Meet our Church Team!
Senior Pastor Tim Giannosa
Tim Giannosa comes to us from Big Valley Grace Church in Modesto, California. He has served Big Valley and several other churches as a youth, family, teaching, and small groups pastor. He is married to Kris, an elementary teacher, and they have two amazing boys; Tim, an Engineering major at Grand Canyon University and Daniel, a Sophomore History major at Portland State University. He and Kris have been married and in ministry for the past 24 years. Tim loves to spend time sharing a cup of coffee and conversation about the amazing, life changing love of Jesus. His hope as a pastor is to see each follower of Christ living a fully devoted life and loving God and others. He also enjoys coaching football, watching his boys live out their dreams, spending time with his wife, and being outside as much as possible.
Tim Giannosa email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Discipleship and Local Outreach Pastor Doug Hodges
My wife Elise and I have been married for nearly seven years and have recently expanded our family with the addition of our son Ezra last June. We are both born and raised in California where we met, got married and felt our first call toward ministry. While in California we felt like God was moving us toward ministry and both found many ministries to become involved with. After serving in lay ministry for a couple of years we were encouraged to pursue formal theological training.
With the encouragement of our church we moved to Trinity Florida where I attended Trinity College of Florida and received my bachelor’s degree in Biblical and Theological studies and Church Ministry. We then moved to Raleigh, North Carolina to continue my training at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. I’m currently still working on my Masters of Divinity but have felt that God has been moving our family toward full time ministry. As I have been pursing my theological training my wife has been working in the healthcare industry and has enabled me to pursue and complete my undergraduate training at an accelerated pace.
As I started to learn more about Leesburg Community Church, I became more and more excited about the possibility of partnering with the Church in the work of advancing the Gospel. As I began to talk with staff members I felt like Leesburg’s desire to grow in depth and breadth of knowledge and passion of God, would be a place where I could be used to help spur the church on toward “the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus.”
Doug Hodges email: email@example.com
Youth Pastor Jason Baird
Jason was born at Langley Air force Base in Virginia. He moved to Leesburg when he was 5 years old and graduated from Leesburg Christian School in 2004. He then attended Liberty University, where he studied Religion with a focus on Biblical Studies. While at Liberty, Jason had the opportunity to serve on the mission field in Cambodia. He went the first time for two weeks in December 2007 and the second time was for six months from December 2008 - June 2009. He taught English at the Royal University of Law and Economics, and worked with students in a student center called “The Friendship Club”. Jason graduated from Liberty in the summer of 2010. Jason is married to Melissa Baird, who he met here at Leesburg Community Church.
Jason Baird email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Children's Director Shelley Kappauf
Shelley Kappauf was born and raised in England and moved to the US when she was 17. She and her husband Dwayne-Eddie met in Florida and were married in Ontario, Canada in August of 1987. They have two children Sylvia and Trevor who are both students at Loudoun County High School (Go Raiders!)
The kids both enjoy the Underground and hanging out after school for bible study with their leaders.
Shelley and her husband have been attending LCC for 17 years and Shelley has been involved with the children’s ministry here for over 12 years and loves to be around them whenever she can. She believes that there is nothing more important than building a strong faith foundation in the home and is looking forward to partnering with families to make sure that every child learns about Jesus and His great love for them. Prov 22:6
The Kappauf’s love to hang out at the church and just be involved in whatever is going on at the moment… set design, decorating, painting, VBS or whatever…it’s always fun to jump in and be a part of the journey at LCC.
Shelley Kappauf email: email@example.com
Gilmer Suarez has developed practical experience as a church planter working in southern Venezuela; also since 2003 as a church planter in northern Virginia. Gilmer has been teaching the Bible for the new believers and the theology in small groups. He has advised couples in a situation of marital conflict and has enjoyed seeing how God transforms their lives. Now Pastor Gilmer is serving as minister for the Hispanic ministry of Leesburg Community Church. Gilmer's approach is for the family to know the love of God that transforms and changes lives and that is strengthened through the values that Jesus teaches us through his Word.
Pastor Gilmer has been married since June 24, 2000. His wife Davielis currently supports the planning of the ministry and helps in the praise and worship of the church. In addition, Pastor Gilmer has two children; Joseph who is currently a freshman in high school and the youngest is Jeremy full of energy in 3rd grade; both love playing soccer.
Kim Ritz was born in Louisa Virginia and grew up in beautiful Mt. Airy MD. She graduated in 1989 from James Madison University with a Masters degree in Health. Kim began her professional life as a Health Promotions Director, managing the fitness facilities at Fort Meade. While there she met her husband Steve. After they married in 1993 they moved to Leesburg with their 2 children Kylie and Iain.
Kim visited Leesburg Community Church soon after her arrival and strongly felt it was her church “home”. She became a member and immediately began serving in the children’s ministry, watching babies and then teaching 2 and 3 year olds.
Kim became involved with the Music and Arts Ministry in 2006 and has been leading a Women’s small group on Sunday evenings for the last 10 years. Her calling for these ministries led her to become a staff member in 2009.
Now that their daughter Kylie is pursuing her PhD at the University of Rochester and son Iain is a junior at JMU Kim and Steve are officially “empty nesters” They spend their time reading and entertaining in their home.
Kim Ritz email: firstname.lastname@example.org
COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR MELISSA BAIRD
Melissa was born and raised in Purcellville, VA. She has been attending Leesburg Community Church since she was 5 years old. Her father has been playing in the praise band since they started attending LCC.
Melissa graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor's in Music Therapy in 2015.
Melissa started her work at the church back in 2011 where she interned in the Worship department. It was then that she met her husband, Jason Baird, who was interning in the Youth department. They were married in 2013. In 2016, Melissa joined the church staff.
Melissa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, biking, and hanging out at home with her two cats, Sherlock Holmes and John Watson.
Melissa Baird email: email@example.com
WOMEN'S MINISTRY DIRECTOR AMBER CAMPBELL
Amber's family; husband Mark and 2 young children, Brianne– age 7 at the time and Austin, 4, came through the doors of LCC (Leesburg Community Church) in the fall of 1996. They fell in love with the warm greeting, powerful music during worship, the impactful sermon and knew they had found their church home!
Amber immediately stepped into volunteering in the children’s ministry, which help grew her knowledge and faith, learning more about God. As a child, her grandmother took her and her brother to church on Sundays and vacation bible school in the summer. Because of this, she knew the value of children learning about Jesus. As a preteen, at a youth pizza party, she made the commitment for Jesus to be Lord of my life. Life has never been the same. Amber and Mark's children were raised in this church, and they all became baptized. Today, Brianne is married to our son-in-love Brad, and they have an adorable son, Andrew. Amber have loved serving in many areas (women’s ministry, church board, youth pastor search team & events).
So this brings Amber to a new chapter that Jesus has stirred up– Women’s Ministry Director. She loves celebrating, mentoring and encouraging women in their daily lives and walk with God. She is excited to see all that lies ahead in a supportive, vibrant, powerful women’s ministry– that the women can love on each other, encourage each other and discover God’s truth & promises together.
Amber Campbell email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Global missions coordinator Bill anderson
Bill was born in Grant, Va and raised in Falls Church. He met his wife Joyce in high school and have been married for 44 years. They moved to Leesburg in 1980 and started attending Leesburg Community Church that same year. Bill and Joyce have 3 children; Kate, Tim,and Chris and have 6 grandchildren with another due in November. Bill has had a career in mechanical HVAC contracting for 45 years and is semi retired from the family business. He has recently joined the staff as a volunteer, supporting pastoral ministry responsibilities and international missions. He has served as a deacon, a Sunday school teacher, bus driver, worked in the Men's Ministry, administrative board, prayer ministry, and participated in local and international mission trips. It has been a real blessing to serve along side the staff and the Church body. Bill enjoys following Nationals baseball, the University of Maryland Terps, and playing with his grandchildren.
Bill Anderson email: email@example.com