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. 

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.

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.

Chris Wiggins is a Missouri native, and has been worshipping at Christ Church since relocating to Northern Virginia in 2015.  He is a graduate of Rockhurst Jesuit Preparatory in Kansas City where he served as Senior Class President, and Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri where he earned a BA in Political Science.  Chris works as a Policy Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) where he oversees policy development and strategic planning for the Office of Management and Policy’s Divisions of Budget, Procurement, Human Resources, and Information Technology.  Chris and his wife, Morgan, are both blessed to regularly serve as small group leaders in the Alpha Course at Christ Church.  Additionally, they enjoy volunteering with Christ Church Children’s Ministries, and participating in other small groups.  Chris is also an active member of the Men’s Reveille Small Group.  They reside in Burke, Virginia, and enjoy spending time at the beach with their three school-aged children: Jacob, Tyler, and Ellie.

Alicia Williams, known to her family as "Nini" grew up in San Diego, California as the youngest (and only girl) of three siblings.  Alicia married her husband Tarik (a Commander in the Coast Guard) in 2002 and they have two children, Talia and Aiden and they have lived in the Northern, Virginia area since 2008.  Alicia and her family have been active members of Christ Church since 2015.  Alicia is a servant leader and has a passion for children, leadership and administration, as shared through her service in FUSE, Charge56 and the Leadership Team. Alicia has over 21 years of Human Resources/Employee Relations experience in the academic, telecommunications, manufacturing and non-profit industries, specializing in policy creation and administration, resolution of employee relations concerns, strategic and operational planning and leadership, benefits and payroll administration, training and development, recruitment, salary analysis and administration, worker’s compensation and safety in union and non-union settings.  Alicia holds an MBA in Human Resources, is bilingual in Spanish and English and is currently a Doctor of Education Candidate at The George Washington University. Besides her service at Christ Church, Alicia serves on the Board of Mundo Verde Public Charter School and holds the position of President for the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources (NAAAHR).  Alicia is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and in her spare time enjoys spending time with her family, being on stage with her kids, listening to music and reading books.

JP Asmen, born and raised in Guatemala City, moved to the United States in 1998 after completing studies in Accounting, IT and Business Administration. He is the youngest brother of two sisters and married his wife Wendy in 2007. They have three children, Natalie, Derek and Pablo.
JP works as the Vice President of Global Bakery Operations for Five Guys Enterprises where he is responsible for the global supply of the company’s proprietary bread.  JP and his family recently moved to Fairfax Station and have been worshipping at Christ Church where his wife serves in the areas of small groups and hospitality. Before moving to Fairfax, JP served in the areas of hospitality and bus ministry. Some of his personal enjoyment include nature, performance cars and motorcycles.