Director of Connection and Congregational Care
It’s a joy to work in Congregational Care and Connection here at Galilee UMC. I am so blessed to be in a position I really enjoy, doing a job I am passionate about, all while working with wonderful people.
On Sunday Mornings, I can usually be found at the front doors or behind the Connection Desk. After setting up the Fellowship Time and during the 9:00am service, I can usually be found in a Sunday School class or in the rocking chairs in the entry area. During the 10:30am service, I am in a pew. I have two wonderful sons, Matthew and Joshua, who can be seen joyfully making their way around the church on Sunday morning. When I get to those pearly gates, I hope to be welcomed with a hug, the words “well done,” and the sight of my Savior.
I am responsible for the church’s accounting, as well as helping maintain the congregational giving records. My favorite part of my job is working with the many talented volunteers on the Finance Committee and the Stewardship Team. We have such amazing people at Galilee!
You can always find me at Fellowship Time on Sunday mornings because food and talking are two of my favorite things. In fact, I’d like to go ahead and place my order for pizza and french fries at the Heavenly banquet (I have such a refined palate!). I love to spend the day in the kitchen. I think that’s the reason my son Michael looked at me when he was three years old and said, “Daddy work, Mama cook!” He had us pegged from the start. When my time comes to greet my Creator in Heaven, I hope He says that He is pleased with the work I have done in His name and that I’ve done the best I could with the gifts He gave me.
We are happy to welcome aboard Josh Davinsizer, a student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington DC, who for the next two years will serve as our Wesley intern. Josh is pursuing a Master of Divinity degree. After he graduates, he wants to become an Ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church, but there’s a lot to do before that happens!
Mark is delighted to join the staff at Galilee UMC. Having moved to Loudoun County from the Shenandoah Valley when entering high school, Mark considers the northern Virginia area his home. In the same vein, Mark recognizes the home for his music making is the church, where it all started. With an ear for music encouraged by his uncle, Mark pursued music at an early age. At the age of 3, ‘Amazing Grace’ was the first piece Mark learned and played. After 4 years of learning everything by ear, Mark started taking piano lessons; this would eventually allow him to earn a Music Education degree, piano being his major instrument.
When Mark needs an escape, you will be sure to find him at a music keyboard. Some say ‘Where are the those notes I hear you play that are not on the page?” I say “they are in my heart”. Mark considers his musical talent a “gift from God” that must be used to glorify the very Creator of music. Mark looks forward to providing a glimpse of God through music during his tenure at Galilee.
Andrew Hall graduated high school in Fairfax Station, VA after spending his childhood moving around the world in a military family. He majored in Youth Ministry at Cedarville University in Ohio where he put words to the calling he first felt when fourteen years old in Heidelberg, Germany–to help teenagers make a lifelong commitment to Christ and His Church.
Andrew now lives in Ashburn, VA with his wife, Rachel. When they are with teenagers they like to play games and sports, watch movies, eat food, learn about the Bible, listen to music, discuss just about anything, hike, and laugh a lot. When they aren’t with teenagers (which hopefully is never too often) they like to do the same things, except more quietly.
I enjoy working with a variety of folks who are enthusiastic about making a difference in the lives of people who come to Galilee. On Sundays, I can usually be found in an adult Sunday school class at 9am and then in a pew at 10:30am. Could I have honestly said anywhere else?
My child’s favorite comment about me would be “Dad, we love you, but stop singing NOW!”
I’m hoping there will be pizza at the holy banquet, and chocolate chip cookies — that’s a complete meal. I hope to be welcomed into the kingdom with the simple statement “well done.”
Director of Serve Ministries
I am a native Washingtonian (my birth certificate proves it!) and have been a member of Galilee for the majority of my life. My husband Chris and I live in Ashburn along with our four sons – Luke, Jack, Grant, and Colin. We love being outside – playing at the park, swimming, and camping are a few of our favorites – and we probably own enough books in our house to open a small library. From my very first volunteer position with Vacation Bible School, I like to think that I have been fortunate enough to incorporate service to and through the Lord in every facet of my life and I’m humbled to now be in the position to help others do the same. I can usually be found on Sunday mornings at the 10:30am service (in the back row!), dancing along as the choir sings!
I have the BEST job in the world. There has yet to be a day that I dreaded coming to work – there have been days I didn’t want to get up, but never one that I didn’t want to come to work. My favorite part of my job is meeting and talking with people, and my favorite place on Sunday morning is greeting at the front door and welcoming people “home.”
I consider myself a cat person. My cat talks all the time! Her “Dad” spoils her, and she reminds me of that all the time. I don’t feed her correctly – only “he” does it right! I am married to Phillip, and he is a salesman at Belfort Furniture in Sterling. He is the best salesperson (although I MAY have a slightly prejudiced opinion!).
If there is chocolate at the holy banquet, I’ll be a happy camper. Seafood would be a bonus, and if I don’t have to count carbs – a big baked potato with butter & sour cream would finish off the meal! It would be wonderful to be welcomed to the kingdom with “well done, my good and faithful servant.”
The best part of my job is having the opportunity to serve those that I meet whether they are members of Galilee or not. Since the spring of 1979, on just about any Sunday morning I can be found singing in the Galilee choir. I started life as a bass but have since migrated to the tenor section. If I had a dog or a cat, it would probably say that I talk funny. I say, “Whataya mean? I ain’t got no accent.” I know that I am going to find Schwarzwalder Kirschtorte (Black Forest Cherry Cake) at the holy banquet and hope to be welcomed into the kingdom by all those choir singers who have gone before me singing “Beulah Land.”
Director of Music and Worship Arts Ministries
Jack is a Texan by birth and the son of a Baptist preacher. He studied at USC and has sung and conducted professionally for thirty years. He has conducted the Dallas Symphony Chorus and has led special performances at the Kennedy Center and the Warner Theater, working with talents like Marvin Hamlisch and Yo-Yo Ma. Jack moved to Northern Virginia twenty years ago with his family and for the past eleven years has led the annual Wolf Trap Holiday Sing-A-Long. He has led worship at churches in Texas, California, and Virginia.
“Music is the glue of great worship,” says Jack. “There are those who do not always achieve the depth of worship through the spoken word and they often derive their worship through music. Music engages the soul and prepares it for the spoken word. It is my hope that we will have a worship experience that excites, so that people will have such high anticipation that they leave their car doors open in the parking lot in haste to enter the service.”