gilbert, AZ
Dr. Paul Simms, PhD
Full Professor of Physics, Retired, Purdue Univeristy