Rev. Dean Miller
Dean was born in Washington, D.C. and then grew up in Southern California where he attended Claremont McKenna College and Azusa Pacific University. His dominant loves growing up were soccer, any other sport, and reading. After college he spent five years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, both in the President’s Office and at the University of North Carolina. He then spent fourteen months working in business before heading to Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia for seminary. At Regent his dominant loves were his girlfriend (now wife) Mary Ellen, his seminary classes, soccer and any other sport. Dean graduated from Regent in 1999 and was the Board of Governor’s Recipient in Proficiency for the Master of Divinity degree. Shortly thereafter Dean and Mary Ellen married. In keeping with Regent’s emphasis on the value of the laity, they then settled into Austin, TX and found jobs in the marketplace. Dean spent three years in higher education sales with Apple before returning to staff with InterVarsity as an Area Director in the western half of Virginia. He joined the staff of The Falls Church in the fall of 2005 as the Director of Kairos, then the young adult ministry, and has been the Director of the new Spiritual Formation and Discipleship department since its creation in the spring of 2010. His dominant loves now continue to be Mary Ellen, his three children (Corwin, Duncan, and Clary), any sport, ice cream and reading.
Erin serves as the Coordinator of Connections and Community assisting clergy and staff with those beginning the discipleship process, encouraging new people how to find their place in the TFC family. She enjoys her “welcoming” role very much! Previously, Erin has worked in several ministry positions including youth ministry at TFC, a staff position with Young Life Capernaum in Arlington, and at two other Episcopal/Anglican churches, coordinating women’s ministry and worship leadership. At TFC Erin also volunteers in areas she loves including the worship team, women’s ministry, community group leadership, and marriage ministry. Yes, Erin knows first-hand that serving in a ministry does help one “knit in” to the community! Her husband, Mark, and she have a daughter in high school, Katie, who is active in Cornerstone, and two sons, Kenan at James Madison University, and Tim, a JMU grad. As members of The Falls Church for eight years, Erin and Mark are grateful to be part of the family here, especially since all their close relatives live in Wisconsin where they grew up. Erin is a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee business school and also holds a graduate degree in communication from Regent University. Erin strives to serve TFC through assimilating our newest members and welcoming constant visitors. She hopes that all those in the TFC family will join her in greeting people in the pews, narthex and hallways each week, encouraging them feel welcome and keep coming!
Libby currently serves as the Women’s Ministry Coordinator for The Falls Church in Falls Church, VA. Previous to her role here, she served for 21 years with Young Life, an international outreach ministry to teenagers, in Northern Virginia. She met the Lord in Young Life as a teenager in Southern California and has had a passion for ministry ever since. She grew up in the suburbs of Los Angeles and moved to the Washington area after college to work on Capitol Hill, and after five years there she made her transition to full-time ministry. She has been trained under Dr. Larry Crabb of NewWay Ministries’ School of Spiritual Direction and has been trained as a lay counselor through Dr. Bill Clark’s Lay Counseling Institute. Libby recently married Steve Cannizzaro from Norfolk, VA. They both have a passion for discipleship within the faith community and are so grateful that the Lord brought them together to live out this dream as partners in ministry.
Rev. Sam Ferguson
Sam serves at the Falls Church as a Timothy. His passion is to see people of all ages intimately connected to Jesus Christ and to increasingly discover, by way of both spiritual and intellectual growth, the surpassing worth and satisfaction of knowing and experiencing God. He first felt called into pastoral ministry while an undergraduate in Philadelphia and following graduation worked for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and as a high school basketball coach in West Philadelphia. He received his theological training at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and The University of Cambridge and was recently ordained in the Anglican Church. Sam has been shaped by the ministries of John Piper and Tim Keller and says his personal heroes include Charles Simeon and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. In his free time, Sam loves to read – naming Charles Dickens as his favorite author – and play basketball.
Brian serves part-time as the Administrative Assistant to the Spiritual Formation and Discipleship team. He and his wife Sarah began attending The Falls Church in 2007 upon moving to the Washington DC area after they both spent time living and working overseas. Brian was born in Nigeria and spent his childhood in Africa and graduated from the Rift Valley Academy in Kenya. After graduating from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, AR, Brian participated in a one year discipleship training program and also worked for a non-profit organization. During the last four years, he worked on Capitol Hill in communications. In addition to his work here at TFC, he is pursuing an MBA at George Mason University. Brian is a proud parent to his one-year old, Harrison who is very curious and constantly on the move. In his spare time, Brian enjoys drinking a good cup of coffee, reading, researching his ancestry and watching soccer.
Jackie serves in several capacities at the Falls Church, but is primarily devoted to the Young Adults Ministry. She is a writer by passion and graduated from Johns Hopkins University with majors in Writing Seminars and French Literature, and a minor in vocal performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Her specific interests are food and health, empowerment for teens and young adults, and the popularization of God’s vision for righteous living and biblical choices. The opportunity to serve God and reach out to the young adult community in Falls Church and beyond, is, for her, a huge blessing and a dream come true. When she’s not running around enthusing about her job, Jackie loves playing basketball, devouring every form of French culture she comes upon, and dreaming about someday earning a pilot’s license!