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Pastor Chris Riedel

Lead Pastor

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A passionate speaker with an understanding that church serves the community by creating a community of servers, Pastor Chris Riedel inspires us with his message of devotion to helping others. Whether he's leading a mission trip to help those less fortunate, visiting with members of the community in need, or listening to joys and concerns of the congregation, his dedication to uplifting us all is from the heart.

Since 1995, Pastor Chris has led Arcola United Methodist Church (UMC). His efforts have increased membership from 12 to over 850, and the church continues its growth today. In 2005, the current Worship Center was constructed to provide more space for worship services, Sunday school, special events, and a preschool. Because of our continued growth, we added another 7,050 square feet of classroom and meeting space in Fall 2010.

A native of Northern Virginia, Pastor Chris is the fourth of six children to George and Elinore Riedel. He is a graduate of Robinson High School and Virginia Tech (BS in Accounting). After working as a CPA for five years, he experienced a call into ordained ministry. In 1988, he started seminary at Wesley Theological Seminary, from which he graduated with a Masters in Divinity. He then served as pastor at Bethel UMC in Warrenton and Centreville UMC before coming to Arcola UMC.

Pastor Chris and his wife Julia (a guidance counselor at Moorefield Elementary School) met at a church picnic while he was working as a CPA in Georgia. They have been married for over 30 years and have four children: Ben (& wife, Jacki), Jessalyn, Emily, and Sam. Their dog, Chloe, and their cat, Zazoo, complete the family.

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Eric Ball

Council Chair

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Eric has been a member of Arcola Church since 2009. He participates in many church functions and activities such as leading worship and bible studies, community outreach and mission trips, and organizing the church basketball league. Eric lives in Leesburg with his wife Amy and three children. Eric is a General Manager for Honeywell International and in his spare time he enjoys boating, doing home improvement projects and playing sports.

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Ann Marie Bowman

Financial Secretary

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Ann Marie assists the Director of Administration focusing on the financial duties of the church and preschool.  Her husband Ron and their three children live in South Riding. Ann Marie enjoys reading, traveling, and rooting for her favorite sports teams.

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Richard Dawson

Associate Pastor

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In addition to being an associate pastor at Arcola Church, Pastor Rick is the pastor at Aldie United Methodist Churcha volunteer Chaplain for the Boy Scouts and the CEO of Camp Highroad. Before entering the ministry, Rick served twenty-three years in the Marine Corps, including three combat tours in Vietnam. He retired as Assistant Head of Law Enforcement for the Marine Corps, and continued into the private sector becoming a Regional Vice-President for Pinkerton Detective Agency and the Operational Vice-President for Paragon Investigations. After retiring from detective work, Rick began working for Highroad. Rick’s responsibilities include oversight of camp operations, fundraising, staff development, defining the camp’s mission and direction for the rest of the staff, and serving guests. Rick lives in Fairfax with his wife Sara.

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Tianna Durbin

Minister of Worship & Arts

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Before working in Church Ministry, Tianna led music programs in the public schools for fourteen years. She began working for the church by accepting a small job as Handbell Director at Bethany UMC. It was not long after accepting that job when she felt that “God nudge” to commit more fully to church work.  As Tianna will say, “things just fell into place once I responded to that calling.” She currently serves Arcola Church as Director of Music and is attending Wesley Theological Seminary. She recently completed a certification program in Church Music at Shenandoah University and she plans to graduate from Seminary with a Master of Arts Degree in 2018. Tianna, her husband Chris, and their two children, Kayla and Jacob, live in Purcellville, VA.

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Rich Goodwyn

Executive Director

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Rich is a retired Naval Aviator who served for over 30 years flying the mighty P-3 Orion aircraft. With a passion to help others, he and his family joined Arcola UMC in 2011 and immediately became involved in the church’s Bricks of Hope mission work in Rio Bravo Mexico and So Others Might Eat (SOME) mission work in Washington DC. Rich started leading a men’s bible study group in 2012 and credits the spiritual growth that group provided to prepare him for a more involved role in the church.  

Rich's favorite thing to do is be a husband to Lorrie and a father to Christopher, Hannah, and Drew. When he is not busy at church or with his family, Rich is flying drones for Orion Aerial Solutions, a company he founded and is the chief pilot for.

As Executive Director, Rich works to execute the vision of the church by ensuring that all focus areas—Praising, Learning, Sharing and Caring—are fully integrated across all ministries. Rich also ensures that the administrative operations of the church are effectively managed in order for programs to be properly supported.

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Betsy Hudson

Director of Grow Ministries, Youth Leader

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As the Director of Grow Ministries, Betsy believes her mission is helping Arcola Church disciples connect and grow in their relationships, both with God and others. She enjoys getting to know new people, and encouraging participation in the many opportunities we offer. In addition to her role here, Betsy is engaged in study at Wesley seminary, where she is challenged to bring reality to theory, by integrating what she is learning into life at Arcola.

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Sam Riedel

Chair of Youth Ministries

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Sam is a graduate student at Wesley Theological Seminary who is approaching ordination with a certain degree of desperation. He is very interested in stories, particularly of people and places. He believes this is a large part of the reason why he felt called into ministry as to find great solace in being a professional story-teller. He was a History and English major at Virginia Tech where he fell in love with reading. Sam's favorite subjects are 18th and 19th century culture and life, studying the ways in which our modern world and culture developed fascinates him. He's always had a huge interest in gaming and sports and played soccer and tennis all through middle and high school. Despite his own indoor driven life, he's a big fan of nature and finds equal pleasure in great nature scenes as in big city escapades and more than anything a simple walk with his dog in the afternoon. 

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Lisa Korhnak

Director of Communications

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Lisa oversees all communications activities. She also directed the 16 care ministries at Arcola Church for seven years before transferring the position over to Molly Riedel. Her background is primarily in strategic marketing and communications — previously she has worked as a vice president of communications for a nationally-recognized firm and president of a communications firm. She continues to work as a strategic integrated marketing consultant at Moore Marketing Solutions when not working at the church. Her goal in working at Arcola Church is to help others feel connected to each other, to God and to feel comfort when times are tough. In addition to her leadership as a director, Lisa is also a congregational care minister and lay counselor — providing support to those in need of hope and healing. In her free time she likes to be outside, whether it’s watching lacrosse, walking the dog, jogging or reading a good book. Her family (husband, three children and labradoodle) live in South Riding and have been members of Arcola Church since 2005.

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Barbara Ladany

Director, Arcola Christian Preschool

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We are blessed to have Barbara as the Director of Arcola Christian Preschool. With a degree in Elementary and Early Childhood Education, she has always loved working with children, especially preschoolers. She enjoys that preschoolers like to explore and learn -- and that they have such wonderful, simple faith. In addition to working at Arcola Christian Preschool, she is a mother to two children, lives in Ashburn and has been a part of Arcola Church since 1996. Barbara has been employed by the church since 2004 and helped start the preschool in 2005. She loves to read, garden, hike and spend time with her family. One of her favorite scriptures is: “God’s love and kindness will shine upon us like the sun that rises in the sky” (Luke 1:78).  It reminds her of how, even on a rainy day, the sun always seems to be shining in the faces and actions of the preschoolers at ACP.

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Gina Latorre

Childcare Coordinator

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Gina has enjoyed working with children for decades, whether it's teaching dance, working with the Boy Scouts, or substitute teaching in Elementary Schools. Most recently she’s been blessed with an opportunity to work as a Teaching Assistant in the Intellectual Disabilities Room at Pinebrook Elementary. Gina enjoys working with the wonderful childcare providers, staff, and young children here at Arcola UMC every week.  

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Ami Low

Graphic Designer

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Ami works with our communications team and makes us look good — creating beautiful designs and graphics that you see in our brochures, website, banners and more. She and her beautiful family joined the church in 2005.

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Suzanne Lyles

Children's Worship Leader

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Suzanne leads our Children's Worship each Sunday and also creates our Sunday School curriculum. Her background is in Instructional Design for adults, but she has found her passion in teaching children. Her goal as Children's Worship leader is to provide a fun, educational and loving environment where children can grow in their relationship with God. In her free time Suzanne likes to hang out with her family or read a good book. You may also spot her in the halls of Arcola Elementary School where she is a substitute teacher. Her family (husband and two children) live in Stone Ridge and have been a part of Arcola Church since 2005.

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Carole Salgado

Director of Sharing

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In Carole’s role as the Director of Sharing she strives to make sure that Arcola is active in our community, both locally and beyond. She came to Arcola in 2014 and immediately began singing in the choir; soon after she expanded her church involvement by helping Arcola provide support to several of the local schools. Her passion for helping under privileged children, along with management skills she honed as the founder and president of a local company – Red Team Consulting – complement each other as she works to find ways for Arcola to share God’s love throughout the community. Carole, her husband Joe, and teenage son Zac live in Brambleton with their adorable beagle – Basile. They love travelling together, where the only difficult part about being away from home is leaving Basile behind.

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Bill and Bonnie Miller

Co-Chairs of Connections

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Bill and Bonnie Miller have been members of Arcola Church since 2003. In 2004 they began leading the New Member groups and in 2006 became the Directors of the Sharing Ministry. Their ministry includes the Connection teams, Missions, New Member and Visitor Ministries. God called Bill and Bonnie to Arcola Church the first Sunday they attended -- for their granddaughter's baptism in 2002. When they aren't doing church work or studying, Bill loves working on his '53 Chevy pick-up and his '67 Austin Healey 3000. Bonnie loves to try new recipes and enjoys working in her gardens. With three children and seven grandchildren -- their greatest pleasure is enjoying time with family. Favorite scripture: Romans 12:2 "Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think."

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Anne Moriak

Chair of Children

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Born and raised in East Tennessee, Anne brings her volunteer spirit to the role of coordinating children's ministries. With a degree in communications, she moved to the big city and worked in the Atlanta advertising industry for over 10 years. No longer able to ignore her true calling to work with children, Anne has been hanging out in the Sunday School hallway and directing our summer Vacation Bible School since 2007. Her goal for the children of Arcola is to grow in their relationship with God and feel safe in their church home. Because Anne loves little ones so much, she also teaches 3 year olds at Arcola Christian Preschool. When not at church, you can find Anne at home in Ashburn with her husband, Steve, kids Molly and Frank, along with their precious mutt, Lucy Lu.

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Tina Moss

Chair of Communications

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Tina assists the Director of Communications, whether she is writing the Arcola Church Connection e-newsletter or updating the website -- she serves by spreading the word about our church and opportunities to get connected. Tina has been employed by Arcola Church since 2014. Her husband, Steve, and their two children (now grown) have been members of Arcola Church since 2001.

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Molly Riedel

Director of Caring, Congregational Care Minister, Nurse Psychotherapist, RN, PMH, CNS, BC

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Molly directs the care ministries at Arcola Church along with providing counseling and congregational care to members of our church and community.  Molly is a graduate from the University of Virginia Nursing School and the University of Maryland graduate program specializing in counseling and psychiatric mental health. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, gardening and cooking. 

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Jennifer Roberts

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Jennifer has participated in church music and felt a calling for music ministry ever since she was a young child. Over the past 20 years, she has been a music educator in private schools and served at several churches in music ministry. Jennifer is excited to help grow the children's music ministry at Arcola and assist with music wherever needed. She received a B.A. in Music Education from Bethan University in 1995 and a M.A. in Music Education from George Mason University in 2000. Jennifer sings, plays the flute and piano. She lives in Broadlands with her husband, Ben and son, Ethan. In her free time Jennifer enjoys reading fiction, walking their two dogs, and oil painting.

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Chris Slupe

Director of Administration

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Chris directs all the administration, database and financials for the church and preschool. She also manages the facilities and grounds -- including room scheduling and maintenance. She and her family have been members of Arcola Church since 2000. She loves sports, cookies and Duke basketball.

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Patrick White

Pianist

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Jerry Baigis

Congregational Care Minister

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Following a 22 year career as a US Marine Officer, Jerry along with his wife Paige and sons Jonathan and Ross departed San Jose California for Northern Virginia to work with Dell Computer. Shortly after settling in at their new home in Aldie and researching local churches, they found Arcola in 2002. Arcola has been the source of many friendships, spiritual and personal growth, and community. Jerry's participation in small groups has been a source of comfort and spiritual growth. Being part of the Congregational Care Ministry seemed like a natural next step in his journey at AUMC allowing him to connect with members in a deeper more meaningful way.

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Richard Theroux

Congregational Care Minister

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Rich Theroux lives in Chantilly and has been a member of Arcola UMC for over 20 years.  He is a Branch Chief at the Office of Management and Budget in DC.  Rich chose to be a CCM because he enjoys helping people through difficult times.    

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Amanda Baxter

Congregational Care Minister

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Amanda, along with her husband Greg, joined Arcola UMC in 2003 when there was only the little white church used for pretty much everything. Between 2003 and 2006 Amanda assisted leading the Senior High youth group. She had her son Liam in 2008 and transitioned to volunteering in the Sunday School program along with participating in Vacation Bible School. She currently resides with her family in South Riding. She works full time in transportation engineering and enjoys spending time with her family and friends outside of work. Amanda had a calling to become a Congregational Care Minister at Arcola UMC in 2017. You can find her most Sundays back in Ruth Hall singing and dancing with the youth.

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Barbi Shires

Congregational Care Minister

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Barbi has been a member of Arcola Church for almost 23 years.  In recent years, she has felt a calling to become more involved in God’s work.  Being a Congregational Care Minister is one way of responding to God’s call.  Barbi continues to grow in her prayer life and is available to pray with or for those in need.  She is honored to serve God in this special way.

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Janeen Meehan

Congregational Care Minister

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Janeen graduated from the University of Wisconsin with 2 masters degrees, one if education administration and one in Behavioral Science. She worked 42 years as a teacher, principal and education director in the public schools and a state mental health institution. Janeen felt her calling to become a CCM when she received such wonderful support during her daughter's illness. She felt God wanted her to do good things for others to provide strength, share her faith, and provide comfort to those in need. 

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Karen McKelvey

Congregational Care Minister

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Karen has been a member of Arcola UMC since 2010. She was a nurse, in the pharmaceutical industry for 16 years. Currently, she works as a Holistic Health Coach. Karen has been married to her husband Scott for 27 years and has a son Brian who is 23 and Kyle who is 19. Volunteering and serving others is important to Karen and she has an appreciation for the connection between one’s physical, mental, emotional & spiritual well being. By serving as a CCM, she hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others.