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Committees & Ministry Teams

Lay Leadership at Mount Olivet

Interested in joining a committee?

Have you ever wondered how to get more involved with the inner workings of the church? Mount Olivet welcomes your input! 

Committee and Team members are sought now for the next term, which begins July 1, 2021. Most committees meet about once a month, but feel free to contact committee chairs with specific committee questions. If you are interested in serving on or assisting a council, committee, or team, fill out the form below. Please note that for leadership, expressing your interest is the first step but it does not assure a nomination and placement.  


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.

Justin Kopca (Chair), Sarah Young (Vice-Chair), Jaydee Hanson (Lay Leader), Sally Mitchell (Associate Lay Leader), Lee Moore (Associate Lay Leader), Cynthia Nelson, Neela Babu, Shirley Beck, Sarah Scarlett, David Ellison, David Foster, Brian James, Jose Collazo, Kate Koppy, Brice Smith, Keith Nelson, Debby Fairweather, Ron Battocchi, Heather Weir, David Traynham, Ryan Brown, Roberta Jones, McKenzie Nelson, Rev. Dr. Ed Walker, Rev. Teer Hardy, Rev. Jeff Goodman, Marilyn Traynham, Tina Marcus, Linnea Carlson, Dr. Steven Shaner, Connie Hanna, Sam Riedel, Ellen McDowell

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: Jaydee Hanson, Sally Mitchell, Lee Moore

Ministry Teams

Staff Parish Relations

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: Sara Scarlett (Chair), Kathryn Love, Helen Mavroidis, Charles Lundy, Christina Danko, Marc Holladay, Sam Brooks, Dan Cooper, Brooks Brunson-Pitts, Jaydee Hanson, Dr. Ed Walker


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: David Foster (Chair), Amy Carter, Chuck Mitchell, Laura Jenson, Kirk Robertson, Ann Speicher, Rick Ritter, Mike Nelson, Marilyn Traynham, Ed Walker, Susan Vietmeyer, Lee Ressler


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: David Ellison (Chair), Cindy Lundstrom, Emily Wheeler, Karen Lundy, Delaney Price, Roberta Jones, Susan Butler, Dotty Dake, Elizabeth Wray, Mark Wray, Christin Bushardt, Keith Nelson, David Foster, Justin Kopka, Lanny Shepherd, Dr. Ed Walker, Marilyn Traynham


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

Keith Nelson chairs this committee.

Enduring Gifts

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, Chuck Gray, Mike Huff, Kim Roehl

Nominations and Lay Leadership Development

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), Susan Sutter, Sherri Hunter, Kim Roehl, Sean Walsh, Sarah Meek, Susan Vietmeyer, Lanny Shepherd, Clara Smith


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: Cindy Newcomb, Lou Phelps, Kevin Glandon, Carol Schafer, Ed Walker, Teer Hardy, Jeff Goodman, Linnea Carlson, Steven Shaner

Witness and Welcome

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: Brian Janes (Chair), Arbora Johnson, Elizabeth Ressler, Neal Wheeler, Julie Chung, Don Halterman, Jacob Myers, Brian Janes, Clara Smith, Rev. Teer Hardy, Tina Marcus

Adult Council

Members:  David Traynham (Chair), Cindy Huber, McKenzie Nelson, Susan Leland, Margartia Ramirez, Julia Nelson, Cynthia Nelson, Rev. Teer Hardy, Shirley Beck

Children's Council

Members: Heather Weir, (Chair) Vince Price, Kendra Slatt, Katya Glandon, Julie Janes, Shirley Beck, Emery Moore, Ann Stretch, Linnea Carlson, Nan Cooper


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: Jose Collazo (Chair), Holly Fletcher, Nick Coughlin, Stacey Porro, Rudy Barnes, Rev. Ed Walker

Caretakers of God's Creation

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: Kate Koppy (Chair), Carson Barnes, Joe McDonnell, Lindsey Zuluaga, Rev. Teer Hardy, Sarah Meek


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: Brice Smith (Chair), Gretchen Keonig, Monte Campbell, Carolyn Nakasian, Dr. Ed Walker

Community Assistance

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), Marilyn Traynham, Greg Hitt, Kim Mullin, Kathy Havey, Allison Ibrahim, Tina Marcus

If you are interested in serving on or assisting a council, committee or team, contact the church at