Leadership Team

Jeffrey Abyad | Worship & Creative

Jeff@CapitalLife.org

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@CapitalLife.org

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@CapitalLife.org

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

BA@CapitalLife.org

No matter the circumstance, the position, or the time; to know his heart and its truth is the datum against which all else is measured. Andrew and Anna have been touched by the richness of so many communities from Southern Baptists to spirit filled Catholics, Presbyterians to Full Gospel Business Men. They have been fired by the struggles and faith of peoples across the world; from Indonesia to Brazil, Russia to India; reaching out and grasping fast to His Kingdom at hand. As leaders of Beyond Acquaintance, they believe that there is no better place to discover how or why you are than from Him.


David Dehmlow | Building Management

Building@CapitalLife.org

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.


David King | C3 (Young Professionals)

C3@CapitalLife.org

David is a native of Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in a loving Christian home. Between his bible teaching father and relentless praying mother he was presented the wonders of a life in Christ and His Kingdom at an early age. In 2011 he moved to the DC Metro area and joined Capital Life Church after only one visit! Since joining David has had the privilege of serving in many ministries from children’s, hospitality, Beyond Aquaintance, missions and many more! Unofficially he professes to be the “unofficial greeter” of Capital Life. David is a teacher at heart and loves learning from the scriptures. His passion is to see all people instructed and transformed by life giving ways of God. 

 


Katherine Pereira | C3 (Young Professionals)

C3@CapitalLife.org

As a native Colombian, Katherine was exposed to injustice and extreme social and economic inequalities, which sparked a desire in her to become politically involved in hopes of expanding opportunities for impoverished populations. As a Christian, she realized that her life’s calling to impact Latin America would only be fulfilled through faithful steps of obedience, coupled with constant prayer. As a millennial, Katherine would like to challenge her peers to pursue the Lord wholeheartedly in order to see His favor upon their personal and professional lives. As a woman, she seeks to motivate other women to serve and lead fearlessly. 


Seth and 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

LifeGroups@CapitalLife.org

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.


Brian and Malisa Payne | Local Outreach

Outreach@CapitalLife.org

Brian and Malisa are committed to building communities and sharing Christ’s love.  They moved to Washington DC and joined Capital Life Church in 2015. Malisa’s relationship with the homeless started in 2002 in Orlando, Florida.  Since their marriage in 2009, Brian has joined her in striving to fulfill Christ’s radical inclusiveness and provide for those in need.  After attending Cursillo/Walk to Emmaus in 2013, they became involved in Kairos prison ministry, bringing a revival program modeled on Cursillo into institutions. They feel called towards the unification and reconciliation of all people, seeing the image of God in, and experiencing the worth of every individual.  They have two spunky kids under the age of five who regularly serve alongside them.


Sassan Jahanian | Missions

Missions@CapitalLife.org

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.

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