David denHartog, Senior Pastor
David denHartog became a Christian under the ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ while doing his undergraduate work at the University of Iowa. After graduation with his bachelor’s degree in 1970 he attended Dallas Theological Seminary, where in 1974 he received a Master of Theology degree. In 1998 he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Phoenix Seminary. He has been pastoring Cleburne Bible Church since December of 1981. He is married to his wife Beth, with whom he enjoys partnering in ministry and connecting with their five children and spouses and their many grandchildren.
Dean Elliott, Associate Pastor
Since 1994, I have served here in a number of capacities including as a Youth Pastor, a teaching pastor, and an administrator. Now, I split my time between administrative/financial duties and leading the re:generation ministry, teaching, and preaching.
I grew up in East Texas in a Baptist church. I went to Texas A&M, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in languages in 1985, and did an internship at Grace Bible Church after graduation. I had grown up in a Christian home and had trusted Christ just before I turned 9. However, I didn’t get the kind of Bible teaching that I fell in love with until I began attending Grace Bible Church while attending college. It made a big impact. I wanted a lot more, so I enrolled in Dallas Theological Seminary the summer of the year following my internship. While working on a masters in theology, I served part time in my hometown at Main Street Baptist Church. I met my wife, Wendy, while interning at Grace Bible Church. After she graduated from Texas A&M, she attended Dallas Seminary and we got married in 1988. I graduated from DTS in 1994 with a Masters in Christian Education, and later a Divinity equivalency.
Our first job in full-time ministry was here in Cleburne starting in the Fall of 1994. We have been blessed by God with three grown children, Charissa and Travis, and Sam.
Tom Worthley, Worship Pastor
My wife, Leigh and I, were married in 2005 and we now have 4 children. I attended Baylor University and earned my undergraduate degree in church music and a Master’s degree in Social Work. I am the worship leader and also provides counseling for a fee through Hope Restored Counseling.
For those who are interested in serving in the worship arts ministry, in whatever facet, I would encourage you to introduce yourself and become involved. I have come to believe with all my heart that the church should lead in the arts.
We, as Christian artists, have the most profound story to tell! It is a story that is filled with hope. A story that transforms lives forever. We have the tremendous calling of sharing that story with authenticity, passion, and excellence as we worship through our art. God has gifted His people to make His name known and I challenge you to share your gifts so that others may be blessed and encouraged as they see you use what the Lord has made you to do. Come be a part of what God is doing in the lives of His people through CBC!
Kevin Bentley, Connection Pastor
My story is one of God’s grace! I was raised by two Jesus-loving parents; a dad who was a pastor and a mom who made the house a home. I believed upon Jesus as Savior at the age of 9. Mindi entered my story, and we were married in 1995. She is the most godly and humble person that I have ever known. She has faithfully taught 1st grade at Irving Elementary since 1995. Lauren became a part of our story in 2001. Today, she is studying to be a teacher as well and pursuing a photography career. She adds joy to our journey! I graduated from Tarleton State University with a Bachelors in 1995 and began teaching at Cleburne High School. Also, in 1992 I became the lead pastor of Bono Baptist Church and served there for 20 amazing years. Then, in 2011, I joined the team at the Christian Heritage Foundation where I built a ministry connecting pastors in the US to pastors in Israel.
Now, my story has taken another turn. I am the Business pastor at DMI Corp in Cedar Hill and the Connection Pastor here at CBC. The word “connect” is an interesting choice of title. The Lord has always used me to connect people to people and people to the word of God. I enjoy helping to bring together the Body so that we may all mature in Christ (Ephesians 4:13). It is my hope that our story might intersect your story in some meaningful way as we continue to walk out His story!
Kevin Sale, Youth Pastor
I trusted Christ for my salvation when I was 19 and immediately jumped into serving and interning in student ministry because I could see how valuable it would have been if there had been someone pursuing me about Jesus through my rebellious teen years. During this time I began to feel like teaching and working with students was more than just something I enjoyed but where God was leading me to serve Him and pursue a life in ministry and I’ve been in student ministry ever since. I received my bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry from Liberty University. I joined CBC staff and met my amazing wife in 2013. We have 2 awesome boys, Wyatt and Hudson.
There are always ups and downs in student ministry but seeing a teen who has just poured his or her heart out to Christ is to me one of the most awesome moments to experience… one which reminds me of the main reasons why I do what I do. In the ups and the downs, the reality of being a student pastor is that it’s not about me. I got into student ministry because of Christ, the successes I see are because of Him, and I endure the difficulties out of love for Him.
Austin Barna, Associate Youth Pastor
I trusted in Christ for salvation as a child. During my freshman year of high school my faith began to develop rapidly and it was at that time I became confident that the Lord was calling me to ministry. I began taking a more active leadership role in my home church youth ministry and also volunteered with Teens For Christ. In 2016 I married my beautiful wife Bethany and I began serving on staff at FBC Tenaha. In 2018 I was blessed to receive a bachelor's degree in Biblical and Theological Studies from Liberty University. Currently, my wife and I are both living and working in the city of Cleburne. We are blessed to be here and are proud to be a part of CBC.
Vicki Neutzler, Children’s Minister
Barbra Valerio, Nursery/Preschool Coordinator
Callie Hoerner, Children’s and Student Ministry Administrative Assistant
Sara Bowles, Web Editor
I grew up in Texas in a Christian home and earned an early childhood teaching degree from Midwestern State University. Ben and I married in 2008. We moved not too long after #1 was born, and began attending Cleburne Bible in January of 2009 because it felt like “coming home.” I began serving, and then leading in the Preschool Children’s Ministry, and joined the staff in August of 2009. It was a joy and a challenge to serve in the Children’s Ministry, and I loved serving with the body of Christ. As home responsibilities grew with the birth of our third child, I was graciously allowed to “switch positions” on staff into the role of Web Editor. Ben and I now have five children running around the house!
Our hope is that the website will help those who are part of our fellowship keep up with the happenings and teachings at Cleburne Bible (but not to replace attending services!), and tell those who are searching for a church home more about us. Please email me if you see anything that needs attending to!
Adrianna Solis, Administrative Assistant
Catherine Valentino, Financial Clerk
Catherine joined the staff on May 30, 2014. She serves as Financial Clerk for the church. Catherine is married to Rick, an Ultrasonic Technician for NDE Labs of Benbrook. Catherine and Rick have lived in Joshua since August 1998. They have 5 adult children, 18 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Wendy Elliott, Receptionist
Brian Goodman, Facilities Manager
Brian has served as Facilities Manager for twelve years. He and his wife, Janet, are long-time Cleburne residents. They have two adult sons and seven grandchildren.
Marsa Lee Linkenhoger, Receptionist
Alma Ortega, Lead Housekeeping
Joe Distefano, Assistant Housekeeping