Meet our Staff

and Employment Opportunities

  • Jeff Rickett

    Transitional Pastor

    Pastor Jeff brings over twenty years of pastoral leadership and ministry experience coupled with an extensive counseling background that are perfectly suited to lead a vibrant gospel-centered church. He co-founded and directs Heart Song Counseling, a national biblical counseling ministry working with singles and couples dealing with a variety of issues. He is also a Pastoral Counselor and Church Planting Assessor with the Sent Network.

    Jeff has served as a pastor at Grace Christian Church at Herndon, VA; a church planter and co-pastor at City of Hope, a multi-racial church in Columbia MD; the Small Groups/Shepherding Pastor at Broadneck E.P. Church in Annapolis, MD, and the Small Groups/Pastoral Care Pastor at Chapelgate Presbyterian Church in Howard County, MD.  He has taught, trained, and led seminars on small group leadership and lay counseling and trained others in evangelism, shepherding, and community building.

    Pastor Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts, Business Administration, Economics and Accounting from McDaniel College and a Master of Divinity from Covenant Theological Seminary. He and his wife, Val, have two young adult children, Samuel and Amanda, and one with the Lord, Scott.

  • Jamie Swope

    Director of Children's and family Ministry

    Jamie, a San Diego native, has been married to her husband, Kevin, for more than a decade raising their three children. 

    Before serving at Neelsville, Jamie served as a ministry coordinator at Gateway Church in San Diego and led MOPS ministry at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  She also worked as a youth development specialist, a secondary English and theater teacher, and adjunct college professor. She is a San Diego State University Aztec alumni with a Bachelors in Theater to teach English, a secondary teaching credential, and a Master of Arts in Education.

    She is passionate about helping families disciple their children  and loves being part of an intergenerational fellowship of believers that loves and supports children.

  • Katy Hylton

    Director of worship music

    Katy is in her second year of doctoral studies in choral conducting at the University of Maryland where she will teach undergraduate conducting and co-direct the Chamber Singers. Katy was previously the Director of Music at Holy Family Church in Middletown, MD, where she conducted the Adult, Youth, and Children's choirs and led the Praise Band. 

    She has taught middle school general music, directed high school men's, women's, mixed, and chamber choirs, conducted musicals, and taught cross-curricular courses in music and religious studies. She originally fell in love with music ministry as the choir and bell choir director at Victor First Presbyterian Church near her hometown in upstate New York. 

    Katy has a Bachelor's degree in Music Composition and Theory from Hofstra University and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music. She is a conductor, singer, and composer, and also teaches voice, piano, and guitar.

  • Tricia Bradford

    Senior office Administrative assistant

    Tricia has served in our NPC office since 2005 and has been a member since 1999. She keeps the office running and acts as liaison to the Board of Trustees and Deacons. Tricia along with her husband, Chris, and children, Elyssa and Josh, live in Mount Airy with multiple pets. Tricia enjoys gardening, reading, crocheting, and fishing with her family.

  • Wendy Couillard


    Wendy is a long-time member of Neelsville Presbyterian Church, and has attended since she was a little girl. Over the years, Wendy has served in many capacities in the life of our church, through Children’s and Youth ministries, Mission trips, Deacons, Fellowship, Music and Worship, and is currently serving as an Elder on the Session Board. She and her husband, Gregg, have been married 34 years. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren. Together, they thoroughly enjoy their roles as grandparents and spending as much time with family and friends as possible. They volunteer with the USO at BWI and Walter Reed, and love traveling and boating. Wendy’s favorite things involve family & friends, baking, crafts, music & reading.



    Stella has been a Presbyterian since childhood and joined Neelsville when she moved to Germantown in 2014. She became a member in 2016 and joined the Chancel Choir. In Ghana she worshiped with the Hope Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for over 20 years and worked with Total Petroleum Ghana Limited, a multi-national company, as an administrative assistant.  She is married with 3 daughters. She enjoys singing and cooking.

  • Kristy Parke

    Digital Media Specialist

    Kristy has been attending Neelsville with her family since 2016.  Prior to joining NPC, Kristy specialized in corporate training and development with experience in instructional and website design for international audiences.  She lives with her husband and two boys in Germantown, MD.  Her main focuses are family, spiritual growth, and continuing education. 

  • Daram Choi


    Daram's family moved from South Korea in 2017. She lives with husband and two sons in Gaithersburg, MD.  She served as an organist SungAhn Presbyterian Church in South Korea and previously served as an organist FBCCOVINGTON in Louisiana. Daram has a bachelor's degree of Music in Organ performing from Bethesda Christian University and a Master of Music in Organ performing from the Korea National University of Arts. She also studied in Louisiana State University last year.  Daram is now teaching piano and organ and accompanying the Praise Team and Choir.

  • Mike Kaiser


    Michael and his wife, Renee, have lived in Germantown since 2009 and have been a part of the Neelsville Presbyterian Church since 2017. Michael quickly joined the Praise Band only days after attending his first service, and has been a part of that group ever since. In his role as Sexton, Michael provides maintenance to the church property and staff.

  • Employment Opportunity

    Youth Director

    Our Youth Director will be tasked with providing leadership of student ministries together with lay leaders of Jr. and Sr. High ministries.

    Vision for Position

    • Our Youth Director will shepherd our youth ministry, building upon our successful program of making disciples of Jesus Christ among the next generation and equipping parents in their role as primary discipler of their children. 
    • The Youth Director will be working with lay leaders to develop, implement and oversee the discipleship, Christian education, and fellowship of our junior and senior high students; as well as outreach and evangelism of non-believing youth in our community.
    • Responsibilities include (but are not limited to): Sunday school, weekly fellowship meetings, and facilitating youth membership, retreats, and mission trips.


    • Maturing commitment to and growing love for Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
    • An active, meaningful life of prayer.
    • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to connect with staff and congregation.
    • Team player who can clearly articulate their perspective while appreciating lines of authority.
    • Self-starter who welcomes a challenge and works well in collaboration with other members of the team.
    • Strong administrative skills

    General Duties

    • Follow the lead of our pastor(s) to create a well-planned and well-executed youth ministry.
    • Attend Youth Committee meetings
    • Provide administrative leadership and strategic planning of student ministries, working with Youth Ministry team and coordinating with Pastoral staff to ensure integration with the mission of the church.
    • Seek out and develop mentoring and discipling relationships with students
    • Participate and coordinate teacher rotation in Sunday School, weekly youth meetings, youth membership, retreats, and mission trips
    • Integrate youth members into the life of the church

    Requirements of Employment

    This is a year round, part-time position, It is expected this person may involve 15 - 20 hours per week or more. Weekly work hours will be approved by the Head of Staff. Employment at Neelsville Presbyterian

    Church is at will employment and requires acceptance of personnel policies outlined in the Staff Handbook.

    Hours: We expect this position to be a 15 - 20 hours/week (or more) commitment. Vacation and other time off approved with Head of Staff. The Youth Director is asked to track and submit hours worked.

    To apply or for additional information, please contact Tamyra Porter at or 202-297-3265

  • Employment Opportunity

    Director of Worship Music Ministry

    Position Description

    1.  Position Title: Director of Worship Music Ministry

    2. Hours: 15 - 18 per week

    3. Degree preferred: Bachelor's Degree with music major or minor.

    4. Music background experience requirements: 

    • Excellent choral leadership skills; at least three years directing choirs
    • Strong vocal coaching and keyboard skills.
    • A strong interest in and leadership capability for the growth and development of a diversified,Blended Worship Music program. Continue to utilize both traditional hymns and Christian contemporary music; add more multi-cultural music.
    • Ability to embrace and enjoy a wide variety of music styles and the skill to teach both choirs and congregation to appreciate and worship with this variety. 
    • Availability and willingness to collaborate with other music and pastoral staff.
    • Ability to educate congregation about music in worship and the importance of their participation in it.
    • Strong dedication to excellence in all aspects of the job.

    5. Faith background A strong Christian faith with a special love of music and liturgy of the church. 

    • Ability to demonstrate this faith in leadership of the musical ensembles with which you work. 

    Description of Responsibilities

    1. Rehearse the Chancel Choir weekly from September – mid-June (school year) and lead them at the worship services three Sundays per month.
    2. Rehearse the Praise Team weekly and lead them every Sunday in worship. 
    3. Be present at both Sunday worship services 9:30 and 11:00 to lead congregational singing and assist in worship leadership.
    4. Select and order music for choir and Praise Team. Scheduling of selections is to be coordinated with the pastor's long-range worship plans. The pastor has final authority over music for worship. 
    5. Consult weekly with the pastor and other music staff to coordinate worship plans, preferably in a face to face meeting at the church.
    6. Select hymns and songs for weekly worship services in consultation with pastor. 
    7. Assist in recruiting and scheduling special music for services when an ensemble is not present — for example during the summer months.
    8. Director will be at Neelsville on 10 of the 14 summer Sundays (June – August)to lead singing and to play for services when the organist/accompanist is on vacation.
    9. Plan special choral/instrumental worship services as scheduled by the Pastor, e.g. during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter. 
    10. Recruit and train members for choral and instrumental ensembles, helping them in their musical growth and knowledge of worship leadership responsibilities.
    11. Assist the pastor in any matters relating to music for the church, i.e. planning special worship services such as those for Holy Week.
    12. Attend bi-monthly Worship Ministry meetings or send a report to the Worship Chair, approximately five to six meetings per calendar year.
    13. Prepare the music budget each year in the fall and submit to Worship Ministry.
    14. Write occasional articles for email news letter or bulletin about the music and worship.


    The Director of Worship Music Ministry works under the supervision of the Pastor, in coordination with the Worship and Personnel Committees of Session. 


    Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

    Paid Vacation 

    4 Sundays per year

    Send resumé to Michele Kelly