Our Team


Elders


Sam Amoako-Atta                         Craig Arold
Joan Ginetis                                   Chad Porter
Theo R.                                    Wendy Couillard
Jason Evans                                    Kevin Hutto
Michele Kelly                   Margaret Kemgang
                                           Lynn Kroah

Staff


  • 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.

  • 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

    This fall, Katy will begin 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- Treasurer

    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 ANTWi- OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

    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 worshipped with the Hope Congregation of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana for over 30 years. She 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.