Senior Minister … Dr. Robert Chance
Dr. Chance has been our Senior Minister since 1973. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Maryland in Business and Public Administration. He earned a Doctorate of Ministry in 1972 from Lexington Theological Seminary in Lexington, Kentucky. Since earning his doctorate Dr. Chance has undertaken continuing education programs in a variety of fields. He has a great fondness and skill for Organizational Development and Group Dynamics. Dr. Chance is a certified trainer in LIFO, and leads workshops and programs for other congregations and organizations. He has completed six units of Clinical Pastoral Education and is a trained counselor. He has served churches in Kentucky, Georgia and Maryland. Dr. Chance served as a Chaplain (COL) in the Army National Guard for over 30 years before retiring from the U.S. Army National Guard in May of 2007. Dr. and Mrs. Chance are the proud parents of three children and eight grandchildren, all living in the area. He enjoys sports, outdoor activities, hiking, camping and owns and rides his Harley Davidson Electra Glide. Dr. Chance also delights in working on his antique, “almost restored” 1949 Chevrolet Pickup truck.
Executive Secretary … Mrs. Debbie Smith
Mrs. Smith has been our Senior Administrative Secretary since 1980. She lives in the Aspen Hill area and brings a great spirit and love for the church to her daily ministry. She enjoys traveling to Maine to visit with her husband’s family and is a warm and gracious person. When you call our church you will most likely talk with Debbie and she is one of the warmest and most authentic people you will ever meet. We are blessed to have Debbie as our Administrative Secretary.
Music Director … Mr. Jon Gilbertson
Mr. Gilbertson is our Music Director. He lives in the Wheaton area and brings tremendous musical talents to the church. Mr. Gilbertson is an accomplished organist/pianist and has a rich tenor voice. In addition to his ministry with our church, Jon provides private music lessons for people desiring to develop their voices. If you have ever wanted voice lessons Jon is one of the best teachers in the area.
Custodian … Mrs. Shirley Hopkins
Mrs. Hopkins lives in nearby Washington, D.C. and provides wonderful janitorial services for us. She and her lovely family have served with the church for many years. While her ministry is unseen and behind the scenes, it is essential to the overall ministry of the church. We’re glad Shirley and her family are here!
Maintenance Assistant … Mr. Tim Barnes
Tim Barnes is our part time maintenance assistant. Tim works full time in a local High School and comes in one morning a week to help with janitorial and maintenance items that crop up around the church. Tim lives in Wheaton and is a wonderful addition to our staff and a real help with ongoing maintenance tasks.