Senior Teaching Pastor
Lon Solomon has faithfully served as senior pastor of McLean Bible Church (MBC) for more than 36 years, until February 2017. Under Lon’s leadership, MBC has reached thousands of people with the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and expanded the footprint of the church to five campuses spread across the Washington, DC region. His stewardship of MBC has resulted in the church being totally debt free and continuing to advance in ministry. Today, Lon serves as Senior Teaching Pastor at MBC, where he preaches alongside a teaching team.
Lon graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.S. in Chemistry (1971). He completed a Th.M. degree in Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary (1975, summa cum laude). He also completed graduate work at Johns Hopkins University, receiving a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies in 1979. In 2005, Lon received a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Lon and his wife, Brenda, have been married since 1974. They have four children.
David Platt (Interim)
Interim Teaching Pastor
David Platt is a Interim Teaching Team Pastor at McLean Bible Church and the President at the International Mission Board. He previously served as pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. David earned a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Georgia, followed by Master's Degrees of Divinity and Theology and a Doctorate of Philosophy from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, and Counter Culture. David also is the founder of Radical, a ministry devoted to disseminating disciple-making resources so the Gospel can be made known to the ends of the earth.
Dale Sutherland is the Lead Pastor at McLean Bible Church. His faithful leadership consists of casting vision, shepherding the people, and providing pastoral oversight of the church. Dale and his wife Patti have attended MBC since the early 1980’s. Prior to his role, Dale served as the Director of Student Ministries and Director of Outreach for more than a decade. Dale has three daughters, three sons-in-law, three grandsons and one granddaughter.
Montgomery County Campus Pastor, Teaching Pastor
Mike Kelsey is Campus Pastor at the McLean Bible Church Montgomery County location, and a member of the Teaching Team. Prior to, Mike served faithfully in other pastoral roles including, Pastor of MBC’s Frontline Silver Spring. Born into a strong lineage of Washington, D.C. pastors, that includes both his father and grandfather, Mike grew up with a strong foundation in the Gospel. He is married to his college sweetheart, Ashley, and they have two young children, Ava, Michael III, and one on the way.
Campus Pastors & Church Leadership
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.
Prince William Campus Pastor
Todd was born in Texas and raised in Missouri. It was in the Ozarks that Todd fell in love with the great outdoors. He met his wife Nancy, at Southwest Baptist University their freshman year. Although he felt called to full-time ministry, current events led him to join the United States Navy in 1987. Over the next 26 years, Todd served in the military and in his local churches. God blessed Todd and Nancy with three kids along the way, Brock, Erica and Gabrielle. They have lived in Virginia, Texas, California and Alaska. Todd’s passion continues to be centered on God’s Word, helping others and spending time in God’s creation.
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.
Executive Pastor, Worship and Technical Arts
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 Pastor, 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.
Executive Pastor, Shepherding
Executive Pastor, Family Ministries
Executive Director, Volunteer Engagement
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.
Originally from central Ohio, Ben spent his childhood as an Air Force brat. His father’s Air Force assignments took Ben to Germany (where he was born), then to Idaho, Nevada, Spain, and Alabama. Ben and his older twin brothers, who also had careers in music, were always singing in church, since before they can even remember. Ben continued his involvement in music throughout high school and eventually went to Liberty University, where he traveled on a ministry team called “Light” that focused on Cross Cultural Ministries. With Light, Ben was able to travel to the Philippines, Hawaii, and several times to India. While at Liberty, he studied Religion, with a concentration in Youth Ministries. After graduation, Ben continued to pursue his passion for music and cross cultural ministry while traveling with World Help- based out of Forest, Virginia - where he was able to travel all over the U.S. raising money for the purpose of printing and distributing bibles as well as building churches in India. He then went to Jacksonville, FL and served as the Worship Leader at East Point Church, where he met his beautiful wife, Janie. In November of 2004 the Lord called Ben and Janie here to McLean Bible Church. Ben is passionate about leading people in corporate worship and counts it an absolute joy to celebrate the Gospel with McLean Bible church each weekend. He is an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan, and loves hiking, camping, basketball, and music. Ben and Janie have three daughters, Callie, Evie, and Aubrie.
Director, Front Door
Rosie Pinkerman has been on staff with MBC since July of 2012. She currently serves as the Director of Weekend Host Teams and Assimilation. She is grateful to work with staff and volunteers in the Front Door ministry of the church. Prior to MBC, Rosie worked at Peachtree Presbyterian Church and North Point Community Church in children’s and discipleship groups ministry. She has been happily married to Justin since June of 2008 and has a sweet daughter named Olivia who was born in April of 2014. Rosie enjoys leading worship, hosting friends in her home, traveling, shopping, and spending time with her family that live in Florida and Nebraska.
Director, Technical Arts
Marvin Haines joined the McLean Bible Church (MBC) staff in May of 2001 just after graduating from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems and a minor in Music. Marvin currently serves as the Director of Technical Arts and oversees the churches IT Department, Live Production Team and Media Ministry across our five campuses as well as Jill's House which is a private non-profit organization for children with special needs. Marvin is also very a very active trumpet player in the DC area. Marvin has played in the Capital Wind Symphony, the Loudoun Symphony Orchestra and the Belmont Brass Quintet. Marvin recently joined the newly formed Worship Orchestra of Washington which has performed twice at the Kennedy Center in the last year and also recorded their first album “Heroes and Stories”. Marvin lives in Leesburg, VA and enjoys building furniture and being outdoors in his time off.
Director, Citywide Worship
Pastor, Student Ministries
DJ came on staff in 2008. He graduated from Liberty University where he met his wife Jessica. DJ was going to be a State Police Officer before God led him to MBC. He has a desire to see people worship God through music and personal holiness. DJ grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Christiansburg, VA where his family still lives. He loves the outdoors and spends as much time as he can hunting, fishing, shooting, kayaking, hiking, playing soccer, and anything else he can find to do outside. His is also a diehard Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh Steelers football fan. He loves Special K, Chick-fil-a, the history channel, and bon fires. His life verse is Colossians 1:28, 29.
Director, Women's Ministries
Nathan Crew is the Pastor of Young Adults at MBC Tysons. Originally from Alabama (Roll Tide!), he moved to Lynchburg VA to attend Liberty University and graduated in 2008 with a degree in Communications. He then got married and he and his wife jumped overseas to be missionaries in the Dominican Republic for 6 months. Afterwards God led him to Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary to prepare for a life of full time ministry. He graduated with an MDIV in 2013 and has been with McLean Bible Church since June 2014. He is passionate to see the church actively participating in the cause of Christ both locally and globally. He is married to the wonderful Kristen Crew.
Associate Director, Volunteer Engagement
Director, Local Impact
Pastor, Global Impact
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.
Elder Nomination and Qualification
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