Meet The Staff


Founding Pastors

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Barry and Joan and their three children relocated to Amissville, VA in 1987 in response God’s call to establish Living Faith Church. Prior to moving to America, each ran successful businesses, and Barry operated the South African branch of Kenneth Copeland Ministries. 

With a vision to see Northern Virginia saved, Barry brought the uncompromised Word of God to a region steeped in religion. Through the years, Living Faith has blossomed into a gathering place for people of all ages and cultures, with ministries that offer hope, faith, and life to the community. Barry passed away in April 2019, but his legacy continues in the leadership of his eldest son, Gavin.

Joan led the Women’s Life ministry for many years and continues to hold an active role. A dynamic minister, she imparts hope and encouragement while emphasizing communication and experience with God at a deeper, more intimate level. 


Senior Pastor

Gavin was a part of the initial planting of Living Faith before pursuing a successful career in professional advertising in South Africa. His desire is for people to genuinely experience God, come alive to their purpose and destiny, and bring Kingdom influence into the world around them. He and his wife, Sarah, have an active life with their three children, Colton, Carter, and Vivian.


Pastor & Finance Director

Bill has been the Ministry Treasurer for more than 20 years.  Joining the staff in 1995, he brought vast amounts of corporate business experience and has held a foundational role in developing the ministry.  With a prophetic anointing, he has always held a powerful part in prayer and intercession for the ministry. Bill enjoys lounging on the lake with his wife, Lynda, with visits from his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids. He’s also a record collector enthusiast with a deep appreciation for jazz.


Pastor,  IT Director


David’s heart is much like that of David in the Bible – a man after God’s heart, always seeking to stay in His Presence. His desire is to help people connect to the presence of God and learn to live out of that relationship. David oversees our I.T. department and Pre-Service Prayer, as well as being a licensed realtor. He and his wife, Mary Anne, stay busy with three children Ben, Eli, and Alivia.


Pastor,  Partner Connection


J.R. has been with Living Faith from its inception. A native of Amissville, VA and a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute, J.R. oversees Partner Connection and Helps Ministries. He also conducts wedding ceremonies, memorial services, and hospital visitations, as well as church building projects and renovations. He's a true believer in Ps 92:13, "Those who are planted in the house of the Lord will flourish in the courts of our God." Being planted is key to our spiritual growth, and he loves to help partners get planted, discover their gifting, and find their place in the body. J.R. is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, gardening vegetables, and outside activities.




Pastor, School of Word & Worship


Cathy came to Living Faith after experiencing a radical encounter with God through the baptism with the Holy Spirit in 1990. She directed our Ministry Training Center for many years until it became the School of Word and Worship in 2017. She brings a dynamic spirit of freedom, faith, and grace to the School, and her desire is for believers to experience and live true freedom in Christ. Cathy and husband, Neal, have a growing family with three adult children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.


Pastor, Sozo & Life Transformation Center


Sally has been with Living Faith since its foundation and has been on staff since 1994. She oversees the Life Transformation Groups, Sozo Ministry, and Worship Art. Over the years, she has spent countless hours counseling as well as assisting Pastor Joan and serving in Women’s Life leadership. She is an incredible listener whose heart beats to help people connect to God, hear from Him, and go free. Sally is a gifted artist and loves to paint and garden in her free time. She has three children and three grandchildren.


Pastor, Healing Prayer / Event Manager


Bebette has been a part of Living Faith for more than 25 years. She oversees the Prayer Ministry and Foundations Class, as well as being our Event Manager. Her heart is for the prophetic and for everyone to grasp their identity in Christ and realize that what was normal in the life of Jesus is meant to be normal in the life of every Believer.  Bebette has two married children and three amazing grandchildren.


Outreach & Communications


Heather has been on staff for more than 15 years and serves in administration and communications. She has an active role in prayer and intercession and facilitates the Prayer for the Nation group. Her heart is for Believers to grasp God’s love and to freely express it to others in everyday life.


Pastor, Director of Youth & Children's Ministry


Abel was born and raised in Southern California and moved to Virginia when he was 19.  He’s a graduate of Eastern Michigan University, where he received a B.A. in Communications. He loves being in ministry with his wife, Christin, and has a heart is to see a generation of children freely demonstrate the Gospel on every playground and in every school.


Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry


Christin oversees the administration of Children’s Ministry and brings a fresh perspective to spiritual experience and fun. She grew up at Living Faith, and her heart is for children to learn from the very beginning to live “naturally supernatural.” Christin and husband, Abel, have one son, Judah.



Behruze is our talented event chef, trained in Washington, D.C. by French master chef Yennik Cam. He absolutely loves cooking for people and puts all his heart into it. You can taste the difference! He and his wife, Karen, owned and operated The Depot restaurant in Warrenton for many years.

Alex Fernando

Worship Director

Alex has lived and led worship in South India and the Golden Isles of South Georgia before coming back to Northern Virginia, where he was born. He first walked through the doors of Living Faith in 2009 and has since been a part of the Union, School of Word & Worship, and Sunday worship teams. He believes we are all called to a life of worship that inevitably causes us to look and see like our Heavenly Father. Alex’s heart is to love and minister to the heart of God. His desire is to create a culture that encourages every expression of Kingdom worship and to create an atmosphere for the presence and power of God to manifest and, therefore, change our lives and the world.


Production and Social Media


Jackie’s heart is to take the Word, worship and presence of God and make it available to everyone. Gifted with creative communication design skills, she manages Living Faith’s production and social media platforms. Jackie also has a photography business, Lens of My Heart. She and husband, Rafa, enjoy life together.


Building Maintenance


Rafa has a huge heart and will always greet you with a big hug. His passion is for people to know how much God loves them. He is active in various parts of the ministry including SOWW Chats, prayer, offering team, and teaching/ministering to the teens in the Union. He also served in the Army National Guard for eight years. He and wife, Jackie, are building a fun life together.


Partner Connection


Alesia oversees our Partner Connection and Care Ministry. The daughter of pastors, she grew up in church and led praise and worship from an early age. Her heart is for people to discover and release their gifting so that others may be changed by Father's love. Alesia is originally from Missouri and has been at Living Faith since 2001. She is a licensed travel agent and has two adult children, Matthew and Autumn.


Director of the Union Youth Ministry


Nate was born and raised in Northern Virginia and has been a part of Living Faith for several years. He graduated from Highlands College in Birmingham, Alabama with a degree in Christian Ministries with a focus on student ministry. He has a huge heart for young people to really come to understand the depth of God’s love for them. He knows that when they do, their lives will never be the same! Nate and wife, Megan, have one son, Levi.


Technical Support


Linda was the very first employee of Living Faith and has served faithfully since 1990. For many years, she served as Finance Manager and Executive Assistant to Pastor Barry. Currently, she plays a main role in the I.T. department and oversees Video Production. Linda is a graduate of Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa and has a huge heart of generosity and hospitality. She loves to host parties and get-togethers and cook for large gatherings.




Angie has been with Living Faith since the beginning and served several years leading praise and worship. Currently, Angie holds a variety of administrative roles in the ministry. She and husband, Johnny, have four children, Tayla, Chance, Sydney, and Tristin, and one grandchild.


Financial Services


Grace represents the fact that powerful things come in small packages! Grace is a vital part of our staff, not only in her position as Finance Manager but also in her spiritual maturity and awareness. She is gifted in the prophetic and plays an active role in intercessory prayer and Ministry Prayer Team. Grace has two adult children, Daniel and Hannah, daughter-in-law, Katie, and grandson Ezekiel. 

10266 Battleview Pkwy

Manassas VA 20109

Tel: 703-331-3820

Fax: 703-331-0914

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