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:

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Alvenia Johnson

Deacon, Bible and Sunday School Teacher

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. Alvenia is a born again Christian (The Bible tells us that Jesus Christ, who is the Son of God, came to earth more than 2000 years ago and died on a cross to pay for the sins of mankind. God the Father then raised Him from the dead, proving He has power over life and death. This raising from the dead is called the Resurrection. The Bible says that whoever believes in Jesus Christ will not perish, but will have everlasting life (John 3:16). This means we all need to except Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

Alvenia 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. 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.

The ministries she served at Mount Vernon are Fellowship Ministry, Annual Valentine Luncheon, Bible Study, Sunday School Teacher, Vacation Bible School Director, Choir Ministry, 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.”

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Andre Johnson

Deacon, Trustee, Choir, Facilities Management (staff)

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.”

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Diane Kaus

Deacon

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.

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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.

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Mai Maye

First Responder's Co-Lead, Pre-School Committee

Mai relocated to the DC area in 2002, a transplant from MA. She has worked as a Management Consultant, Recruitment Manager, Career and Youth Advisor during her time in the area. Her spiritual journey began when she was a young girl in Boston, Massachusetts where she was an active member at Faith Urban Assembly and continued to grow with Zion Temple UCC when she moved to NC for college. She and her husband Sheldon were excited to join Mt. Vernon Baptist Church in 2012 because they knew they’d found a church home that would share to love and gospel of God with the surrounding DC/Northern Virginia communities.

Mai has committed her gifts to serving the Youth and First Responder Ministries at Mt. Vernon and looks forward to all that God has in store.

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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, 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.”

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Rosa Feemster

First Lady, Deacon in Training, Finances

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Serge Romanchak

Former Music Director

Serge Romanchak received his Bachelor of Music degree from West Chester State University Studying with Benjamin Whitten. He continued his graduate work at the Catholic University of America studying with Emerson Meyers and George Manos where he obtained his Master of Music degree in piano performance in 1977. While at Catholic University, Serge participated in Master Classes with Leon Fleisher and other eminent pianists and was chosen to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the University Orchestra.

Mr. Romanchak currently performs as a soloist and chamber musician and has given recitals at the French Embassy, Anderson House Museum, DACOR-Bacon House, The Lyceum, and the Allentown Art Museum. Serge also appears as a jazz pianist and has performed in events for the Supreme Court, Kawai Music Corp., The Fairfax Symphony, and Jordan Kitts Music Corp. His CD “Serge Romanchak Plays Ravel and Chopin” was released in 2010.

An accomplished musician, Serge leads the music program of the church with the competence that is so very evident in his musical performances. He teaches piano during the week and has a large number of capable students. On Sundays, his instrumental talent empowers our worship and lifts our spirits. We are forever grateful for his presence and support.

You can view his website at: www.romanchakpianostudio.net

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Sheldon Maye

Technology Coordinator

Originally from Springfield, MA, Sheldon Maye currently works at Accenture as a consultant in their Talent and Organization Division. He loves working with and helping people and decided to serve as a consultant to help large companies motivate their employees to be more productive at work.

Prior to Accenture, Sheldon climbed the ranks at College Summit, a leading college access organization based in Washington, DC that focuses on building a college-going culture within low-income high schools across the country. He has personally worked in over 160 high schools and helped launch 3 new College Summit offices: St. Louis, New York City, and the state of South Carolina. He then served as a director of a department that supported 10 regional offices with program implementation and training.

Sheldon has a BA in Political Science from Duke University and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. He loves traveling the world, watching movies, playing video games, and working with youth.

At Mount Vernon, Sheldon serves as the Youth Ministry co-lead, continuing his passion of working with youth.  He also is serving as the Church’s webmaster.  He has always grown up in the church and always said it was his mother that first showed him the importance of God and worship.