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Church Council

  • Rick Auman - Church Council - Chairperson
  • Robin Sparks - Church Council - Lay Leader
  • Allan Ballenger - Church Council Member
  • Steve Salvatore - Church Council - Finance
  • Art Hoppe  - Church Council - Trustees
  • Ed Federico - Chairman, Staff Parish Relations Committee
  • Rev. Tom Berlin - Sr. Pastor
Rick Auman - Church Council - Chairperson

Rick Auman

Church Council - Chairperson

Robin Sparks - Church Council - Lay Leader

Robin Sparks

Church Council - Lay Leader

Robin Sparks serves as Lay Leader at Floris and Chairperson of the Lay Leadership Development Committee. She represents the Floris congregation on the Church Council and she supports the pastors and staff at Floris by helping to inspire and equip other members to serve. These volunteer roles and her day job as a leadership coach and consultant enable her to live out her passion for helping others to reach their full potential.

A native Californian who grew up a Methodist and an East Coaster for over 20 years, Robin has experienced large and small churches and many styles of worship and congregational leadership. Robin also once served as the Director of Faith Relations for Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia, where it was her role to facilitate dialogue and partnerships between faith communities who sought to make affordable housing a reality for their neighbors.

When Robin isn't working or at Floris, she can usually be found enjoying a good book, taking a Zumba class or catching up with friends and family.
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Allan Ballenger - Church Council Member

Allan Ballenger

Church Council Member

Allan Ballenger joined the Church Council at Floris United Methodist Church in 2012. Allan, a native Virginian, received his first degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia, and then completed a 30-year career as an Air Force officer specializing in program management and acquisition. Upon retiring from the Air Force in 2010, Allan began his second career with TASC, Inc. based in Chantilly, Va. where he consults on defense and aerospace business.

Allan and his high school sweetheart, Judi, have three grown sons. They joined Floris in 2007 when they moved from Los Angeles to Herndon for Allan’s final Air Force job at the Pentagon. Allan has led multiple Disciple classes and previously served on the Finance and Staff Parish Relations Committees.

• Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 40:31
• First job: Mowing yards in our neighborhood in Staunton, Va.
• Allan’s idea of a perfect day: Spending time at a beach house with my wife and family.


Steve Salvatore - Church Council - Finance

Steve Salvatore

Church Council - Finance

Steve grew up on Long Island, N.Y. where he developed a love for the water and enjoyed spending time outdoors. He graduated from Furman University in South Carolina with a BA in political science, which he promptly put to good use in the hospitality industry. Having family in the restaurant and hotel business, hospitality was in Steve’s DNA and he ended up in California managing several hotel properties. Steve met his wife, Tamra, in San Francisco where they had their first daughter Kenna. They eventually moved to Virginia in 1995 where their second daughter, Nicole, was born. Once in Virginia, Steve changed careers, and he now works in the real estate and mortgage field.

Steve and his family joined Floris in 1998. He was involved in FACETs for a number of years and his children have participated in many of Floris’ wonderful youth programs. Steve has been on the Staff Parish Relations Committee, was the Lay Leader and advocate for the congregation, and is also currently on the Finance Committee. Steve has also been very involved in the annual CRC Golf tournament.

• Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 4:13.
• First job: Clam digging on Long Island during the summer.
• Steve’s idea of a perfect day: Golf, lunch, and relaxing on the water with his family.
Art Hoppe  - Church Council - Trustees

Art Hoppe

Church Council - Trustees

Art Hoppe is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Floris United Methodist church. Art has lived most of his life in Northern Virginia after his family moved to the area when he was entering elementary school. After graduating from Oakton High School, Art began his career in professional sales and marketing and has been involved in the real estate industry since 1986. Art married his wife, Fran, in 1994 and they have lived in the Franklin Farm community since 1998. They have 3 boys, Matthew, David, and Steven. Their family joined Floris UMC in 2006.

Art previously served as a member of the SPRC and currently serves as the Head Usher for the 11:00 a.m. Sunday Worship Services. Art and his fellow Trustees are responsible for the oversight and maintenance of all property belonging to the Church including our main facility, our 2 parsonages, and our fleet of vehicles. The Trustees work closely with the Executive Director and Facilities Manager as trusted stewards of God’s property and resources.

Favorite Bible verse: Matthew 22:37-39

First Job: Selling Fourth of July fireworks

Art’s idea of a perfect day: A day on Lake Anna with the family spent boating, swimming, and fishing
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Ed Federico - Chairman, Staff Parish Relations Committee

Ed Federico

Chairman, Staff Parish Relations Committee

Ed Federico is the Chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee (SPRC) for Floris United Methodist Church. Ed and his wife Sue are from the Western Pennsylvania area. They have two children and six grandchildren. Ed served in the federal government for 27 years as a special agent with the IRS. He retired as the Deputy Commissioner of the Criminal Investigation Division. He currently operates a forensic accounting and investigation business with a partner and friend. Ed has a BA from West Virginia Wesleyan College.

Ed and Sue became members of Floris UMC in October 2009. He is currently serving as the chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee, overseeing the pastors and staff from a United Methodist Discipline and personnel policy perspective. He is also a member of the Church Council.

• Favorite Bible verses: Jeremiah 31:31-34 and John 1:1-5.
• First job: Cutting grass.
• Ed's idea of a perfect day: Worship, time with family, reading, and workout/jogging.
Rev. Tom Berlin - Sr. Pastor

Rev. Tom Berlin

Sr. Pastor

Rev. Tom Berlin is the Senior Pastor of Floris United Methodist Church. Tom was raised in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley and has lived in Virginia most of his life. He attended Virginia Tech and received a BS in Business from Virginia Tech with a major in Public Administration. His Master’s of Divinity is from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. He is married to Karen and they have four daughters.

Tom began working at Floris in 1997. As Lead Pastor of the Church, Tom’s main responsibilities are to provide spiritual leadership to the congregation and staff of Floris United Methodist Church. He leads worship, preaches, shares the sacraments and enjoys teaching. Tom works with the Church Council to discern and cast the vision for the church and leads the staff to create ministry strategies.

• Favorite Bible verse: Romans 1:16-17
• First job: Tom’s first job was delivering papers for the Winchester Evening Star.
• Tom’s idea of a perfect day: The beach. Any beach. Any time.
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