Staff & Servant Leaders

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 Dash

Associate Pastor, Minister of Finance & Education

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 of Minister of Education, and Minister of Finance for MVBC.  He has also been an accountant for the Federal Government for the past 27 years, and is currently a Lead 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, 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!”

Rosa Feemster

Rosa Feemster

First Lady, Director of Finance

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Maurice Rawlins, Director of Music

Maurice Rawlins

Director of Music

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.


Alvenia Johnson

Deacon, Bible and Sunday School Teacher

Alvenia Johnson serves in the choir and Deacon Ministry.  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.

Her hopes for Mount Vernon is to be a church that not only shows 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.”

Diane Kaus

Diane Kaus


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

Ida Smith

Church Administration

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.


Jesse Parker

Chairman of The Trustee Board

Jesse J. Parker was born in Homeville, VA and was the 10th of 12 children. He graduated with honors from Middlesex Community College of Middletown, CT in 1975.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude from the University of New Haven in 1977 and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1983.

Jesse is married to the lovely Connie Parker and has three children; daughters Alicha and Amber, and son Mason. He has five grandchildren; Briona, Raven, Indigo, Kaden and Cadence.

Jesse has enjoyed a successful 36-year career as an investments and insurance professional and is currently assessing his next career move. He played and coached wheelchair basketball and participated in wheelchair road racing for well over 25 years.  He has also developed a considerable passion for golf. He has played the game for 8 years and frequently shoots below 100. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys reading, golfing and participating in programs designed to positively motivate youth who are in school and those who are incarcerated.  Much of his time is also spent visiting recently disabled individuals to motivate them and encourage them to “get back into life.”

He currently serves as Chairman of Health and Wellness with The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC. which focuses on educating young people and their families about the numerous health issues that impact African Americans while promoting healthy lifestyles as one of the key pillars for a successful life.

Chantel Christian

Chantel Christian

Usher, Reading Ministry Co-Leader, Outreach

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.

Nana Ansu

Nana Ansu

Trustee, Usher
Adwoa Ansu-Anin

Adwoa Ansu-Anin

Finance Ministry

Aaron Rhodes

Preschool Director

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, who modeled how to live a Christ-centered life.

Aaron previously worked for 6 years at the preschool located in his home church and while working there completed his Child Development Associates and BS in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University .  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.

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.”