Our Mission Statement

We exist to glorify and enjoy God by making disciples who make a difference through grace-filled worship, community, and missions.

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Our Location

McLean Presbyterian Church

1020 Balls Hill Road, Mclean, VA 22101
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Service Times

9:00AM, 10:45AM, & 5:15PM

Fairfax Location Coming Soon

We are excited to announce the launch of our Fairfax site, coming in 2019!

What We Believe

The Bible is True

God loves to communicate with the people he created and the Bible is the book he wrote to do just that. In its perfect pages, he tells us all we need to know for this life and the life to come. The Bible has authority over all we do.

God is Triune

God has existed for all eternity as One Being and Three Persons. God is relational and loving in his very nature and he chose to share that relationship and love with his creation.

Humanity Exists in His Image

Humanity was created by God – in his image – to be in relationship with him. As such, every person on the face of the earth is of great value, possesses great dignity, and is worthy of great respect. All humans were created to reveal God's image on earth. However, we all distort his image to some degree because of our sin.

Eternity is Real

There is more to life than what we see: God made every person who has ever lived with a soul that will never die. We will all live on forever: either in relationship with God (heaven) or separated from him (hell).

Sin Has Consequences

Sin is the rejection of relationship with God. Every person ever created has done this by doing things we shouldn’t do and by not doing the things we should. Such actions destroy our relationship with God, are offensive to him, and are counterproductive to our own joy.

Jesus Restores Our Souls

Jesus came to restore our relationship with God. Being fully God and fully human, he became our substitute: living the perfect life we couldn’t live, dying on the cross to pay the punishment our sin deserves, then rising again to conquer death.

Salvation is Through Faith Alone, By Grace Alone

There is absolutely nothing we can do to restore our relationship with God. No amount of work, effort, or good intentions can mend the mess we’ve made. Salvation can only come through Jesus. Consequently, it’s a free gift. Faith is the act of receiving this free gift, trusting that God reaches out in sovereign grace and draws us back into relationship through his Son. Why? Simply because he loves us.

The Holy Spirit Guides Us

God does not leave believers to make it through life on their own. Instead, he sends the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts. The Holy Spirit leads us into truth and gives us strength to follow Jesus.

The Church is God’s Community

Community is at the very heart of who God is and so he gave us the Church. We walk, not only with God, but also with other believers, loving one another well and working together to see God’s purposes for humanity fulfilled here on earth.

Jesus Will Return to Restore Creation

Jesus will return, bodily and visibly, to finish what he started. He will complete his promise to make all things new when he comes again, judging all humankind and receiving his people unto himself.

Our Distinctions

Reformed

We believe in the comprehensive Lordship of God over all of life: creation, providence, and salvation are all initiated and consummated by the Lord.

Covenantal

God has initiated a loving relationship of loyalty with us as his people throughout history. There is one way to salvation in both Old and New Testaments: faith alone in Jesus Christ.

Confessional

We embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith as a helpful framework in understanding the tenets of our faith.

Evangelistic

God calls us to share his gospel through the Great Commission, and we passionately seek to fulfill this calling.

Connectional

We are connected to Christians locally, regionally, and nationally through our denomination and beliefs.

Presbyterian

McLean Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. We are led by a plurality of elders and connected to other churches across our country.

Our Leaders

James Forsyth

Senior Pastor
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James Forsyth


Senior Pastor

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James is the Senior Pastor of McLean Presbyterian Church, located just outside of Washington, D.C. He grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he graduated from the University of Edinburgh, before moving to the U.S. to study at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Jackson. He is now a Guest Professor of Practical Theology at RTS Washington, D.C.

James is married to his high school sweetheart, Rosie, and is dad to Mia, Caleb, Seamus, and Isla. Formative experiences have included growing up in a strong, yet tender, family, being a college athlete, becoming a father at the age of 19, wrestling through a dark season of anxiety, and being shaped by a handful of key mentors. Throughout, God’s grace has been the theme – a theme that now animates his life and ministry.

In his free time, you might find James CrossFitting, supporting Man Utd., laughing too loudly with friends, grilling, playing guitar, or – at his happiest – enjoying his young family.

David Stephenson

Executive Pastor
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David Stephenson


Executive Pastor

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Energetic and earnest, David oversees the execution and implementation of our vision for making disciples who make a difference, with a particular focus on our multisite approach.

Previously, David served as Senior Pastor at Grace Church in Birmingham, AL, a Church Planting Fellow at Briarwood Church in Birmingham, AL, Student Pastor at Cornerstone Church in Orlando, FL, and the Director of Camp Westminster in Georgia. David has an MDiv degree from Reformed Theological Seminary.

David's life and ministry have been shaped by growing up with a close family of 7 in the Tennessee mountains; international travel and service; church planting highs and lows; a deep community of close friends, wise pastors (especially his dad) and mentors; and his wife, Kelly.

Dad to Graham, Hudson, and Deacon, in his free time, you'll find David coaching his boys' baseball team, building and fixing stuff, reading, and wandering DC.

Bill Fullilove

Ministries Pastor
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Bill Fullilove


Ministries Pastor

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Bill brings his gifted intellect to our community ministries, shepherding our discipleship and care resources and teaching courses for our Capital Fellows program. A longtime teacher, Bill is passionate about helping our congregation understand God's Word and how it can transform their lives.

Before his current role at MPC, Bill served as the Assistant Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in Atlanta. He earned his MDiv from RTS and an MA and PhD in Semitic and Egyptian Languages and Literatures from Catholic University. Prior to becoming a pastor Bill worked as a management consultant, which shaped both his approach to pastoral ministry and his emphases on faith, work, and vocation.

Bill enjoys spending time with his wife, Jill, and daughters Caroline and Evelyn. He relaxes by spending time outdoors.

Rob Yancey

Fairfax Site Pastor
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Rob Yancey


Fairfax Site Pastor

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Rob Yancey oversees the grace-filled worship, community, and missions for our Fairfax site that will launch in 2019. Originally from North Carolina, Rob earned his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and completed his Masters of Divinity with Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014.

Before coming to MPC, Rob served as a Pastor of Family Ministry in Bethesda, MD, shepherding families ranging from newly-marrieds to those with older children, as well as overseeing the Newly Married, Children's, and Youth ministries. His ministry also includes time as the Director of Missions and Outreach for a large Presbyterian church.

Rob and his wife, Liz, spent 8 years serving in South Africa where he was an Area Director for Campus Outreach Johannesburg. In addition to pioneering a new ministry, Rob planned conferences, led cross-cultural training teams, and built relationships with students and the local church.

Outside of church, Rob enjoys concerts at the 9:30 Club, fly fishing, cheering on his North Carolina Tar Heels, and relaxing with a game night with Liz and their two boys, Ben and Will.

Tom Pilsch

Chief of Staff
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Tom Pilsch


Chief of Staff

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As Chief of Staff, Tom equips the saints for the work of ministry by overseeing church operations and logistics. A long-time member, he's at the heartbeat of what makes this church run smoothly. Outside of MPC, Tom can often be found cheering on his sons' sports teams. He enjoys connecting with his wife, Tracey, and their two boys, and will never turn down the opportunity to catch up with neighbors and friends.

Jeff Vogan

Director of Worship
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Jeff Vogan


Director of Worship

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A seasoned musician, Jeff uses his gifts to lead our people to meet with God in worship. He leads the worship planning process, arranges music, and casts vision for our worship ministries.

Jeff previously served as the Director of Worship for a PCA church in Florida. He holds a BA in music education from Houghton College, an MA in Biblical studies from Reformed Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Worship Studies degree from the Robert E. Webber Worship Studies Institute. When he's not behind the keyboard, you'll find Jeff exercising with his wife, Debbie, or spending a night in with his boys and Netflix.

Carolyn Sinclair

Director of Care
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Carolyn Sinclair


Director of Care

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Carolyn is the driving force behind McLean Presbyterian's focus on authentic, vulnerable, and tenacious care. A licensed therapist, she is committed to helping our church bring difficult issues into the light to find grace and healing. At home, Carolyn relaxes by tending to her garden and enjoying an evening on the screened-in porch with her husband, Ed.

Matt Stone

Director of Missions
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Matt Stone


Director of Missions

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A long-time MPC member and former Ruling Elder, Matt has actively served in almost every aspect of our Missions department, leading and participating in missions trips and spearheading our Session’s Missions Committee. He comes to our staff after a successful 36-year career as a business owner and insurance agent. As our Director of Missions, Matt keeps our church focused on extending grace through service. He oversees and coordinates our partnerships with local and global partners, pursues initiatives to connect our church to service opportunities, and disciples our members to find ways to use their God-given gifts to participate in grace-filled missions. His understanding of the gospel has expanded and deepened after seeing God at work in many different ways and in many different contexts, and he is passionate about sharing with and leading others at MPC to witness the deep impact of the gospel through missions. Outside of church you’ll find Matt enjoying automobiles of all shapes and sizes, sailing on a sunny day, and enjoying time with his wife Nancy, his five adult children, and delighting in his grandchildren.

Natalie Burchfiel

Director of Communications
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Natalie Burchfiel


Director of Communications

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As the Director of Communications, Natalie helps members and visitors connect to McLean Presbyterian's vision through clear, inspiring digital and print communications. At home, you can find Natalie experimenting in the kitchen and enjoying the company of her husband, Nathan, and their impossibly adorable baby, James.

Meet Our Staff

 

McLean Presbyterian is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). We do not exist for ourselves, but for the glory of God. For more details on what we believe, we encourage you to read the Westminster Confession of Faith.

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