Our Team

McLean Presbyterian is led by Senior Pastor Rev. James Forsyth and a team of passionate, dedicated pastors and staff.

Pastoral Staff

James Forsyth

Senior Pastor
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James Forsyth


Senior Pastor

mpc@mcleanpres.org

703.821.0800

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.

Bill Fullilove

Assistant Pastor
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Bill Fullilove


Assistant Pastor

bill@mcleanpres.org

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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.

David Stephenson

Assistant Pastor
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David Stephenson


Assistant Pastor

david@mcleanpres.org

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Energetic and earnest, David drives our vision for grace-filled missions, empowering our local church plants and seeking opportunities to extend grace here and across the world.

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.

Robert Binion

Assistant Pastor
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Robert Binion


Assistant Pastor

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Thoughtful and reflective, Robert shepherds young adults through counseling, care and discipleship, encouraging them to develop meaningful, transformative relationships with Christ and each other.

A graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary, Robert previously served at River of Life Presbyterian Church in Orlando, FL. His approach to ministry has been shaped by developing rich Christian friendships during college that sustained him through significant challenges, learning preaching and pastoral care from several very unique pastoral mentors, walking through a dark and lonely season during seminary, and his marriage to Michelle, which brings great joy and delight to life. Robert grew up in a family that encouraged him to read, deeply shaping his love of books and learning.

When he's not watching basketball or cheering on the Georgia Tech football team, you'll find Robert enjoying adventures with Michelle and their close friends.

Nathan Newman

Assistant Pastor
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Nathan Newman


Assistant Pastor

nathan@mcleanpres.org

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Nathan is our newest pastor at McLean Presbyterian Church, though he and his wife, Jess, are no strangers to MPC. Nathan started as a pastoral intern under Pastor David in 2014 and completed his Master of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary in DC in 2017. Dedicated and determined, you'll find Nathan doing ministry in just about every area of our church, most notably with the Sunday evening and multisite services, our college students, and young adults. Nathan fearlessly pursues our vision of seeing gospel grace change everything. Outside of the office, you may find Nathan on a tour of duty as an Air Force Chaplain, enjoying a good baseball game from little league to the big leagues, or at home experimenting on new recipes with his family and friends on Capitol Hill.

Paul Jeon

Church Planting Pastor, NewCity

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Paul Jeon


Church Planting Pastor, NewCity

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The lead pastor for NewCity in Falls Church, VA, Paul has a steady, long-term view of ministry that trusts God to do extraordinary good through our ordinary, everyday obedience in the basic aspects of life. He hopes to plant several gospel-centered churches that will express God's goodness in Jesus Christ to the greater Northern Virginia area.

Paul grew up in Queens, NY, and currently lives in Fairfax, VA, with his wife Geena, sons Christian and Jordan, and daughter Eleia. After receiving his MDiv from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Paul moved to Washington D.C. where he received his PhD in New Testament Studies from Catholic University and an MBA from George Washington University.

An author of several books, Paul is also a professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington D.C., specializing in Biblical Greek and New Testament studies.

Paul May

Church Planting Pastor, King's Cross
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Paul May


Church Planting Pastor, King's Cross

paul@mcleanpres.org

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Paul is the lead pastor for our latest church plant in eastern Loudoun County: King’s Cross Church in Ashburn, VA. Born and raised in Kansas and a graduate of the University of Kansas, Paul earned an MDiv and an MA in Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) Orlando.

Paul is married to Meaghan, and they share the hope of seeing God change hearts and homes with the gospel. Their experience church planting in the upper Midwest taught them that God really can do amazing things beyond our imagination and he takes delight in surprising his children.

Paul and Meaghan are trained as church planting coaches and love walking through life with others with the gospel. Their children are Austen, Claire, Evan, and Lydia. Paul loves National Parks, chocolate peanut butter cupcakes, and chasing his kids around.

Ben Wikner

Church Planting Pastor, Cross Community

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Ben Wikner


Church Planting Pastor, Cross Community

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Personable and relatable, Ben is the lead pastor for Cross Community, our church plant in Rockville, MD. An ordained pastor with a diverse background, God has brought Ben from being an orphan in Korea, to being adopted by Scandinavians in Iowa, to marrying an Irish girl from San Francisco. Before planting Cross Community, Ben served as a pastor in a small Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Southern California as well as a megachurch in Maryland. In his free time, you'll find Ben enjoying his wife, Erin, and their seven children.

Kyle Dickerson

Pastoral Intern
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Kyle Dickerson


Pastoral Intern

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Born and raised in Indianapolis, IN, Kyle is the youngest of 2 and the proud uncle of 4 beautiful nieces. Throughout his life Kyle has been exposed to a variety of ministry opportunities all of which led him to furthering his theological education at Covenant Seminary and, most recently, Reformed Theological Seminary DC. Prior to joining our Pastoral Intern team, Kyle served as a musician at South City church. When he's not working alongside our ministries or studying for his seminary classes, Kyle enjoys spending time with his fiance, Ariana, and recording music with friends.

Charles Lewis

Pastoral Intern
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Charles Lewis


Pastoral Intern

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Charles works alongside our Community ministries, most notably with our Senior Saints community and other Care initiatives. A Reformed Theological Seminary student, he has previously ministered with Reformed University Fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. When he's not hanging around MPC, you'll find Charles enjoying a craft brew with friends.

Worship

Jeff Vogan

Director of Worship
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Jeff Vogan


Director of Worship

jeffvogan@mcleanpres.org

703.821,0800

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.

Christy Danner

Assistant Director of Worship
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Christy Danner


Assistant Director of Worship

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With an artists' eye and an attentive approach, Christy brings her gifts to our worship ministries, helping to craft each week's service and coordinate our musicians and volunteers. On any given night of the week you'll find Christy writing music, taking in a concert, or connecting with friends over wine or coffee.

Pam Burns

Director of Choral Music
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Pam Burns


Director of Choral Music

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A long-time MPC member, Pam uses her musical gifts to lead our adult and children's choirs, coordinate the choral music for worship services and special events, and help our members pursue spiritual growth through music. Outside of the choir room, Pam is known for her delicious homemade bread and her quick sense of humor.

Ryan Burns

Sunday Night Worship Leader
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Ryan Burns


Sunday Night Worship Leader

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A graduate of our Capital Fellows program, Ryan thoughtfully and energetically leads worship for our 5:15PM service. When he's not picking chords on a guitar, you'll find Ryan enjoying time outdoors and diving in to a good book.

Children's Ministry

Nancy McMann

Director of Children's Ministry
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Nancy McMann


Director of Children's Ministry

nancymcmann@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0568

As Director of Children's Ministry, Nancy oversees our partnership with parents for giving our littlest ones a foundation of Gospel grace for their lives. She's committed to showing our covenant kids Christ's love and coming alongside our families for the parenting journey. When she's not doting on MPC's kids, you can find her tossing together one of her signature salads and enjoying time with her husband, Jay, and their three children: Maggie, Andrew and Jonathan.

Rosemary Spooner

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Upper Elementary
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Rosemary Spooner


Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Upper Elementary

rosemary@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0575

Rosemary brings her creative and energetic personality to our ministries for children in grades 4 - 6. As an Assistant Director, she pours her heart into guiding and mentoring these kids with Biblical stories and intentional relationships, while having a little fun along the way. When she's not dodging finger darts on Sunday nights, you'll find Rosemary hanging with husband, Stuart, celebrating her Alabama roots, and singing along to the "Hamilton" soundtrack.

Lauren Stephens

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Lower Elementary
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Lauren Stephens


Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Lower Elementary

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703.394.0575

As the Assistant Director for Lower Elementary ages, Lauren disciples children in 1st - 3rd grades, organizing our Children's Church and ensuring these kids walk away each Sunday with a deeper understanding of Gospel grace. A triple threat, Lauren is a master at bowling, tennis, and volleyball, and you may even find her on the dance floor.

Melanie Janetsky

Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Preschool & Childcare
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Melanie Janetsky


Assistant Director of Children's Ministry: Preschool & Childcare

melanie@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0576

Melanie coordinates the care for our littlest ones, ensuring they have a fun, safe place to learn and grow on Sunday mornings and during special events. Our resident prankster, Melanie is often cooking up ways to keep our pastoral staff humble. When she's not pranking us in the office, she's having fun with husband Ken, boys Andrew and Nathan, and her daughter, Ellie.

Beth Biesel

Nursery Coordinator
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Beth Biesel


Nursery Coordinator

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A long-time MPC member, Beth coordinates the care for our littlest ones. A mother of three grown children, Beth enjoys volunteering with our ESL programs and helping out as a mentor mom for MOPS.

Railey Counts

Children's Ministry Assistant
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Railey Counts


Children's Ministry Assistant

railey@mcleanpres.org

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Railey welcomes our new moms and lambs into Children's Ministry with a personal visit to give families key details on our church's partnership in sharing Gospel grace with our covenant kids. When she's not visiting moms across the beltway, you'll find Railey volunteering with DivorceCare4Kids, co-leading her Home Fellowship Group, and enjoying the company of her husband, Paul, and their five children.

Student Ministries

Matt Anderson

Assistant Director of Student Ministries
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Matt Anderson


Assistant Director of Student Ministries

matt@mcleanpres.org

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Matt brings his larger-than-life personality and enthusiasm to his focus on building relationships with our teen guys. Dedicated and encouraging, Matt finds fun, creative ways to share the gospel and encourages our teens to do the same. When he's not housing a plate of wings with our guys, you'll find him cheering on the Orioles and hanging with his family.

Care

Carolyn Sinclair

Director of Care
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Carolyn Sinclair


Director of Care

carolyn@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0560

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.

Caroline Cross

Assistant Director of Care
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Caroline Cross


Assistant Director of Care

carolinecross@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0566

As Assistant Director of Care, Caroline helps to coordinate a number of ministries and equips and coaches our Home Fellowship Group leaders. She also oversees the Flock Notes, the heartbeat of our church's prayer ministry. A native of Richmond, Caroline enjoys exploring DC and making chocolate chip pancakes on Saturday morning.

Missions

Chris Seaton

Director of Missions and Outreach
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Chris Seaton


Director of Missions and Outreach

chris@mcleanpres.org

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Passionate and spunky, Chris keeps McLean Presbyterian facing outward, understanding and responding to the needs for gospel witness and mercy in our city, our country, and our world. She spends her time empowering MPCers to connect to and serve with our 30+ missions partners. When she's not sending us around the world, you'll find her pursuing adventure with her husband, Scott, and children Claire, David and Audrey, as well as cheering on the UNC basketball team.

Chloe Zimmerman

Assistant Director of Outreach
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Chloe Zimmerman


Assistant Director of Outreach

chloe@mcleanpres.org

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Chloe brings her effervescent personality and organizational gifts to our Newcomer Ministry, ensuring that our visitors are not just informed, but cared for and welcomed graciously. She also plays a key role in ensuring each member is connected to a Elder in order to receive care. When she's not running the Welcome Center, you'll find Chloe at the beach with her husband, Dan, and one or all of her twelve siblings.

Admin

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.

Laura Eskeland

Director of Finance
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Laura Eskeland


Director of Finance

laura@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0569

Laura ensures that we are good stewards of our financial resources, overseeing budgets and financial transactions. When she's not crunching numbers, you'll find her spending time with her husband, Phil, and their two teenagers, Erik and Kari, or pouring her energy into a workout class.

Pat Price

Staff Accountant
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Pat Price


Staff Accountant

pat@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0583

Pat diligently processes each donation and financial transaction to ensure that we steward our resources with care. She lends her beautiful alto voice to the Chancel Choir and enjoys spending time with her husband, Neel, their three daughters, and three grandchildren.

Natalie Burchfiel

Director of Communications
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Natalie Burchfiel


Director of Communications

natalie@mcleanpres.org

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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.

Emily Boyd

Assistant Director of Communications
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Emily Boyd


Assistant Director of Communications

emily@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0577

Whether its editing the website, creating an e-mail newsletter, or organizing our communications schedule, Emily connects our church and our community to our busy calendar of events and initiatives. In addition to bringing her bright personality and New Yorker straight talk to our communications department, Emily also leads worship for King's Cross, our Ashburn church plant. At home, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Hart, and their adorable baby, Theo.

Fred Adams

Director of Facilities
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Fred Adams


Director of Facilities

fred@mcleanpres.org

703.394.0581

As Director of Facilities, Fred ensures that our building and our property are kept in tip-top shape for their many uses. He coordinates with vendors, staff and volunteers to help our building accommodate our many ministries and activities. When Fred isn't walking around on the roof or climbing through the rafters, he's out enjoying the sunshine - biking, running, and camping.

Michelle Gray

Events Coordinator
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Michelle Gray


Events Coordinator

michelle@mcleanpres.org

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Michelle coordinates our jam-packed ministry calendar, preparing and scheduling rooms and space in our facility and she also is the Assistant Director of our Capital Fellows Program. Outside of the office you'll find Michelle enjoying time with her husband, Hunter (also a former Fellow!), and their baby, Caleb, or working out with friends at a Kazaxe class.

Nancy Niemeyer

Assistant to the Senior Pastor
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Nancy Niemeyer


Assistant to the Senior Pastor

nancy@mcleanpres.org

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Gracious and warm, Nancy diligently coordinates and manages our Senior Pastor's schedule, as well as key church, Session, and Presbytery initiatives. Nancy facilitates and schedules ministries that are at the heartbeat of our church - our weekly prayer letters, infant and adult baptisms, and elected officer training. Her welcoming, kind spirit means her home is often filled with friends and family, and when she has a few free days, you're likely to find her in Colorado, doting on granddaughter Ofelia.

Katy Engel

Administrative Support
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Katy Engel


Administrative Support

kathleenengel@mcleanpres.org

703.821.0800

Energetic and friendly, Katy is your first point of contact when you visit our office. Whether it's ordering supplies, directing calls and e-mails, or helping out wherever she's needed, she is at the center of what keeps our office humming. Outside of MPC, you'll find Katy enjoying time with friends and family.

Capital Fellows

John Kyle

Director, Capital Fellows
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John Kyle


Director, Capital Fellows

johnkyle@mcleanpres.org

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As the Director of the Capital Fellows program, John oversees the program's vision and strategy for discipling recent college graduates. An Elder at our church, John has three decades of experience in the global technology sector. When he's not discipling our Fellows, you'll find John cheering on his Kentucky Wildcats and enjoying time with wife, Shirley, and his twin daughters.

Michelle Gray

Assistant Director, Capital Fellows
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Michelle Gray


Assistant Director, Capital Fellows

michelle@mcleanpres.org

703.821.0800

A graduate of the 2011-2012 Fellows Class, Michelle coordinates the logistics of our Capital Fellows program and mentors our female Fellows, fostering community and discipleship. When she's not leading group discussions or grabbing coffee with the Fellows, you'll find Michelle enjoying time with her husband, Hunter (also a former Fellow!), and their baby, Caleb, or working out with friends at a Kazaxe class.


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