Clergy and Staff

  • REV. Janine Howard

    Lead Pastor

    janine@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703)671-8557 ext. 103


  • REV. Devon Earle

    Associate Pastor

    devon@fairlingtonumc.org

    (703) 671-8557 ext. 104

    Devon focuses on connecting our church and community, oversees missions, organizes events for Young Adults, helps plan and lead worship, meets with you in coffee shops and over lunch, visits with you in many seasons of life, and does other tasks as assigned. Devon is the oldest of four girls and grew up just south of Richmond. Her senior year in high school, Devon began listening to the call God had on her life and that following fall she began her time at Randolph-Macon College, as an A. Purnell Bailey Pre-ministerial scholar.  After graduating from college, she entered Duke Divinity School and graduated in May of 2015 with a Master’s of Divinity. As Devon has explored her call to ministry she has 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, She was ordained as an Elder in full connection.

    She and her husband, Robert, 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. They have a Cairn Terrier, Myra, who looks like Toto from the Wizard of Oz. They enjoy exploring new places, getting to know new people, and spending time outdoors. They 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

    Jessai has been working with Fairlington Youth for 4 years. She is originally from Bangor and Portland Maine where she worked for her first ministry as an alcohol and drug counseling aid and helped plant her first church. She is passionate about working with young people and helping them grow closer to God. Currently, she is a rising senior in nursing school at Marymount University in Arlington and looking forward to her graduation in May of 2020.

  • 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.