Mark Tindle

Lead Pastor

I’m a native of the Midwest, the third of six children, and the grandson of Scandinavian immigrants.  After high school I enlisted in the Marine Corps where God started to do some serious remodeling in my life.

After graduating from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, I did my graduate/seminary training at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.  Since then (1989) I’ve been on staff with Seneca Creek in a variety of roles, including Lead Pastor since 2006.  My wife, Diane, and I have two grown daughters.  I enjoy cycling (mostly but not exclusively road riding), reading, technology (I was an avionics technician), Cornhusker football (thru good seasons and bad), and almost every kind of music.

You can find me on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course, Strava!

Read Mark’s Blog: marktindle.com
Follow on Titter: @mltindle
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Jeannette Cochran

Executive Pastor

I was born in Maryland and grew up in Gaithersburg when the Kentlands was a forest and Quince Orchard was just a small winding road. I joined the Seneca Creek staff team in 1997. For ten years, I led our children’s ministry, and then in 2008, transitioned to my current role as executive pastor.

I’m a graduate of Regent University where I studied Organizational Leadership (B.S. and M.A.) and Practical Theology (M.A.). I’m passionate about bringing leadership and faith together to develop thriving Christian leaders to change the world.

I am married to my devoted, generous, hard-working husband, Eddie. He is owner and operator of Cochran Automotive, a business we founded together in 2003. We have three remarkable young-adult children, two fabulous daughters-in-law, and two magnificent granddaughters that bring us enormous joy.

I am a breast cancer survivor who lives with more faith, joy, and purpose than ever before. I enjoy reading about leadership and spirituality, beach trips with my family, spending time with my granddaughters, Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes, and the Virginia Tech Hokies!

Jeannette’s blog: JeannetteCochran.com
Twitter: @JCochran4040
Facebook: /jeannette.cochran

Mary Johnson

Connections Pastor

I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Georgia and I am country to the core. My former career took me to Minnesota for fifteen years then brought me to Maryland.

I am a graduate of Mercer University, Macon GA and Howard University School of Divinity, Washington DC. My passions are life and people. My life’s mission is “Love God, love others and the rest will follow.” My philosophy of life is this, we must live life to its fullest; we must give it our all. It is too short to squander. It is far too precious to waste. It costed our Savior too much to place it on a shelf to admire. We must embrace all of life and be an active participant in it not merely decide to take a seat on the bench and watch it pass us by. Life is in us; life surrounds us.

I have two wonderful children, Jasmyn and Kevin, and two beautiful granddaughters, Amaya and Ariana. In my free time I enjoy gardening, reading, cooking, the outdoors, and re-runs of Star Trek the Next Generation and Voyager.

Josh Patterson

High School and Young Adult Pastor

I graduated from Messiah College in 2016 with a degree in Graphic Design and Youth Ministry. I have been serving in full time ministry since June of 2016 but have been a part of the Seneca Creek family since June of 2019. Student ministry is my number one passion in life grounded on the conviction that students are NOT the Church of tomorrow… but are very much an integral part of the Church TODAY!

I am married to my amazing wife Noelle and although we do not have any children (yet) we do have 3 dogs… and that has to count for something! I am a HUGE Theology nerd and you can pretty much always find me reading and studying theology on my own time. My all time favorite theologian is N.T. Wright (if you haven’t read any of his work… what are you doing with your life?) The only thing that might rival my love for theology (aside from Jesus and my wife) is the Washington Capitals! I am a huge Caps fan, as you will quickly learn if you ever spend more than 15 seconds together with me. Let’s Go Caps!

Heather Nicholson

Director of Strategic and Creative Communications

A native of southern Virginia, I moved to the Washington, D.C. to attend Georgetown University’s School of Business. Once I learned what a city block was, I fell deeply in love with our nation’s capital and it’s largely unknown rich history of social strife and justice.

Prior to ministry, I spent over 15 years in the world of Residential Property Management. I’ve been married to my husband JR since 1997 and in 2003 we welcomed home our son John, born in Daegu, South Korea.

JR and I have been a part Seneca Creek Community Church since 1999. I started serving almost immediately in student ministry, officially joined the Seneca Creek staff in 2005 as Executive Assistant, and took on a second official hat in 2008 as Middle School Director.

• A childhood on a cattle ranch may lead to: a pet cow named Frosty, a quarterhorse named Wimpy and the ability to cut a herd before reaching the age of 10

• Despite being supernaturally uncoordinated, I love sports with particular passions for college basketball and the NFL

• I’ve traveled abroad a fair amount, but by far my favorite not-at-home spots include water and mountains. I need to get working on my US travels ASAP!

Bob Attrill

Director of Preteen and Middle School Ministry

I Love Kids! My passion and calling are influencing my four boys and every other kid I meet with the hope of Jesus. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than making a positive impact in the life of a child and next to that, I have the heart to serve alongside and encourage others who share that same passion.

As a kid, I had the neat opportunity to live in several states up and down the Eastern U.S. as my family, and I followed my dad throughout his Naval career. Born in Jacksonville, FL and lived just outside Mobile, AL until 6th grade.

I’m married to my beautiful wife, Trena. We have 4 active boys-Bobby (married to his lovely wife Julia), TJ (now in college and playing lacrosse), Blake (knows everything about Star Wars, Pokemon and all comic book stuff), and Tristan (my little fisherman/athlete).

In 2001, I was called to ministry very similar to how Jesus called His own disciples; kind of like, “I know you’ve been doing this Navy thing for 10 years and that’s all you know…well now you get to serve in ministry with me.” Funny how God works!!

Stuff about me:

  • I have a Bachelors degree in Human Service Management from the University of Phoenix.

  • I’m a professional artist and Owner/Operator of “ArtPoint Studio.”

  • I can play “Amazing Grace” on the harmonica.

  • I love making people laugh.

  • I have a 1st degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

  • I can solve the Rubik’s Cube (only 5% of the world’s population can do that!!).

  • I absolutely love everything about the outdoors (especially fishing!!).

  • Reese’s Peanut Butter M&M’s are my Kryptonite.

  • One day I am going to write a book about being a Dad.

Brooke Whitson

Director of Children’s Ministry

I was born in South Carolina to two of God’s biggest fans. My parents were serial volunteers in our farm town church, led every ministry possible, and showed by example how to love God with your whole heart by loving your neighbor well. My big brother and I were so fortunate to live on that bustling farm so close to Myrtle Beach where we could be tourists every weekend, and learn how to work hard and honestly during the week.

My husband, Will, and I moved to DC with a 9-month-old in 2016. Nora, our daughter, is now four, going on twenty. Back then, I was a newly motherless mother that was struggling with deep grief and happened into this church, one of the best decisions of my life. Seneca Creek opened its arms to my family and gave us a place to belong. That “no questions asked” kind of grace sparked my love for this church and our children’s ministry, and I know God opened the doors to bring me here.

Patty Howell

Children’s Ministry Operations Manager

I grew up in Maryland, one of five children. Our summers included lots of reading, playing outdoors and camping trips. I attended University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received my accounting degree. After graduation, I earned my CPA license and lived and worked in North Carolina for eight years, moving back to Maryland in 1988. I worked in the accounting and finance field for 20 years.

In 1991, I met my best friend and the love of my life, Tom and we married in 1993. I was blessed that day to become part of an “insta- family” (our daughter’s word) that included our children, Bonnie, Andrew and Joey (ages 11, 9 and 6 at the time). In 1996 our son Brian was born, rounding out our crew at four – all amazing people that make us proud! Today, our family includes our two beautiful daughters-in-law, Sarah and Priscilla, our wonderful son-in-law Steve, and five (soon to be six) adorable and fun grandchildren.

We began attending Seneca Creek in 1994 and I began serving in the Nursery soon after. In 2001 I joined the Children’s Ministry staff where I served as Nursery/Preschool Director for five years. After eight years as a stay-at-home Mom, I re-joined the PowerHouse staff part-time in 2014. I also volunteer as a PowerHouse small group leader.

I am interested in learning and understanding more about what it is like to live with special needs and want to be a part of making sure Seneca Creek is ready to welcome every person/family that wants to worship with us. In Fall 2015 I began substituting as a Special Education Instructional Assistant in the public schools.

I truly enjoy children of all ages and am passionate about helping every child to understand they are valuable because they were created by God, that they are fiercely loved by God, and Jesus wants to be their friend and leader forever.

Irene Ambeva

Operations Manager

I love the arts and have a Bachelor in fine art from Kennesaw State University GA. I worked as a Graphic Designer but longed to touch lives outside of the computer screen, which eventually lead me to pursue my Master of Arts in Conflict Management.

I moved to Maryland with my son and attended Seneca Creek in my search for a home church – We both loved it!! Little did I know, God was getting me ready to work at the church. I am incredibly humbled to be part of the Seneca Creek family. What I love most about my job is meeting and interacting with various people, and hopefully spreading the joy of the Lord and His love and compassion to them.

Language and its origins fascinate me, I speak three (English, Swahili & Luhya) and an itsy-bitsy amount of Spanish and sign language. Writing and music are great therapy for me. I can get lost in a good book, and value a good cup of chai tea just as much as I love traveling.

Sooky McFadden

Executive Assistant

I was in my thirties and a mother of small kids when I started coming to Seneca Creek at the invitation of a good friend. I had no idea how much my life would change!

After Ieaving my job as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department to stay at home, I started volunteering to organize church events like the Father-Daughter dance and the MLK Day of Service. This work led me to discover my passion for community service and co-found a non-profit group, KidServe, that encourages families to serve together at homeless shelters, food pantries, and assisted-living facilities

I have 4 children who keep me busy, and in any spare time, I love to travel, eat ice cream, watch movies that make me cry, swim, and spend time with friends. My favorite expression of God’s beauty is a beautiful sky, whether at sunrise, sunset, or a starry night.

Rosco Lockhart

Facilities Manager

I was born into Christian family in Illinois, where my father was active in the Baptist church. I entered the Navy and am a Vietnam veteran. I have been married to my lovely wife, Nancy for 36 years, and we have one grown son, Pierre.

Before coming on staff at Seneca Creek, I owned my own printing company for 18 years and retired from business in 2006.

I started attending Seneca Creek over 18 years ago and began a personal relationship with Christ two years later. Since then, I’ve served on mission trips in Peru, Nigeria, Dominion Republic and El Salvador. My passion, though, is helping people who are in jail or just released from a correctional institution. It is my joy to lead others to Christ and find a new life in him.

Education: Montgomery College Printing Technology and Washington Bible College

Sports: Karate and Boxing

Joanie Batista

Financial Administrator

I am a Christian feminist, missionary at heart, fitness teacher gospel preacher, wife, nana and daughter of the King. I’m working with Jesus to change the world back to its original design, to end power imbalance between women and men and to advocate for gender equality and freedom for ALL!

I have a Bachelor’s in Accounting with a minor in Management from the University of Maryland and I have worked in finance and accounting for over 30 years with half of those years in the nonprofit sector.

My mission is to love God, get healthy, be whole, and love others by sharing the love of God through spiritual, physical, economic and social development. I’m passionate about serving and helping families and their communities to be ALL God created them to be. All for God and thru God!

Website: missionaryatheart.org

Steve Lanham

Financial Assistant

I was born to a loving, “nose-to-the-grindstone” family in Wheaton, Maryland. As the youngest of three boys, my way through life was paved like a rocky slope and in other ways like a smooth racetrack. I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Long before anyone knew to “Fear the Turtle” I was a Terrapin. After earning my B.S. in Biology at Maryland, I went on to a rewarding career in workplace safety and health.

For many years, I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home dad. Watching and helping my daughter, Erin and son, Casey grow in such a personal way has been amazing. I thank God for the blessing and my amazing wife Carolyn for creating such a wonderful family and opening the door for my unique experience.

Fourteen years ago, Seneca Creek Community Church came into the life of my family. Our Lord came in the flesh, sacrificed himself for us, and wants a personal relationship with me. Seneca Creek embodies all of that for me. Thank you all for being the Light of Christ.