Julie Pennington-Russell

Senior Pastor |

Julie Pennington-Russell (known by many as “Pastor Julie”) became Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., on Jan. 1, 2016. Before coming to Washington, Julie served and led three churches in Decatur, Ga.; Waco, Texas; and San Francisco. She earned her B.A. from the University of Central Florida in Orlando and her M.Div. from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif. Her messages have been featured on the television broadcast 30 Good Minutes, Day-1 Radio and at the Festival of Homiletics.

Julie is married to Tim Pennington-Russell, a “techie” and occasional poet and bass guitar player. They have two young adult children—Taylor, who lives in D.C., and Lucy, a recent graduate of Carson-Newman University in Tennessee, who lives in Orlando, Florida. Rex the wayward Labradane completes the family. She reports that because of their “ridiculously long last name,” many people simply refer to them as The P-Rs. 

Julie loves the poetry of Mary Oliver, William Stafford and Billy Collins, exploring the sights of D.C. and blogging. She’s also a sucker for Ben & Jerry's New York Super Fudge Chunk. Mostly, Julie loves seeing the surprise and relief in a person’s eye when he or she experiences the love and welcome of Jesus. She is crazy about the Church and loves to lean with the people of God toward “big-picture, kingdom of God stuff.” 

Charlie Fuller

Executive Pastor |

Charlie Fuller is First Baptist Church’s Executive Pastor, coming from Second Baptist Church in Little Rock, Arkansas in January, 2017.  Before he became a minister, he spent nearly thirty years as a college professor, part-time music minister, and university administrator.  His greatest accomplishments are his adult daughters Becky and Sarah and his greatest earthly gratitude is being married to Cindy, since 1980.  He has some grandkids he’s awfully proud of, too!

Along the way he also went to school at Baylor, West Texas State, and Arizona State.  His theological education was at George W. Truett Theological Seminary and the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond.  He’s also a certified personal coach and loves to walk alongside people and help them process their lives.

Charlie loves to read history, biography, theology, and current events. Among his favorites are biographies of both the presidents Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Lincoln, and Churchill.  He also loves the authors Frederick Buechner, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer. You'll find him on Facebook and Twitter, but he tries not to be obsessed with them. He likes to follow sports, especially baseball.  He’s working on his conversion to becoming a Nats fan.  (It’s going very well so far!)

Charlie's greatest passion is people. His greatest joy is watching people become connected with each other and seeing the way Christ's love flows between them in community.

Alyssa Aldape

Associate Pastor for Young Adult and Youth Ministries |

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Being an emerging adult can be a tricky time- trying to figure out who you are, who you want to be, and how faith fits into it all and Alyssa believes that the Church and its people are called to walk alongside each other as we all figure out those big life questions.

Alyssa’s hope for emerging adults is to find themselves in the biblical narrative, to know that they are loved by a loving God, and in return take part in big dream God has for the world. "What I love about the church is that there isn’t one, single model for doing this, and so together we get to think creatively about what God is up to in our community and dream about the unique ways we can join God in the work- all ages are called to this dream!" 

Alyssa graduated from Samford University in 2011 with a BA in History and a M.Div. from McAfee School of Theology in 2015. She grew up in both San Antonio, TX and Pune, India. She loves and prays for the San Antonio Spurs every day. She still can’t believe she lives in Washington, DC and when she’s not fiddling with her guitar she and her pup Bowie are in search for their “regular” coffee shop. Extreme extrovert, Alabama Shakes fan, and pizza enthusiast. 

Lon Schreiber

Organist-Choirmaster |

Having worked in the D.C. area since earning a Master of Sacred Music at New York’s Union Theological Seminary, “Lon” Schreiber brings to FBC (since October 2000) a wealth of experience as an organist, choral conductor, composer and teacher. Often called “Dr. Lon” (Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas conferred an Honorary Doctor of Music upon him in 1981) he serves as a Minister of Music because he loves people, and ministers to the congregation, the neighborhood and the city of Washington, D.C. in compassionate ways to meet human needs often relating to music itself.

D'Oniece Shaw Dillard

Church Administrator |

D’O Dillard has been the Church Administrator since September 2009. A New York City native, her interests include attending plays and concerts, sports (baseball and football) and traveling. D’O earned a B.A. in History from Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y., and an M.A. in Communication from Trinity, Washington. She is also a member of the Association for Women in Communications. She sees her position as one of servant leadership and enjoys working with all of the people who call FBC home.

Steve Hunter

Building Engineer |

Steve has been with First Baptist Church since 1973. A native of Virginia, Steve has also lived in both Japan and Germany. Steve holds a two-year degree in Engineering Electronic Technology from the Virginia Commonwealth University. His hobbies include listening to classical music and bicycling.

Carolyn B-Roebuck

Child Development Center Director |

Carolyn B-Roebuck has been employed by the First Baptist CDC since 1993. She was hired to create and design the Pre-K Program, and decided to stay on! During her time here she has also served as Pre-K Coordinator, Lead Teacher and Assistant Director. Carolyn's true passion is interacting with children and watching them grow and develop. As Director, she gets to work not just with one classroom, but with all of the children in our Center, which, as she points out, "simply goes to show that God always knows best."

Carolyn's undergraduate studies were in Psychology and Education and her graduate study included Behavioral Psychology. Her hobbies are traveling, reading, sewing, listening to music and especially spending time with her husband, two sons and grandson, all of whom provide her with much love, pride and joy. Carolyn sums it up this way: "God Is Good!"