Pastors

Lead Pastor Jonathan Matías

Jonathan Matías, whose family is from Guatemala, Central America, leads the church through preaching, praying, and making disciples. Jonathan has served as lead pastor since Grace Church Alexandria’s founding in 2007. He and his wife Christy have two sons through adoption and support families who have opened their hearts and homes to care for children through fostering and adoption.

Prior to pastoring, Jonathan was vice president of a web technology firm and completed a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Virginia Beach Theological Seminary. Jonathan and Christy love to enjoy hand-crafted coffee drinks at nearby coffee shops and cheer with their kids in the Supporters Section at D.C. United soccer matches.

Garrett Lee, Pastor of Worship

As Pastor of Worship, Garrett Lee points the congregation to the beauty of Christ through song and gathered worship. He grew up in New Jersey and went south for college and seminary. He married the love of his life, Amanda, and they’ve been blessed with four children. Since helping establish Grace Church Alexandria in 2007, Garrett has worked at a local non-profit that facilitates organ & tissue donation in the D.C. metro region. In his spare time, Garrett enjoys reading good books, watching good movies, and drinking good coffee.

Deacons

Dave Ruse, Deacon of Membership

Dave lives in Alexandria with his wife and son, and works in D.C. as a web and mobile app designer for a financial services company. As Deacon of Membership, he serves guests and attenders who are looking to find the right church home for them.

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Garrett Bess, Deacon of Member Care

Garrett Bess is married to his college sweetheart and they have two children. He is a native Floridian and works in D.C. as a political appointee. As Deacon of Member Care, Garrett organizes care for individuals and members who make up the Grace Church family.

Andrew Janeiro, Deacon of Ordinances & Operations

Andrew Janeiro lives in Fairfax. As Deacon, he coordinates communion and baptisms and ensures a warm and welcoming atmosphere to worship God as we meet on Sundays.

Michael Collins, Deacon of Stewardship

Michael is a professional photographer and entrepreneur, originally from South Carolina. He applies his financial gifting to advise the elders on strategically using the finances of the church for the gospel.