Leadership Team

Jeffrey Abyad | Worship & Creative


Jeff’s been passionate about the Lord and felt called to a life of ministry from a very young age. He’s been leading worship services since his mid-teens. Musically, he began as a drummer long before picking up a guitar. The first band he was in was called, “Earth Evacuation”…no doubt as awesome as the name suggests. He’s also always loved acting, and if he had to pick a career outside of ministry, rumor is he’d love to be on a sitcom. He and his lovely wife Amanda went on their first date at senior prom, and have been married since 2005. They welcomed their fourth child in July of 2015.

Terri Shepherd | Administration


Terri has a zeal to see revival in our generation—which always begins with the church. She served in leadership with her hometown youth group in Orlando, Florida before earning her degree at the University of Central Florida. God led her to Kansas City, where she completed a training school with the International House of Prayer. Recently she worked for four years at Family Research Council, which reflects her heart to see Christians have a voice in government and the culture. Terri met her husband Josh at the Justice House of Prayer DC, and they have been married since 2012.

Jon and Kim McHatton | Pastoral Care


Jon & Kim McHatton have been married and in ministry for 40 years. Their life-long mission is to train, equip, mentor and empower people to fulfill their God given destiny to “do the work of the ministry, and to establish the kingdom of God in their homes, neighborhoods, community and nation.” They have established and pastored churches, and have extensive experience in biblical counseling, conflict resolution and compassionate collaboration. In addition to their church experience, they both have worked in government, nonprofit, and community outreach positions. Kim is a graduate of Christian International where they received their ordinations. The McHatton’s are parents to Misti, Jonathan and Matthew and grandparents to Lena Miller of Ben & Misti.

Andrew and Anna Tull | Beyond Acquaintance


More info coming soon…

David Dehmlow | Building Management


With a background and education in both architecture and landscape architecture, David has developed a dedication to place-making. Abraham built altars, Isaac dug wells, Jacob set his tents, where and how has God called us to realize our stories? David and his faithful bride Katy picked up stakes in 2010, moving from Minnesota to the DC Metro Area along with their favorite (and only) child Annora. They joined Capital Life Church shortly afterward and eventually settled in Arlington, they are grateful for the remarkable faith-family and unremarkable winter weather they have found here.

Matt Ray | C3 (Young Professionals)


Matt has served as a volunteer in churches in New Mexico, New Jersey, and Virginia. He has led young adult ministries, taught Sunday School classes, served on a church board, and as an interim Youth Pastor. Matt moved to Arlington, VA in 2011 and has been serving at CLC ever since (minus a 1.5 year detour to Israel). He has worked in several ministries including Hospitality, Transportation, as an Usher, and is currently the co-leader of Christ Centered Community (C3), which is CLC’s young professionals ministry. He has a passion for studying the Bible and loves to communicate what he has learned to others. When he is not working or serving at the church, Matt enjoys all types of outdoor activities.

Seth & Angela Johnson | Family Ministries

Seth@CapitalLife.org | Angela@CapitalLife.org

Seth and Angela are passionate about combining the love of God with the light of the church to provide the greatest impact and influence in children’s lives. They work diligently with their teams to help equip families to grow together in their faith. Seth has been attending Capital Life Church since 2005, Angela since 2011, and they married in 2015 after meeting in the church. Seth was raised as a Christian and has a solid biblical foundation; while Angela didn’t accepted Jesus until she was 25 and understands trying to control everything on your own before completely surrendering to God. When they have some downtime, they enjoy spending quality time with family, traveling, watching football (Go Penn State and Steelers!), and hosting friends for dinner.

Brian and Judy Cochran | Life Groups


Brian and Judy are passionate about seeing the transformative power of God’s Word in the lives of His people. Through the years the Cochrans have led small groups and Bible studies, and have served in various church leadership roles. Brian has 25 years experience in the banking industry and enjoys sports, especially if it involves his Oregon State Beavers. Judy’s passion is public speaking, and she is a certified transformational coach. In 1984 Brian married Judy, in spite of her allegiance to the Oregon Ducks. After praying for an opportunity to use their skill sets in full-time ministry, they answered the call God placed on their hearts and in 2016 moved from Oregon to Washington, DC to serve as full-time missionaries with Wycliffe Bible Translators.

Coral Brun | Local Outreach


Coral was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. At a very early age, the Lord spoke into her life regarding her identity and the influence she would have in other people’s lives. As a teenager, she was very active in her youth group, Billy Graham crusades in PR and mentoring younger kids. Upon completing her BA in Accounting at Penn State, the Lord opened doors and moved her to the DC. Throughout her career as a financial adviser to the Federal Government, she has traveled the world validating federal funding with foreign governments and supporting a number of assignments. In 2014, Coral had a dream where the Lord confirmed her appointment to Serve the unreached. This revelation ignited the creation of the Local Outreach Ministry at Capital Life Church. In her spare time, Coral delights in the kitchen (where her true passion lies) catering Puerto Rican food in the DC area, has a passion for spontaneous travel, and spends sunny days navigating through the DC waters.

Sassan Jahanian | Missions


Along with a variety of Capital Life missions trips, Sassan has had the opportunity to organize various adventures for Capital Life through the “Adventure Group”. They have been hiking, camping, skiing/snowboarding, swimming at the beach, and played paintball.  He enjoys getting people outside of the Northern Virginia bubble to do things they wouldn’t normally get to do.