Welcome to Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church

Our mission is to know Christ and to make Him known.

About Faith Church

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Our Church Staff

 

 

Michael Bittenbender, Director of Youth Ministries

Mike Bittenbender is our full-time Director of Youth Ministries. Mike has been a member of Faith since 2002. He was an active participant in our youth ministry during his middle school and high school years. Mike is a graduate of Trinity Christian School and Covenant College.

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Julie Cloutier, Children's Ministry Director

Julie has a passion for children.  Her favorite Bible verse is Mathew 18:5: "Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."  It is the desire of Julie's heart to have children come to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  At the age of 10 years, she was introduced to the Christian faith and accepted Christ when she was 12 years old.  As a teenager, she began to move away from Christ, but in her late 20's she saw God working in her life.  She says that "God will put you flat on your back so you can see His face". And that's what He did.  She is so thankful for that.

Julie was born and raised in Virginia and remains there to this day - can you believe that?  She graduated from JEB Stuart High School and attended Northern Virginia Community College for one year, Julie has had a variety of jobs ranging from the Department of Defense to Georgetown University Hospital. She has been a Kindergarten teaching assistant at Immanuel Christian School, a Sunday school teacher, and for the last 11 years, our Vacation Bible School Director.  She joined the ministry team at Faith Church in March 2008.

Julie and her husband Paul live in Springfield, Virginia with their four children - Ashley, Amber, Abby and Asa, who range from ages 2 to 17.  She enjoys quality time with her family.

 

Adam Rice, Music Director

Adam has a passion for music, especially classical and contemporary Christian and church music, and desires to use music to enhance the worship of God for those who attend Faith Church.He accepted Christ as a child and was blessed to be raised by loving parents in a Christian home.He has been with Faith Church since 1996, and in Fall 2006 began serving as our Music Director.

Adam graduated from Longwood University in 1996, with a degree in Music and Education, and from George Mason University in 2003 with a Masters degree in Educational Technology.He taught fourth grade for eight years in the Fairfax County Public Schools and currently is a School-Based Technology Specialist at West Springfield Elementary in Springfield, Virginia.For nine years, he served his high school alma mater, Thomas A. Edison High School, as the spring musical music director.Adam thoroughly enjoys sharing his gift of music with others through church, weddings, and other special events.

Adam and Rita have been happily married since 1997 and live in Alexandria with their four children, Emily, Olivia, Mackenzie, and Elijah. He relishes the time he spends with his family, enjoys playing golf (though he does not consider himself a "golfer"), and takes his vacations at the beach. And, he bleeds burgundy and gold as he cheers on his beloved Washington Redskins!

 

Pam Osborne, Organist

 

 

Beth Mailand, Pianist

Beth has been a member of Faith Presbyterian Church since 1989 and joined the music staff in 1990 as church pianist. She is active in Sunday School and supports Faith's youth program as a parent volunteer of a teen.

A native of Portsmouth, Virginia having grown up in the Southern Baptist tradition, she is passionate about serving God through music, with harp, piano and her voice.

She served in The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own) located in Washington D.C. for 20 years, as their harpist from 1986 where she has appeared as soloist with The Army Concert Band, The Army Orchestra and for State Dinners at the White House and State Department.

In 1982, she received a Bachelor of Music degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts and a Master of Music degree from Florida State University in 1989, with additional studies at the Tanglewood Institute. Before accepting her position with the band, she performed with many orchestras while in Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia.. Currently, she resides in Annandale, Va. with her husband of 29+ years- Karl (also a former member of the band), mother of five, teaches and continues to freelance in the Washington, D.C. area. Her hobbies include: cooking, learning French, camping, and running.

Joanna Knoles, Office Manager and Financial Secretary

Joanna is from Carnegie, PA, and grew up in the Russian Orthodox Church. Joanna's family has a strong Russian background and it is through that heritage and God's love that she has traversed her path in life. She enjoys the liturgy and ceremony of the Russian church, and visits her home church each year for their traditional Easter services.

Before coming to Faith Church, Joanna had a rewarding 20 year career with Exxon Mobil as a Bookkeeper/Accountant and Financial Office Manager, and then as Financial Office Manager/Accountant with a prestigious law firm in Northern Virginia. In 2004, she came to Faith Church to serve as our Office Manager and Financial Secretary.

Joanna resides in Kingstowne with her husband Scott and son Jason, who often helps out with various tasks at the church on his days off. Even though working with numbers is what she does for a living, people are what make her life whole. She loves the opportunity to use her compassion and caring skills to serve the community and the people who come by the church office. Joanna enjoys writing and has had one of her short stories published in Northern Virginia Magazine.

 

Lisa Marik, Administrative Assistant

Lisa is originally from Montana and moved to Alexandria from Seattle, WA in 2011. She is a member of St. John's Lutheran Church on Franconia Road where she is actively involved with the New Member team and serves as Health and Wellness Coordinator. When she's not serving at Faith EPC, she is creating community through her wellness ministry/business In Him Wellness, where she leads clients to live healthy and whole lives in Christ through health coaching, Revelation Fitness, and Holy Yoga.

Before coming to Faith, Lisa worked for the government for several years in three different offices. She has also worked for Starbucks Coffee company and as an executive coaching consultant for a small firm based in Seattle. Rounding out her professional experience, Lisa served over 11 years in the U.S. Army at various duty stations in the U.S. and Europe.

Lisa lives with her husband and children in the community. They enjoy sports (football, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, F1 racing) and outdoor activity (hiking, biking, running) together. Lisa loves developing her relationship with God, learning about health and wellness, sharing God's love with others through coaching them into their greatness, and creating community around emotionally healthy spirituality and leadership. She is grateful to serve the Faith EPC community.