Chris Bowman has served as our pastor since 2014. He was ordained in 1987 and received degrees from Manchester University(1984), Bethany Theological Seminary(1987), and San Francisco Theological Seminary(1999).
Pastor Chris is married to Sherry, a Supervising Clinician in Prince William County, VA. Their son Jacob and daughter Melissa, born in 1990, graduated from high school in 2008 and college in 2012. They joyfully welcomed daughter-in-law Marlene Cáceres into the family in 2014.
Chris served on the worship planning team and delivered the message at the 2008 conference of the Church of the Brethren celebrating the 300th anniversary of our denomination. He was also tapped to give the message for the Christmas Eve service broadcast nationally on CBS in 2004.
In 2003-2004 Pastor Chris served as Moderator of the Church of the Brethren and presided over the 2004 Annual Conference in Charleston, WV. Chris has held numerous district and national positions in the Church of the Brethren including 1993-1998 Church of the Brethren General Board (Chair, 97-98) and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Bethany Theological Seminary.
Pastor Chris’ recent book, First and Second Kings, was co-authored with his father, Bob Bowman, in 2015 as part of the Covenant Bible Study series by Brethren Press. His lenten devotional (2016, Brethren Press) focuses on following Jesus toward unanticipated resurrections.
Mandy North, Pastor of Faith Formation
Mandy has a passion for the faith formation of youth and young adults as they recognize, explore, and strengthen their relationship with God in Christ. She has worked as a volunteer with our youth and children ministries since 2007 and as Coordinator of Youth Ministries (part time, 2008-2009) and Coordinator of Special Ministries (part time, 2010-2011). She served as interim pastor at Nokesville Church of the Brethren (part time, 2014-2015). She has been an active leader in district youth events and in 2014 she authored the junior high youth lesson plans for Shine — the children’s and youth curriculum published by Brethren Press and MennoMedia.
Mandy received her Master of Arts in Christian Education from Union Presbyterian Seminary (2013), her Bachelors of Science from Bridgewater College (2002) and has attended various courses with the Brethren Academy for Ministerial Leadership. She is part of the Prince William County Mothers of Multiples club (PWMOM.org), and with husband Sean, the parent of twins.
Kim is responsible for the church office, which comprises of many different roles. Kim is a Washington, DC metro area native, who grew up in Falls Church, VA and attended Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington. Kim and her husband, James, moved to Manassas in 2002. Her son was born in 2005 and Kim became a stay-at-home mom. Kim attended Ashford University during her time home, and received a BA in Psychology and a BA in Health Informatics from Ashford University.
Kim is an avid reader, a hockey fan (Washington Capitals, of course), and also enjoys making art collages, and spending time with her family.
Donna Bolt, Christian Education Coordinator
Donna coordinates the activities of the Education Ministry Team with a primary focus on children’s programs. She graduated from Radford University with a double major in early childhood and special education. Manassas Church of the Brethren has been Donna’s primary church throughout her life, and she shares many memories of growing up with the current church members. In her free time, Donna enjoys sewing, outdoor activities, spending time on Afton Mountain, and visiting with her nieces and nephews who just happen to live across the street.
Susan Dommer, Music Director
As Music Director, Susan directs the church’s choirs and works with the Pastor to help integrate music into worship. She has a Masters in music education and has been the choral director for many years in the Manassas school system, spending most of that time at Stonewall Middle School. Susan often attends conferences for professional development as a music director. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her husband, Rob, and their three sons, Justin, Ryan, and Lucas.
Gilmer Akers graduated from Osbourn High School, with a specialty in Masonry. At home, he helped his father, who was a “jack of all trades”. He served Camp Shiloh as a volunteer maintenance worker, for 9 years. Employment gave him 35 years’ experience in new home and office construction, as a brick mason and foreman. During that time, he had the pleasure of repairing a 200-year old church and public school, in Alexandria. When not working, he enjoys singing in the church choir, tinkering with projects, and gardening.
Leonard and his wife, Mary Jane, have attended The Manassas Church of the Brethren since August 1979. He retired from the Central Intelligence Agency as a political analyst after 25 years in 2001. He worked as a teacher as a second career for 14 years, and since August 2014 has been an attendant to a student with Special needs. He has tutored Math and Social Studies periodically during the last 15 years. He is the father of Craig and Alison, and has 2 granddaughters. Leonard is a huge baseball fan, and he loves the Nationals. He has been a long time season ticket holder for George Mason University Men’s Basketball. As for Redskins he says “HTTR.” He also serves as a head usher at the church.