Ron Lithgow

Interim Pastor

Ron's Bio

Hi, my name is Ron and it is a privilege to be the interim pastor here at FBCS.  I don’t deserve it, but I’m a child of the King, the husband of a beautiful wife, father of seven awesome kids, and grandfather to seventeen!  Linda and I love the (endless) task of trying to keep up with their families ☺.  I enjoy studying God’s Word and seeing how it points us to Christ.  Since God called me into ministry I have pastored 2 churches in Western PA and 2 here in Virginia over the last 30+ years (and yes, unfortunately I brag on some Western PA sports teams ☺).  I like outdoor sports, experiencing other cultures, my German Shorthair Pointer, and fixing things.    


Dr. Jason Mitchell

Associate Pastor

Jason's Bio

I believe that Springfield, VA is an incredible strategic city for carrying out God’s mission for making disciples of all nations.  Our community is a place where leaders gather and God is bringing the nations to our community.  He is also regularly sending people out from our church to pursue his mission elsewhere as they move due to their career.  God has this church, where it is, for it to impact the globe and it is my joy to equip our church to pursue that mission.


As a Christian, I am thrilled to say that Jesus loves me and has rescued me from the consequences of my own sinfulness.  I trusted him as Savior over 20 years ago, but am learning more about the depths of his love each day.  I long to share that redeeming love with people in the neighborhoods and the nations.


In my family life, I am blessed to have married my lovely wife, Lilli, in 2005.  She loves the Lord, loves our family, and brings great joy to my life.  We have been given the joy and responsibility of parenting Ada (5th grade), Izzy (3rd grade), JD (1st grade), and Jesse (4 years old).  I love my family!


As a minister, it is my joy to proclaim Christ’s death and resurrection from Genesis to Revelation.  I long to see God’s people growing in their relationship with the Lord and going wherever he calls them.  I was ordained to the ministry in 2006 and have been serving the Lord with families since then.  Currently I lead First Baptist Springfield’s interaction with the community, coordinate our outreach efforts, and oversee the office administration while being part of the preaching rotation.  


In my education I have benefitted from the analytical skills I learned while completing a BS in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State and from the theological and practical skills that I gained from completing a Master’s and a PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  My PhD dissertation examined the relationship between how churches minister to families and how they engage their community with the gospel in word and deed.


I grew up outside of Raleigh, NC and lived in coastal South Carolina from 2008 to 2013.  I enjoy exercising, traveling, good BBQ, and watching and playing sports (especially basketball and football).  I am an avid NC State fan and I generally root for our local professional teams. 

Sly Samudre

Minister to Students

Contemporary Worship 

Sly's Bio

Sly Samudre operates in multiple mediums as a musician, writer, teacher, and ping-pong enthusiast.  He also desires to see God glorified through faithful ministry and the arts.  At the age of sixteen, he became involved with a youth ministry in Woodbridge, Virginia and committed his life to walking as a follower of Jesus Christ.  Sly then attended George Mason University where he majored in Creative Writing.  During this time, he also pursued a recording career in New York as the front man for an Indie/Emo band.  This was a formative experience, but Sly got tired of living off happy meals, so he returned to Northern Virginia to finish school and work as a Student Ministry Assistant, which proved more rewarding.


After college, Sly wrote a novel that never got published.  In order to pay the bills, he became involved in Social Work and worked as a Life Skills Coach for Brain Injury Survivors.  He also volunteered in local ministries, went on mission trips, and perfected a spicy chili recipe to serve the homeless people who lived in the woods by his apartment.  It was during this time that Sly recognized the irreplaceable value of investing in people and sharing the love of Christ. 


Completely on fire for God, and supremely oblivious to the cumulative failure of his creative endeavors, Sly formed a worship band to play youth events in and around the Mid-Atlantic region.  This eventually led him to lead a retreat at First Baptist Springfield.  He loved it so much he never left!


Sly now works full time as the Contemporary Worship Leader and Student Pastor at FBC Springfield.  His wife, Amy, sings with him in the Worship Band and works as a School Counselor for Fairfax County.  Sly still writes novels and sings his heart out, but all for the glory of God.  He currently makes music with two different bands—a faith-based Rock project called Beggars Made Believers and an Electro-Pop outfit named Cartesian Theater.  When he’s not creating stories or sounds, Sly loves mentoring young people, cheering on DC sports teams, spending time with Amy, and of course, ping-pong.    

Carol Stewart

Children's Director

Carol's Bio

Carol became the Director of Children’s Ministry of First Baptist Church of Springfield in July 2014 but has been a member since 2000. Carol has been a part of Baptist churches since attending First Baptist Church of Norfolk when she was a child with her sisters. She remembers serving in the bus ministry as a 5th grader leading songs. Carol accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior during this season of her life.

Carol was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended public schools in Norfolk. She is a graduate of Virginia Tech where she earned a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. She earned a Masters degree from Chapman University in Education, Curriculum and Instruction.

Prior to joining the church staff in Springfield, Carol has taught in public and private schools in Virginia, California, and Florida. She also taught Preschool at the Dayschool for two years. She is active in the church choir and has been working with the youth and children’s ministries in various capacities since arriving in Springfield, including being the Vacation Bible School Director in 2013.

Carol and her husband, Jim, have three sons, Travis, Tyler, and Timothy, and a daughter, Katherine (Katie). Travis and his wife Dara are residents of Christiansburg, Virginia where they work and are completing their undergraduate studies. Tyler and his wife, Ashton, live in Birmingham, Alabama where he is pursuing his PhD in biochemistry and she works as a sonographer. Timothy is married to Harriett and he is a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Katie is studying physical therapy at Miami. 

Carol and her husband Jim live in Springfield. Jim served in the Navy for 27 years and now works in the Pentagon as a government employee. Carol enjoys playing cards, reading, and board games as well as traveling and seeing her children and her grandson.

Kathy Jimenez

Communications Assistant

Kathy's Bio

Kathy was born in Lima, Peru. She grew up and attended schools in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is a graduate from Westwood College in Annandale, VA, with a Bachelors in Interior Design. She is married to Larry Jimenez and lives in Alexandria, VA.


She loves serving the Lord. She came to know Christ at the age of 7, and has been committed to God’s service in youth leadership since she was 17 years old. She is currently a member at Chancellor Baptist Church, in Fredericksburg, VA, where her husband is the Minister of the Latino Community.


Kathy and her husband are very passionate about sharing the love of God to every person. Because they are both fluent in English and Spanish, they work with the local Latino Baptist Churches in Virginia, programming youth camps, youth leadership training, and partnering in short mission trips.


She enjoys singing, playing volleyball and connecting with new and old friends to continue sharing the love and encouragement that comes from God alone.

Kelly Ridgewell

Accounting Assistant

Kelly's Bio

Kelly was born in Massachussetts. She grew up in New Hampshire where she went to high school at Pinkerton Academy. She studied business classes and was very active in sports. She is currently attending University of Maryland University College pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. She has one year left and will graduate in June of 2018. She has 4 children Robert (22), Ryan (20), Jessica (19) and Janelle (16) and lives in Prince Frederick, MD. Robert is getting ready to start at University Technology Institute where he will receive his certificate to become an auto mechanic. Ryan is currently attending Salisbury University as a junior studying Cyber Security. Jessica will be attending the University of Maryland (College Park) in the fall as a junior studying Accounting. Janelle is a junior at Huntingtown High School. 


Prior to working here she owned and operated a family entertainment center and worked in the public schools as a substitute teacher. She also worked for an accounting firm as a bookkeeper for 2 years. She enjoys working with numbers so being a bookkeeper is right up her alley.


Kelly enjoys working out, running, reading and spending time with family and friends. When she is not busy with work and school, you will find her in the gym helping other members who are working on getting healthy by showing them different exercises they can do or by talking to them about eating healthy. 

Chris Kang

Interim Traditional Music

Chris' Bio

In March 2007, Chris Kang joined the staff as Church Pianist.  She was born in Seoul, South Korea, and spent most of her youth and young adult life in Fairfax, VA.  She has a bachelor's degree in Bible and Organ performance from the Washington Bible College and did master's work in church music, with an emphasis in organ and choral conducting from the University of Kansas.  


Chris has served as pianist, organist, praise band keyboardist, and choir director in several local churches.  In addition to church positions she has taught music for Fairfax County Public Schools and has taught private piano lessons.  


Since March 2017, she has served as the interim traditional music director.  Supporting Chris in these efforts are her husband Paul and sons Isaac and Enoch.  Galatians 2:20 is her favorite Bible verse.


Chris' Email

Pastor Luis Salazar

Interim Hispanic Minister

Pastor Salazar's Bio

I have been serving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as a Minister of the Gospel for the past 35 years.  I started as a Music Minister and Youth Director at my home church in Costa Rica, Central America when I was only 17 years old. During my time as a Music Minister, I was able to establish a solid music ministry that encompassed adults, youth, and children's choirs. Under my leadership, the church was blessed with quartets, small ensembles, soloists, duets, and many other performances that enriched and expanded the entire ministry. After serving in this area, I was named co-Pastor of the same church. God continued to use me in many ways and allowed me to help establish several churches and support local pastors within Costa Rica and in countries such as Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras.  After 14 years of church ministry, the Lord lead me to the United States to be a minister among the Hispanic population in 1996.

My wife, Carolina has traveled with me during 29 years of marriage.  Together, we have raised two sons: Daniel, age 25, and David, age 22. Carolina earned a Master’s degree in Special Education and works for Fairfax County Public Schools.  Daniel has been serving the Lord in our local church in many ways. He plays the drums, guitar, and sings in the Youth Praise band. He also teaches the teenagers’ Youth Group, and actively participates in our Bible Discipleship program. Daniel has expressed his desire to serve the Lord full time and has been ordained as a Lay Pastor together with three other faithful and godly men from our church. David, our other son, has been attending college for the past four years, pursuing a degree in Finance. He plays classical guitar and bass in our Praise Band and is in charge of our church’s social media.

With God’s guidance, I have been able to continue working on expanding His Kingdom among the Hispanic population of the Northern Virginia area, while leading new Christians to their  next level in their spiritual lives with the help of the Holy Spirit and our Bible Discipleship program.  I have also had the opportunity to develop new ministries in our church, and encourage new believers to be a light in their community. Finally, God has granted me the possibility to support many pastors and missionaries of God's work in several countries in the world such as: Bolivia, Spain, China, Colombia, Senegal, Albania, Macedonia, Costa Rica and, in the United States of America. 


Pastor Tegene Mengesha

Ethiopian Minister

Pastor Tegene's Bio

Psalms 1:8 

"Ask of me, I will give you the nations for your inheritance."


My Name is Pastor Tegene Mengesha. My wife’s name is Trhas Mengesha and we have been married for 17 years. I have been blessed with 3 wonderful daughters Rohebot who is 15, Mesgana age 13, and Abigail age 11. I came to the Lord when I was 13 years old and ever since I have grown in my spiritual relationship with him. From that point on I have been serving him in my own home country and here in this church. My job as a preacher is to help others and to give my testimony about how I was lost and God found me. How he showed me his love and to spread the Good News about how he can do the same for anyone who chooses to believe. I serve the Lord as an ordained pastor to my fellow believers and anyone else that has a hunger and thirst for God in my country’s native language of Amharic at the Ethiopian Congregation of First Baptist Church of Springfield.