The NorthStar Staff is listed in alphabetical order by last name.
In August, 1979, Eloise started working as secretary to Dr. Charles R. Standridge, pastor at the First Baptist Church of Clarendon, presently The Church at Clarendon. She retired in 1997 and began helping at the NorthStar office as needed. In 2007, NorthStar asked her to be a regular volunteer. She now works two days a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or as needed.
Lily joined our NorthStar staff in 2010. She serves with Language Ministries, maintaining connections with our many language churches, and with Young Women in our area. Lily has passion for outreach, discipling through relationships and missions. She and her husband live in Manassas and attend Manassas Baptist.
Dawn began with NorthStar in 2014 and serves as assistant to Dee Whitten. Prior to coming on staff, she served at Ox Hill Baptist as the Pastoral Assistant and Office Manager. Dawn is actively involved in Baptist Ministry Assistants of Virginia and the National Association of Southern Baptist Secretaries. In 2013, she completed the Professional Course Certification for Ministry Assistants through LifeWay. Dawn and her husband have three children and are members of Mount Ararat Baptist in Stafford.
Katie is the Team Leader for Women, Missions and Communications. She is a gifted innovator, with a passion for planting and re-energizing ministries and inspiring teams to work together for a common goal. She is a commissioned missionary and the founder/director of NorthStar Women’s Network, mentoring women to help them grow in their faith and resourcing them in their ministries. Katie and her husband have two grown children and one grandchild. They are members of Gateway Community Church in South Riding.
Michele has been involved with women’s ministry through Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) for 23 years. Her passion is to “connect women to God and each other.” She is a gifted writer and blogs at “WhiteSandAndTeaCups.” Michele has a heart for women, whether they live in the neighborhood or the local homeless camp. She is married to Mike, an Air Force Chaplain, and they have 5 funny kids and an adorable goldendoodle named Hazel Grace!
Mary Beth joined the NorthStar staff in 2007, after graduating from James Madison University, and serves as the Office Manager in our Annandale office. She has been on missions to the Dominican Republic, Botswana, Kenya and Uganda. She has her Masters of Christian Leadership from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and is a member of Fairfax Circle Church.
Jane Issi works with Linda Whaley as a Teacher Trainer for our English as a Second Language (ESL) / English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Ministry. Jane has taught ESL classes at Ox Hill Baptist for 13 years and is a certified OBU ESL/EFL teacher trainer. She and Linda present training opportunities for area churches to start ESL ministries. Jane sees our diverse population as a rare opportunity to meet language needs and share the Gospel globally. Jane and her husband are members of Ox Hill Baptist.
Bryan is our Associate Executive Director. He has served as Pastor of Sunset Hills Baptist and Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Alexandria. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor of Christian Education and Leadership at the John Leland Center for Theological Studies for many years. Bryan received his B.S. in Business Administration from George Mason University, his Master of Divinity in Christian Education and his Doctorate of Education in Leadership from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is currently working on a second Masters Degree, a Master of Arts in Human Services and Counseling with a focus on Life Coaching through Liberty University. Bryan and his wife, Toni, live in the Alexandria area with their three children. They are members of First Baptist Church of Alexandria.
Greg serves as Consultant for Language Ministries. He provides consultations for NorthStar pastors and lay leaders regarding non-English churches and mission congregations. A Louisiana native with 30 years of pastoral ministry in Texas and Virginia, Greg began serving with NorthStar in 2005. Employed full time as Pastor for Missions at Columbia Baptist Church, Greg and his wife, Janet, have five grown children and one grandchild.
Charles joined the NorthStar Staff in 2011 as the Staff Liaison for Rural Churches. He retired in 2010 as the Pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Arlington, where he had served since 1975. Charles grew up in Mount Vernon Baptist in Arlington and has served as pastor of churches in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. He is a member of Warrenton Baptist Church and has four children and six great-grandchildren.
Hector joined our team in 2015 as the Staff Liaison to Hispanic Churches. He also serves as Director of Language Ministries at Parkwood Baptist, where he has been on staff for over three years. Hector received his Diploma in Theology in 2002 from the John Leland Center for Theological Studies and was ordained to the Ministry in 2009. He recently received his Masters of Divinity from The John Leland Center and is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor from the State of Virginia, with a background in substance abuse and mental health counseling. He and his wife live in the Woodbridge area with their two daughters. They are members of Parkwood Baptist.
Linda is a certified teacher trainer of English as a Second Language. She has led training workshops since 2003 for NorthStar and has taught ESL classes for over 20 years in the Northern Virginia area. She is also a certified teacher trainer of English as a Foreign Language, which is helpful to those going on mission trips to countries where English is not the primary language. Linda and her husband have two grown children and four grandchildren. She is a member of Ox Hill Baptist where she leads a weekly ESL Bible study for International students.
Dee Whitten is the Executive Director of NorthStar and a visionary leader who often recognizes trends before others do. He strives to initiate new and innovative ministries to help the local church and reach the unchurched in our communities. Dee's strengths are in coaching, mentoring and relationship building, and his enthusiasm is contagious. Prior to coming to NorthStar, Dee served as the Sr Pastor of Fairview at River Club as well as Director of Missions of Hermon Baptist Association in Caroline County, VA. Dee has also served as the Northern Region Field Strategist for the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and as pastor of numerous other churches, including Mount Ararat Baptist Church in Stafford, VA, and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA. Dee and his wife, Jane, have two grown children and five grandchildren.
Jeanne has been our faithful Association’s Librarian since 1983. She works with churches in our Network, around the State, and anywhere she is needed teaching all aspects of Church Library Ministry. She and her husband, Bob, are active members of Calvary Hill Baptist Church in Fairfax, VA.
As an at-large consultant, Alex enjoys connecting churches and leaders to people and resources that can help them be more effective in their ministries. He's helped NorthStar churches with outreach strategy, conflict resolution, leadership development, mission projects, and ministry partnerships. Alex and his wife, Jill, have two adult children, and he serves as the Associate Pastor at Gateway Community Church.