Floris UMC/Restoration Church
Jim grew up in Michigan and Tennessee, earning degrees from Rhodes College and the University of Memphis. After three years in the Air Force, Jim spent 27 years with the CIA, including five tours overseas. In retirement, Jim conducted a leadership training business for ten years.
Jim and his wife, Susan, raised two sons, both confirmed at Floris UMC. They also have a grandson and a granddaughter. After moving 13 times in 30 years, the Andersons have settled in Ashburn, Virginia.
Jim and Susan are life-long Methodists who are passionate about outreach, both locally and abroad.
Favorite Bible verse: Colossians 3:12-17
Most interesting assignment: Living in Israel for two years
Something most people don’t know: Jim was a radio announcer and disc jockey for six years in high school and college.
Native Virginian, grew up in Annandale, Staunton and Lincoln. Graduated from Loudoun Valley High School and UVA (Electrical Engineering) and married his high school sweetheart, Judi, who graduated from Loudoun County High School. Allan is a retired Air Force Colonel; he spent 30 years in Program Management and Acquisition, managing large aircraft and space programs. Allan then spent 10 years in the Defense & Aerospace industry as a Corporate Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, then in 2020 he felt called to serve the church and community more directly.
Allan’s role at Floris UMC is to execute the Lead Pastor’s strategic vision of the church by directing the overall programmatic and operational aspects of the church, ensuring that focus areas of our church (Worship, Serve, Grow, Share and Give) are fully integrated across all ministries, staffing needs are addressed and managed accordingly and that the administrative operations (finance, administration, facilities, human resources, technology and communication) of the church are run effectively and support programs.
Dennis was born and raised in central Pennsylvania’s coal country. After graduating with a computer engineering degree from Penn State University, he moved to Fairfax, Virginia. He currently works for the U.S. Patent Trademark Office on post-grant patent prosecution.
Dennis and his wife Heather, together since high school, have two sons. Dennis has enjoyed “bonus time” with his sons by coaching their various activities (soccer, FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge, and lacrosse).
Dennis has attended Floris UMC since 2005 and has experienced countless blessings as a result. He has served on Trustees since 2020, stepping in as Chair in 2022.
First job: Cleaning tables at the Alamo Restaurant at Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA.
Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with his family at sea level on a beach in the Caribbean or a few miles up on fresh powder in Colorado.
Pam grew up in Arizona, Southern California and suburban Chicago. Her family’s roots are in Alabama, though, and she loved going back there every year while growing up. Pam graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in business administration, majoring in accounting. She has three adult children, two wonderful sons-in-law, and two grandchildren. Her family has attended Floris UMC since 1994.
Pam began working at Floris UMC in June 2002 as the church secretary. Her role has changed over the years. Although she works with the communications team and other staff, her primary responsibility is to provide administrative support to the lead pastor.
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
First job: Helping at the front counter at Leo’s Cleaners in Lisle, Illinois.
Most interesting vacation: Riding a camel at Petra on a Floris UMC trip to Israel and Jordan.
Anand Dhanabal was born and raised in the southern part of India. He has a background in computer science and is the Director of Data Analytics & AI at a technology company.
Anand has been part of South Asian Methodist Churches since childhood. He joined the Floris UMC community in 2012. Over the years, Anand was part of several Floris UMC volunteer groups, Diversity ministries and the South Asian fellowship. He enjoys volunteering and empowering people for betterment. Anand and his wife, Sharon, have two blessed children.
First job: Software Engineer at a firm supporting multiple airlines.
Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with his family outdoors or at home working out, cooking and reading.
Favorite Bible verse: Psalm 91:1-4
Emily grew up in Herndon, Virginia, and started attending Floris UMC as a child in 1987. She went to James Madison University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. After college, she returned to Floris UMC, and now attends with her husband and two young boys. She works in Human Resources at Navy Federal Credit Union, leading their Employee Benefits programs.
The children and youth ministries at Floris UMC had a profound impact on Emily’s life. She loves the programs that help children learn about the Christian faith.
Idea of a perfect day: Emily loves spending time outside in nature with her family. She is a big supporter of the National Parks and has a goal to visit all of the National Parks at some point in her lifetime.
Favorite Bible verse: Numbers 6:24-26
Doug grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, and had his faith in God nurtured early on by his mother and father, the latter a Presbyterian minister. He attended Duke and Harvard and then moved to the DC area to start a 20-year career in the Federal government.
He is now an executive at an international non-profit that works primarily in Africa to help end AIDS globally. He is married to Cynthia Horner and they have two daughters. Doug and Cynthia have been active at Floris UMC for 20 years and in particular with mission work in Sierra Leone. Doug joined the Church Council in 2018 as the Lay Leader and will serve as Council Chair starting in January 2021.
First job: delivering an afternoon newspaper to homes on a bicycle (remember news on paper?)
Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8
Favorite pastime: International travel. Doug has been blessed to visit over 20 countries and he can’t wait to get back on a plane for either business or pleasure!
Mary Ann Kral
Mary Ann grew up in the Chicago suburbs, finally landing in Wheaton, Illinois. After a psych major at Miami University (OH), she married Ron, moved to the East Coast and worked 10 years for American Can Company. Ron’s job brought them to Virginia where she “retired” to raise two children. She’s now the proud grandmother of four!
Mary Ann joined Floris UMC in 1998, where she has been active in small group leadership and SERVE ministries. She has also served on the Arlington District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Virginia Annual Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Mary Ann is one of the “founding” members of Restoration-Reston, attending since January 2015. She loves being in a smaller congregation where it’s easy to get to know and care about everyone!
Favorite Bible verse: Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”
A lifelong United Methodist, Alison grew up in the Shenandoah Valley attending Hollins University and Virginia Tech. Over the years, Alison has been an educator by trade and a volunteer by call. Alison now serves a congregation in DC as chief operating officer. This is a beautiful intersection of two of her great loves – preparing a place and space for others to be successful and the church.
Alison enjoys being an advocate for the under-served, finding new ways to best use community resources, and working to ensure each person she encounters knows they are a beloved child of God.
As a General Conference Delegate from Virginia, Alison has sought to advocate for and work toward full inclusion, welcome, and affirmation of our LGBTQIA+ siblings.
Favorite Bible verse: Joshua 24:15
First job: Sandwich Artist at Subway
Sally, the granddaughter of a United Methodist Church pastor, grew up in Maryland. She met her husband, Dave, on their first day of work at KPMG, a large public accounting firm. Sally spent the next eight years working in their audit department. Later, she held various accounting and finance roles at an international software company, a large government contractor and a law firm. Sally has been a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Virginia since 1988.
Sally and Dave have two grown children. They joined Floris UMC in 1994 when they moved to Herndon. Sally has served in various volunteer roles at the church, including Fellowship Chair, Capital Campaign Steering Committee, Chocolate Festival Co-Chair, Guest House Planning Committee and Finance Committee. She also volunteers with She Believes in Me.
Idea of a perfect day: Traveling to a new country or relaxing at Rehoboth Beach with her family.
Favorite Bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11-13
Acting Lead Pastor/Director of Worship
Barbara spent her childhood in Ohio. Upon graduation, she attended Birmingham Southern College in Alabama, so she could dance with a local ballet company and complete her degree in Christian education and fine arts. After graduation, Barbara met and married her husband, Marty, and spent the next several years as a military spouse. She and Marty have three grown children, all married, and five grandsons.
Barbara received her master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary (WTS) and is pleased to serve on the Board of Governors at WTS. She is also a life coach working with the NOVA District of the UMC and Wesley Theological Seminary.
Barbara has served as a pastor at Floris UMC since 2006. She is currently serving as Acting Lead Pastor of Floris UMC and is excited to lead the church during this transitional time. As director of worship, Barbara strives to offer vital, God-honoring worship in various styles. She also oversees Floris UMC’s Care Ministry and enjoys ensuring that the church offers compassionate, spirit-filled care to those in crisis or difficult times. Barbara appreciates preaching and teaching and considers it a privilege to be a pastor at Floris UMC.
First job: Wrapping candy at a local candy factory in her hometown
Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 43:1-3
Idea of a perfect day: Spending time with family and playing games, preferably on or near the water
Todd grew up in Maryland, attended college in North Carolina, and spent two years in Africa before settling in Northern Virginia. Todd and his wife Amanda have three wonderful boys and enjoy lots of outside time, whether it is on the soccer field, tennis court, beach or ski slope. Todd works primarily in the data and technology space as a people leader and problem solver.
Todd grew to love hands-on service work while in high school, taking summer mission trips with his youth group through Appalachia Service Project (ASP). After a few summers on staff with ASP, he spent two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho, teaching math and science.
Favorite Bible verse: Matthew 6:34
Most interesting vacation: Mokoro safari in the Okavango Delta
Most people don’t know this about him: Todd enjoys finishing home improvement projects and training for triathlons.
Robin is a native of northern California. She was so curious about the world beyond the Sierra Nevada that she moved to the east coast after college. Robin would trade eastern snow days for blistering summer Sacramento days. But she loves spring in Washington, DC, and spends as much time as she can enjoying nature. Her dad Jim joined her in Reston in 2017 and now lives just 100 yards away.
Robin’s day job as a master certified leadership and well-being coach takes her into conversations with leaders at all levels, from emerging to executive. She helps leaders and teams look at who they are, not only what they are doing, so they can convey their best selves in their work and relationships. Robin has a master’s degree in organizational sciences and completed her coach training at Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. She served as Floris UMC Lay Leader from 2014-2018 and now serves as SPRC Chair. Robin considers it a privilege to bring some of what she’s learned professionally in service to Floris UMC/Restoration through her volunteer roles.
Favorite Bible verse: As someone who firmly believes in the power of possibility, Robin’s favorite is Hebrews 11:1, “Now, hope is the assurance of things hoped for, a conviction of things not seen.”
First job: Selling cookies at Otis Spunkmeyer in her hometown mall.
Idea of a perfect day: Wandering around somewhere in England, her favorite place on the planet to visit.
Dr. Jennifer Williams was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. Her faith developed early in life as a member of West Hunter Street Baptist Church. Jennifer’s parents and grandparents nurtured her belief and instilled a strong work ethic. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in anthropology. While an undergraduate, Jennifer served as an usher at BU’s Marsh Chapel. She completed her graduate studies at The University of Michigan, earning a Master of Public Policy, a Graduate Certificate in African Studies, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning. Jennifer studied abroad in several locations, including Peru, Grenada and, most notably, South Africa, where she completed her dissertation. Her field work included studying the sense of community among residents living in informal settlements and post-Apartheid housing developments.
Jennifer is a senior research analyst contractor with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She researches and writes about housing and community development and interviews policy experts, nonprofit organizations and affordable housing advocates.
Jennifer has attended Floris UMC since the fall of 2016. She enjoys singing in the Floris UMC choir. Before joining the Church Council, she served as a Trustee. Remembering her roots and always striving to give back, Jennifer is currently a Girl Scout Troop Leader with her Atlanta church.
Favorite Bible verse: I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)
First job: Working at a bakery
Idea of a perfect day: Visiting the beach or mountains with family