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Reverend Michael Youngblood, Senior Pastor

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Reverend Youngblood has served congregations, as both senior pastor and an associate pastor. He served as Pastor of First Baptist Tabernacle, and True Love Baptist Church in Sacramento, CA, and Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Excelsior College in New York and he is a candidate for the Master’s Degree at John Leland Center for Theological Studies. Pastor Youngblood had a long and successful career with the military, retiring as a Colonel in the US Army Reserve, as well as a successful career with the Federal civil service.
Lay Leaders

Jacqueline Youngblood,
Senior Pastor's Wife,
Women's Ministry Leader

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Jacqueline Youngblood leads the Women’s Ministry. Jacqueline has a passion to see women living at their fullest God-given potential and organizes conferences that have an impact on women’s lives. She organized a Sunday School Class for Women, to help women grow spiritually through God’s Word in relationship with one another. Jacqueline takes a lead role in managing hospitality for special events and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Westover Preschool/PDO Program.

Jacqueline retired from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 2019, where she worked as a physical scientist. Jacqueline graduated from Howard University with a bachelor of science in pharmacy and completed a master of science program in technology management at the University of Maryland University College.

Jacqueline is married to the pastor, Michael Youngblood. They have a blended family of three daughters, Meca, Melissa, and Nichelle and two granddaughters, Brianna and Emma-Celes.

Charolette Brown,
Chair, Trustees

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Charolette has been a leader in the Chair of Trustees since 2014, but was in the Chair of Finance since the early 2000's. Charolette has been a member of Westover since 1969. She worked twelve years in banking, four years as a house care provider and in Arlington Public Schools for 26 years. Over the years she has had many experiences with Westover and feels truely blessed by them all. 

Ministry Staff

Doug VanDenBerg,
Organist

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Doug joined the Westover staff in January 2015 as organist. Doug works for a local software company, traveling around the country to do client training and consulting. Doug was born and raised in Southwestern Michigan, and spent most of his life there. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano from Hope College in Holland, Michigan; he then earned a Master of Music degree in Piano from the University of Michigan. He served approximately 15 years as a college and university Registrar. His began organ at the age of 14 and has served several Reformed, Presbyterian and Lutheran churches as organist.

Amy Kaetzel,
Preschool Director

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As the Preschool Director, Amy manages the daily activities fo the school, sets educational standards, hires staff, trains teachers, establishes policies and monitors student progress. Amy  was born and raised in Arlington. 

Amy has a Bacherlors degree in Communication and Psychology from Radford University, and her Master’s degree in Education from Marymount University. She taught in elementary schools in Arlington and has been with Westover Baptist Preschool since 2012. At WBP, she has taught multiple age groups from infants to four-year-olds and also served as the student accounts coordinator. Her youngest two children attended WBP. She still lives in Arlington with her husband, Keith and 3 children – all attending Arlington Public schools.

Karen Smithson,
Children's Coordinator

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She has been in this position for 7 years. She is responsible for Children's Church on Sunday mornings where she leads Arts and Crafts and Recreation and Games. "I love my job because it allows me to teach children about the love of God." She also co-directs Vacation Bible School and coordinates Movie Nights at WBC with her sister.

During Covid-19 my sister and I have instituted an online bible study for kids called Jesus and Juiceboxes and a Children's Message for Sundays on Class Dojo.

Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Education with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education from Marymount University. Currently, she teaches a Third and Fourth Grade Combination class at the Merit School of Prince William. In her tenure as an educator, she has served in the role of a Reading Specialist and taught Preschool as well as grades Kindergarten through Second. At Riverview Baptist Church, she was an active leader in the Children's and Youth Ministries.

Lanette Smithson,
Children's Coordinator

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Lanette has been in that position for 7 years. She is responsible for Children's Church where she teach Bible Lessons to kids from birth to fifth grade. She also co-directs Vacation Bible School with her sister. During Covid-19 my sister and I have instituted an online bible study for kids called Jesus and Juiceboxes and a Children's Message for Sundays on Class Dojo.

Lanette has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Marymount University and Masters of Arts in Legal Administration from Marymount University. She graduated with her Juris Doctorate from Ohio Northern University in 2005. She is the Adjunct Instructor for the University of Valley Forge and she has worked as an Adjunct Professor at Marymount University.

Administration Staff

Alfredo Rodriguez,
Custodian

Ed Koch,
Administrator

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As Administrator, Ed oversees the day-to-day administrative operations of the church as well as building management, finance, human resources, and information technology. He joined the staff in January 2000 and has served as Administrator since September 2014. An Arlington native, he received a Bachelor in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from The College of William and Mary. Before coming to Westover, he managed medical practices for 20 years in the DC area and served in financial roles at Columbia Baptist Church in Falls Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church of McLean, and Foundry United Methodist Church in DC.

Jennifer Morris,
Communications Coordinator

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Jennifer has fulfilled the position as the Communications Coordinator since April 2020. She has worked as the interim administrative assistant for Westover since October 2018 and has also worked at Westover Baptist Preschool since September 2018. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from National University and has a background in supply administration through her Military Service.

Khady Lusby,
Publications Coordinator

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Khady has been working as the Administrative Assistant since January 2018. She's also a trustee and part of the financial committee.

Roy McKethan,
Operations Coordinator

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As the Operations Coordinator, Roy provides administrative support to the Senior Pastor and Administrator. He acts as a backup to the administrative staff. Roy has been with Westover since June 2019. A native of Farrell, PA, Roy is currently completing an Associates Degree at Northern Virginia Community College.

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