Interim Pastor – Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Glaze
The Reverend Dr. Joseph Edgar Glaze is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and is married to the Reverend Jennifer Montgomery, rector of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Virginia. They make their home in Arlington, and between them they have eight children—and ten grandchildren.
Joe holds ordained ministerial standing both in the American Baptist Churches, USA and the United Church of Christ. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Joe is a graduate of Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and received his doctorate in 2012 from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Prior to coming to Washington Plaza Baptist Church, Joe was the Pastor during the Interim at the United Church of Christ of Annapolis, Maryland, and before that was the Pastor of the First Baptist Church, Hamilton, New York—an American Baptist Church with an ecumenical congregation and the “Mother Church” of Colgate University.
Previous to these two pastoral positions, Reverend Glaze was involved in urban Christian social ministry in Richmond, Virginia, and in theological education at the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond.
Joe’s passion is communicating the Gospel in ways that create welcome, grace, inclusion and joy. Joe also loves to travel, hike, kayak, fish, and cook. He and Jenny are the proud parents of their always hungry black lab-mix, Ruby.
Ken Williamson, Music Director
Ken Williamson began studying music and theatre at the age of five. At the age of 15, he was accepted into the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts. Mr. Williamson later went on to study at Centenary College School of Music.
To date, Mr. Williamson has directed more than 30 musical productions and performed in over 75 musical productions with companies such as The Houston Symphony, The Walt Disney Company, Sid and Marty Krofft Productions, Alley Theatre, Stages Repertory Theatre, Harbour Playhouse and The MGM Grand Hotel.
He has served on the Board of Directors for non-profit organizations for over 20 years and currently serves as a consultant for non-profit organizations throughout the country. We are glad to welcome him to our church!
Deb Krahling, Church Administrator
Always smiling and cheerful, Deb has served as the WPBC Church Administrator for the past sixteen years. Her husband, Steve, plays the clarinet and is a baritone in the WPBC Choir.
Her daily hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30AM – 1:30PM.
Jennifer Koecke, Sunday School Teacher
Hello WPBC community! My name is Jennifer Koecke and I will be your new Sunday school teacher. I am excited to get to know the congregation and I look forward to working with the children on Sundays.
During the week you can find me at Rachel Carson Middle School, where I have just begun my third year as a Spanish teacher. I am a graduate of Fairfax County schools myself, growing up in Oakton, Va. I attended the University of Virginia (Go Wahoos!) after high school, where I double majored in History and Spanish, and also earned a Masters in Teaching. During my time at UVa, I had the opportunity to live in Spain, where I was able to hone my Spanish abilities, as well as learn a great deal about the Spanish history and culture. I really enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I have also visited China, Hong Kong, Italy, and Nicaragua. I hope to visit many more countries throughout my life.
A few other random facts about myself include: I have one wonderful little brother, who is 10 years younger than myself; I have two cats named for my favorite treat, peanut & butter, and lastly, my favorite new exercise is kickboxing!