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1 Peter 5:2 -4 – “….. tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it—not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.”
Here are the Mt. Vernon staff and members who dedicate their time and talent to further God’s and Mount Vernon’s mission:
Laurence was born in the Caribbean/South American country of Guyana, and emigrated to Brooklyn, NY at the age of 15. He is the Associate Pastor at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church (MVBC); and he also holds the title of, and performs the tasks as Minister of Education and Minister of Finance for MVBC. He has also been an accountant for the Federal Government for the past 26 years, and is currently a Senior Financial/Cost Analyst for the National Science Foundation (NSF), in Alexandria VA. Laurence holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of MD, College Park; and a Master of Theological Studies from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies, in Arlington, VA. Laurence is also a veteran, who served four years active military duty, and two years reserve duty in the U.S. Navy.
Laurence’s philosophy is “Live well, laugh often, love much; and always put GOD FIRST!”
Maurice Andres Rawlins moved from Trinidad and Tobago in 2013 to Washington DC to take up an assignment. Maurice attended church from a very young age in Trinidad, where he developed a love for singing as a form of worship. It was no surprise therefore that when he moved to DC, one of his first
tasks was to find a church with an active choir and a congregation that had a “family feel.” At MVBC, Maurice helps to lead the music ministry as our Director of Music.
Matt Henderson is the Church Musician and accompanies the choir at Mt Vernon Baptist Church. Originally from New Zealand, Matt has been living in the United States since 2011 working as a musician and teacher. He lives in Washington DC with his wife Kate.
Andre L. Johnson’s hometown is McLean VA. He serves a number of roles at MVBC, including Deacon’s Ministry Chair, Trustee, Facilities Manager, Sunday School Superintendent, Adult Sunday School Leader, VBS Asst. Director, and Choir Member. He joined Mt Vernon Baptist Church in 2010, was ordained a Deacon in 2011, became facilities manager In 2011, and a Trustee in 2012 . As Deacon Chair, his role is to see that the vision and mission of Mount Vernon is carried out. Mr. Johnson’s mission is to support God, Jesus Christ, his Pastor and the membership of Mount Vernon through a servant attitude as described in Acts 6:1-6 and 1 Timothy 3:8-12. His vision for the church is “Since God and Jesus Christ have placed our Pastor at Mount Vernon and has given to the Pastor the vision for the church, that vision is my vision also.”
Alvenia Johnson excepted Christ at an early age. She was blessed to be born into a Christian family that loved the Lord. Her parents taught all seven children the same values.
She enjoyed a successful career in the Federal Government working at the Department of Labor, Office of Pensions Welfare and Benefits Administration for 33 years as a Secretary and then a Purchase Agent. She retired December 3, 2009.
Alvenia is marred to Andre L. Johnson Deacon Chair and Facilities Management at Mount Vernon. Together they are blessed with 4 children and 11 grandchildren.
She serves several ministries at Mount Vernon including the Fellowship Ministry, Choir, Women Ministry, Leadership Ministry and Deacon Trainee Ministry.
Her hopes for Mount Vernon is to be a church that not only show our love but a church of doing and helping the community and the members of Mount Vernon. “Let me do all the good I can, to all the people I can, as often as I can, for I shall not pass this way again.”
“Success has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”
Her conversation was late in life, but was always a believer. Her conversation has been a comfort, a joy, and a time to honor and praise God for her life in the future that is before her as a believer in our Savior Jesus Christ. Her membership has always been with Mount Vernon Baptist Church, from attending Sunday school as a small child to her baptism in December 2008. The ministries she’s served at MVBC are Pastoral Care, Seniors, Fellowship, Bible Study, and Music. Her hopes for the deacons of Mount Vernon is that we can represent the Church as a caring, welcoming place to worship, church that is open for all to praise God and to be able and caring of its members in the community we serve. To always remember that the Holy Spirit is guiding us to do God’s work. Diane became a Deacon on June 2011.
Diane was born in Washington, D.C. She is an only child. Her parents live in Arlington, Virginia. She has resided in Northern Virginia since the age of eighteen months, except for seven years living in Hawaii, Rochester, New York and New Orleans, Louisiana. She was married for twenty-six years. Her husband passed away in 2007. Diane is continuing her spiritual growth.
Ida Smith was born in rural Brunswick County Virginia; the only girl of 9 children. Her deceased parents taught her the love for God, family and work. She has been in the office management field of work for more than 20 years. Her love for being of service has lead Ida to use her talents in many different places and with many people including workforce development training skills of inner city men and women in Baltimore, MD. and Washington DC; life skills training in prison in Maryland and presently volunteering work with cancer patients at the Virginia Hospital Center. Ida enjoy cooking, reading, practicing Reiki and being with her family including her three adult children, Rana, Butch, Jr. and Marc and her 6 grandchildren.
Aaron Rhodes is Native Northern Virginian who has always had a desire to work in the education field because of his belief that every child has the ability to learn when taught to the learning modality that best suits them. He grew up with a sister, two brothers and his parents, which modeled how to live a Christ-centered life daily. Aaron is committed to sharing Jesus’ love to all those that he comes in contact with.
He began working with children in high school during Vacation Bible School and it was then that he realized his passion and calling to work with young children. Later, Aaron worked for 6 years at the preschool located in his home church and while working there completed his Child Development Associates and BS degree from Liberty University in Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies. He has also presented twice in the VAECE Conference in Richmond, Virginia on the topic, “The Benefits of Men in Early Childhood Education”. Aaron’s goal at MVBC Preschool is to foster a community of learners in which everybody learns and grow together to ensure that all the children fully develop their wide array of skills and talents, while feeling loved and supported by all the people they encounter during their time here.
Aaron loves nature and in his free time enjoys seeking out different trails to walk with his Lab/Pit mix, Jenna.
One of his favorite quotes on education comes from George Carlin who said, “Don’t just teach your kids to read, teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything.”
Chantel Christian is an usher, Co-Leader of our newly created reading ministry, and helps organize group outings. She is a native Tennessean and has been in the DMV area for three years. Chantel loves being a part of the MVBC family, thriving in organizing events, and thinking of new ways for our family to come together.