Timothy Ma – Senior Pastor, Lead Elder

In Christ, Pastor Tim is given to “prayer and to the ministry of the word (Acts 6:4, NKJV).”  Tim emphasizes discipleship and states, “Our hope for Emmanuel is a complete reliance on God’s mercy and grace (Matthew 5:13). Through this, we will continue to develop together in Christ as a family who shares the word of God with people around us.  And this for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).”  Tim grew up in Rock Island on the Mississippi River, met his wife, Kathleen, while living in Manhattan and they raised their daughter, Lydia, in Charlottesville before being called to Emmanuel Baptist Church in June 2015.

Pastor Tim was blessed to serve as Secretary of the SBC of Virginia from 2017-2019. To reach Pastor Tim, please call or email Ruthann Barton (703-368-9206, rbarton@ebcnva.org).

James 3:17-18 (ESV) But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Education: Williams College (Philosophy, Political Science), Westminster Theological Seminary (Theology)

Hobbies: Walking, Swimming, Chess, Seattle Seahawks, and Chicago Cubs


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Ruthann Barton – Executive Assistant 

Ruthann Barton has been a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church for over 30 years.  Born in Columbus, Ohio, she married her childhood sweetheart and has been married for over 57 years.  She accepted Christ as her Savior and Lord at the age of twelve.  She has a passion for Bible Study and has been active in Precept Bible Studies for more than 25 years.  She also has a love for children and has served in Children’s Ministry since becoming a member of Emmanuel.  She now serves as the Executive Assistant to the Pastor.


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Aaron Fletcher – Elder

Aaron was born and raised in the small town of Lyons in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 11 after he received a copy of the New Testament from the Gideon’s booth at the local county fair.  In 1995, he graduated from Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice studies. He currently works for the Department of Justice in the Civil Division’s Office of Litigation Support.  Aaron and his wife Sarah met in Dallas, TX in 2004, were married in 2006 and relocated to Manassas in 2008. They have two children, Charlie and Sadie. The Fletchers were called to Emmanuel Baptist Church in 2013 and have had the honor of serving the Lord here. Aaron has served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. His hobbies include reading, studying theology, pop culture, and trying to figure out how a guy his age is going to keep up with these two young kids.

Education: Kent State University


Brian McDaniel – Elder

Brian McDaniel is a gifted Bible teacher and devoted husband (Reta). Brian faithfully taught theology at Emmanuel Christian School for nine years. He has been part of the Emmanuel family for decades, and Emmanuel has been blessed to have him serve as an elder since 2020.

Education:  Andersonville Bible College


Katie Joyner – Youth Leader

Katie Joyner has been married to her husband, Nic, since 2003. They have five children. Katie accepted Christ as a child. She has served through helping with a children’s bus ministry, taking part in missions, teaching Sunday School to upper elementary children, assisting with VBS, participating in community outreach, and working in youth ministry. She is excited to be a part of the ministry at Emmanuel.


Levinia Cazar – Praise Leader

Levinia and Glenn have been married since 2011 and have four sons.  Levinia came to faith in 2003 and has served in mercy ministry and children’s ministry.  Glenn is a youth teacher.  Levinia has served on Worship Teams for eight years and enjoys leading at Emmanuel.


Jessica Melander – Children’s Director

Jessica lives in Manassas with her husband, Andrew, their two boys, Henry & Owen and their crazy but lovable dog, Emma.  She is passionate about Children’s Ministry and especially loves being there when children start to put the pieces of God’s big story together. She also believes in the importance of equipping parents with practical tools to help them walk alongside their children by communicating ways they can stretch Sunday’s lesson throughout the week. When she isn’t at church, you can find her spending time with her family, reading, watching soccer matches, or planning her next trip to Disney.


Heather Gray – Media Coordinator, Women’s Director

Heather grew up in Nevada, Montana, Texas, and Arizona. As an adult, she spent several years with her family in Idaho before settling in northern Virginia in 2009. Heather served in children’s ministry for nine years and has helped to lead a variety of adult classes. She has worked in a number of industries that have prepared her to assist Emmanuel with its media and communications needs. She and her husband, John, have been married for over twenty-five years. Heather is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Theological Studies.

Education: Arizona State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (current)


Crystal Miller – Communications

Crystal Bledsoe was born in Detroit, MI; lived overseas until she graduated high school in Ankara, Turkey; and moved to Bristow, VA, in 1999. She professed her faith at nineteen years old. After becoming a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church, she rededicated her life to Christ and was baptized in 2008. She is a youth group leader and young women’s teacher at Emmanuel.

Education: University of Phoenix, Liberty University

Hobbies: fiction and poetry writing, studying theology, and spending time with her family


Mike Holloway – Deacon Chairman

Mike was born and raised in Virginia, the oldest of Bill and Dottie Holloway’s 3 children. In 1973 he was married to his high school sweetheart, Patti Wood. He and his wife have a son and a daughter, Greg, and Lori, and have 7 grandchildren.“A preacher’s kid, but not a kid when Dad became a preacher.” He was saved at the age of seven and accepted the call to become a deacon in 1982 when he was 28 years old.

He has a lifelong passion for music, especially when used to praise, honor, and worship Jesus. He has a God-given passion for building things, which led to his vocation as a carpenter and contractor. Most importantly, and by God’s grace, he has a nearly lifelong devotion to Christ and His church, serving most of those years here at Emmanuel.