Director of Youth and Family Ministry
Pam Bentley spent most of her childhood in Arlington, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education degree from Texas Christian University (go Frogs!) and a Masters in Music from the University of North Texas. She is married to her high school sweetheart, David, who serves in the US Navy. They have two daughters, Liz and Kate, and two cats, Fifi and Mimi.
The Navy took Pam’s family across the nation and around the world to serve at duty stations in California, Japan, and South Carolina before they arrived in Virginia. After years of teaching all levels of music and playing professional clarinet, Pam felt called to pursue work in ministry. What began as a volunteer Sunday School position gradually turned into a passion for kid’s ministry, which she has pursued at several churches. She feels blessed with the opportunity to lead the youth of Galilee and help grow and strengthen their faith.
Kathy Butler is a life-long Methodist who was raised in Roanoke, VA. She graduated with a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and she has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant for 30 years. Her previous career experience includes working as an auditor for Ernst & Young and as an Assistant Vice President with Mellon Bank Corporation. She found her home on the staff at Galilee in 2000 after having volunteered in the church office for several years. Kathy is responsible for the church’s accounting, contracting, and financial reporting. She also maintains the congregation’s giving records. She works closely with the dedicated volunteers on the Galilee Finance Committee and the Counting Team.
Outside the office, Kathy enjoys spending time around teenagers and helping them grow in their faith. She hosts Galilee’s High School Girls’ Small Group in her home. Sharing her faith by singing in the church choir is another favorite activity. She has been married to Tom Butler since 1984. They have two grown sons, Michael and Joseph.
Tordis Fahringer grew up in New Jersey and began studying classical piano when she was five and a half. Her first organist position was at the age of 13 at a small Lutheran church in New Jersey. Tordis earned her BA in Music from Douglass College at Rutgers University.
Tordis moved to Virginia in 1988. Since 1999, she held organist/accompanist positions at two Lutheran churches before joining the staff at Galilee in November 2016. She has been the keyboard artist for the Reston Chorale since 2004, and prior to that was the accompanist for the Master Singers of Virginia for nine years. Tordis accompanies local school choral concerts, and works with instrumentalists and vocalists to prepare for auditions, recitals, competitions, and recordings. She also teaches piano privately to students of all ages.
Tordis and her husband Bob live in Sterling with their beagle Beau and their cat Katy. They have two grown children, Marc and Alyssa.
Director of Children and Family Ministries
Bri Jones was raised in Loudoun County, Virginia where she graduated from Stone Bridge High School. She attended Liberty University and holds a degree in Family and Child Development with concentrations in Sociology and Psychology.
Her favorite part about working in Children’s Ministry is seeing children recite Bible verses they have memorized as well as watching children pray on their own. Bri believes no child is too small to know about a big God, and is thankful to partner with parents during such crucial ages in their spiritual walks.
She loves her husband, Grant, rescue dogs, and in her weaker moments, dark chocolate. If you are ever looking for Bri, you can find her with the littlest of church members every Sunday.
Director of Serve Ministries
Rebecca Makowski grew up in Sterling and has been a member of Galilee for the majority of her life. Her first volunteer position was at Vacation Bible School and Rebecca likes to think that she has incorporated service to the Lord in every facet of her life since then. She’s humbled to be in the position now to help others serve, having joined the Galilee staff in 2012. Rebecca holds degrees in Public Health from James Madison University and George Washington University.
Rebecca and her husband, Chris, live in Ashburn along with their four sons – Luke, Jack, Grant, and Colin. They enjoy being outside, playing at the park, swimming, and camping, and they probably own enough books to open a small library. Rebecca can usually be found worshiping on Sunday mornings at the 11am service (in the back row!), dancing along as the choir sings.
Director of Music Ministry
Jordan was born in Winchester, VA as the youngest of five children. His father’s parents were missionaries in Cuba for 19 years and Haiti for 28, so the missionary impulse runs in his blood. He attended Houghton College in New York for music education and earned a Masters degree at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. After school, he returned to Winchester and began working for Loudoun County Public Schools. He taught chorus at Stone Hill Middle School for seven years before moving to Rock Ridge High School in 2014, where he currently serves as Fine Arts Department Chair and teaches choir and musical theater.
He was the Worship Arts Coordinator at Round Hill UMC for seven years and directed the women’s barbershop group within the Shenandoah Valley Chorus for six years.
When he’s not in church or school, Jordan’s got a third job working part-time at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard. For hobbies, Jordan likes tennis, volleyball, bowling, frisbee golf, soccer, and checking out scenic trails.
Brietta Miller has lived most of her life in Sterling, VA. She is a graduate of Park View High School and George Mason University with a BSEd in Health and Physical Education. Music has always been a part of her life. She got involved with handbells 19 years ago and has been a director for children and adult handbell and handchime choirs. She loves using music as a way to worship God, whether during church services, concerts, or rehearsals.
She and her husband, Jonathan, were married in 2015. Together they have a blended family of two boys and two girls (Michael, Dawn, Tyler, and Kimberly) and a cat (Sadie). You can find her at Sunday services, where you might see her practicing American Sign Language to the music or having a casual conversation with her son, Tyler. She loves to stay active with soccer, walking, and snow skiing. Yes, she loves the snow and the beach!
Chris Smith is a graduate of London Central High School and the College of William and Mary. His background is in writing and book publishing. He first became involved at Galilee when he was “voluntold” to help at Vacation Bible School. Chris edits and creates content for all our our media. He’s the most normal guy you’ll ever meet, except he likes soccer. Chris believes that God favors Manchester United Football Club.
Chris and his wife, Carmen, are also active as volunteers in Family Ministry. A voracious reader, Chris is at home in small group studies or the Galilee Book Club.
Mickie Stalcup has been working at Galilee since 1999. Her job title has changed over the years but her enthusiasm for her job hasn’t. She has always said the she had the “best job in the world” and that is still true. She loves meeting new people and making them feel at home. In addition to being on staff, Mickie is also a Stephen Minister and a Stephen Leader. She and her husband, Phillip, have been married since 1995. Phillip is a salesman at Belfort Furniture in Sterling. They have two very spoiled cats. Phillip loves to garden and Mickie loves to travel.
Director, Galilee Christian School
Amy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a Master’s degree from Hood College in Curriculum and Instruction. She has been teaching for as long as she can remember, starting with making her little brother “play” school and working up to being her mother’s assistant when she was teaching VBS. Her passion is teaching reading and literacy skills to young children, since reading is the key to unlocking the world.
Amy lives in Sterling, VA with her husband, Josh, and their daughter, Catherine. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, and just about any arts and crafts activity, especially when her favorite helper, Catherine, is involved. Amy is an avid Virginia Tech fan and enjoys attending Washington Nationals games with her family.