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Meet the Mount Olivet Staff


Ed Walker

Senior pastor

Dr. Ed Walker is a native of Newport News, VA. He received the BA from the College of William and Mary in 1980, the Master of Divinity from Duke University in 1984, and the Doctor of Ministry from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2002. Pastor Ed and his wife Sharon, who is an occupational therapist working with Fairfax County Schools, have two adult children – Catie, a nurse in Richmond, and Harley, who works as a landscape designer in Annapolis. Pastor Ed enjoys all kinds of water sports: sailing and fishing to name a couple. He and Sharon enjoy their free time at their home on the Chesapeake Bay where they have an oyster garden.

Please contact Tina Marcus for event/use of space inquiries


Jeff Goodman

Jeff Goodman was born in West Virginia, but has spent most of his life in Northern Virginia. Getting his BA from the University of Virginia in 1980, he averted a mid-life crisis with a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary and an immediate appointment to Mount Olivet in 2012. Jeff’s focus is modern worship, leading The Way, Mount Olivet’s alternative worship service. Called to be both in the church and in the world, Jeff is both a “quarter-time” pastor and a consulting project manager with PMP certification. Pastor Jeff and his wife Pam, a preschool teacher and bass player, live in Reston. Here’s the magical part: daughter Heather and son-in-law Greg live around the corner, so Pam and Pastor Jeff see grandsons Lukas and Noah almost every day. 


Teer Hardy

Teer Hardy was born and raised in Maryland. Teer has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from West Virginia Wesleyan College and Masters of Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary, where he is currently also finishing his Masters of Divinity. Teer is interested in meeting God where the divine intersects with our everyday life, whether that is in a coffee shop, pub, or park trail. Married to his high school sweetheart (although they didn’t meet until college), Teer and his wife Allison are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Camden and Nora. If you were wondering, yes, Camden is named after a baseball stadium. Teer also is the co-founder and host of the Crackers & Grape Juice podcast. He also maintains a blog where he engages theological concepts with the practicality of everyday living. You can read it at


Ministry Staff

Sam Riedel

director of youth ministry

Sam was born and raised in Northern Virginia and holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and English from Virginia Tech as well as a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the youngest of 4 siblings and a proud uncle of a strong-willed 2-year-old. Sam is an avid reader and enjoys political history as well as literature that dives deep into the big questions of life. He loves to talk, travel, and learn about everything in God’s vast world.  

Sam played tennis and soccer most of his life as well as more video games than was probably wise. His heroes are Ulysses S. Grant and Martin Luther, his favorite book is Jane Eyre, and his favorite fictional character is Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Above all Sam loves stories and his greatest joy is seeing individual stories interact with and ultimately be transformed by God’s deep and rich narrative.


Linnea Carlson

Director of CHildren and family Ministries

Linnea is responsible for all things children including: children's choirs, children's Sunday school, and VBS. . She holds a Masters in Family Ministry and as well a Masters of Divinity. Linnea has two daughters, Marta and Betty. Marta is in middle school and Betty is in elementary school.  When she is not working she enjoys anything outside including hiking, camping, cooking and finding the best playgrounds in the area. One of the things she loves about her job is getting the kids' fresh perspectives on faith.  


Dr. Steven Shaner

Director of Music ministries

Dr. Shaner is an ecumenical church musician, having served a wide variety of denominations in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Ohio and Northern Virginia. He is an honors graduate of Shenandoah University Conservatory and a graduate of Wittenberg University, where he graduated with a Master’s degree in Sacred Music and organ performance. He holds the Doctor of Sacred Music degree from Graduate Theological Foundation with post-graduate studies at the University of Illinois.


Administrative Staff

Tina Marcus

Office manager

Tina serves as an Office Manager maintaining the church calendar, preparing the worship bulletins and prayer concerns, and maintaining the membership records. Tina has worked in the Church office and been a member of Mount Olivet for over 10 years. When not at the church, she enjoys riding her motorcycle, gardening and playing with her two dogs.

Please contact Tina Marcus for:

Use of church space for an event

Announcements in the bulletin or eNews

Administrative inquiries


Marilyn Traynham

Church administraor

Marilyn Traynham serves as the Church Administrator of Mount Olivet. She is trained as a CPA and is the staff representative to the Finance Committee, Trustees, Stewardship and the Mount Olivet Community Assistance ministry. She has served in a variety of positions at both the District and Conference level ministries. When not at church, she enjoys walking, spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and the Traynham pets.


Connie Hanna

Financial assistant

Connie has been a member and dedicated financial assistant at Mount Olivet for many years. Her interests include: painting, calligraphy and spending as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.


Ellen McDowell

Communications specialist

Ellen serves as Mount Olivet’s Communications Specialist. She works with print media, graphic design, and website and social media management at Mount Olivet. She and her husband, Jarrod, are from Athens, Georgia and will always be true Georgia Bulldogs. She enjoys playing music, tending to her plants, and exploring new places.


Weekday Preschool

Michele Liberty

director of the weekday preschool

Michele is from the Newington, VA area and has lived in Northern Virginia for 25 years. Michele has a husband, Chris, a 25-year-old son, Matthew, and three cats. Michele has a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor’s in Computer Science. Michele was recently the Principal of McNeil Preschool Academy and has been teaching young children since 2000 at Hopkins House, KinderCare, Bright Horizons, and Browne Academy. Michele enjoys camping in her motor home, knitting, walking and reading. Michele believes that each day is a new opportunity to see the children grow as rising Christians and experience the world God has made. Together, we can provide a positive, loving learning environment for our children- one that they can thrive in as they prepare for Kindergarten.

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