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Floris United Methodist Church

Meet Our Worship Staff

Worship

  • Rev. Tom Berlin - Senior Pastor
  • Rev. Barbara Miner - Associate Pastor, Director of Worship
  • Rev. Tim Ward - Associate Pastor, Director of Grow Ministries
  • Rev. Ashley Allen - Assoc. Pastor - Student Ministry Program Director
  • Nadeem Khokhar - Associate Pastor

Worship Music

  • Yoon Nam - Director of Traditional Music
  • Ward Ferguson - Contemporary Music Director
  • Alexis Batista - Latino Music Leader
  • Laura H. Shelton - Handbell Ministry Coordinator
  • Eunbin Im - Church Accompanist

Audio/Visual

  • Steven Dixon - Audio/Visual Coordinator
  • Andy Smith - Audiovisual Coordinator
  • Dong Xue - Audiovisual Producer/Engineer
Rev. Tom Berlin - Senior Pastor

Rev. Tom Berlin

Senior 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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Rev. Barbara Miner - Associate Pastor, Director of Worship

Rev. Barbara Miner

Associate Pastor, Director of Worship

Rev. Barbara Miner is an Associate Pastor, Director of Worship at Floris United Methodist Church. Barbara spent her childhood years in Ohio. She attended school in Birmingham, Alabama so she could dance with a local ballet company and complete her degree in Christian Education and Fine Arts. After graduation, she met and married her husband, Marty, and spent the next few years as a military spouse. She and Marty have three grown children.

Barbara has served as a pastor at Floris UMC since 2006. As Director of Worship, Barbara’s main responsibilities are to offer vital, God-honoring worship in a variety of styles for the congregation. She also oversees Congregational Care Ministries and takes pleasure in ensuring that compassionate, spirit-filled care is offered to those in crisis or times of difficulty. She also enjoys preaching and teaching and considers it a privilege to be a pastor here at FUMC.

• Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 43:1-3
• First job: Barbara’s first job was wrapping candy at a local candy factory in her hometown.
• Barbara’s idea of a perfect day: Spending time with family, playing games, preferably on or near the water.
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Rev. Tim Ward - Associate Pastor, Director of Grow Ministries

Rev. Tim Ward

Associate Pastor, Director of Grow Ministries

Rev. Tim Ward was born in Culpeper, Va. and received his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia. After college he spent two years working as an account executive in the corporate world while serving as a volunteer in youth ministry at The Falls Church, an historic parish in Falls Church, Va. In 2003 Tim joined the staff as the middle school director at The Falls Church. In 2005 Tim married his wife Susan.

Tim joined the staff of Floris United Methodist Church in the fall of 2006 as the Youth Director. Soon thereafter, Tim and Susan had their first son, Jackson, in February of 2007. In the summer of 2008 Tim began working on his MDIV degree at Wesley Theological Seminary. In 2009 Tim and Susan expanded their family with the birth of twins Nathan and Sarah.

Currently Tim serves as one of the associate pastors at Floris UMC. His focus is on the area of discipleship to children, students, and adults.
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Rev. Ashley Allen - Assoc. Pastor - Student Ministry Program Director

Rev. Ashley Allen

Assoc. Pastor - Student Ministry Program Director

Ashley Allen serves as the Student Ministry Program Director for Floris United Methodist Church. Ashley grew up in Virginia but has lived in Florida, London, and New York where she pursued a career in musical theatre. Ashley holds a BA degree in musical theatre but left the theatre in 2006 when she received a call to ministry. Ashley received her Master in Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. in 2013. Ashley has called Floris UMC her church home for four years now and was overjoyed to join the staff in March of 2011.

• Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 5:17

• First job: Ashley’s first job was at Einstein Bros Bagels in Jupiter, Fla. where she learned quickly that she lacked skills in the kitchen but loved interacting with customers.

• Ashley's idea of a perfect day: Ashley’s idea of a perfect day is spending time outside and spending quality time with friends and/or family. A good cup of coffee never hurts either. She is always ready for a new adventure.
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Yoon Nam - Director of Traditional Music

Yoon Nam

Director of Traditional Music

Yoon Nam is the Director of Traditional Music at Floris United Methodist Church. Yoon grew up in Seoul, Korea. While in Korea, she obtained her Master's degree in Vocal Performance. She then came to the United States with her husband where she attended Indiana University from 1996 to 2007, obtaining a Master's degree in Choral Conducting. She is now a Doctoral Candidate as ABD (All But Dissertation). Yoon and her husband have two daughters. She worked as a music minister at Richmond Hill UMC, in Georgia for three years before moving to northern Virginia.

Yoon began working at Floris UMC in August, 2010. She is responsible for directing the traditional music choirs, orchestra, and supervising the children's choirs as well as the handbell choirs.

• Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8.
• First job: Yoon's first job was as a private piano teacher.
• Yoon's idea of a perfect day: Beautiful sunshine, a cool breeze, fresh air, a basket of good food, sitting with family and friends near water surrounded by trees.

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Ward Ferguson - Contemporary Music Director

Ward Ferguson

Contemporary Music Director

Ward Ferguson is the Contemporary Music Director at Floris United Methodist Church. A Houston native, Ward was marched by his parents to Alabama for his last two years of high school. He stuck around long enough to get an education and then booked it to Orlando, home of the mouse! As a musician and performer, Ward worked at Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, the House of Blues and Hard Rock Café, as well as other theatres and venues across the southeast. He even played the Grinch one Christmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Ward has a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology, with an emphasis in lighting design, from Auburn University (WAR EAGLE - HEY!). He is a rabid a cappella singer and tours schools in northern Virginia and Maryland with his group, “Snowday.”

Ward began working at Floris UMC in June 2009. His primary responsibilities include leading worship at the 9:15 AM & 5:00 PM services. He also arranges for, and leads, Floris’ praise team, Full Circle, and conducts and arranges for Praise Hymn Voices.

• Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8.
• First job: Ward’s first job was working with 2½ and 3-year-olds at Mother’s Day Out at Gethsemane UMC in Houston.
• Ward’s idea of a perfect day: Hiking through Manassas Battlefield on a beautiful fall day – something he had never seen before moving to Northern Virginia (with his four-legged son, Oliver, who looks an awful lot like a Corgi dog.)

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Alexis Batista - Latino Music Leader

Alexis Batista

Latino Music Leader

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Laura H. Shelton - Handbell Ministry Coordinator

Laura H. Shelton

Handbell Ministry Coordinator

Laura H. Shelton is the Handbell Ministry Coordinator at Floris United Methodist Church. Laura is a native of Northern Virginia and grew up in various United Methodist Churches in NOVA as a minister’s daughter. She has a BA in Social Science with a concentration in Elementary Education from Virginia Wesleyan College. Laura is married, has one son, and enjoys living in Sterling, Va. with her family.

Laura began working at Floris UMC in January 1998. As the Director of Handbell Ministries, she directs all five of the handbell and chime choirs at Floris.

• Favorite Bible verse: John 3:16.
• First job: Laura's first job was with Advanced Technology, based in Reston, in 1984.
• Laura’s idea of a perfect day: Laura’s idea of the perfect day is playing in the back yard with her son and their German Shepherd.
• Laura has studied music since the third grade and loves working with people of all ages, introducing them to the wonderful world of handbells!

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Steven Dixon - Audio/Visual Coordinator

Steven Dixon

Audio/Visual Coordinator

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Andy Smith - Audiovisual Coordinator

Andy Smith

Audiovisual Coordinator

Andy Smith is the Audiovisual Coordinator at Floris United Methodist Church. Andy grew up in Northern Virginia and has a BA in Theatre from the University of Richmond and an MFA in Theatre Sound Design from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music.

Andy’s wife, Natasha, is very active in Floris. They have one daughter.Andy began working at Floris UMC in 2009. As the AV Coordinator, Andy is responsible for managing the technical production aspects of the Sunday morning services at Floris.

• First job: Andy’s first job was at the Boston Chicken in Franklin Farm.
• In addition to his job at Floris, Andy also works full time as the Lansburgh Theatre Sound Engineer at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Dong Xue - Audiovisual Producer/Engineer

Dong Xue

Audiovisual Producer/Engineer

Dong Xue is the Audiovisual Producer/Engineer at Floris United Methodist Church. Dong was born and raised in China. He moved to Syracuse, N.Y. after he received a BS in Electronics Engineering from the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China. He also has an MS in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University.

Dong moved to Virginia because he loves the weather here so much. He is married and has three children and enjoys living in Herndon, Va.

Dong has been working at Floris UMC since 2008. His primary responsibilities include providing technical support for the audio and video equipment for both the English and Latino worship services. He works to ensure that the services have the right sound, presentation, lighting, and video. Dong also helps with the training and outreach of the church volunteers for AV needs.

• Favorite Bible verse: Daniel 2: 21.
• First job: Dong's first job was with EDS in Buffalo, N.Y.
• Dong’s idea of a perfect day: Dong's perfect day would to have three meals in a Chinese restaurant, in China.
• Dong's favorite hobby is photography.

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Eunbin Im - Church Accompanist

Eunbin Im

Church Accompanist

Eunbin grew up in Seoul, Korea where she received Bachelor of Music (1997) and Master of Music (1999) in Piano Performance. While in Korea, she has performed for solo recitals and various chamber music, accompanied at opera theatre and numerous choirs. In 2001, she came to United States, and graduated from San Francisco Conservatory (MM, 2003) and Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University (GPD, 2005) in Piano Performance. Eunbin is married to Young and they have one daughter. Since 1995, Eunbin has worked as a Church Accompanist at Sang-dong Methodist Church in Seoul, Korea, Berkeley UMC in Berkeley, CA and First Korean UMC in Herndon, VA. Eunbin started working at Floris UMC in May 2014.

Favorite Bible verse: Ephesians 4:2-3

First job: private piano teacher

Eunbin’s idea of a perfect day: spending time with family on the beach
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Nadeem Khokhar - Associate Pastor

Nadeem Khokhar

Associate Pastor

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