Meet Our Staff

  • Jeff Rickett

    lead Pastor

    Pastor Jeff brings over twenty years of pastoral leadership and ministry experience coupled with an extensive counseling background. 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

    YOUTh & FAMILY Ministry Director

    COMMISSIONED lay pastor

    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 on staff as a ministry coordinator in San Diego and led ministry to military families in 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 currently working on her Master of Divinity and is in the ECO Presbyterian Ordination program.

    Jamie leads student ministry (6th-12th grade) and family ministry. She is passionate about sharing the gospel and coming alongside families to raise children who have lifelong faith. See her writing contributions in the Children's Ministry books published by Kidmin Nation Library , Home Grown: How to Equip Parents for Spiritual Leadership and Stronger: Volume 2: Increase Your Personal Depth and Wisdom. Jamie founded and leads the grassroots movement, Montgomery County Vulnerable Children Network which mobilizes local churches to serve and bring the hope of Christ to vulnerable children and their families.

  • Melissa EVANS

    Children'S Ministry Coordinator

    Melissa has been teaching or working in an educational capacity for more than half her life! She holds two teaching degrees and is happy to apply those skills daily at a children's gym where she has worked for fifteen years. Melissa has been married to her husband, Jason, since 2004 and they are blessed with three sons. They have been faithful members of Neelsville Presbyterian Church since 2007 where they have each served in a variety of capacities. Melissa was drawn to the church because of the diversity and the way that the message reached a multi-generational audience. She has been teaching preschool Sunday School for many years, has helped with VBS programs, volunteers as an ESL teacher on weekends, and previously served four years as a Deacon. Melissa is delighted to work alongside the other fervent leaders at Neelsville in discipling local children in their faith journey.

  • Janna Leigh Ryon

    Director of Worship Music

    Janna Leigh is the choir director and piano teacher at Watkins Mill High School. She is a graduate of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, has a Masters in Music from Yale, and a DMA from University of Maryland. She has over 20 years of experience teaching in public schools, has produced and directed many high school musicals, and has 15 years of experience directing choirs and various music teams at churches. She has played at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Strathmore. She is a professional musician trained in the oboe.



    Michelle is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. She and her husband James met at Penn State while she was studying Architectural Engineering. The two connected with Neelsville through Rebuilding Together projects and since then, she has served with the Children's & Family Ministry Team, Monday Night Women's Bible Study and the Giving Tree Mission. Michelle, James and their children, Emma and Jack, feel blessed to be a part of the Neelsville family. Michelle is excited to serve the NPC staff, committees, congregation and community as Office Administrator.



    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 three daughters. She enjoys singing and cooking.

  • norah frazier


    Norah, a Jersey native, has been serving in MOPS at Neelsville for several years as the activities and outreach coordinator. She is a lawyer with a Bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor from Rutgers University School of Law. She and her husband Casey have been married for 10 years with three children, and have been teaching Sunday School in the local church for several years. She enjoys traveling.

  • 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.