Timothy Ma – Senior Pastor
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, email@example.com).
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, Westminster Theological Seminary.
Hobbies: Walking, Swimming, Chess, Seattle Seahawks, and Chicago Cubs
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 almost 52 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 Director of Children’s Ministry, preschool – 6th graders and the Executive Assistant to the Pastor.
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
Dave Melander – School Chaplain
Reverend Dave and his wife Jan have been married since 1979. They have two sons and three grandchildren. It is exciting to be worshiping and serving in a growing fellowship of believers where God is magnified through His truth. As the chaplain, Dave has the joy of teaching and caring for the families and staff at ECS, a ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church. “I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving” (Psalm 69:30, ESV).
Education: VCU, Liberty University
Hobbies: Backpacking, camping, fishing, and gardening
Nic Joyner – Youth Minister
Nic Joyner has been married to his wife, Katie Joyner, since 2003. They have five children. Nic served in a children’s bus ministry for over five years. He served in and led a youth ministry for over two years. He has volunteered in or led various ministries in the church, including sports ministry, missions, VBS, and community outreach. Nic made a confession of faith and was baptized in 2003. However, he dedicated his life to serve Jesus at the end of 2012.
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.
Heather Gray – Media Coordinator
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 years. Heather is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Theological Studies.
Education: Arizona State University, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary (current)
Crystal Bledsoe – Young Women’s Ministry and Communication
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.
Mitzi Penaranda – Financial Associate
Mitzi has been involved in many facets of bookkeeping over the years, from the auto industry to a large computer firm. She is now blessed with the opportunity to use her talents to serve the Lord here at Emmanuel. She has been married for 31 years to her husband Mark, and God has blessed them with 3 sons. She accepted Christ at a young age, and 4 years ago rededicated her life to the Lord. As well as serving in a financial capacity, she also loves serving in a variety of preschool ministries here at Emmanuel.