Our staff at Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church

Staff Position Name (Click for bio)
Senior Pastor Connie Stinson
Music Director DeWayne Morgan
Church Administrator/Building Manager L.W. "Dub" Pool
Chefs Bill and Larry Shackleford
Custodian Lincoln Gill

Pastor: Connie Stinson

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Connie Stinson was called to be pastor of the LRMBC congregation in the late spring of 2004. She is a 2001 graduate (Doctor of Ministry) of the Baptist Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia; a 1982 graduate (Master of Divinity and Christian Education) of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; and a 1978 graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. Connie's favorite ministry areas include, but are certainly not limited to, pastoral counseling, small group spiritual formation, hands-on mission opportunities, youth ministry, and worship. Connie has served other churches in Virginia, Missouri, and Indiana. Beyond the local church, her professional experience has included hospital chaplaincy and drug rehabilitation counseling. She is certified in the use of Prepare/Enrich Inventories, comprehensive relationship assessment tools for couples. She represents LRMBC as a board member for the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and the District of Columbia Executive Committee. She is also an active member of the International Advisory Board for Leena Lavanya's Serve Trust Ministries in India, a mission passionately supported by Connie who herself makes a point to travel there every 1-4 years. In January, 2010, she took a group of college students to India from her Alma Mater, William Jewell; the effort reflects an ongoing desire to help make this world a smaller place in the name of Jesus Christ.

Connie and Dave live in Northern Virginia where Dave is a civil engineer who works for a consulting firm in Tyson's Corner. At LRMBC, Dave can most often be found overseeing sound equipment before and after worship on Sunday mornings. Dave and Connie have two married children, Tim and Olivia.

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Music Director: Dewayne Morgan

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DeWayne Morgan, began his employment at LRMBC in 2003 as our church pianist. Due to his many talents and generous spirit, DeWayne now leads our vocal and hand bell choirs AND accompanies all worship services on either piano or organ. Ask any active participant about our church, one thing mentioned early on will likely be a deep appreciation for DeWayne's music! His unique "bluesy" style is often heard jazzing up an old hymn, stirring souls of young and old alike. But DeWayne readily reciprocates with words that reflect his own feelings about the church, saying "It's a small church with a big heart!" He sees his work as "creating opportunities to fulfill the church's vision statement that emphasize(s) collective and personal discipleship and outreach."

DeWayne is a Florida native and will frequently be seen wearing the orange and blue colors of his Gator Nation. Twice graduated from the University of Florida with a music education degree and a law degree respectively, DeWayne was an ROTC scholarship recipient as well as a Virgil Hawkins Fellow.

DeWayne brings to his ministry a wealth of diverse experience, including years spent teaching public school music K-12, supporting the arts, researching for higher education, and volunteering for local hunger relief. He is currently a PhD candidate in Partnership Development at the University of MD, College Park; a 7-year Research Analyst at the University System of MD; a volunteer at So Others Might Eat; and since 2000, a Tour Guide at the Kennedy Center. DeWayne celebrated five years at LRMBC in the fall of 2008.

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Church Administrator/Building Manager: L.W. "Dub" Pool

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The Rev. L.W. "Dub" Pool has been with Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church for almost three years, and his presence here has been a blessing to us. Dub was already known to many of us through his previous ministry as Coordinator of the Mid-Atlantic Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of which Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church is a part. Prior to that position, he served over 5 years as the Minister of Education at Heritage Baptist Church in Annapolis, Maryland where he and his family are active members. Dub's ministerial history also includes eleven years as a Baptist Student Union Director on the campus of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in central Texas. Dub and wife Donna have been married for 31 years, and they have two adult daughters: Becky and Jackie. They reside in Arnold, Maryland, just outside of Annapolis.

I felt your warmth and hospitality when you have welcomed me onto the team. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you. I look forward to co-laboring alongside you as we advance the Kingdom of God through the ministry of Luther Rice Memorial Baptist Church.

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Chefs: Bill and Larry Shackleford

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Larry and Bill Shackleford, brothers since Larry's birth, have been cooking church dinners for us since ... well, even they can't remember back that far! Suffice it to say that on every FIRST SUNDAY after worship, we are blessed by their culinary gifts. Congregational favorites include Herb Chicken, pot roast, homemade macaroni and cheese, and baked salmon. Larry and Bill are each married and have grown children. Though they are members of their own churches, they often come and worship with us on Sunday mornings. (Oh yeah, and just in case you need to track down these cooking brothers during the week, Bill the movie buff might be found at a local theatre. And you can definitely find Larry on the golf course, says Bill.)

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Custodian: Lincoln Gill

Lincoln has served as our Church Custodian since October, 2006. He and his wife, Andrea, and two school-aged sons, Kevin and Josiah, reside in Lanham. His mother-in-law, Andrea's mom, is Mary Ducksworth, a former staff person, and a member of LRMBC since early 2005. Lincoln is particularly appreciated for his always-pleasant demeanor, his positive attitude, and his ability to fix things!

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