Meet our Team
Rev Sam Maxwell and his wife Yuris are excited to return to Northern Virginia to serve Manassas Baptist Church. Prior to moving to Manassas, Sam served at the First Baptist Church of Huntsville (AL) in their Young Adult Ministry. Sam went to college in West Virginia, earning two business degrees and a minor, before moving to Virginia where he began his career in Advertising. He started attending Seminary at The John Leland Center in Arlington before transferring to finish his masters at Baylor’s Truett Seminary in Waco, Texas. Yuris was raised in Alexandria and attended George Mason University. Sam and Yuris love the outdoors, hiking, traveling, rock climbing, and sharing meals with friends. In 2020 during the lockdown in Alabama, they adopted a boisterous gray kitten they named Azul.
As the administrator, Mindy coordinates with the Building and Grounds committee, the Preschool Committee, the Finance committee and the Church Officers committee. She also works closely with groups using space at the church and the Women’s ministry. Mindy is the daughter of a Southern Baptist minister, worked at GuideStone of the SBC for 9 years and chose Jesus at the age of 9. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from The University of Oklahoma. She and her husband Ben have been married since April 2021 and moved to Manassas with an Army transfer. In their free time they enjoy traveling, being active outdoors and watching sporting events. They plan to adopt in the future.
Director of Children’s Ministry
MaryBeth has a son and a daughter, and five grandchildren who call her “Peppy.” Growing up as a military brat in a family of ten, MaryBeth is proud of the experiences and enjoyed moving to new places. She holds BS & MS degrees from The University of Alabama and is a Doctorate Scholar with American University.
MaryBeth was ordained in ministry on the mission fields of Brazil with Christian Missions Unlimited. Joining Manassas Baptist Church as Director of Children’s Ministry, she also maintains her position as Executive Director of Youth Under God, Inc., creating community outreach programs for children & teens.
Director of Traditional Music, Traditional Service Worship Leader, Coordinator for Senior Adult Ministry
As Director of Traditional Music, I work with over 30 voices in our Sanctuary Choir and with 13 handbell ringers in Evensong Bells and serve as a keyboard musician for our worship times. As a worship leader for our 9:00 am Traditional service, I spend time weekly planning those experiences. We use a variety of musical styles and a number of talented singers and instrumentalists in our worship times.
I serve as the coordinator for our Senior Adult ministry and plan (with a committee) monthly events for our members who are 60 years old and better. I also coordinate our Condolence committees. The women and men on these 3 committees prepare a delicious meal for families who have experienced a loss, which allow these families and their friends a time of sharing and fellowship.
I love the Manassas community and serve as the Artistic Director of the Manassas Chorale and the older group of the Greater Manassas Children’s Choir. In addition to participating in community events throughout the year, I’ve served on a City of Manassas committee and am a member of the American Choral Directors Association. I hold a BME degree from East Carolina University and have done graduate work in Church Music from Shenandoah University. In my free time, I enjoy traveling (3 musical tours of Europe, 3 performances in New York City), shopping and relaxing at home. My family includes Dan, a retired English teacher and current author, two married daughters, Amy and Alyssa, and an undisiplined cat named Nacho.
Contemporary Worship Leader
Tom and his wife Carolyn live in Stafford Va. with their boys Bear, Talon, Lincoln and dog ‘Messi’. Their oldest son Elijah lives in South Carolina with his wife Tess. They enjoy sports and time with friends, and can be found on a soccer field somewhere nearly every day of the week.
Tom has served in ministry for more than 30 years, and has had the privilege of leading worship and creative teams of staff and volunteers integrating creative processes with creative, music and technical teams in churches of all sizes from church plants to one of the largest churches in the country. He has consulted and coached worship leaders and pastors around the country helping them develop ministry focused systems and processes to build sustainable and successful ministries.
He as also consulted with businesses, non-profits, and government agencies on leadership, team development, strategic thinking and planning, and conflict management.
Director of Finance
Kristian Baxter comes to Manassas Baptist Church with a great deal of financial experience. She worked at a church in Fort Washington, MD, for over 10 years, holding different positions in the accounting department, and has also worked at a law firm as a client account billing specialist and for other nonprofits in the Washington, DC area. She is a mentor for competitive basketball organization in Manassas, VA. She is a mother to an amazing seven-year-old athletic son, and most of her time is spent in a gym near you. Kristian is excited and ready for the role of finance officer at Manassas Baptist Church.
Ana and her family have been attending MBC since 2014. She is married to German Gonzalez for 30 years and is blessed with two children, Alberto and Amanda. She has served as Church Secretary since 2018.
Interim Director of Youth Ministry
Kris joined Manassas Baptist with his Parents when they moved to the area a little over 30 years ago. He has been involved in multiple ministries at MBC throughout the years. Kris graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Media Arts and has worked in IT and Media related fields. He has always had a passion working with students. When his son joined Wired, Kris jumped in as a leader teaching small groups and has remained involved. He also serves as a Deacon and provides oversight of IT services for the church. Much to his wife’s chagrin, Kris has more hobbies than time but enjoys emulating a foodie and generally geeking out about tabletop and video games, science fiction, and other flights of fancy.
Interim Minister of Youth
Kody Chan is a full time college student studying to receive a bachelor’s degree in computer science from George Mason University. He, along with his family, started attending MBC in 2013 and he grew up through the children’s program and moved into Wired. His parents first introduced him to mission work in 2011 and he has interned for MBC’s youth director since 2018. He started helping with the youth band in the sixth grade and is now serving in the contemporary band on Sunday mornings. And he strongly dislikes chocolate 🙂