Church Council Biographies

John Long is a long-time resident of Fairfax Station, VA, and an active member in Christ Church. John and his family, wife Lea Anne, and kids, John IV, Andy, and Madi, share a love of music; the performing arts; and, most of all, Disney World in Orlando, FL. As a Virginia Beach, VA native, John is drawn to the water as a way to find peace and release from the day to day challenges of life in Northern Virginia. In fact, the renewing and God-affirming qualities of nature in general reinforce the foundations of faith in John's life. His efforts to live out his faith have led him to help facilitate the Christ Church ALPHA class, as well as discipleship classes at Christ Church, and to serve on the Kairos Prison Ministry Team serving the Greensville Correctional Center in Jarrett, VA. 

Charlyne "Chuck" Miller has been nicknamed 'Chuck' since early grade school.  She grew up in the 'Show Me State" of Missouri but became a Virginian when she married her husband Mark in 1986.  Together they have two young adult sons who also grew up in Christ Church (their family has been members for over 20 years).  Chuck's professional mission has always been to help organizations, teams and individual leaders become more effective in meeting their goals.  Presently, this has her serving on faculty for many large corporations and government agencies in their leadership and executive development programs both nationally and internationally, and as an executive coach. At Christ Church you'll usually find Chuck at the front entrance greeting you as an usher, or up front singing with the worship team.

John Farrell hails from College Park, MD. He retired from the United States Air Force in February 2005 at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9) having served in numerous locations stateside and overseas. Currently he is the Human Resources Director for the Air Force Aid Society (the official charity of the United States Air Force). John grew up in a musical family and has been a percussionist/drummer since he was three years old. He’s performed for Pope Paul VI in the Vatican as a freshman for DeMatha Catholic high school and Prime Minister (Canada) Pierre Trudeau as a senior in 1978. Over the years he’s been in numerous bands, most recently in a classic rock band performing in DC/MD/VA. Also, he just completed his 37th year of officiating college/high school football. John is married to Kymberly Joseph-Farrell and they have three children and seven grandchildren. 

Pamela Nelson moved to Virginia in 1984 as a military spouse. She attended the Ft. Belvoir chapel and transferred to Christ Church in 1994 after moving to Fairfax Station.  Pamela attended George Mason University law school at night while working full-time and raising two boys while her husband was stationed in Germany.  She is an attorney at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation where her focus is Banking, and Labor and Employment Law . She has two adult sons and one daughter in college at Christopher Newport University.  Her passion is teaching financial literacy to others especially at shelters and low income centers to help individuals gain knowledge on how to manage their finances.  She loves attending Christ Church and enjoys volunteering in various ministries.

Kevin Abney grew up in a small farming community in northwestern Illinois.  Kevin resides in Burke Va. He is married to Mary and they have two children, Jessie and Nick. They have attended Christ Church for the past 11 years.  Kevin has worked for 33 years for the Department of Defense in various positions and locations. He currently works for HQ. Defense Logistics Agency at Ft. Belvoir and serves as the Director of Business Financial Operations.  Kevin enjoys riding motocross with his son and participating as a coach in the Burke Basketball Youth League.

Cathy Harrington grew up in central New Jersey received her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from University of Delaware.  She worked for 33 years for Mobil and ExxonMobil in various capacities of engineering, project management and people development in numerous locations of North Jersey, South Jersey, Virginia, Baton Rouge, Germany, The Netherlands and Houston before retiring in 2015.  Cathy enjoys singing in several groups and enjoys hobbies of cooking, gardening, crafts and sewing.  Cathy is married to Kevin Harrington who is also a retiree from ExxonMobil and they have two sons.

Lori Nelson has been attending Christ Church for over 12 years.  She is happily married to Mark Nelson and they have two boys:  Kevin -17 and Justin - 16.  Lori works as a Financial Analyst for the government and in her free time she enjoys reading, working out and traveling with family and friends.


Megan Schmid is a Nebraska native who moved to Virginia in 2015 for her military assignment. She served 13 years in the Air Force as a contracts officer, an executive assistant, and an attorney. She attended law school at Villanova University and spent her last few years of practice focusing on employment law. In 2017, Megan gave birth to her 4th daughter and decided to stay home full-time. Currently, she works as an independent consultant for Rodan+Fields.  In her free time, she enjoys running long distance, reading for pleasure and to her children, and helping other families at Christ Church and in the community.

Dennis Gilbert has been attending Christ Church since 2003, and was elected to the Church Council in 2017. Dennis is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Exelon Corporation, the largest energy company in the U.S.  Previous to this position, he served as the Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the DoD's CIO, was a Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, and retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel after a 21-year distinguished career..  Dennis is married to Joyce Ann Gilbert, and they have twin boys who are attending college.  He is originally from Slidell, Louisiana and is a life-long Saints fan.