Reverend Kristen has been part of the United Church of Christ since childhood. She pursued her undergraduate studies at American University in Washington, D.C. where she earned a BS in Business Administration.
A recipient of the Richard & Helen Brown Scholarship for Pastoral Education, she received her Masters of Divinity degree at Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Prior to joining Emmaus, Rev. Kristen was the Director of CE at CCC in SS, Maryland, as well as the Senior Pastor at Bethel UCC in Arlington, Virginia. During her tenure at Bethel UCC, she was selected to the prestigious Next Generation Leadership Initiative (NGLI), a ten year UCC transformational program. Her tenure with NGLI continues, today. Additionally, Reverend Kristen is a leader on the VOICE strategy team.
Reverend Kristen, her husband Dan, and their children are all active in the life of the church. Additionally, Reverend Kristen is a member of Vienna Moms, Inc., the PTA of her children’s schools, and a board member of a local swim club.
Director of Music
Allison Shelby works closely with the Rev. Kristen to support our worship services on piano and organ, directs the choir, and brings local singers and musicians, including a number of youth, to Emmaus on Sunday mornings.
Allison graduated from James Madison University with a degree in Music Education. Along with her duties as Director of Music at Emmaus, Allison owns “Music Playhouse”, a music school for young children in Vienna. Additionally, she has enjoyed an active solo career singing in the Northern Virginia area.
Director of Church Administration
As the Director of Church Administration, Jayne combines three office functions: Office Manager, Building Use Coordinator & Liaison to Renters, and Role Coordinator.
All aspects of Emmaus' administrative and scheduling life, including volunteer positions, are managed by Jayne. She works closely with our church leaders, other staff members, our renters, and is always available to assist members and friends.