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.
Rev. Jason Micheli
703-256-8330, ext. 101
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
Associate Pastor for Youth and young adults
703-256-8330, ext. 105
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
703-256-8330, ext. 107
Chenda is being appointed to a full-time clergy position at another United Methodist Church effective July 1, 2020 – click here to watch our video announcement. We wish her all the best as she transitions to the next stage of her life. If you’d like to send a card or make a love offering on her behalf, you may mail it to the church office at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. To make a love offering, write a check to “AUMC” and designate in the memo line that it’s for Chenda. You may send your checks to Garry Bell’s attention.
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.
Director of Christian Education for Children
703-256-8330, ext. 104
Meredith started her teaching journey in 2008 at Henrico County Recreation and Parks where she first worked with preschoolers. She quickly fell in love with teaching and working with children and has been teaching in various capacities ever since. With a B.F.A from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Seminary in Richmond, Meredith loves to pair art and Christian education together. Among her many passions are spending time outdoors, dancing (not with any great skill but with a ton of joy regardless), and seeing how God is working in the lives of others. She’s often found perusing for children’s ministry resources and toys wherever she goes and loves Celtic music, weaving, and swimming.
Director of Music Ministries
703-256-8330, ext. 123
Pat Vaughn has been Director of Music Ministries at Annandale UMC for over fifteen years. 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!
Executive Director of Weekday Children’s Programs
Angela’s first job was that of a nanny, and she later took over a daycare center owned by her grandmother. Over the next 30 years, she held positions at nonprofits, corporations, public schools and consulting firms where she led teams focused on early childhood education. In July of 2017, she became the director of AUMC’s Child Development Center, and in September 2018 became the executive director of AUMC’s three weekday programs. She has a degree in organizational management from Palm Beach Atlantic University, a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, and associate’s degrees in accounting and child development. Read an interview with Angela in AUMC’s Feb. 2019 monthly newsletter, the Witness.
Our Office Staff
Garry Bell – Business Administrator
703-256-8330, ext. 100
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
703-256-8330, ext. 114
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.
Mauricio Marin – Custodian
Mauricio and Goldy are responsible for the cleanliness of the church and its furnishings.
Jay Morris – Communications Manager
703-256-8330, ext. 113
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,
703-256-8330, ext. 115
Taye performs or oversees the maintenance and improvements of AUMC’s facilities and equipment and oversees the work of the custodians.
Taye retired on May 15, 2020, as our facilities manager after 13 years of service to AUMC – click here to see our farewell video message. We wish him all the best as he transitions to the next stage of his life. If you’d like to send a card or make a love offering on his behalf, you may mail it to the church office at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003. To make a love offering, write a check to “AUMC” and designate in the memo line that it’s for Taye. You may send your checks to Garry Bell’s attention.
Dottie Rogerson – Membership Secretary,
703-256-8330, ext. 112
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
703-256-8330, ext. 109
Nakia is responsible for the maintenance of all of AUMC’s accounts and financial records. Contact her for information on your giving statement.
Church Council Chair – Pam Jones is the overall leader, coordinating the multiple committees and helping balance priorities.
Finance Committee Chair – Mike Bizer. Treasurer – Tracy Carney. Other officers – Class of 2020: Christie Phillips, Deke Moeller, Jerry Beyer; Class of 2021: Scott Fleming, Peter Snitzer Sr.; Class of 2022: Dan Cornette, Lutricia Fields, Will Coley.
Staff Parish Committee Chair – Erin McKenney. Erin handles church staff personnel issues and concerns. Other officers – Class of 2020: Kristine Grow, Katy Padilla, Denny Stokes; Class of 2021: Cyndi Jones, Andrew Snyder; Class of 2022: Debbi Iwig, Fred Carns, Lavinia Odejimi.
Trustees Chair – Dana A. Goward. Dana is responsible for the overall welfare of our facilities, including maintenance and renovations, and assessing whether we are successfully utilizing our spaces. Other officers – Class of 2020: Gary FitzGibbon, Eldon Hildebrandt, Peter Snitzer Jr.; Class of 2021: Brenda Poole, Kyle Sims; Class of 2022: Beth Graves, Dale Ruhter, Becky Sellner.
Lay Leader – Pam Jones. Pam always knows what’s going on, and is happy to help congregants keep up with the myriad activities, missions, and news in the life of the church. Other officers – Class of 2020: Teresa Beyer, Sally Bizer, Bill Pemberton; Class of 2021: Pat Sherfey, Maribeth Day, Margaret Vaughn; Class of 2022: Christi Schwarten, Scott Taggart, Barbara Gordon.
We’d like to thank our outgoing committee chairs (Bill Sinclair as council chair and Marcia Twomey as Trustee chair) for a job well done! Also, we’d like to recognize the following members who served in the Class of 2019: Mike Cavanagh, Dale Ruhter, Scott Taggart, Corneilus Stephens, Beth Graves, Eldon Hildebrandt, Carol Burns and Gary FitzGibbon.
Please thank our AUMC volunteers when you see them for their time and dedication!