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Our Staff

Senior Pastor

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Rev. John Meehan

Pastor John (Jack) Meehan has been serving in ministry at St. John’s since 1988. He was called from the seminary as St. John’s first associate pastor in 1988 and served in that position for seven years. He was then called to serve as senior pastor of the congregation, a position he has held since 1996. Pastor Meehan received his Bachelor of Arts from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1984 and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1988. He also holds a Master of Arts in Christian Education from Virginia Theological Seminary and completed the Pastoral Leadership Institute (PLI) program. Pastor Meehan has served in a variety of roles within the local community as well as the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS). Pastor and his wife, June (both natives of Iowa), are the parents of four young adult daughters who bless their lives in many ways. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, family history, travel, walking, and hiking.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled; neither let them be afraid. – John 14:27

Director of Discipleship

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DCE Jennifer Hills

Jennifer served as St. John’s first Director of Youth and Christian Education from May 2002 to January 2022. In January 2022, her title was changed to Director of Discipleship to describe better how Jennifer serves the people of St. John's. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Arts, with specializations in Youth Ministry and Theology, from Concordia University in River Forest, Illinois, in 1999. She is a synodically commissioned Director of Christian Education and a 2009 KINDLE Associate. Jennifer is currently a graduate student in the Masters of Organizational Leadership program at Concordia University, Irvine, California. Jennifer serves all St. John’s members, child to adult, helping them to discover what it means to be a child of God. Jennifer and her husband Mark are parents to Sofi and Charlotte. In her spare time, she enjoys laughing, cooking, reading, exploring, and adventuring with her family.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. – 1 John 3:1 

Director of Music

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David Leahey

David Leahey has been blessed by a lengthy career in church music which began as a youth chorister at Liverpool Cathedral, England. There, he gained a rich choral education and participated in a number of services for various English royalty and prime ministers. Following his role as Organ Scholar at Liverpool Cathedral, David attended the Royal College of Music in London and possesses degrees in both music and information technology.

Since arriving in the U.S. in 2003, David has worked with multiple universities and several high-profile churches in the D.C. Metropolitan area, as well as churches in North Carolina and Florida. A noted composer and performer, David has performed recitals at the White House, the Blair House, and Washington National Cathedral, among other prominent venues throughout the country.

David currently resides in Alexandria with his wife and their three children. When he is not involved in something musical, David enjoys spending time with his family (preferably at the beach), tinkering with computers, and sports in any shape or form – particularly all things Liverpool Football Club!

But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God. - John 3:21

Interim-Director, Early Childhood Education Center

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Stephanie Schillero

Stephanie has worked at the ECEC since February 2014. Stephanie has a Bachelor's Degree in Biomedical Engineering and a Master's Degree in Forensic Science. She received her CDA in 2018 and her Early Childhood Development Certificate from NVCC in December 2020. Stephanie also received her Virginia Early Childhood Administrator Professional Credential in 2022. 

Jesus told him "because you have seen me, you have believed, blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." - John 20:29


Office Administrator

Janet Gillis

Financial Administrator

Jennifer Smith

Communications Specialist

Jacqueline Fuller


Pastor of Shalom Ethiopian Evangelical Lutheran Church Mekane Yesus 

Rev. Dr. Mitiku Zeleke
(A chartered LCMS congregation as of 2018)