Church Council

Church Council is primarily responsible for creating and sustaining the congregation’s plan for discipleship. The Council Chair works with the Senior Pastor and the Directors of each of our functional ministries to build, implement and supervise a shared vision and strategic plan for Mount Olivet. The Council usually meets the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m.

Members: Cindy Huber (Chair), Justin Kopca (Vice Chair), Brian Butler, Roy Beck, Ellen Carpenter, Laura Jensen, Jenny Spaeth, Heather Weir, Sara Scarlett, Cheryl Moore, David Early, Steven Meek, Gregg VanderLey, Mindy Ford, David Traynham, Howard Brown, Sarah Young, Bob Patton, Cindy Lundstrom, Tom Moffitt, Mari Holladay, Nate Baxter, Marc Holladay, Jim Coates, Ryan Brown, Hannah Godfrey, Dr. Ed Walker, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Rev. Jeff Goodman, Rev. Mac McKenney, Marilyn Traynham, Tina Marcus, Linnea Carlson, Dr. Steven Shaner, Connie Hanna, Ellen McDowell, Roberta Jones

Lay Leadership

Lay Leaders are connectors, deep listeners, facilitators and liaisons between the laity, the clergy and the staff. Their job is to continually discern how God’s Spirit is moving and guiding the church, its programs and ministries; and to bring what they discover into dialogue. Each is assigned as an ex-officio member to ministry teams and committees.

Lay Leaders: Roy Beck, Brian Butler, Ellen Carpenter


The Staff Parish Relations Committee acts as a liaison between the Congregation and its staff and clergy so that Mount Olivet is equipped to support the accomplishment of church goals. SPRC sets employment policy, guides the work of the management team, and works to ensure that Mount Olivet is a fulfilling place to work. It provides guidance on staff priorities, job descriptions and evaluations, and compensation. Members of this committee cannot be related to a Mount Olivet staff member, and meetings are not open to non-committee members. SPRC usually meets the first Monday of the month.

Members: David Early (Chair), Jennifer Myers (Vice Chair), Sally Mitchell, Sarah Meek, Ellen Carpenter, Dr. Ed Walker, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Rev. Jeff Goodman, Rev. Mac McKenney, Susan Sutter, Kevin Smith, Thomas Joyce, Debby Fairweather, Matt Granger

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the supervision, oversight, and maintenance of all church-owned property, equipment and facilities so that we protect and preserve our physical property, administrative infrastructure and safety and security of the congregation and its missions. The Trustees help establish policies for the proper use of church facilities, develop disaster plans, oversee land acquisition, administer and invest all trusts of the church, and represent the church in all legal matters. The Trustees usually meet the first Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Members: Gregg Vander Ley (Chair), Leo Fitzharris (Vice Chair), Sharon Cummins, Chuck Mitchell, Brian Butler, Marilyn Traynham, Dr. Ed Walker, Kim Baxter, Kirk Robertson, Jason Marino, Ann Speicher, David Foster

The Finance Committee develops and administers a coordinated plan of fiscal and administrative policies and procedures for the church. It provides financial direction and communicates the church’s financial condition to the Church Council. Specifically, the Committee compiles an annual budget and oversees the receiving and expenditure of church funds, making sure that the funds are properly accounted for. It oversees the audit, stewardship and capital campaigns, and works with the Trustees and property managers to fund capital improvement projects. The Finance Committee meets on the Tuesday prior to the third Saturday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Members: Steven Meek (Chair), David Ellison (Vice Chair), Paul Girardo, Ted Johnson, Roberta Jones, Todd Ford, Dr. Ed Walker, Marilyn Traynham, Gregg Vander Ley, Cindy Huber, Brian Butler, Henry Herrmann

Stewardship is responsible for sustaining a culture of generosity among the Mount Olivet community. It meets on an as needed basis.

Todd Ford and Lucinda Maine chairs this committee.

The Enduring Gifts committee oversees and publicizes the endowment fund which is in place to sustain the current and future ministry and mission of Mount Olivet. They meet quarterly.

Members: Ryan Brown (Chair), Jason Marino, Jim Dake, Henry Herrmann, Ryan Milne, Mike Huff, Vince Price

The Nominations & Lay Leadership Development (NLD) Committee helps members and friends of the congregation utilize their gifts for ministry through serving the church. The Committee oversees the identification, development and care for the volunteer leaders at Mount Olivet. Key initiatives include preparing the annual nomination slate and providing oversight of volunteer service and leadership development at the church. The Committee works throughout the year to name other leaders for the ministry that fulfill the mission of the congregation. NLD meets on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30p.m.

Members: Ed Walker (Chair), Cheryl Moore (Vice Chair), Mike Nelson, Jaydee Hanson, Ellen Carpenter, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Karen Gilberg, Susan Butler, Ann Venezia, Mark Mathae, Kendra Slatt

Ministry Teams

The Worship Ministry team is responsible for the coordination of all aspects of the church services. This includes the implementation of worship themes and holy times of the year per the vision and direction of the Senior Pastor (e.g., Advent, Lent activities, etc.). The Team maintains coordinators for components of the service, to include ushers, acolytes, communion stewards, lay leaders, altar flowers, paraments and banners, etc. The Worship Ministry Team does not meet as a single body.

Members: Steven Shaner (Chair), Cindy Newcomb, Lou Phelps, Ted Johnson, Sharon Walker, Amanda Holmes, Dr. Ed Walker, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Rev. Jeff Goodman, Rev. Mac McKenney

The Witness and Welcome Ministry Team coordinates programs that help bring in new attendees and members and help them “plug in” to any church activity or aspect of church life of interest. The Team coordinates activities that foster support and nurture of the church members and caring for their needs. This includes following up with new visitors, creating fellowship activities and groups, providing for the sponsorship of new members, organizing greeters before and after worship services, coordinating coffee in the Gathering Space, staffing the Connecting Point, etc. They also strive to channel the gifts and talents of the church membership so that both members and visitors experience the life giving power of God’s family and become active participants in our community of faith. Witness and Welcome usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Members: Mindy Ford (Chair), Karen Lundy (Vice Chair), Amanda Holmes, Meredith Chistolini, Ellen Carpenter, Dr. Ed Walker, Tina Marcus, Andrew Porter, Lori Brown, Laura Lund, Kate Koppy

Christian Growth is a ministry team that is responsible for fostering the ongoing Christian education and growth of all church members. This Team is made up of representatives from key educational groups in the Church including: Children’s Council, Youth Council, Young Adult Ministries, Library, United Methodist Men and United Methodist Women. The Team meets to ensure the Church is adequately serving all age levels and that educational ministries are coordinated, including Sunday School, fellowship opportunities, small groups, Bible Studies and weekday classes. The Christian Growth Team meets twice per year.

Members: Marc Holladay (Children’s Council), Jim Coates (Adult Council), Brian Butler, Mary Bell, Linda McKenney, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Linnea Carlson, Rev. Mac McKenney, Hannah Godfrey

Outreach is a ministry team that provides the leadership and direction for Mount Olivet’s local and international mission initiatives so that we engage the congregation in hands-on mission opportunities to meet humanitarian needs. The Team helps decide mission priorities, leads or supports specific projects, and solicits the involvement of the congregation to participate in mission projects so that we focus awareness on mission and outreach as a part of our spiritual journey. Current programs include CROP Walk, ASPAN Meal Prep, Rebuilding Together and Change the World. The Outreach Team usually meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m.

Members: David Traynham (Co-Chair), Jane Hanson (Vice Chair), Danette Segroves, Wayne Wittig, Jim Coates, Roy Beck, Lucia Homick, Kathie Bailey, Alex Ziehm, Janet Oak, Amanda Richardson, Moria Shively, Amanda Richardson, Bill Carpenter, Rev. Kathleen Royston

The Caretakers of God’s Creation Ministry team is dedicated to Mount Olivet’s environmental stewardship and expanding the important role of creation care. This Team conducts an annual survey to ensure Mount Olivet retains the Virginia Annual Conference’s Green Church status and award. The Team also provides counsel and resources to other teams and committees to enable environmentally friendly practices and help our members see the importance of Creation and Sabbath in their daily lives. The Caretakers of God’s Creation Ministry Team usually meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m.

Members: Howard Brown (Chair), Thomas Roehl (Vice Chair), Ellen Carpenter, Rev. Kathleen Royston, Kim Roehl, Pat Robbins

The History Ministry Team is responsible for preserving the historical record of the church and connecting our members with our church history to inform and energize the church mission. The Team manages the church’s records program so that the records of the church are appropriately created, preserved and made available for research. It also sponsors periodic programs that depict the social and spiritual contexts of our church and share compelling stories about the lives transformed by the church. The History Committee meets on an ad-hoc basis as necessary.

Members: Bob Patton (Chair), Brice Smith (Vice Chair), Monte Campbell, Gretchen Koenig, Dennis Wamsted, Carolyn Nakasian, Tracee Taylor, Brian Butler, Dr. Ed Walker

The Community Assistance Ministry team oversees efforts to serve a growing population of low-income residents in the greater Arlington community. The Team coordinates a variety of initiatives to inspire guests and non-members to consider making Mount Olivet their church home. Activities include monthly Community Assistance distributions during which local residents receive a hot meal, groceries, clothing, health screenings and gift cards for food and transportation, in addition to the opportunity to experience God’s love. Community Assistance meets monthly on a prearranged date.

Members: Sarah Young (Chair), Marcia Baldwin, Sam Brooks, Dotty Dake, Lou Phelps, Ann Stretch, Joan Perkins, Sue Gray, Leslie Best, Sherie James, Ryan Milne, Marilyn Traynham, Tina Marcus

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