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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Don Armstrong

Don is excited to be back home in Virginia and to be leading the traditional music ministries at Franconia UMC! He is also the Choral Director at Potomac Middle School (Prince William County Schools. For the past nine years, he has lived in Tulsa, OK and was the Vocal Director and Chair of the Performing […]

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Mike Finch

Franconia is thrilled to have Mike Finch as our Praise and Worship Leader at our 9:45 AM Vital Contemporary Worship service. Here’s more about Mike: “Twelve short years ago I became a believer and accepted Jesus as my savior. One of the first things I did as a new Christian was to teach myself the guitar […]


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 […]