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. 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 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.
Director of Students and IT
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.
Youth Ministry Resident
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 🙂
Manassas Baptist Preschool Director
Larissa is a proud wife, mother, and grandmother! It was after having children herself, when she began volunteering in preschools, which eventually led to working with and teaching in various preschool centers and elementary schools in the area. Following some of these earlier experiences, she decided to pursue a bachelors and master’s degree in early childhood special education.
As the Director of Manassas Baptist Preschool, she’s eagerly looking forward to working with a team of amazing and creative teachers who love God, and are committed to providing families and children with a loving environment, and a developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning.
Manassas Baptist Preschool Assistant Director
Karina and her husband, Wayne, along with their 2 sons, Kurtis and Kody, have been attending Manassas Baptist Church since 2013. She has been a teacher for the Middle School Girls small group since then. In January of 2022, she started teaching the kindergarteners/first graders on Sundays. At her previous church, she was a Sunday school teacher to Elementary grade children for 9 years. Karina also had homeschooled her children from kindergarten to high school. Every summer, the Chan family leads two teams from MBC on mission trips to New York to share the gospel with Chinese children in the Brooklyn area.
Human Resources Generalist
Teresa Howe and her husband, Jon, moved to Northern Virginia in 2013. They, along with their 5 daughters, currently reside in Manassas and began attending Manassas Baptist Church in 2019. Teresa received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cumberland University and joined the MBC team with 9 years of experience working in Human Resources. In addition to her role at MBC, she also homeschools her daughters, teaches English online to students around the world, and volunteers her time as a Unit Leader with American Heritage Girls. With any free time she has left, she enjoys traveling, hiking, and spending quality time with her family.