Here at Annandale United Methodist, we believe diversity is the fruit of the gospel of grace. Not only do we have pastors who look like our community, we have staff who have been here for two months and people who’ve been here for twenty years; some born here in Annandale and some from halfway across the world. One thing is true of all of us: we have a lot of fun here and would love to meet you. Come on by sometime!
The main office phone number is 703-256-8330, and the email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Pastors and Leaders
Rev. Jason Micheli
Like a hipster dropped by Jesus in the middle of a Hallmark Original feel good movie, Jason Micheli peppers the Christian faith with enough cynicism, sarcastic wit, and fart jokes to amuse even the most skeptical Gen-Xer while wearing enough pressed polo shirts to reassure their parents. Unlike the bawdy jokes it contains, the title of his book, Cancer is Funny, was not his idea but his editor’s. The title of his upcoming book on marriage, Living in Sin, was his wife’s idea. Like a Luther-loving wolf let in among lambs, Jason has been a United Methodist pastor since 2001, Va. His popular podcast, Crackers and Grape Juice, is like Christian NPR but with even more white people. As would be expected of any graduate of UVA and Princeton, the only person Jason admires more than the Messiah is Jason.
His wife, Ali, has tolerated him since they met on the swim team in high school (one look at Jason in a Speedo and she was a goner). Their two sons, Gabriel and Alexander (12 and 15) enjoy swimming, running, and PS games as distractions from their embarrassing parents.
For those of you now worried about Jason’s bona fides, he served as the executive pastor at Aldersgate UMC for 13 years. He’s also been a church planter, a small town pastor, and a chaplain on death row.
Rev. Peter Kwon
Unlike Jason with his unnecessarily edgy and forced jokes, Peter Kwon displays a gentle, calm and loving presence that will remind anyone of his homeboy JC.
A passionate young pastor, Peter is also tremendously gifted at befriending strangers, preaching and playing music on his guitar. Although he doesn’t care too much about archaic musicians and rock stars, he is deeply passionate about hip-hop, its culture and history. He is staying faithful to his mother’s command from fifteen years ago by staying away from the oven (for safety, of course), but finds preparing food using the microwave a lot safer and more efficient. In his free time, you can expect to find him in the corner of his bed, napping in the fetal position.
Rev. Chenda Lee
Chenda’s strengths, from the Gallups’s Strengths Finder inventory include: harmony, adapatibility, empathy, deliberative, and consistency. But you wouldn’t gather that from the degree to which Jason fears her (or, her preaching, which is deeply influenced by Jesus’ message of inclusion for those on the margins of society. Though often challenging, her preaching comes from a place of deep compassion, love, conviction, and desire for all God’s people to live fully and freely in the abundance of God’s grace. A native of Liberia, West Africa, she came to the United States when she was sixteen, after surviving Liberia’s civil war. She enjoys documenting, on social media, the crazy and beautiful (crazetiful) things her daughters do, exploring ethnic cuisines, and reading young adult fiction. She and her husband, Asa, met during their time at Wesley Theological Seminary. They are stewards of four spirited daughters—Akeemah, Jaanaiya, Cydah, and Camaini.
Ruth Anne Luckenbaugh
Director of Children’s Ministries
In need of a pick me up? Ruth Anne’s office is the perfect place to find a stuffed animal to hug or some play-doh to squish. She is well-versed in all things Veggie Tales and provides an extensive knowledge of children’s church songs. Much to the horror of her children, (Megan, Noah & Sophie) one of her favorite things to do for the past 20+ years has been to teach the “Who’s the King of the Jungle?” song to church kids. Her Pinterest boards are filled with Bible-themed snacks and crafts with the more than occasional quirky corgi photo. While her husband Dave is reading poetry and scholarly articles, Ruth Anne can be found in the Children’s department of the Barnes and Noble. Almost always she is the only one without a small child in tow. Her deepest passions are little kids’ books and songs, chocolate, her family, and podcasts.
Director of Youth Ministries
Trish Bradley is an Annandale-native and a Fairfax High School graduate who ran off to Canada when she turned 18. She attended Bethany Bible College (now Kingswood University), and after a ten year hiatus is trying to do her best impression of a student at Wesley Theological Seminary in DC. You can usually find her working on her next strange youth group activity, such as full-size Hungry-Hungry Hippos, live-action Mario Kart, or two editions of the Donut Olympics. When she isn’t up to her ears in theological textbooks (for school, not for fun – she isn’t Jason), Trish enjoys taking pictures of her food and adding shows to her Netflix queue that she’ll never get around to because she basically only watches 5 TV shows over and over again. (The Office, Game of Thrones, Rick & Morty, 30 Rock, and Community, in case you were wondering.) She also enjoys stand-up comedy, Googling things, Mario-based video games, singing, cooking, and knowing weird facts about stuff. (According to Genesis 1:21, the chicken came before the egg.)
Director of Music Ministries
This October, Pat Vaughn will begin his fifteenth year as Director of Music Ministries at Annandale UMC. In addition to wrangling the members of the choirs and handbell ensembles at church, he can often be found troubleshooting a sound system, sweeping the floors of Wright Hall or serving as the resident security man when the power is knocked out.
As a father of four and a husband of over 25 years to Margaret (she lost a bet), his love for travel and spending time with the kids is what keeps him going!
Our Office Staff
Garry Bell – Business Administrator
Garry is responsible for administering the business affairs of AUMC and is in charge of the work in the church’s administrative offices. Contact him to schedule a large-scale event at AUMC: a wedding, a funeral, and so on.
Diana Dzikiewicz – Media Specialist
Diana is responsible for producing all publications and electronic display media, including the website. Email her with questions, comments, or requests regarding website and Facebook content.
Goldy Galeano – Custodian
Goldy and Mauricio are responsible for the cleanliness of the church and its furnishings.
Joyce Kitzmiller – Office Manager, Columbia Pike Campus
Joyce is responsible for the day-to-day management and direction of the church office functions and personnel. She handles the Calendar and Registration page. Email her to reserve a room at AUMC for your activity.
Mauricio Marin – Custodian
Mauricio and Goldy are responsible for the cleanliness of the church and its furnishings.
Jay Morris – Communications Manager
Jay is responsible for implementing a comprehensive communication plan to promote AUMC’s programs, activities, events and vision and to help strengthen the church’s role and identity in the community. Email him with anything you want publicized: upcoming events, articles for the weekly bulletin, etc.
Taye Nadi – Facility Maintenance Manager,
Taye performs or oversees the maintenance and improvements of AUMC’s facilities and equipment and oversees the work of the custodians.
Dottie Rogerson – Membership Secretary,
Dottie is responsible for Membership/Constituent records, in addition to other general administrative duties. Email her to get on many of our mailing lists, including to receive the Witness newsletter online, the weekly E-blast with information about upcoming services, the Prayer Chain for emails about AUMC members and friends in need of prayers, and the Funeral List. Also email her to buy Flowers on the Altar for the Sunday service, or to tell her of upcoming anniversaries of 50 plus years to get congratulations in the bulletin.
Nakia Smith – Accountant
Nakia is responsible for the maintenance of all of AUMC’s accounts and financial records. Contact her for information on your giving statement.