Our leadership structure consists of Elders, our Executive Leadership Team and Campus Pastors, Campus Staff Teams, and a Central Operations Team.
Our Elders provide strategic leadership. The Board of Elders is comprised of nine men who possess the qualifications described in 1 Timothy 3:1-7, Titus 1:6-9, 1 Peter 5:1-7, and Acts 20:28. Their responsibilities include financial oversight, doctrinal integrity, policy matters and overall strategic direction.
Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home in Portsmouth, VA. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a chemistry major. While in college, Lon's life became a relentless search for meaning and purpose. He sought to fill the void he felt on the inside with fraternity life, partying, gambling, and even developed a serious drinking problem. When all this failed to supply the inner peace he was seeking, Lon became deeply involved in drugs, both as a user and a distributor. He turned to ''spiritual'' things at this point, diving into psychedelics, Eastern religions and even attempting a return to mainstream Judaism. But all this failed to resolve his inner turmoil and he decided that suicide was the only reasonable way out. It was at this time that Lon met a street evangelist in Chapel Hill who began to talk to him about Jesus Christ. As a result of months of interaction with this man, Lon made the decision to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and Messiah in the spring of 1971.Lon is a marvelous example of God's transforming power in action. Subsequent to his decision to accept Christ, Lon was able to quit the drug and alcohol abuse that had plagued his life for years. He went on to graduate from Capital Bible Seminary in Old Testament with highest honors. He then did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Near Eastern Studies. He taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary from 1975-1980. In 1980 Lon became the senior pastor at McLean Bible Church, where he has served for over 30 years.
John had the good fortune of being born into a Christian home and reared in the Southern Baptist church. He has early memories of his mother reading him Bible stories and kneeling with him beside his bed to “say my prayers.” These are cherished to this day, and they gave him great security for the rest of his life. His mother told him about the Lord Jesus and what He had done for us. John learned that if he wanted to live forever with Him in heaven, he needed to ask Jesus into his heart, which he did. However, it was not until he was married with three young children that his spiritual journey came alive in Christ. After moving their church membership to Barcroft Bible Church in Arlington, Virginia in 1973, John and his wife, Sharon, were taught the real meat of the Word, and they grew quickly. Now, having attended McLean Bible Church since September 1997, and having become a member shortly thereafter, he has been given the unexpected privilege of serving Him and His flock as an Elder at MBC. This wonderful privilege is far beyond his greatest expectations, and John's desire is to serve the church members and attendees with all his abilities. Outside the church, his desire is to stand strong in his testimony for our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to present MBC honorably in his everyday walk with Him.
Larry joined the Board in 2001. He and his wife, Phyllis, have been members of McLean since 1988. They have 3 grown sons and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Larry has been active over the years in the Creative Arts Ministry as an instrumentalist and has served as a home fellowship group leader, a member of the Church finance committee and a member of building committees for the Caleb I and II, BFL I and BFL II MBC building programs. On the Board, he currently serves as the Chairman and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also one of the three appointed Custodial Trustees of the church. Larry’s career history includes serving on active duty as an officer with the US Army Corps of Engineers and a 31 year career with IBM. Upon retiring from IBM in 1992, Larry founded and currently leads Cooper Consulting, Inc., a management consulting and technology firm that primarily serves the not-for-profit sector.
Wayne and his wife Kaz have been members of McLean Bible Church since 2002. They serve together in Primetime and the Connect Room, and Wayne is involved in the Military & Operation Kindness Ministry, Sr. Adult Retreat, and Men’s Ministry. He is the Board Chair of Wounded in Action Family Foundation and after a 28 year Army career, he became President of Decisive Analytics Corporation’s International Division. He also serves as Honorary Chair of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group. Wayne has served as an Elder since May 2015, filling a vacancy.
Mark Gottlieb gave his life to Christ a short time after he started attending MBC in 1985. He has been on the Board of Elders at MBC for 10 years. Mark has two masters’ degrees in engineering from Stanford University. After graduate school he joined SRI International in Arlington where he worked for a few years and also taught part time in the engineering school at The George Washington University. In 1986 Mark started his first business and is presently running an electronics company manufacturing home healthcare products. Mark and his wife Sharon have been married since 1988, and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children. Mark’s interests include woodworking, photography, electronics, scuba diving, lock-picking and of course studying God’s Word. His favorite Bible verse is Phil 4:6-7.
Tom has served on the Board of Elders since 1991 (he also served for two years in 1988-89) and serves as its Vice Chairman. He and his wife, Glee, live in Davidsonville, MD. Members of MBC since 1985, they accepted Christ together in September 1959 shortly after they were married. As a member of the Board of Elders Executive Committee, among a variety of other duties, he and the Board Chair, Larry Cooper, recommend staff personnel policies and oversee ministry staffing. Tom is semi-retired after nearly 50 years in military and civil aviation management. Besides his duties on the Board of Elders, he now devotes much of his time to the MBC Primetime Community as a teacher and worship leader.
Jimmy returned to serve on the Board of Elders in June 2002. He previously served on the Board for 13 years, during which time he served as chairman for two years. He and his wife Chambliss began attending McLean Bible Church in 1974 soon after they moved into the area. Both were young Christians eager to grow in the Lord. The teaching and service opportunities at MBC have been critical to their and their family’s Christian growth. In addition to serving on the Board, he has had numerous opportunities to serve our Lord, such as leading short-term summer mission trips, ministering with parachurch organizations, including Jimmy’s service on boards of three area Christian organizations. Jimmy retired after 41 years service with the US Public Health Service (31 years as a Commissioned Officer). The Mitchells have two sons, two wonderful daughters-in-love and seven grandchildren.
Craig has a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Houghton College. For the past 18 years, he has worked in the defense-related industry in the Washington Metro area. He currently is Vice President of Business Development for AERA, Inc., a $24 million high-technology company in Arlington, VA. He is married with two children and has served on the Board of Elders since 1994.
Elder Nomination and Qualification
Any member may nominate an Elder when nominations are open each April. Please see our list of Qualifications for an Elder here.
Church Staff Leaders
Our Executive Leadership Team and Campus Pastors provide strategic and tactical planning, financial planning and management, new initiatives, pastor development and church-wide coordination of ministry.
MBC Tysons Campus Pastor & Director of Pastoral Care Training & Development
Joy was meant to be life’s primary source of strength. It is found through healthy relationships in community with God and others. Because of Joe's personal devotion to Jesus Christ, he is committed to enabling people to achieve optimum joy in living.
With that purpose in mind, he has been privileged to serve a wide spectrum of people, in a variety of occupational settings. These included education, the U.S. military, the clergy, as a corporate consultant and trainer and a minister overseas.
Director, Pastoral Care Training and Development
Helping others achieve their maximum potential is where Joe's life’s work has been focused. To do that successfully, means making sure that their soul – that part of everyone that integrates and coordinates their entire being – is in good working order. For this to happen, a healthy, balanced, and growing relationship with Jesus Christ is essential.
Pastoral Care Training and Development, for the staff, means equipping them with the knowledge, skills and abilities to both efficiently and effectively help people who come to us for help. Training covers a wide range of subjects, including: Suicide Intervention, Domestic Abuse Intervention, Active and Reflective Listening in Assessing Needs, providing comfort during the loss of a loved one and guiding family members in planning a memorial service.
Pastoral Care, for the individual, means providing timely support for individuals and families with urgent needs. “Support” means supporting, teaching and guiding others to the ways and means needed to achieve a healthy, balanced and growing life. “Ways and means” is an integration of several key components: prayer, assessing the need, pointing people to available resources, applying appropriate principles from Scripture and listing specific steps to take.
Tysons Campus Pastor
Coaching, mentoring, writing, teaching and counseling are the activities that Joe enjoys most and which fill up his calendar. The process of individuals and families going from chaos to order, sorrow to joy, resentment to love brings deep satisfaction.
Academic Dean, Moody Graduate School
As Academic Dean, Joe found deep fulfillment in making a significant contribution to the lives of graduate students, as well as my collaboration with a devoted and skilled faculty. Working closely with his Associate Dean, faculty and other leaders, student enrollment more than doubled to a population of approximately 500 students, new curricula was adopted, a faculty performance review was developed and implemented and a stable financial base was established. The spectrum of cultural and ethnic backgrounds of faculty, staff and students provided an important dynamic of community learning.
While at Moody, his co-authored book, Cultural Change and Your Church: Helping Your Church Thrive In A Diverse Society, was published. It speaks to a deep concern for the well-being of America’s immigrant and multicultural population. The content of the book came through many workshops such as, Designing Your Intercultural Outreach, in which church teams learned how to design and develop an intercultural ministry of their choosing. In other workshops, such as Dialoguing Faith With Those of Other Faiths, participants learned how to explain the rationale for their faith in ways that made sense to those of other faiths, as well as to those who claimed no faith at all.
Chaplain, United States Air Force/Air National Guard
Joe's immigrant father instilled in him a love for America and for its military. Because of love for his country, Joe served as Base Chaplain for the 167th Air Lift Wing in Martinsburg, WV and later as Wing Chaplain of the 128th Air Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI. As Chaplain (Lt Col), he provided spiritual guidance and support for military members and their families. In nearly 21 years as a Chaplain, he presented a spectrum of workshops, including Personality Diversity (using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for effective teamwork), Quality Leadership, Cultural Diversity, Battle Stress and Suicide Awareness and Prevention. Joe was also lead facilitator for commanders’ off-sites for strategic planning and developing values, mission and vision statements.
President, New Enterprise Education and Training Services
As a consultant for LEAR Corporation in Strasburg, Virginia, Joe assessed the training needs of managers, supervisors and employees and provided appropriate education and training for each respective group. Mediation sessions he facilitated enabled employees and management to clarify root causes of misunderstandings, reconcile differences and utilize diversity of strengths. He also facilitated a senior management off-site, in which a corporate values statement was developed. Other clients included the Office of Personnel Management, Defense Logistics Agency, Massanutten Military Academy, Lord Fairfax Community College and the Internal Revenue Service.
Founder, International Christian Church and School and Igreja Crista Evangelica, Cascais, Portugal
Watching a thriving community grow from just his family to many people from a variety of cultures was truly awe-inspiring. Recruiting staff, developing a marketing strategy and promotion, teaching in both English and Portuguese, creating programs to meet the needs of students and congregants, finding and equipping a building, establishing policies and an official board, the list is endless when beginning a new venture. The result was changed lives and seeing God bring to pass the impossible.
MBC Loudoun Campus Pastor
Jim has been on staff at MBC since May of 1997 and has worked with Young Adults, Young Couples and was the Director of Marriage and Family Ministry. Jim is currently the Campus Pastor of our Loudoun Campus, which began in January of 2008. He received his Masters In Divinity from Denver Seminary with a specialty in Counseling. He has been married to Sharon since 1999, and they have two children. Natalie was born in 2002 and Adam in 2003.
MBC Montgomery County Campus Pastor
After graduating from the University of Maryland in College Park, Mike traveled full-time doing evangelism ministry with the Luis Palau Association and then joined the McLean Bible Church staff in 2007. Mike is currently in the Master of Divinity program at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Over the years and through various experiences, God has given him a particular passion to spread the Gospel and nurture the church in a multiethnic context. Montgomery County is one of the most diverse parts of the DC Metropolitan area, and the congregation of MBC Montgomery County reflects that well. Mike is married to Ashley and they have two young children.
MBC Arlington Campus Pastor
I’m originally from Chesapeake VA. After graduating from Liberty University, I served with an organization called WorldHelp, raising awareness to the physical and spiritual needs of people around the world. After also serving as a youth and college pastor in Portsmouth VA, God led me to Raleigh North Carolina to attend Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduation with an MDIV in 2013. While there, I served as a lay Pastor at Christ Our King Community Church in Raleigh along with working in Community Development. It was also there that I met and married my wife, Jenique Saunders. I am passionate to see the Church take seriously the call of Jesus Christ to follow him unreservedly.
Director of Strategic Initiatives
Cory Thurman joined the MBC Staff in the fall of 2007 in the Rock Student Ministry after previously working with students in Richardson, Texas. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Dallas Baptist University and Master’s Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary. He married Magen Thurman, also of staff at MBC in 2008. His passion is to serve the local church by developing disciples to use their spiritual gifting to make other disciples for Christ.
Executive Director of Tysons Campus Ministries
Sue’s tenure at MBC began in 1994 as the Director of Kids Quest. Her passion for developing young children in their spiritual journey naturally evolved into a ministry focused on teens. In 2001, Sue and her team created The Rock, a ground-breaking program that provides teens a safe and stimulating environment for spiritual growth.
After 15 years of directing both programs, Sue transitioned to become MBC Tysons Director of Weekend Ministries. Her responsibilities included the direction of Kids Quest, The Rock Student Ministries, McLean University, Creative Arts, Weekend Host Teams, Community Groups and Parenting.
In 2013, Sue transitioned to her current role as MBC Tysons Director of Campus Ministries. Sue oversees the operation of all ministries at MBC Tysons and leads the MBC Tysons Leadership Team.
Sue earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Texas and has taught at inner city schools in both Dallas and Maryland. Sue’s career spans over 30 years, with experience in the development of children’s and student programs. In addition to her work at MBC, Sue has been a guest speaker at conferences, businesses and universities, teaching leaders how to develop individuals to their fullest potential, as well as how to build strong and effective teams.
Sue and her husband, Gordy, have been married since 1977 and have three children, Matt and his wife Julie, Drew and Kelsey and her husband Scott.
Director of Operations
Bill has been on staff since April 2000. He oversees the general administration of the church, and manages the Central Operations Department, which includes Building Services, Security, Technology, Production, Human Resources, Finance, Counseling Center, Communications, Benevolence/Membership, CD Ministry, and the Café/Coffee Shop. Bill was the lead staff person overseeing the building project at the MBC Tysons Campus, as well as the Jill's House building completed in 2010. He is also the Treasurer for Jill's House. Bill earned a bachelor's degree from Wake Forest University (Business & History double major) as well as an MBA from the University of Oregon. He and his wife Tricia live in Gainesville, VA with their Westie puppy, Madi.
Associate Senior Pastor
Dale and his wife Patti have been attending and volunteering at MBC since the early 1980s. He served as our Director of Student Ministries for over eleven years as well as Outreach Director for the Tysons Campus. He has three daughters, three sons-in-law, two grandsons and one granddaughter.
The McLean Bible Church family consists of multiple campuses around the Washington, DC metro area. We’re building a “spiritual beltway” around the city with these communities. Each campus shares our Core Values, a passion for God’s Word, and an emphasis on a personal relationship with Christ. Learn more about our campuses and campus staff.