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Clergy

The Reverend Rob Merola

Rector
Rob.Merola@stmatthewssterling.org

I am so glad you are considering worshiping with us at St. Matthew's.  We think church is a great place to be!  I mean, first of all:   God is there.  I know he's everywhere, but the point is, everywhere else we're usually too busy doing a hundred other things to give Him the focused,  intentional, singular attention He deserves.  Sure, I can worship God on a trout stream.  But I don't.  I'm thinking about big beautiful fish instead....

 

 

The Reverend Joe Gann

Associate of Pastoral Care
JGann@stmtts.org

The Rev. Joseph Gann (Joe) and his wife (Roz) have been living in Reston for the past year. They came to Northern Virginia to help their son and grandson. Joe is an Ordained Elder (1969) in the United Methodist Church. He served churches in Oklahoma and Ohio for more than thirty-six years before retiring in 2004. Joe received his Master of Theology Degree from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. His undergraduate work was done at The University of Tulsa. 

He spent many years serving inner-city congregations in the Cincinnati area where he worked cooperatively with community and faith groups. For twenty-nine years, The Rev. Gann produced an interfaith radio program, “Genesis,” on Cincinnati stations. He has also served as co-spiritual director of the Greater Cincinnati Emmaus (Cursillo) Community and led more than twenty teams. 

Joe is looking forward to getting to know the people of St. Matthews.

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Staff

Elliott Smith

Associate Pastor
Elliott@stmtts.org

Greetings! I’m Elliott Smith, the Associate Pastor and Youth Minister here at Saint Matthew’s! I was born in Oakland and grew up in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area in the dry California hills and on the delta marshes. After high school I attended Prairie Bible College in Alberta, Canada and earned two different bachelor degrees, one in Outdoor Education & Leadership Development, and another in Christian Studies with a minor in Philosophy. This is also when I became involved with the Anglican church for the first time. During college I was a white water raft guide outside Glacier National Park in Montana and Denali National Park in Alaska, and was a wilderness EMT and swift water rescue instructor.

Following college I returned to northern California where I was a Youth Director for a Lutheran congregation, and I remained in that ministry for a little less than four years before leaving to pursue my lifelong dream of attending seminary.

I began my three year seminary graduate program at Duke University in the fall of 2013, running a year-long leadership development program with undergraduates and holding numerous pastoral positions in various church and parachurch organizations. My main areas of concentration during seminary were Pauline studies, Black Church theology, and Domestic Violence advocacy. After graduating seminary I moved to DC to be with my wife, Jessi, who is herself an experienced lay pastor, preacher, and accomplished musician.

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Saint Matthew’s community. After all of our many varied travels Jessi and I can both say that Saint Matthew’s is truly providing a unique and powerful church experience. We are so excited and honored to be a part of the ministry here, and we hope you’ll choose to partner with St. Matt’s as we continue to bring the news of God’s grace and love to the diverse communities here in Sterling.

Isaac Lund 

Seminarian

Isaac is currently enrolled in the Masters of Divinity program at Duke Divinity School and is serving at St. Matthew’s as our seminarian for the summer. Isaac is a proud PacificNorthwest native, raised in the Willamette and Yakima Valleys in Oregon and Washington. He attended college at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA where he majored in biblical literature. Isaac’s spiritual and theological convictions have been formed both by the Pentecostal tradition in which he was raised (Assemblies of God) as well as the Anglican communion later in his college years.

Isaac’s academic interests include Pentecostal theology, Old Testament Studies, and biblical cosmology. These are healthily balanced by his passions for music, outdoor activities (primarily hiking and cycling), and attempting to be a socialite. Upon graduation from Duke, Isaac plans to move back to Washington and pursue ordination in the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. There he hopes to do full-time pastoral work and teach at his alma mater as an adjunct (Lord willing and the creek don’t rise).

Isaac is very excited to be serving at St Matt’s this summer and is looking forward to gaining experience in the many pastoral opportunities of local parish ministry.

 

Miriam Turner

Office Manager
OfficeManager@stmatthewssterling.org

Miriam and her family have been members of Saint Matthew's since August 2004. She joined us as the Office Manager in June 2008. In addition to her work at the church, Miriam also teaches in the Travel Department at Northern Virginia Community College. She enjoys reading and cooking when she isn't working or chasing her boys around. Miriam lives in Sterling with her husband, Mason, sons, Mason II and Christian and her mother-in-law, Kathie.

 

 

 

Kevin Fletcher

Minister of Music
Kevin@stmatthewssterling.org

Kevin moved to the DC area in 2010 to puruse his PhD in music education.  While here, he has sung in the choirs at St Paul's K Street, St Andrew's College Park, St Margaret's (Dupont Circle), the National Cathedral, and various other professional choirs in the greater DC region.  Most recently, he has served as the Director of Musical Activities at United Christian Parish in Reston, Virginia.

Before his transition to the east coast, Kevin lived in Denver, Colorado where he enjoyed all that the outdoors has to offer.  While there, his work in the public school system consisted of teaching general and choral music to all ages, Arts Coordinator for the school district, and principal of an Arts Integrated School.  Additionally, he conducted the children's choirs at St John's Cathedral in Denver where he also served as a section leader in the adult choir, as well as staff singer at St Andrews and St Martin's Chamber Choir.

Kevin is originally from near Nashville, Tennessee where his parents and family continue to reside. It was there that he was confirmed into the Episcopal Church.  

 

Ashly Townsend

Children's Ministry Coordinator

Ashly@stmtts.org

Ashly has been attending and singing in St. Matthew’s Choir since 2009. What was originally meant to be a limited singing engagement for the Christmas season in 2009, turned into a long-term love and passion for the people and mission of St. Matthew’s. After graduating in 2006 with her Master’s in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, Ashly taught general music to elementary students for 8 years for Fairfax County Public Schools. During those 8 years, Ashly taught 600+ students annually, created and directed concerts, orchestrated activities, and worked with local communities to positively impact children through music. 

In 2014, Ashly left teaching and pursued alternative opportunities, but never lost her passion to teach children. She is now the proud co-owner of B.Mingled Weddings & Events, a planning and floral design business serving Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the Greater Washington D.C. areas. 

Ashly, her husband Keith, and their two dogs, Lexi and Shilah live in northern, VA. 

Sue Reier

Church Office Assistant
Sue@stmtts.org

Sue has been a member of Saint Matthew’s since 1993.  In 2013, she retired from almost forty years as a civilian employee of the Department of Defense.  Sue also served 16 years in the Air Force Reserve and was called to active duty during Desert Storm.  In retirement, Sue has been able to pursue her other interests to include helping Miriam out in the church office.  She enjoys reading, sewing, knitting, singing in the church choir and with the Loudoun Chorale, and spending time with her pets.

 

 

Eliza Hayes

Summer Intern

Eliza is St. Matt's summer 2017 tech intern.  Having graduated from John Champe High School in 2015, she is currently a rising junior at Virginia Tech, majoring in neuroscience with a potential minor in computer science. She now lives in Herndon, VA with her mom and her dog. Eliza is new to St. Matt's, but at her previous church she was active in the worship band as well as the youth group. She has also gone on 4 mission trips to different locations on the east coast, ministering to people in less fortunate communities, as well as participating on the work crew of Habitat for Humanity in the area. In her free time, Eliza enjoys singing, reading, spending time with her dog, and traveling. 

 

 

 

Ixhale "Lollie" and Ejona Alibali, Andrea Melvin

Nursery Attendants