Learn more about our Pastoral Leaders
Before entering seminary at age 35, James worked as a corporate pilot. After graduating from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, he was ordained as the pastor of Western Boulevard Presbyterian in Raleigh, NC. He next served as pastor of Boulevard Presbyterian in Columbus, OH prior to becoming FCPC’s pastor in 2012. He recently completely a 10,000-mile motorcycle trip across the country as part of a sabbatical. He is an avid runner and is preparing for his sixth marathon. Originally from Charlotte, NC, he and Shawn have two grown daughters, along with a son-in-law and grandson.
Diane Walton Hendricks
Pastor for Spiritual Growth
Diane has been on staff at Falls Church Presbyterian since 2004. She received her Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary and her Master of Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary. A practicing spiritual director, Diane previously served on staff at a congregation in Arlington, Virginia. Diane and her husband, Andy, make their home in Arlington and have two children, Abigail and Nathan. When not at FCPC, Diane can be found walking or running the paths of Northern Virginia, drawing zentangles, listening to The Wailin’ Jennys, or hanging out with friends and family. She trusts in God’s grace “to do abundantly far more than we can ask or ever imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20).
Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry
Diane Maloney joined FCPC in 2018 as Director of Children, Youth, and Family Ministry. Before coming to Falls Church, she served First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, TN, the Mule Capital of the World. While in Columbia, Diane studied at Memphis Theological Seminary through the Center for Youth Ministry Training earning a Masters of Youth Ministry degree. She loves helping all people (especially children and teenagers) know that they are loved more deeply than they could ever understand by God. When she’s not thinking, speaking, or talking about children and youth ministry, she’s probably playing a sport or relaxing with her fiancée, Paige, and their cat PAL, short for President Abraham Lincoln.
Megan is in her fourth career. Prior to ministry, she managed study fellowships in China, designed infographics for print publications, and stayed home with her daughter for seven years. She earned her MDiv from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2014, and has worked as a chaplain ever since, most recently at Virginia Hospital Center. Megan and her husband, Frank, joined Falls Church Presbyterian in 2007 with their child, Sophie. She became Parish Associate in 2017. In her free time, Megan enjoys making greeting cards and knitting.
E. Russell Lynn
Rusty has been affiliated with FCPC since the mid-1980s as a parish associate. He retired from his career in ministry, social work, and pastoral counseling in 2008 and in retirement is finding great fulfillment in his new career as an artist. Rusty is an openly gay married man and has been instrumental in bringing FCPC to be an open and welcoming congregation for LBGTQ people and their families. He has been involved with the Seekers adult Sunday school class since the early 1990s. Rusty lives in Arlington with his husband Ed. They have been in relationship since 1984 and married since 2015.
Dr. Lisa Billingham
Lisa joined the FCPC staff in 2014 and serves as our Chancel Choir Director. She enjoys working with the choir to lead the congregation in music most Sundays. Lisa earned her doctorate in choral conducting from the University of Arizona and a Professor of Choral Music at George Mason University, where she currently conducts the George Mason University Chorale. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, Jay.
Dr. Lisa Bloy
Our organist, Lisa Bloy, is also a vocal coach at George Mason University. She holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory, Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University and is an active recitalist in the area. In the past few years, she has been working with Shakespeare Opera Theatre where she conducted a production of Romeo and Juliet with Berlioz’s music and Midsummer Night’s Dream with Mendelssohn’s incidental music, as well as serving as assistant conductor for their production of Verdi’s Falstaff and Loudoun Lyric Opera’s production of Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. She resides in Haymarket, Virginia, with her husband, Greg, and their children, Dorian and Julia, and their cat, Tibby.
David Schoonover joined the FCPC staff as music coordinator in October 2019. He has served as Chancel Choir baritone section leader since 2016. David hails from Wisconsin and graduated from George Mason University with his Master of Music in Vocal Performance in 2016. This past year he performed with the Shakespeare Opera Theatre’s in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors as King Melchoir and Romeo in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. He lives in Fairfax with his boyfriend, Andrew Jonas, who also sings in the Chancel Choir and leads music at the 8:30 a.m. informal worship service.
Susan and her husband, John, joined FCPC in 1992 after their first daughter was born. A son and daughter followed five and 10 years later, with her second daughter arriving on her brother’s 5th birthday and just in time to play baby Jesus in the church Christmas pageant. Susan joined the FCPC staff in 2011, serving first as administrative assistant and now as office administrator. She is a proud Hokie, having graduated from Virginia Tech with a BS in geophysics. In her spare time, Susan enjoys gardening, reading, researching her family tree, and walking their rescue dog, Roxy.
Kasia joined the FCPC staff in April 2018. She is originally from New Jersey, where diners are a dime a dozen and bagels are everyone’s go-to breakfast. Her immediate family emigrated from Poland, where most of her extended family reside. Kasia is currently working toward a degree in social work and plans to become a licensed clinical social worker. You can find her at thrift stores buying kitschy items or at the dog park with her dog, Majka, a Jack Russell-pug mix.
Mary Salpini has served as FCPC’s Financial Administrator since 1996. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Finance and worked in the banking industry early in her career. Mary and her husband, Kirk, are longtime members of FCPC and have three grown children, all raised in the church. In her spare time Mary enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, and traveling.
A longtime member of FCPC, John Loyd joined the FCPC staff in September 2018. He served on the Buildings and Grounds Committee for more than 20 years, is a member of the Welcome Table Planning Team, and serves as an occasional Welcome Table head chef. John also works as a management consultant for the Town of Chevy Chase and is the Director of Applied Technology for a software startup. John enjoys cooking, gardening, and fixing all the things that can go wrong in a 146-year-old church and his 76-year-old home.
There are many ways to get involved in the life and ministry here at Falls Church Presbyterian. Whether you are looking to join a ministry team, serve others through our Welcome Table ministry, sing in the choir or simply find a community to call home, we welcome you and hope that you will find grace, wholeness, and renewal here.