Rev. Tom Berlin is Lead Pastor of Floris UMC. Tom was raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and has lived in Virginia most of his life. He attended Virginia Tech and received a BS in business with a major in public administration. His Master of Divinity is from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is married to Karen, and they have four daughters.
Tom began working at Floris UMC in 1997. As Lead Pastor of the church, Tom’s main responsibilities are to provide spiritual leadership to the congregation and staff of Floris UMC. He leads worship, preaches, shares the sacraments and enjoys teaching. Tom works with the Church Council to discern and cast the vision for the church and leads the staff to create ministry strategies.
Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16-17
First job: Delivering papers for the Winchester Evening Star
Idea of a perfect day: Spending a day at the beach - any beach, any time
Ashley grew up in Virginia but has lived in Florida, London and New York, where she pursued a career in musical theatre. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in musical theatre, but left the theatre in 2006 when she received a call to ministry. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 2013. She has called Floris UMC her church home since 2010 and was overjoyed to join the staff in March of 2011.
First Job: Working at Einstein Bros Bagels
Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17
Most interesting vacation: Travelling through Europe with a good friend for two weeks in 2004
Jake is originally from New Orleans and is married to a woman who is way too good for him. He is a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and loves to cook and eat.
Jake gained much of his nonprofit experience from his work in disaster recovery in post Katrina New Orleans. Jake received his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana Tech University in history and his master of Arts from Wesley Theological Seminary. He loves music, podcasts and old movies. Jake is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served two years in the Republic of Armenia.
First job: Delivering pizza
Favorite Bible Verse: Isaiah 58
Idea of a perfect day: Practicing Jiu-jitsu, taking a long hike with his wife and dog and enjoying a delicious meal of grilled meats.
Most people don't know this about me: Jake can clap with one hand.
Most interesting vacation: Traveling through Turkey and Greece while serving in the Peace Corps.
Barbara spent her childhood years in Ohio. She attended school in Birmingham, Ala. so she could dance with a local ballet company and complete her degree in Christian education and fine arts. After graduation, she met and married her husband, Marty, and spent the next few years as a military spouse. She and Marty have three grown children.
Barbara has served as a pastor at Floris UMC since 2006. As director of worship, Barbara’s main responsibilities are to offer vital, God-honoring worship in a variety of styles for the congregation. She also oversees Floris UMC's Care Ministry and takes pleasure in ensuring that compassionate, spirit-filled care is offered to those in crisis or times of difficulty. She enjoys preaching and teaching and considers it a privilege to be a pastor at Floris UMC.
First job: Wrapping candy at a local candy factory in her hometown
Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 43:1-3
Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with family and playing games, preferably on or near the water
Tim is the pastor for Restoration Church, a satellite campus of Floris UMC, that started in 2014. Tim has a great love for the Reston community that seeks to "live, work and play" together. He loves to meet new people and engage them in conversation about their lives and about their faith. Tim and his wife, Susan, have three awesome kids.
Bible verse: John 10:10
Most interesting vacation: Spending a summer in Jakarta, Bali, and North Sumatra Indonesia
First Job: Making sandwiches at Subway