JESSE AND DEIDRE JOHNSON
Jesse and his wife Deidre were married in 2006 and have two daughters, Madison and Savannah.
His past experience includes overseeing the outreach department at Grace Community Church in Los Angeles where he served as Associate Pastor for Outreach since 2006. He has edited a number of publications including Fundamentals of the Faith, Co-editor of Evangelism in the John MacArthur Pastoral Library Series, and was a contributor to Men of the Word and Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong.
Jesse is a frequent blogger: you can follow him on http://thecripplegate.com/ where he contributes articles about ministry, theology, and issues that affect the church today.
TOM AND DESHUA JOYCE
Tom and Deshua, both native New Yorkers, met in 1979 in Pensacola, Florida while Tom was in flight school and Deshua was teaching at Pensacola Christian High School. Tom is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy and also received a Masters degree from Harvard University. Tom retired from the Navy in July 2003 after a 24-year career where he and Deshua led and ministered to men, women and families in the Naval Aviation community.
Tom and Deshua feel that God has led them to work closely with families, encouraging couples in their marriage commitment, and equipping mothers and fathers in their desire to leave a Godly legacy.
They married in 1983 and have four grown children and a faithful yellow lab named “Touchdown”. Of note, Tom will go anywhere at any time to fish for large-mouth bass.
Tom is a frequent speaker with Iron Sharpens Iron, a premier men's conference network whose mission is to mobilize regional ministries to resource local churches with a first class one-day equipping conference that is specifically designed for men (age 13 and older). Tom was a main speaker at their conference in Richmond, VA on 9 April.
Tom will also be speaking at Florida's largest Christian Music Festival, "Rock the Universe" at Universal Studios in Orlando FL in September and at Word Of Life, Schroon Lake, NY for their “Fall Foliage Conference”
Read the 9|11 interview with Tom at Risenmagazine.com
STEVE AND KATHY HOLLEY
Steve was born into a wonderful Christian home in Washington, D.C. While attending a summer camp at age nine, Steve accepted Christ.
Steve attended Annandale High School and graduated from James Madison University where he received his General Social Sciences degree. He has a Master of Arts degree in Theology from Capital Bible Seminary. Steve taught social studies at Lake Braddock Secondary School for 7 years.
While attending Immanuel, Steve met Kathy, his wife. Together they served as lay youth counselors. Sensing God’s call to the ministry, in 1982 he became the Youth Pastor. In 1995, Steve accepted the position of Family Education Pastor and served in that ministry until 2000 when he became the new Pastor of Ministries.
When not attending to pastoral duties, Steve enjoys activities with his family: hunting, fishing, golf, yelling for and at the Redskins, and reading both historical biographies and accounts of the American Civil War.
The Holleys reside in Burke with their three sons, Michael, Drew, David and their daughter Meredith.
TIM AND ELYSSA PINKARD
Tim Pinkard serves as our Pastor of Next Generation which includes Student Ministries.
Tim writes that he was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home, noting that his parents were great examples as they modeled sacrifice, commitment and consistency. He accepted Christ on Palm Sunday, 1978 in Sunday school at four years old. The years attending Sunday school helped to lay the foundation of his understanding of Christianity.
In the summer of 1987 Tim had the opportunity to go on a short-term missions trip to the Dominican Republic with Youth for Christ International. It was a good introduction into serving as a “missionary” for a fourteen year old, and for the first time he realized his need to be dependent on God. He was baptized later that same year at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA.
Tim came on staff at Immanuel as Pastor of Next Generation in 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from East Carolina University, Greenville, NC., and is completing his Masters of Divinity at Denver Seminary, Littleton, Co.
Tim and Elyssa were married in June 2002 and live in the Springfield area, the proud parents of two girls, Tatum and Brooke.
RALPH AND KATIE WEITZ
Ralph grew up in the small, rural Pennsylvania town of Quakertown, and he attended a Mennonite Brethren in Christ church where at the age of six he accepted Jesus as his Savior. He was baptized on an Easter Sunday in the cold water of an outdoor cinderblock baptismal.
While attending Penn State and Stephen F. Austin State University, as a forestry major, he had planned his future career in detail. However, God had another plan that included becoming a staff member of Campus Crusade for Christ for the next 19 years.
While serving in Arkansas he met Katy, another Crusade staff member. In 1976 CCC sent them to Washington DC for the I Found It campaign. In 1989 Ralph was asked to join the Immanuel pastoral team. In addition to being the Stewardship Pastor, Ralph also serves as the current Building Committee chairman. Ralph and Katy minister together in greeting new comers to Immanuel through the Guest Reception and the Welcome Centers.
Ralph continues to use his forestry education through tree planting projects, speaking for the Cornwall Alliance - For the Stewardship of Creation, and firewood cutting. Ralph also enjoys landscaping, giving historical/spiritual tours of Philadelphia and playing Senior Softball. Ralph and Katy have two adult daughters: Brooke and Abby.