Staff

The Washington Street staff works hard to offer support for the full ministry of WSUMC. Should you have questions about any of the ministry opportunities at WSUMC, please contact the church office or any of the WSUMC staff persons by email.

Church Office Hours: 9:15 am – 1:45 pm, Monday – Thursday
Phone: 703-836-4324
Email: [email protected]

Rev. Thomas G. James

Lead Pastor

Pastor Thomas G. James grew up in the northeast suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He moved to Virginia for college, attending Ferrum College in Southwest Virginia. He then went on to Wesley Theological Seminary, in Washington, DC. In 2010 he was married to Jen James of Doylestown, PA. The two live in Alexandria with their toddler twin boys, Asher and Nathan.

Thomas was ordained an elder in the Virginia Conference in 2014. He has served in multiple ministry settings in the Virginia Conference, including youth ministry, worship leadership, campus ministry, and with the Conference Ethics Training on Technology and Social Media. Thomas served for four years on staff at the Lewis Center for Church Leadership prior to serving as Minister of Mission at Centreville UMC in Centreville, VA.

Thomas loves playing golf, football and softball, all things Florida State, and all things technology. As an Atlanta native, he’s also a Braves fan (sorry Nats fans). He is passionate about the local church, engaging in the community, and finds his greatest passion as a Pastor is seeing individuals and the faith community at large find their place participating in God’s transforming work in the world.

Ann Cary McLain

Office Manager

Alexandria has been home to Ann Cary’s family for four generations. She graduated summa cum laude from Marymount University with a BA in Design. Previous employment includes ten years  in human resources and as manager of a staffing service in the publications field.

Kimberly Young

Director of Church and Community Engagement

Kimberly is a life-long Alexandrian, and has served as an active lay-person in the United Methodist for most of her life. She is involved in the Alexandria District and has served as an Annual Conference delegate in recent years. She is a Certified Lay Servant, and a member at Roberts Memorial UMC.

Kyle Miller

Director of Music

Kyle Miller has been a musician ever since Grandma Miller had him dancing to The Lawrence Welk show as a toddler. He took an interest in organ and church music in 8th grade and has never stopped playing or singing since!

A graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, he double majored in music and accounting. His adult self would like to thank his 18 year old self for that moment of clarity and wisdom. After Heidelberg, Kyle received a scholarship to study a Master of Sacred Music degree at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Kyle has worked in churches large and small from the time he was just 13 years old. He looks forward to retiring from church work by the age of 43 (or maybe 48).

As a choral singer, Kyle toured the US and Europe with his college concert choir, performed at numerous churches in the Dallas area, sang with the North Carolina Master Chorale in Raleigh and even appeared on live TV! He currently sings in the City Choir of Washington.

When he’s not singing, directing, organist-ing or piano-ing, you can find Kyle working in finance at his full time job at the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB).

Kyle enjoys eating foods that are definitely better for his soul than for his health, riding roller coasters, visiting his family on the farm in Ohio spoiling his niece and nephew, and enjoying the outdoors.

Heather Stevens

Preschool Administrative Assistant

Heather Stevens has been a member of the Washington Street UMC Preschool Community since 2016. Her two children, Nadia and Emmett, are both proud graduates of WSUMCP. Heather grew up in Herndon, Virginia and attended the University of Virginia, studying Economics and English. After graduating in 1996, she worked at a global consulting firm providing program management services to Federal agencies for over 20 years. Heather is currently serving as the preschool Administrative Assistant supporting the day-to-day preschool operations. Heather has lived in Alexandria for almost 10 years and when she is not at the preschool, she is often on a run, exploring and enjoying the beautiful streets of Old Town.

Melissa Peterson

Pastoral Care Assistant
Melissa Peterson grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and moved to Macon, Georgia where she completed high school and college. She graduated from Mercer University with a double-major in Psychology and Music (organ performance) and received her Master of Divinity degree from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (now United Lutheran Seminary). She has served as Pastor in three congregations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia. In addition to general parish ministry, she has served as Youth and Children’s Minister, Chaplain of Home Care and Hospice (Lutheran Social Services-South Region in Pennsylvania), and Activity Therapist in retirement homes and nursing homes. Her husband Tom is the founder of Center for Climate Strategies in D.C. and teaches graduate courses at Johns Hopkins University. His work is devoted to climate change and clean energy efforts. Their daughter Claire is a Psychology major at James Madison University.  Melissa has a deep place in her heart for our older population and their needs for connection and community and is happy to devote her work to their needs and concerns. She also enjoys working with children and teaches piano lessons in her home. She loves all pets, cats and dogs, and is interested in animal well-being and environmental issues. She loves anything to do with sea turtles!