Rev. Meredith Lovell Keseley, Senior Pastor
I have the wonderful opportunity of serving as the Senior Pastor of Abiding Presence. I first felt called to be a pastor while in middle school, so I am lucky enough to have my dream job. I consider it a great privilege to be able to walk with people throughout their lives as they grow in faith and in their relationship with God. I especially enjoy preaching, teaching and counseling. Abiding Presence is an energetic congregation where no day is ever the same as the previous day, which keeps me learning and doing new things.
Rev. Heidi Eickstadt, Pastor for Discipleship
I am excited to serve at Abiding Presence as the Pastor for Discipleship. I felt God was calling me to be a pastor since the age of 10 but I wrestled with my call and with my faith for a long time. Looking back, I see God at work during that time, accompanying and guiding me through conversations, relationships and life experiences to a new understanding of God, my faith and myself. I am so grateful that God never stopped wanting to be in relationship with me and kept meeting me wherever I was in my journey. And I rejoice that my journey has brought me to Abiding Presence to serve as one of your pastors!
Sara Dyson, Children & Family Minister
Growing up at Abiding Presence, I would never have dreamed that I would one day become the Children and Family Minister. Now that I have been in this call a few years, I cannot imagine doing anything else! My husband and I met singing in the Abiding Presence children's choir many years ago and are delighted to now be raising our four kids at Abiding Presence surrounded by our extended family. I'm passionate about helping families find ways to incorporate faith at home. I love watching the children of Abiding Presence "get it" when God becomes real to them.
I am a trained teacher with a degree from George Mason University in Physical Education. It never ceases to amaze me just how many of the same principles apply to teaching children about God as do teaching them about physical fitness.
When I am not at the church or running around as the mom of four preschool and elementary school age kids, I enjoy playing the harp, following Washington sports team and spending time with my extended family who all live in the area.
David Chávez, Music & Worship Minister
I have the great privilege of working with the musicians and all sorts of creative people and supporting volunteers at Abiding Presence, overseeing all aspects of music and technology ministry, as well as contributing to worship planning, communications, and volunteer scheduling. From playing organ and piano, to directing the adult/youth/bell choirs and praise bands, to writing arrangements for our orchestra and brass, to setting up lighting and sound with our wonderful tech volunteers, to designing new graphics or video edits, you might find me at any place in the church any hour of the week! What I love most is enabling and encouraging people to use their gifts to worship and glorify God and serve each other. My job is to help you get connected and involved in our music and arts ministries in whatever way you are called!
Prior to coming to Abiding Presence in 2014, I served as the Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Front Royal United Methodist Church, and prior to that in professional and volunteers capacities at a variety of different faith communities. I completed a B.M. in music composition and M.M. in Music theory-composition from Penn State, and I'm working on my dissertation for a D.M.A. in composition from George Mason.
Outside of Abiding Presence, I teach some college music theory classes, I play piano and compose for various groups (including Opera on Tap DC Metro), and I love to visit new coffee shops and breweries.
If you play an instrument, love to sing or are just willing to serve, please send me an email or come find me and I'll get you connected!
Jon Galdames-Henry, Youth & Family Minister
My name is Jon Galdames-Henry and I'm so honored to say I'm the full time Youth and Family Minister here at Abiding Presence. I grew up nearby in Centreville Virginia and moved away to get a degree in youth ministry at Eastern University. I have spent the last four years working with youth as the middle school boys small group leader at Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli PA, helping run a homeless ministry with Michelle (my now wife) at Eastern University, and creating curriculums for Pathways to Housing and St. Johns Baptist Church. My passion to be apart of middle and high schoolers faith formation has never ceased. Abiding Presence has cared and helped students feel welcomed and loved at church and I'm pleased to continue this work!
Michelle Galdames-Henry, Children & Family Minister
I have the the honor of serving as the Children and Family Minister here at Abiding Presence. It is such a thrill to be a part of this beautiful community of people with my husband, Jon. I hope is to be able to empower volunteers and families and facilitate a ministry that glorifies God and helps children to know just how incredibly loved they are. It is such a joy to be able to have lots of fun with families while we all learn more about the love of God. Growing up in a church, it is clear to me just how important and fruitful children's ministry can be.
I was raised in Southern New Jersey and attended Eastern University outside of Philadelphia. I received a B.A. in Youth Ministries at Eastern and did extensive coursework in biblical studies and theology. During college I enjoyed serving those experiencing homelessness, singing in choirs, and painting in my spare time. Now, when I'm not working you can find me reading historical fiction, spending time with my family and friends, and exploring my new home in Northern Virginia.
I look forward to getting to know you all! Please reach out if you'd like to get involved or want more information about our children's ministry!