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 Twitter: @mltindle
Friend Mark on Facebook: /MarkTindle

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.

Alejandra “Nicky” Pizaña

Worship Arts Pastor

I am from the Bayous and the gulf coastal plains of Texas
I am from the place where the Flowers Grow
I am from a long line of strong women and hard workers
I am from the smell of fresh rain on sun kissed concrete
I am from the place where the paletero’s horn rings while my father cuts grass on Saturday mornings
I am from menudo on cold rainy days and midnight quesadillas
I am from the chorus of “el pan y la leche” heard throughout the vecindad
I am from making music with others
I am from creativity and teamwork
I am from self-doubt, heartache, and church hurt
I am from the people who spur one another on with encouragements of “echale ganas”
I am from a God who
Sees
Hears
Knows
A God Loves Intimately and Fiercely!
I am from a God who knows His people

Brandon Redmon

Technical Arts Director and Worship Leader

Am I the only one who hates writing Bios about themselves? Lol. It’s so hard. But for you, I’ll try. Let’s see. I was born in Mobile, AL, third in a tribe of five. A middle child in every sense of the word.  I had to share everything! And, because I am a twin, I even had to share the middle-child position. I promise I’m not bitter.

In my sophomore year of high school, I moved to Hampton, VA. It was here that I fell in love with visual storytelling, creative arts, and video production. Originally, I got connected with Seneca Creek through a friend and former rap-mate who was the Youth Pastor at the time.

He asked if I could help out in student ministry as a volunteer. I agreed, and Seneca Creek has been home ever since.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in Digital Cinematography from Full Sail University. I was a video production assistant at The National Institute Of Standards and Technology, where I sharpened my skills as a creative writer and won a Telly Award for an original Spoken Word called “What is Time.” I launched a small business that helps other small businesses and religious organizations create video content for social media, YouTube, and websites.

I am a man of many passions but at the core of everything I do is a deep love of the God who created the universe. Creativity, art, and beauty are vanity if it doesn’t point to Christ, the author, and finisher of our faith and the source of which all creativity flows.

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 served in every role in our small farm town church, and modeled how to love God with your whole heart by loving your neighbor well. My big brother and I were so fortunate to live on a 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 in 2016. Back then, I was a newly motherless mother that was struggling with deep grief and happened into Seneca Creek Community Church to find so much love, acceptance and support; it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 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.

Outside of PowerHouse, you can usually find me chasing my daughters in fresh running sneaks or with my nose deep in a cookbook. Follow @sc3PowerHouse to take a weekly Parenting Pause with me.

Carly Fumai

Children’s Ministry Administrative Assistant

I was born and raised in Maryland, the youngest and only girl with two “big” brothers.  My childhood consisted of sports, travel, attending church activities and my ultimate favorite … creating unforgettable memories with my family.

At a young age, I became the neighborhood mother’s helper, babysitter and volunteer at VBS. From that point on, I knew I wanted to work with children in my career. I graduated from Towson University and earned a dual degree in Elementary & Special Education. I’ve worked with children from Preschool through the Fifth Grade. I enjoy creating fun and engaging activities that make learning exciting!

My Faith has carried me through the recent loss of my Dad who passed away from cancer in 2020. I am grateful for my relationship with God as He has been by my side through my time of grief. I enjoy spending time in nature, gardening, hiking, walking my dog Maeleigh, playing with my two nephews and cooking in honor of my Dad.

My goal is to positively impact children’s lives through Christ, support those going through their own grieving journey and spread the power of God’s love to all! I am so excited to be a part of the Seneca Creek team! “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

Lindsay Wise

Cares Hub Manager

I was born and raised in the Florida sunshine. I studied at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama for undergrad and graduate school at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. While living in Mexico one summer in college, God set me on a path of serving and learning from the widow, orphan, poor, refugee, immigrant, oppressed and/or the underdog. After college, I lived and did ministry internationally in Costa Rica (Pura Vida) for 5 years with some of the most beautiful people on the planet. I have been mostly involved in non-profit work ever since in the realm of affordable healthcare, legal aid, and community organizing.

My life’s passion is to live a life of intentionality, making and being a disciple of Jesus in community with others. Jesus has done a great work in my life and continues to astound me. His work is not done. His love has no boundaries. I enjoy activities without time constraints, being a lifelong student, documentaries, culture/languages, community development, and everything active or outside … preferably both. God brought me to the DMV and to Seneca Creek in 2021.

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.

Rocio Perez

CARESHub Food Program Manager

I was born in El Salvador and raised in California. I have two brothers in my family and my mom, who’s my best friend. I have one son who lives in Canada and I’m a proud grandma to Matteo. My interests include finding new places and singing karaoke. My special talent is dancing to cumbia and salsa. I’ve been in Maryland since August of 2020 and started at Seneca Creek that same year. My life’s passion is to help people and see them happy. I love what I’m doing at Seneca Creek. It is an opportunity to live out this passion.

Blanca Murillo

Facilities Assistant

I was born in El Salvador and grew up in Mexico. I have five kids, three boys and one girl. I have five grandsons. I’ve been in Maryland for eight years. I love to cook, my job, and travelling. I also enjoy all types of music. My favorite music is cumbia.

Celeste Batista

CARESHub Baby Essentials Assistant Program Coordinator

​​I was born in the Caribbean on the beautiful island of Dominican Republic. I immigrated to the United States when I was seventeen. I studied fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and continue to work in the industry. I am a mother of three kids, Stephanie, Charles, and Mia of which I am very proud. I am also part of the wonderful family at Seneca Creek Community Church. I became a Christian through my faith in God, at a young age, and followed my heart to become a missionary. Working and serving people helps me grow as a Christian and I thank my holy father for his guidance. On sad or stressful days, I will ask for the Holy Spirit’s strength, care, and unconditional love while keeping Jesus as the center of my life making me the woman that I am today.