The Reverend John Ohmer
The Rev. John Ohmer joined the Falls Church Episcopal as our Rector in September of 2012, after having led the growing, vibrant congregation of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia for the past 13 years. He is a graduate of Wabash College, earning an A.B. in Philosophy in 1984. Prior to entering Virginia Theological Seminary in 1994, he had a brief career in government and politics, having worked as a Capitol Hill staff member and as a press secretary and speech writer in his home state of Indiana.
During his years of ordained ministry, John has served on the Board of Directors of Samaritan Ministry for the Homeless in Washington D.C., and on the Diocese of Virginia’s Commission on Ministry and Resolutions Committee. He has authored a weekly column titled “Faithfully Yours,” and has covered the past four General Conventions as an issues writer for the Diocese of Virginia’s “Center Aisle.” He blogs at Unapologetic Theology.
John and his wife Mary have three children: a son at Virginia Commonwealth University, another son at James Madison University, and a daughter in high school.
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The Reverend Cathy Tibbetts
The Rev. Cathy Tibbetts grew up in Charlotte, N.C. where she attended The University of N.C.-Charlotte, earning a B.S. degree in Nursing. Afterwards she attended the School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, attaining a Master of Public Health degree. Prior to attending Virginia Theological Seminary, Cathy had a long career in health management specializing in the care and treatment of individuals suffering with Diabetes. Throughout her career in healthcare, Cathy was an active volunteer with the American Diabetes Association, serving on the ADA’s national board of directors and in 2004 was elected the association’s national President of Healthcare and Education.
In 2005 Cathy responded to a call to ordained ministry graduating in May of 2008 from Virginia Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity Degree. Following seminary and ordination Cathy joined the staff at The Falls Church Episcopal as Assistant for Children’s Education and Ministry and then served as the Interim Priest-in-Charge between 2010-2012. She also serves as co-chair of the Diocese of Virginia’s Committee on Prevention of Abuse and Misconduct. Cathy and her husband Clark have four grown children.
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The Rev. Michael Hinson
Interim Priest Associate
The Rev. Michael Hinson leads our youth group and participates in planning our Christian Education program. During the school year, he serves as a Chaplain for St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School and is a member of the faculty as an 8th grade teacher.
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Director of Children's, Youth and Family Ministries
Nina Bacas grew up in San Diego where she earned a B.A. in Math and Psychology from the University of California, San Diego. She went on to earn an M.S. in Computer Science from Drexel University while pursuing a career in aerospace. After the birth of their fourth child, Nina (pronounced "ny-nah") and her husband, Andy, discovered her true calling to be in children's and youth Christian formation and the Episcopal Church.
Nina comes to us with a wealth of skills and experience from multiple parish settings, and will graduate from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 2014 with an M.A. in Christian Formation. She is a Virginia Diocesan Coordinator for Episcopal Relief and Development and has made mission visits to Tanzania, Haiti and Belize. Nina successfully mentored the youth-led Bishops' NetsForLife Inspiration Fund campaign in the Diocese of Virginia, raising funds in 2011-12 to send 14,500 anti-malarial bed nets to sub-Saharan Africa.
Nina's approach to faith formation involves engaging the imagination of our young people, supporting their unique God-given gifts, and incorporating them into all aspects of our faith community. In her programs, children and youth are valued theologians and active agents in our parish.
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Minister of Music
Julie Huang studied organ at Cornell University and earned her Master's in Organ Performance under a scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. She was a finalist in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, the winner of the Oklahoma Troxel Competition, and a participant in the International Organ Festival in the Netherlands. Her playing has been featured on National Public Radio's "Pipe Dreams."
Her work with prisoners and underprivileged children in Cape Town culminated in directing the Amy Biehl Foundation Choir in a concert with Bishop Desmond Tutu. She has performed, taught, and served as a church musician in MA, MD, VA, NY, OK and South Africa and was apprenticed in organ building at C.B. Fisk and the American Organ Institute. Julie has received the Who's Who Among Students Award, the American Musicological Society’s Committee on Cultural Diversity Fellowship, and the E.M. Johnson Writing Award. Her article on Albert Schweitzer was published in Musicians and Composers of the 20th Century (Salem Press, 2009).
Julie directs the adult and children's choirs and serves as parish organist and pianist. In conjunction with the Worship Comittee she plans liturgy and programs music for weekly and special services.
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Director, Parish Administration and Finance
Jim Councilor joined the staff of The Falls Church Episcopal on a part time basis in March 2012 after serving the church as volunteer treasurer for the previous five years. In March of 2013 he came on staff full time to manage the operations and facilities. A native Washingtonian and a life-long Episcopalian, he earned a BBA degree from Roanoke College and then served four years in the U.S. Navy. He has worked in various accounting and administrative roles in public accounting, entertainment, telecommunications, manufacturing, and national trade associations.
Jim has been an active volunteer with Fairfax County public schools, the Mason District Land Use Committee, Randolph-Macon Academy, his local civic association, and his community swim and tennis club. In recognition of his community service, in 1997 he was named a Fairfax County Lord Fairfax honoree. Jim and his wife Nancy joined The Falls Church in the mid-1980s. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Katie who is working on her doctorate at the University of Wisconsin/Madison, and Tricia who lives in Arlington and works at NIH in Rockville.
For questions and information related to parish administration, finance, or building and grounds, you may email Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at: 703-241-0003.
Rachael Cilladi is a cradle-raised Episcopalian who was raised in Erie, Pa. Rachael attended the Cathedral of St. Paul where she sang in the children's choir, served as a youth reader, participated in various Diocesan conventions, and represented the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania at the General Convention 2003 as a youth participant.
Rachael graduated from Argosy University in 2010 with an M.A. in forensic psychology, and graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2008 with a B.A. in psychology.
Rachael married her husband, Mike, in 2009 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Reston, Va. Rachael and Mike serve as youth group leaders and volunteer for various fellowship activities. Rachael has been on St. Anne's Vestry since 2013 and sings in the church choir.
As office manager, Rachael's responsibilities include website management, facility/room scheduling, manage weekly announcements and Sunday bulletins, general church inquiries, and other office management tasks.
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Sr. Warden -- Elizabeth Bass
Jr. Warden -- Mike Simmons
Registrar -- Edie Smolinski
Secretary -- Mike Snyder
Interested volunteers are welcome! Apply your talents and gifts and become involved in the life of the Falls Church Episcopal. Contact these committee chairs for information about what you can do to serve.
Altar Guild - Kathi Dutilh
Finance - Jim Councilor
Communications - Dana Whitley
Parish Life - Nancy Councilor
Community Outreach - Kathi Dutilh
Personnel - Committee chair currently vacant. Temporary contact: Jim Councilor