meet the staff

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D’Oniece Shaw Dillard (D’O) joined TFCE in May 2020 after 10 years as the Church Administrator at the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, DC. In that capacity she had oversight of HR, Communications, Budgets, Board Support and Building Use. Her administrative experience also includes three years at Washington National Cathedral, most of it at the Cathedral College.

A New York City native, D’O earned a BA in History from Manhattanville College in Purchase, NY and an MA in Communication (with a minor in non-profit management) from Trinity University Washington (formerly known as Trinity College). She also completed the four-year Education for Ministry course of study.  Her interests include travel, theater, baseball, jigsaw and word puzzles, and music (jazz, r&b, classical and opera). She has been in one book club or another since 1992.

D’O lives in the District. She recently completed a term as Senior Warden at the Church of the Epiphany in downtown DC where she’s been a member for more than 30 years. She is also the Head Teller for the Diocese of Washington’s Annual Convention.

Email D'O at ddillard@thefallschurch.org or call the church office at 703.241.0003. 

D'Oniece (d'o) Dillard

Parish administrator

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Lauren Breeden 

Director of Children's and Family Ministries

Lauren joined The Falls Church Episcopal as the Director of Children's and Family Ministries in August 2018. She has more than ten years of experience working with children in both church and non-profit settings. She most recently worked at Holy Comforter Episcopal in Vienna, VA as their Director of Children's Ministries. With extensive experience working with children and creating diverse and innovative curricula, Lauren has confirmed her calling to Children's and Family Ministries. Believing in a holistic approach, she looks at children, parents, teachers, and volunteers as a part of one inclusive family - the Body of Christ equipping the future of the church.

 

For Lauren, being at The Falls Church Episcopal is a dream come true. As a child, she attended The Falls Church Day School before moving to south Florida. Upon returning to Virginia as a teenager, she fell in love with children's ministry while volunteering with her mom at The Falls Church Episcopal. She says that coming to work here as the Director of Children's and Family Ministries "feels like coming home." Lauren is a lover of coffee, chocolate, and sports - particularly the Red Sox. She finds rest in the mountains and is blessed with an incredible group of friends and family and a spunky pup named Tommy. 

Email Lauren at lbreeden@thefallschurch.org or call the church office at 703.241.0003. 

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John Wunderlich IV 
Director of Youth Ministries and Liturgical Ministries Coordinator

John Wunderlich joined The Falls Church Episcopal as the Director of Youth Ministries in August 2018.  He came from Trinity Presbyterian Church in the Philadelphia suburb of Berwyn, PA where he served as the Director of Youth and Children's Ministries for two and a half years. After growing up in Frederick, MD, he attended Eastern University just outside of Philadelphia to obtain his degree in Youth Ministry. In his free time, John likes to see live music, do something artistic, watch 'The Office', or eat an authentic Philly Cheese Steak.

John has always felt called to work with youth and children, but it was not until his undergraduate studies that the call to vocational ministry was fully realized. Since then, John has been working to implement the process of holistic faith formation in young people's lives.

Email John at jwunderlich@thefallschurch.org or call the church office at 703.241.0003. 

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director of music

Julie Huang Tucker serves as choir master and organist for the parish. An accomplished choral musician, she has been a conductor in SHIFT Festival of American Orchestra’s symphonic workshop and Yale’s chamber workshop. She has worked with local young singers through Cantus youth choirs, and Holton-Arms School. During her term as Music Coordinator at the Amy Biehl Foundation in South Africa, she brought music education to prison inmates and township children.

As an organist, she has appeared at the Kennedy Center and National Cathedral with D.C.’s top choruses and was a finalist in the Arthur Poister National Organ Competition, participant in the International Organ Festival in the Netherlands, and winner of the Oklahoma Troxel Competition. Her playing has been featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams radio program.

Julie holds degrees from Cornell University and the University of Oklahoma and has been apprenticed in organ building and maintenance at the American Organ Institute and C.B. Fisk. She is a former American Musicological Society fellow, D.C.’s “40 Under 40” member, Who’s Who Among Students program honoree, and Johnson Writing Award honorable mention, with a published article on Albert Schweitzer.

When she is not on the podium or at the console, Julie is in the control studio of Classical WETA 90.9 as a radio host, or onstage with QuinTango, a touring chamber tango ensemble. She enjoys rock climbing, riding her mountain bike, and writing – usually about bike riding. She lives in a co-housing community in Vienna, VA with her husband, Scott, daughter Zoë, and cat, Zoom.

Email Julie at  jtucker@thefallschurch.org  or call the church office at 703.241.0003

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Ellie bangay
Director of Communication and digital ministries

Ellie joined The Falls Church Episcopal as Director of Communication and Digital Ministries in November 2021. Ellie moved to Northern Virginia in February 2021 from England with her American husband Tim and their dog George.

Most recently Ellie worked in communications and volunteer management for an international non profit supporting those with Multiple Sclerosis. Previous to that Ellie was in full time ministry as an ordained priest in the Church of England, working in the Diocese of York and the Cathedral Church of York Minster as well as other parishes. Ellie enjoys sewing, good tea, travel and spending time with her pups.

Ellie is passionate about churches communicating with both their congregations and the wider community well, good design and attractive web and social media presences, ultimately to spread the good news to all.

Email Ellie at ebangay@thefallschurch.org or call the church office at 703.241.0003

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Claire hardie

accounting assistant

Claire Hardie joined the Falls Church in December 2020 as the Accounting Assistant. Claire is from England originally, and has lived in Arlington for the last ten years. She has many years experience working as an accountant for a large bank, and has her own bookkeeping business. Claire has two sons, aged 11 and 14, who keep her very busy. Both play travel hockey, so most evenings and weekends you will find her at a hockey rink. Claire also loves to volunteer with a local animal shelter and foster kittens, which is how she ended up with six cats!

 

Claire can be reached at chardie@thefallschurch.org or call the church office at 703.241.0003. 

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Jeff Drake
Building and Grounds Supervisor

Jeff joined TFC staff on June 1, 2022. He is a native Marylander, born in Hagerstown and raised in Baltimore; he currently lives in Oxon Hill. His career includes working in construction: starting as a teen he built commercial playgrounds, pavilions, and skate parks for 12 years. This led to eight years as a sub-contractor working on residential home repairs, demolition, and hauling. Jeff also has 10 years’ experience in the cemetery industry, including four years as Grounds Manager at the Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery. All of these experiences have prepared Jeff for the many different tasks needed to help TFC thrive in its’ role as an important part of the Falls Church community.

In his spare time, Jeff works on home projects and spends time with his family (he is one of seven children). He is also an award-winning BBQ pitmaster, and with his brothers, spends some weekends at music festivals with their family-owned Barbecue Chips food truck. He also enjoys trout fishing and is studying yoga.

Jeff is proud to be a part of The Falls Church and considers it an honor to be responsible for its’ care and operations.

Contact Jeff at jdrake@thefallschurch.org or via the church office.