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


Melissa Porter-Miller

I began my pastorate at Franconia UMC on June 28, 2017.  I enjoy serving with the members of Franconia UMC as we reach out in the Franconia/Kingstowne area to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. I am a native of Virginia Beach, Virginia and an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.  My prior appointments include St. Stephen’s UMC in Burke (Associate Pastor, 2007-2013), and Redland UMC in the Winchester District (2013-2017).…
Director of Children & Youth Ministries

James Harris

James Harris joined the Franconia staff in August 2016 as our Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Here’s more about James: I learned at an early age the importance of God in my life. My early Christian roots at Cathedral of Faith Church of God in Christ was under the leadership of Bishop Jonathan Greer II, and with God’s guidance we laid the foundation for my growth and leadership in ministry. I have served a number of leadership roles in ministry, most recently…
Organist & Director, Music Ministry

Don Armstrong

Don is excited to be back home in Virginia and to be leading the music ministries at Franconia UMC! He is also the Choral Director at Potomac Middle School (Prince William County Schools. For nine years, Don lived in Tulsa, OK and was the Vocal Director and Chair of the Performing Arts Department for Memorial High School (Tulsa Public Schools). In 2013, Don was honored with the Bart Betow Memorial Music Education Award by the Tulsa Art and Humanities Council…
Office Manager

Heather Nye

Heather Nye is a very involved member of Franconia UMC who at first stepped in to help temporarily.  She had so much fun, she is now on staff as our office manager! Heather’s past administrative experience includes 4 years as an office manager for an animal shelter in Ohio. She was also key spouse at Wright Patterson AFB, where she checked in on the family members of those deployed to make sure they were OK.  For the past 8 years…
Director, All God’s Children Preschool

Kimberly Santoro

I first came into the All God’s Children family in 2011, when my eldest daughter was in the Lambs’ Class. I instantly felt at home in the warm, nurturing atmosphere of the school, and by extension, the church. I am thrilled to begin this next chapter as Director of the Preschool Program at Franconia UMC. After growing up in Michigan and living in New Jersey for several years, my family and I moved to Northern Virginia in 2010. And, while…