meet the staff
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.
D'Oniece (d'o) Dillard
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.
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John Wunderlich IV
Director of Youth Ministries
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.
julie huang tucker
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.
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Buildings & Grounds Supervisor
Lynden James joined TCFE in June 2020 after nine years in the construction industry. During his career, he has worked in commercial and residential construction within the United States, South America, and the Caribbean. His first task at TFCE was replacing a sump pump.
Lynden was born and raised in Guyana, South America, and moved to the United States in 2016. After finishing high school, Lynden entered the workforce as a government employee but jumped at the opportunity to work in construction as it is his passion.
He currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife Shanice and sons, Kayden and Kyle. Lynden enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and trying new and rare foods.
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!
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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 and they recently welcomed a new puppy, Theo.
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.
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