Our church office is now open from 9 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We are closed on all federal holidays. In November, we are open on Veterans Day and closed the Friday following Thanksgiving. We are here to support and assist you with your needs related to your interactions with FPC and its ministries, including but not limited to Property Management Ministry, Stewardship & Finance Ministry, Deacons, room reservations and general office related inquiries. You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 703-273-5300.
Henry G. Brinton became senior pastor of Fairfax Presbyterian Church in 2001, after serving Calvary Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, Virginia, and First United Church of Christ in Milford, Connecticut. After growing up in Bowie, Maryland, he was educated at Duke University and Yale Divinity School. In 1985, he married Nancy, who works as a health consultant, and together they have two adult children, Sadie and Sam. He is inspired by FPC’s goal of being an “uncommon Christian community,” and has always been drawn to the church’s signature Scripture verse, “my house shall be a house of prayer for all peoples” (Isaiah 56:7).
Henry has written on religion and culture for The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and Huffington Post. A frequent speaker at workshops and conferences, he is the author or co-author of six books, including The Welcoming Congregation: Roots and Fruits of Christian Hospitality and the mystery novel City of Peace. He also writes for the preaching journals Homiletics and Proclaim, and he contributes to the current events–based adult education curriculum The Wired Word. He enjoys boating on the Potomac River and competing in endurance sports such as marathons, triathlons, and century bike rides, one of which landed him in the hospital in 2015.
Henry is in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Yena K. Hwang became Associate Pastor for Christian Formation at Fairfax Presbyterian Church in the spring of 2013. She received her M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1997) and M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (2006). She was ordained through the National Capital Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2007, where she served as Vice Moderator and then Moderator of the Presbytery in 2010–2012. Yena is a proud member of the Korean American Presbyterian Clergywomen, with whom she published Here I Am: Faith Stories of Korean American Clergywomen (Judson Press, 2015).
In addition to her pastoral work, Yena enjoys working as a trained life coach and is slowly working towards becoming a certified life coach through the International Coaching Federation (ICF). Yena is married to Rick Choi and together they have two sons. Yena enjoys relaxing by the ocean, watching a good movie, eating foods from around the world, and cooking for her friends.
Yena is in the office on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Susan Wisseman is delighted to return to FPC, where she previously served as a seminary intern and interim youth program manager. Susan holds a B.A. in English from the U.C. Santa Barbara, and her M. Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary (2005). She was a Preaching Fellow in the first cohort group at Virginia Theological Seminary. She most recently served as Associate Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church in Springfield. Susan serves as chair for the Worship and Theology Committee for National Capital Presbytery, and as the Eastern Region Connector for the Association of Presbyterian Christian Educators. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she and her husband Stan moved to the Metro DC area in 1995 to get out of the rat race (really!). Susan and Stan are parents to three adult children—Sarah, Scott, and Amy—along with their dog Sadie and grand-cat Gummi.
Jerry Hopkins has served 52 years in ministry and as a member of National Capital Presbytery (and its predecessors). He is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary. He has served as an assistant pastor at Rockville Presbyterian, as Executive Director of Community Ministry of Fairfax County (an advocacy ministry seeking to change public policy on affordable housing, criminal justice, and other neglected social issues), as Parish Associate at Fairfax Presbyterian (1980–88), as Parish Associate at Lewinsville Presbyterian, and again as a Parish Associate at Fairfax. Jerry is also a retired health insurance executive. In his retirement, he is an active volunteer as an advocate for affordable housing and has served on several boards advocating for long term care for adults with disabilities and frail elderly. He currently serves as staff for the Fairfax Presbyterian Affordable Housing Implementation Team and for National Capital Presbytery’s Affordable Housing Mission Network.
Kathleen graduated from the College of Mount St. Joseph ( now University of Mount St Joseph) with a BSN RN, and has worked in a hospital settings for over 45 years. Six months after joining the Bound Brook Presbyterian Church she received a call to ministry and graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary and was ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in 1997. She worked for the Somerset Chaplaincy to The Elderly for 4 years. Then worked as a chaplain for Presbyterian Homes and Services in Senior Affordable Housing for 15 years. She joined the Somerset Chaplaincy Board and was the President of the Board for three years. After ordination she was a member of the Presbytery of New Brunswick and served two six year terms on the Committee of Preparation for Ministry, (CPM). She also served as a Parish Associate for the Dayton Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Eventually returning to the Bound Brook Church before moving to Virginia. While at BBPC she assisted in worship, did some preaching, and served as a nurse on several mission trips to Appalachia (ASP). She is a member of the National Capital Presbytery and currently a member of a small group addressing the issue of racism. She is married to Michael and has 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren.
Gretchen is in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
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Erin is available by appointment.
Grace is available by appointment.
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Raised in North Carolina and an avid Duke basketball fan, Tempest earned a B.A. from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, with a major in Psychology. She has a M.Ed. in Counseling from Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. She felt a call to full-time ministry and was led to an M.A. in Religious Education from Andover Newton at Yale in Connecticut. She is currently ABD in Leadership and Spiritual Formation at Portland Seminary at George Fox University in Oregon.
Recently, Tempest was the Lead Resident Service Coordinator at Lytton Gardens, a living community for seniors, in Palo Alto, California, where she worked starting in September, 2014. In addition, she was the part-time Children’s Ministry Director at Open Door Methodist Church in Richmond, California. She has been the Youth Ministry Coordinator at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Helena, CA, and the Youth and Children’s Minister at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville, SC. She likes to volunteer in her community, hang out with her dogs Hurley and Addie, and take road trips.
Tempest is in the office on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
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Nini Johnson has served as the Director of Fairfax Presbyterian Preschool since 2007. She is a member of Fairfax Presbyterian Church and the National Association of Education for Young Children. For more than 30 years, Mrs. Johnson has worked with young children. She began her career as a teaching assistant in Head Start and Montessori programs and later became a lead teacher in her own classes of two and three year olds. She now serves as FPP’s Director and can be seen each morning greeting children and parents as they arrive at school. Mrs. Johnson is always eager and available to speak with current or prospective families about the preschool or their child’s needs. You can email her or call 703-273-4333.
A little about myself: I am bubbly, creative and a budding gardener. I enjoy learning by doing and exploring in nature. I learned about this opportunity from Tempest; who I met as one of my volunteers at the PWC Visitor Center when I managed it. I created a one pager with information about my experience, click here to view. Have an incredible day and I look forward to meeting everyone and growing at FPC
Festus maintains our building and facilities Monday through Friday, in the afternoon, and Saturday mornings till our building closes at 1pm.
Robert maintains our building and facilities Monday through Saturday. You will also find him in the nursery and preschool.
Tracey maintains our building, in the morning, Sunday through Friday. You will often find her in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. She helps in the nursery, and with the children on Sunday mornings.