Clergy and Staff

  • Rev. Mary Beth Blinn

    Lead Pastor

    marybeth@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703) 671-8557, x. 103

    Mary Beth answered the call to ministry as a young adult, having been baptized and confirmed in her faith while growing up in the United Methodist Church. Her father was a United Methodist pastor in Kentucky and is a mentor to her. Her mother kept their home and has taught her to appreciate beauty and frugality. Charles and Mary K. Turkington now live at Lake Junaluska, NC.  


    At Emory & Henry College, Mary Beth met her husband, Bob, who, now in retirement from ministry, has been using his talents restoring an old home in Richmond. They are the parents of two adult children. Anna Blinn Cole is a student at Candler School of Theology, and with her husband, Garrett, are the parents of June Ethel. Christopher Blinn, a special education teacher, lives in Richmond, Indiana where he and his wife Kate are the parents of Charles Wilder.

    Mary Beth received a MDiv degree at The Divinity School at Vanderbilt University. Her ministry has included pastoring small and medium-sized churches in Virginia; serving as a missionary pastor in the Red Bird Missionary Conference in SE Kentucky; and as District Superintendent of the Danville (VA)  District. Mary Beth enjoys growing flowers, walking and reading. When encouraged by her bike-riding husband, she has been known to take on some bike-riding adventures.



  • REV. Devon Earle

    Associate Pastor

    devon@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703) 671-8557, x. 104

    I am humbled and blessed to be serving as your Associate Pastor! If you wonder, what I do exactly, here is my best attempt to summarize that in as few words as possible. I focus on connecting our church and community, oversee missions, organize events for Young Adults, help plan and lead worship, meet with you in coffee shops and over lunch, visit with you in many seasons of life, and do "other tasks as assigned."

    Here is a bit of my story.  I am the oldest of four girls, which means I am used to organized chaos, and was born and raised just south of Richmond. My senior year in high school, I began listening to the call God had on my life and that following fall I began my time at Randolph-Macon College, as an A. Purnell Bailey Pre-ministerial scholar.  After I graduated from college, I entered Duke Divinity School and graduated May of 2015 with a Master’s of Divinity. As I have explored my call to ministry I have served in various internships in churches, in a hospital, at the Virginia Conference Office, and at a United Methodist Children’s Home. In June of 2018, after serving as one of your pastors for three years, I was ordained as an Elder in full connection.

    My husband Robert and I met in youth group in high school and got married in August of 2014. Robert is the Special Education Coordinator at DC Scholars Public Charter School. We have a Cairn Terrier, Myra, who looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. We enjoy exploring new places, getting to know new people, and spending time outdoors.

    We are grateful to be a part of the Fairlington "Framily."

  • REV. Christian White

    Minister of Congregational Family Life

    christian@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703) 671-8557 x. 106

    Christian oversees all of the Christian Formation programs at the church for both children and adults.  He also manages staff members in the Youth Ministry program and at Fairlington Preschool.  As a Deacon in the United Methodist Church, he is a fully credentialed clergy person called, authorized, and sent to provide ministry to our church.

    After graduating from Duke University’s seminary in 1998, Christian spent 11 years as a middle school teacher and principal to several different parochial and charter schools in Washington D.C.  These years were formative in both his practice of ministry, and in his own spiritual growth.  He brings this wealth of experience and expertise to our education programs at Fairlington.

    Christian is passionate about helping form a community that in all of its ministries, demonstrates the hope, peace, and love offered to all in Christ. 



     



  • Dr. Louise Wilson

    Director of Music

    louise@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703) 671-4057

    Dr. Louise Craig Wilson, Director of Music and organist at Fairlington since 1991, has built a comprehensive vocal and handbell program for children, youth, and adults.  Annually, Dr. Wilson directs the Messiah Sing-Along in Alexandria accompanied by the Amadeus Orchestra. 2018, 2nd December will mark its 17th year at Fairlington. On two occasions the Fairlington Chancel Choir has performed the National Anthem for the Washington Nationals. For many years Louise has been an active participant in promoting the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Choir Festival in Alexandria-Springfield as well as conducting massed handbell festivals in Northern Virginia area churches. She also enjoys teaching music to 84 preschool children and combining their voices to joyfully sing together as a choir at A Children’s House Montessori School, Arlington.

     

    Louise received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in organ performance from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Her Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Church Music with a cognate field in conducting; and her Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance are from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.  Dr. Wilson has also been a member of the adjunct organ faculty at The American University, Washington, D.C. and the Chicago Conservatory College.

     

    Louise is married to Mauro Cooper and they live in Alexandria with their two cats, Maria and Elsa.

     



  • Jessai Canaday

    Youth Programs


  • Michelle Tello

    Office Manager


  • Eileen Joyner

    Administrative Assistant


  • Carol Keller

    Preschool Director

    preschool@fairlingtonumc.org

     703.671.3939

    Carol Keller has 27 years’ experience in the field of Early Childhood in the City of Alexandria. Eighteen of those years were spent at Resurrection Children’s Center working in an inclusion program, both as a teacher and as a director. At Child and Family Network Centers, as a director, her work was with at-risk children. In the 5 years Carol spent as Director at Abracadabra Child Care and Development Center, Carol maintained the excellence of a program that was open 7:30 am – 6:00 pm and operated year round. Carol is beginning her third year at Fairlington Preschool and is working closely with teachers to implement the High/Scope curriculum, updating classrooms and making improvements on the playground. It is her hope that children who attend Fairlington Preschool and their parents will find a sense of community here.  It is the goal of the preschool to provide a stimulating, developmentally appropriate experience for all the children who attend.  Carol brings to Fairlington Preschool a wealth of experience and knowledge from the early childhood field as well as a desire to serve children as well as their families.