November 22, 2017

Please join us for Sunday Worship Services


10:00 a.m. Worship

with Holy Communion


9:00 a.m. Learning Hour

for Adults & Confirmation Class



8922 Little River Turnpike
Fairfax, VA 22031
Office: 703-978-3131

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Our Church Leadership

Each of us is viewed as ministers with the purpose of sharing our faith with those around us.

As a church body, we elect council leaders, including a president and vice president, to help us focus our direction towards our mission to Build Lives through Worship, Mission, and Connection.  We also have Ministry Teams created to handle the many functions of the church and our mission efforts.  These teams involve the the congregation in our ministries.



President:                    Janet Samuelson

Vice President:            Kevin Metzger

Council:                       C. David Hartmann

Council:                       Kristin Haynes

Council:                       Anning Smith

Council:                       Melanie Smith

Council:                       Rev. Elijah Mwitanti




Ministry Team Leaders:

Evangelism & Outreach Ministry Team Leader:     Kristin Haynes

Discipleship Ministry Team Leader:                        Vacant

Resources Ministry Team Leader:                          Vacant

Fellowship & Group Life Ministry Team Leader:     Mike Crum





Marie Bakke, Church Administrator

Marie joined the Bethlehem staff in 2004 as our Discipleship Coordinator. Her mission is to help Bethlehem equip our leadership and volunteers to connect into ministry opportunities. Her hope is that everyone find a ministry that allows them to serve God joyously and with laughter. In 2005, Marie added Communications to her responsibilities at Bethlehem to enhance the connections for Bethlehem members and guests.


Originally from Minnesota, Marie attended Macalester College before moving to the metro-DC area.  Marie came to Bethlehem in 1995 with her husband, Mark, and 3 children, Erik, Leif, and Helga. She has served as the Christian Education Coordinator and the Community Assistance Coordinator, as well as assisting with the Joyful Praise Choir and Vacation Bible School. She has an extensive background in music and computer programming.  She has served as a leader in both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts and is currently the Forensics and Congressional Debate Coach at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology and West Springfield High School.  Marie lives in Springfield with her family.


Esther Cho, Music Director

Esther Cho has recently joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church as the Director of Music. Esther brings 9 years of experience as a conductor, flautist and director of music at various churches, orchestras and ensembles.


Esther has played the flute since she was 14 years old, but has experience in playing the piano, organ, violin, cello, trumpet and many others. She holds a Bachelors and Masters in Music.