We are thrilled to work side by side with our wonderful staff:


Catharine Guest

  I began my pastorate at Franconia UMC in July, 2012. As northern Virginia native, I feel very blessed to be ‘back home.’ I am the mother of four grown children and two (much younger) dogs. Previous appointments include Stanardsville UMC in the Charlottesville District, Leesburg UMC (as an associate pastor), and the lead pastor […]

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Leslye Dwight

Rev. Leslye Dwight brings her exuberance in working with children and youth to Franconia! Leslye was ordained in the Washington Annual Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church and is pursuing an Itinerant Elder status under the AME church’s Board of Examiners. She is currently enrolled at Wesley Theological Seminary. Rev Dwight has a bachelor’s […]

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Kevin Bennear

We are excited to welcome Kevin to the FUMC family as of late January, 2015. He will be bringing a new and wonderful opportunity to those looking for a praise and worship experience, which will begin in the spring of 2015 on Sunday mornings. Kevin is also a baritone vocalist and concert moderator with the […]


Shelly Naisbitt

Shelly Naisbitt is Franconia’s administrative assistant. Shelly is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and she is a “war bride;” she ordered her husband, Dave, to marry her four hours before he deployed to Operation Desert Shield in October, 1990.  Shelly joined him six weeks later and they honeymooned in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Upon the […]

Myleen Lankford

I have been a part of the FUMC family for years and years – my eldest daughter was a preschool student at AGC.  I instantly fell in love with the warm, caring nature that was felt in the halls of both the church and the preschool. In addition to spending time with my family (husband, Blaine, and three […]