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Floris United Methodist Church

Student Ministry Staff


  • Bill Gray - Director of Grow Ministries
  • Rev. Ashley Allen - Assoc. Pastor -Student Ministries Program Director
  • Donita Dickerson - Grow Ministry Coordinator
  • Navarone Frank - Middle School Program Director
Bill Gray - Director of Grow Ministries

Bill Gray

Director of Grow Ministries

Following a calling to lay ministry Bill joined the Floris staff as a part time employee in January 2013. Subsequently, in May of 2013, he became full time as the Director of Adult Ministries. In this capacity he is responsible for the connection, education, and group life of our adult congregation Bill is a native of Pittsburgh PA and a fan of anything Pittsburgh. He moved to the DC area to complete his MBA at George Washington University in 1986. He and his wife of 28 years, Monica moved to Northern VA in 1991 and became a member of Floris UMC that same year. Bill worked in the telecommunications industry for 14 years serving in various senior management positions in finance, marketing, and program management. Following an entrepreneurial spirit and his lifelong passion for art, Bill and his wife started a successful decorative arts company and Bill later joined a McLean design firm as General Manager. Bill and Monica have four wonderful children and Max – a pet store terrier that just happened to be the best dog in the world. He loves art, the creative process, cooking and spending time surrounded by an in awe of God’s creation.

Favorite bible verse: Psalm 46:10 & Romans 12:2

First job: Retail sales Kaufmann’s Dept. Store

Perfect day: Eating anything ethnic outdoors surrounded by family and good friends enjoying God’s incredible grace and love (under an arbor in a vineyard or on the beach would be over the top but quite spectacular)
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Rev. Ashley Allen - Assoc. Pastor -Student Ministries Program Director

Rev. Ashley Allen

Assoc. Pastor -Student Ministries 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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Donita Dickerson - Grow Ministry Coordinator

Donita Dickerson

Grow Ministry Coordinator

Donita Dickerson is the Grow Ministry Coordinator at Floris United Methodist Church. Donita grew up in Northern Virginia and attended Fairfax High School and earned a BS in Economics from George Mason University. She enjoys time with her two sons and their very playful puppy.

Donita has been working at Floris UMC since 2007. Her primary responsibilities include assisting the Director of Grow Ministries and the Coordinators of the Student Ministry program by providing administrative support, volunteer coordination, and financial record maintenance. She also coordinates and participates in student trips, events, and missions.

• Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
• Donita’s idea of a perfect day: A sunny day spent at the beach with family and friends.
• Donita loves working with Floris students especially as they grow closer to Christ and serve in Christian community.
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