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 and Lucy. 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 & Scott Cairns, exploring the sights of D.C. and perfecting the fine art of procrastination. 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 into all kinds of gospel adventures. 

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. 

Kelly Magee-Prichard

Pastor for Children and Families |

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Kelly Magee-Prichard came to First Baptist Church as the Minister to Children and Families in March 2018. Kelly and her family arrived in Arlington, Virginia from Germany. Previously, they lived in Miami, South Texas, and Atlanta. In each place, Kelly became enveloped in a rich, diverse church community which fanned her spirit for creating exciting learning experience for children. Her love of children has led her to work as a camp counselor in Louisiana, church teacher in Germany, and mission trip member in orphanages in Ukraine. 

Professionally, Kelly funded her love of travel and missions by working as a Gannett newspaper reporter, a communication specialist for an inner-city school district, and a doctor of management specializing in organizational leadership. 

As a child, Kelly became convinced of her need for salvation upon hearing a sermon on Matthew 18:12–14. She remembers becoming a kid bound for the kingdom, and recalls her oldest brother preparing her for baptism by her father. In this season of life, Kelly’s passion is being with her husband, Chuck, and son, Angus. Traveling, music, movies, playing board games, and hiking are family hobbies. In her own time, Kelly’s heart is lifted when she uncovers a truth from God, as if it was only meant for her, and laughing and learning with others brings a bright smile to her face.

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.

Sarah Hodges-Austin

Interim Executive Administrator |

On May 5, 2019, the personnel committee announced the hiring of Sarah Hodges-Austin to serve as FBC's Interim Executive Administrator (IEA). The IEA is responsible for assisting Pastor Julie and providing project management support to FBC while we search for a full-time Executive Pastor. Sarah has been a member, deacon, and leader at FBC since childhood and brings with her the skills honed across 35 years in government service.

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.


Zena Aldridge

Administrative Assistant |


Zena joined the FBCDC staff in September 2017 upon retiring from the US Environmental Protection Agency HQ after 29 years of service.  She also served bi-vocationally for many years as a Minister of Music in Baptist churches in TN, MD, and OH.  Her role as Administrative Assistant gives her the opportunity to work with and minister to many different people, which is her passion.

Zena was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in November 2000 and holds a Bachelor of Music from Carson-Newman College. She and her husband Ron have two adult daughters and have been members of FBCDC since 2012.

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!"

Tim Pennington-Russell

Communications & IT Support |


Tim Pennington-Russell joined his wife, Julie, on staff at FBC in the summer of 2016. He brings more 20 years of experience in communications, augmented by graduate theological degrees and a lifelong commitment to and service in the local church. He earned his B.A. in Music Performance from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ; his M.R.E. and M.Div from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, CA, and studied 3D design at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Tim has worked with various web start-ups and as a Digital Design teacher at Texas State Technical College. He was an interactive designer for the Baylor Mayborn Museum in Waco, TX and served as Communications Designer/Coordinator at Smoke Rise Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.
Tim's guiding mission is to help FBC faithfully communicate how God is transforming individuals, institutions and systems. Along with his work in the FBC office you can find him taking photographs and extending the welcome of Christ (as well as directions!) in our garage nearly every Sunday morning.