Jesse Kim – Operations Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jesse was born in South Korea, but his family moved to the U.S. when he was 11 years old. He grew up in the northern Virginia area throughout his teens. He later came to faith in Jesus Christ as he attended a youth retreat of a local church and heard the gospel. He studied at Lancaster Bible College and served as a pastoral assistant at Shining Star Community Church in Falls Church, VA for about 9 years. He enjoys making lattes, live music, pasta, and the Green Bay Packers.
Melissa Falcone – Women’s Counseling Coordinator (email@example.com)
Growing up in the American South in Flower Mound, Texas, Melissa had ample opportunities to observe the difference between Christianity that was rooted in the heart and Christianity that was cultural and for show. Eventually, through the faithful ministry of her mother and Sunday school teachers (one who challenged Melissa to “read through the Bible until you find a story you don’t know yet”), at age 10 Melissa’s heart became personally convicted of sin while reading Scripture, and she experienced the life-changing regeneration of God’s Spirit. God also changed Melissa’s heart to want to serve others, so she has served in counseling ministry for the past 15 years in various formal and informal roles. She has her Masters in Counseling from Westminster Seminary, has worked for CCEF as an online instructor, and helps to teach Equipped to Counsel with her husband, Danny. They have 3 fantastic children–Brooklyn, Rydan, and Reece– with a fourth on the way soon. Melissa loves to run, read, and cook & eat spicy Thai food.
Annette Webster – Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Annette is married to Pat and they have two grown sons. Jordan (27), who is married to Alicia, and Joseph (21). By God’s grace Annette and Pat came to trust in Jesus Christ soon after they were married. They have served in a number of ministries in the Denton, TX area since 1999. Annette has a heart for counseling women and loves sharing the word of God with them. They are very excited to begin this new chapter in Virginia and join the Del Ray Baptist Church family.
Ben Robin – Pastoral Assistant (email@example.com)
Ben was born and raised in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. By God’s grace, he repented of sin and trusted in Christ late in college. At Oklahoma State University, a few close friends ministered to him, by inviting him to church and encouraging him to read his Bible more. Since then, he has earned a Master of Divinity degree from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Historical and Theological Studies. He desires to pastor a local church and teach God’s Word at the seminary level. Ben is married to Anna (pronounced “uh-nuh”), and they have two children.
Alex Payne – Clerk
Alexandra Payne grew up on Oxon Hill, MD under the guidance of parents who faithfully preached the gospel to her during her formative years. She came to Christ in high school and since that time has continued to grow in knowledge and grace. She attended The Masters University in Santa Clarita, CA and moved back home after graduating. She has worked at a number of non-profits in the DC area, most recently the anti-trafficking organization Polaris, and has been a member of Del Ray Baptist since 2019. Alex enjoys baking, walks with friends, and tending her two sheep Territh and Tilley.
Andrew Ferguson – Deacon of Children’s Ministry
Andrew grew up in a Christian home in St. Louis, Missouri, where he came to know the Lord at a young age. He met his wife, Kayla, while attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. They have been married since 2014 and currently have three children. Following law school, they moved back to the Northern Virginia area in 2018 and joined Del Ray Baptist Church later that year. Andrew enjoys yard and home improvement projects, baking (with Kayla), and following the St. Louis Cardinals.
Kayla Ferguson – Deaconess of Children’s Ministry
Kayla grew up in a Christian home in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and came to know the Lord at a young age. She met her husband, Andrew, while attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. They were married in 2014 and moved to Massachusetts for law school, where Kayla served in their church’s children’s ministry. Following law school, they returned to Virginia and have been members of Del Ray Baptist Church since 2018. Kayla enjoys running, baking, and exploring with her children.
Joey Guikema – Deacon of Children’s Ministry
Joey grew up in Springfield, IL. At a young age through Vacation Bible School, God saved him. As Joey grew in faith he did and does hang onto Ephesians 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.” During college the Lord led Joey into law enforcement and the Army National Guard. In 2019 God brought him to Virginia and he joined Del Ray Baptist Church that year and completed the DRBC internship the following year. Joey is married to Emily and they have two kids Rowan and Adelaide. Joey enjoys food of various types #fatlife, reading, board games, ultimate Frisbee, and just being outside.
Emily Guikema – Deaconess of Children’s Ministry
Emily was born into a Christian family and came to the Lord at an early age. The Lord has used children’s ministry and Christian Camp ministry to help grow her love for him. She married Joey in 2010 and they have lived in 4 states since then, landing in the Del Ray neighborhood in 2019. She loves being able to stay home with her two children and recently began homeschooling her eldest. She loves going on adventures, game nights and exploring all the DMV has to offer.
Shanna Gidwani – Deaconess of Community Care
Shanna grew up in Northern Virginia. At the restaurant she worked at while attending George Mason University, she met a group of fellow students who were Christians. She saw their love for God and knew they had something she didn’t – God’s indwelling love. After asking herself a lot of questions and being convicted of her sin, she let go of her pride and accepted Christ as Lord and Savior over her life. She attended McLean Bible Church for more than 10 years before being led to worship and serve at a church in her neighborhood, becoming a DRBC member in 2019. Her previous experience working for a non-profit that helps low-income individuals find employment has been useful as she serves our neighbors in Community Care. Shanna enjoys Olympic Weightlift Training, biking, dancing, and serving others.
Andrew Travis – Deacon of Community Care
Andrew was born and spent most of his childhood in the Philadelphia, PA area. By God’s grace, he trusted in Christ at a young age through the faithful gospel witness of his parents. In the fall of 2018, he moved to Alexandria and became a member at Del Ray, where he met his wife Jess in a Community Group. They married in June 2021 and live in Washington, DC. He enjoys spending time with friends, exploring DC, a well-formatted spreadsheet, and having his heart broken by Philadelphia’s sports teams.
Michelle Sloan – Deaconess of Community Care
Michelle grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia and was blessed with parents that preached the Gospel to her from a young age. She believed and was saved while attending Grove City College in Pennsylvania. After studying elementary and special education in college, she moved to the DMV to teach. She taught for seven years in Washington, DC, during which time she began attending Del Ray Baptist Church and was blessed to join the Community Care Team. Michelle enjoys hiking, board games, organizing everything, and spending time with friends.
Ravi Berwa – Deacon of Member Care
Ravi was born in Maryland, but grew up in Virginia where he came to know the Lord from the faithful witness of a friend in High School. He joined the military after high school and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve for eight years. After multiple deployments overseas, he learned first-hand how to care for, grieve and empathize with various families facing a multitude of challenges. These experiences instilled in him a greater desire to love and serve people well for God’s glory even after he returned home. He joined Del Ray Baptist Church in 2017 and serves on the greeting, hospitality, and member care teams. In his spare time he enjoys reading, spending time with friends, playing sports and serving others.
Justin Hughes – Deacon of Member Care
Justin grew up right here in Alexandria, VA in a Christian home. He heard and believed the gospel at a young age and was baptized at First Baptist Church Alexandria. He attended Wake Forest University for college followed by VCU for dental school where he met his wife Laura. They journeyed up to NYC and then out to Iowa for residency and finally returned back home to Alexandria where Justin practices orthodontics with his dad. Justin and Laura are so thankful for the faithful preaching and loving community of believers at DRBC. In his spare time, Justin enjoys the outdoors, sports, coffee, powerlifting, and spending time with family and friends.
Laura Hughes – Deaconess of Member Care
Laura Hughes grew up in Midlothian VA. Truly grateful for the faithful shepherding of her parents and local church family, Laura came to trust in our Savior Jesus Christ as her Lord from a young age. Homeschooled through 9th grade and then attending public school 10th-12th, Laura is thankful for the Lord’s protection and faithfulness to continue drawing her ever nearer by His grace. Laura attended VCU for a degree in Exercise Science and at the conclusion of her Junior year was cleverly introduced to her husband Justin by her sneaky, intentional roommate who was in Justin’s community group. Laura and Justin were married in May of 2013 and immediately moved to NYC for Justin’s dental residency program. After nannying in NYC for the year, Justin and Laura moved to Iowa City for Justin to complete his studies while Laura worked as the Front Office Manager for a Children’s Therapy Center. Justin and Laura have lived and attended Del Ray since their move to Alexandria in 2016. Laura is currently a stay at home mom raising her 1yr old son Caleb, with a little sister on the way in Feb 2019. Laura deeply enjoys meeting up with others for playdates and coffee times, exercise, warm fires, anything outside, and a really good laugh!
Catherine O. Snow – Deaconess of Member Care
Catherine was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and rejoices when she has the privilege of meeting fellow Georgians living here in the DMV. By the grace, mercy, and love of God, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the not-so-tender age of 29, when she found herself in a personal and spiritual pit of despair. She gives all glory to God for deeply growing her faith by His surrounding her with men and women who loved the Lord, invested in her personally, and taught her to love studying God’s Word. That firm foundation was needed as her career led her to DC in 2001, out to Colorado Springs in 2010, and then back to the DMV in 2017. Catherine attended Capitol Hill Baptist Church during her first stint in the DMV but was led to Del Ray Baptist Church when she moved back. Since that first Sunday in 2017, she considers DRBC her “home” and loves worshipping God alongside her brothers and sisters in Christ. She finds deep satisfaction in serving others and is humbled to minister to her church family as a Deaconess of Member Care. She is reminded and renewed when she’s able to share with yet-to-believe friends and neighbors about God’s daily and amazing sufficiency – especially through her long-term health challenges. Catherine enjoys entertaining and learning new things (especially history!), as well as spending time with and caring for her mom, sister, nephews, and two dogs.
James Nelson – Deacon of Ordinances
James grew up in a Christian home in southern California, where he trusted in Christ at a young age. He met his wife, Kira, while attending Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. They have been married since 2013 and currently have three boys. After law school and a clerkship in Boston and Pittsburgh, they moved back to Virginia in 2017 and quickly joined Del Ray Baptist Church. James enjoys spending time with his kids, coffee, mowing his lawn, watching basketball, and eating meals with the amazing DRBC community.
Jay Jay Kim – Deacon of Audio/Visual
JayJay was born in Busan, South Korea into a Christian family. He and his family immigrated to the US in August of 2002, right after the Korea & Japan World Cup. When he first came to the States, he moved from one Korean church to another every year, but he did not hear the gospel until he was in high school. He thought Christianity was about do’s and don’t’s. He finally landed at a church where he heard the Gospel through the faithful discipleship of a Youth Pastor who helped him understand that the gospel is not only for unbelievers, but for believers as well. God led JayJay and his wife Anne to Del Ray Baptist Church in the summer of 2014, as they were seeking to grow in a healthy church body while pursuing marriage. JayJay always enjoyed playing with technology. He once took apart a broken cassette tape player to fix it only to realize he didn’t know how to put it back together. He enjoys seeing the light, delighting in his wife, and awaiting everlasting life.
Rusty Siedschlag – Deacon of Audio/Visual
Rusty was raised in rural Wisconsin. He came to faith in Christ at an early age through the godly ministry of his parents. He met Justina at Maranatha Baptist University while studying Biology and Biblical Studies. The two were married in 2010 and served together in music ministry at the church where they were members. A few years later, they moved to the DC area and joined DRBC in the Spring of 2014. Since then, God has blessed them with two children, and a continuing love for God’s people.
Scott Terrell – Deacon of Finance
Scott grew up moving every few years as part of a military family, before settling in Maryland for his high school years. He first heard and believed the Gospel and came to know the Lord through the ministry of some close friends and a local church. Scott attended Virginia Tech where he studied statistics, mathematics, and economics. Upon graduating, Scott moved to Northern Virginia in 2014 for work. In 2017, he married his high-school sweetheart, Sarah, and they began attending DRBC later that year. In his free time, Scott enjoys watching and refereeing soccer, taking long walks with his wife and their dog, and playing strategy board games.
David Toney – Deacon of Events
David grew up in Houston, and he was raised by parents who love the Gospel and shared it with him often as a child. By God’s grace, he was saved through their consistent witness at a young age. David moved to Northern Virginia in 2011 and was a member at Capitol Hill Baptist Church for 6 years before joining DRBC in 2017. David is a project manager at a Museum in D.C. and enjoys cooking, painting, and spending time with family.
Kayla Toney – Deaconess of Events
Kayla was born and raised in Troy, Michigan, by a Christian family. She was saved by God’s grace at a young age and was blessed to learn more about walking with Christ through her church and youth group. She studied history at Grove City College, where she grew through campus ministry. Kayla moved to D.C. in 2015 to attend law school, and that summer she met David. They began attending DRBC as an engaged couple and have been happily married since August 2017. Kayla enjoys pursuing her legal career and spending time with DRBC friends.