Staff at Ravensworth

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Steve Hyde - Pastor

A native of Arkansas, Steve is a graduate of Ouachita Baptist University. He received his theological training at the Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky (Master of Divinity) and Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey (Doctor of Ministry). Before coming to Ravensworth in 2001, he was pastor of churches in Kentucky, Arkansas, and Maryland, and for eleven years was the Coordinating Producer of Capital Concerts in Washington, DC (producers of The National Memorial Day Concert and A Capitol Fourth). 

Steve and his wife, Jean, have three sons and five grandchildren.

You can email Steve at steve@ravensworthbaptist.org.


Cathy, sitting in the youth's collection for Bethany House.

Cathy, sitting in the youth's collection for Bethany House.

Cathy Baskin - Director of Outreach and Administration

Cathy Baskin, a native of Atlanta, GA, has traveled a long and winding road to arrive at being a staff member of RBC. She attended Furman University, a liberal arts school with a Baptist heritage, and received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of GA.

She has worked in a variety of settings in the public and private sectors. Her varied roles have included: service provider for teen mothers in rural GA; educator for infants and toddlers with developmental disabilities; human resources management; preschool director; and instructional assistant in public schools. A member of RBC for 25 years, Cathy joined the staff in November, 2012, as Director of Outreach and Administration.

She resides in Springfield, VA, with her husband John, and their three sons, Jesse, Jake, and Will. She enjoys reading, music, movies, walking, and watching sports. Sometimes she feels like her household must resemble the one that produced the Marx Brothers!

She is thrilled to be able to commit her time to supporting the RBC staff and congregation, as they strive to share God’s love, work for justice, and build a loving faith community.

You can reach Cathy at cathy@ravensworthbaptist.org.  


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Philip Carpenter - minister of music

Born in Georgia, Phil attended the University of Georgia ( Go Dawgs!) where he received his Bachelor of Music Education degree, and then the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he graduated with the degree of Master of Divinity/Pastoral Care and Counseling. The route between there and Ravensworth Baptist has included serving churches in Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia as Minister of Music, a five-year stint at Pepsi-Cola (yes, I do love Diet Pepsi), and work at a number non-profits, including hospice organizations.  When he’s not busy dreaming up goofy vocal warm-up exercises for choir, he can be found walking dogs in the early morning hours, riding his bike, cooking desserts that call for shocking amounts of butter, and avoiding yard work.

Phil and Russell have two sons, Jon and Joe, three dogs, assorted grand-pups, grand-cats and one never-will-they-touch grand-snake, and an open door policy for all family, friends, and travelers. You can take Phil up on this offer by contacting him at pfcarpent@yahoo.com


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Gail Fewell - Ministry Assistant

The position of Ministry Assistant is only one of the hats Gail wears. She also serves as the church's financial secretary and as the assistant treasurer of the Shepherd's Center of Annandale-Springfield.

Gail paid her first visit to Ravensworth in May 2002, and she and Roy, her husband of 25 years, joined the church August 3, 2003, and were baptized during morning worship on April 18, 2004.

A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Gail worked for the National Education Association for 36 years, before retiring in January 2003. She has served as the Ministry Assistant at RBC since November 2006.

Gail and Roy are the parents of a daughter, Jessica, 24, as well as Roy's daughter, Carla, who now lives in Colorado. Their granddaughter, Sarah, lives in Kansas. They became great-grandparents on March 30, 2010, with the birth of their great-granddaughter, Kathryn Rae, who they were blessed with for just a short time, as she passed away July 22, 2010.

You can reach Gail at gail@ravensworthbaptist.org.


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Lisa Hernandez - Co-Director of Children and Youth Programs

Lisa Hernandez studied Elementary Education at the King's College.  She continued her studies in Montessori Elementary Education earning her Master's of Education at Loyola College of Baltimore.  She has done post-graduate work in spiritual direction at the Spiritual Formation Institute at Carey Theological College.  

She has also taught Sunday School for over 20 years and is trained in "Montessori Sunday School Curriculum" called the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which she used in the inner city of Vancouver with immigrant and Native American children and at the Arabic Baptist Church in Washington, DC.  

She is excited to share in the journey of spiritual formation of children and youth and excited to grow alongside our community.  She has used music and art to help children express God's love to them and their love to God. Dinita and Miqueas help her explore our beautiful world as they garden and cook and eat life to the fullest.  Lisa also enjoys learning about natural remedies.  Garlic and turmeric go in all dishes.

You can reach Lisa at lisa@ravensworthbaptist.org.


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Julio Hernandez - Co-Director of Children and Youth Programs

Julio Hernandez comes to Ravensworth with extensive experience in youth ministry. Julio has worked at retreat centers, Young Life, in recreation centers and as a  youth pastor in both Virginia and British Columbia.  He likes to ride his bicycle, try new foods and read. Ask him about his longest bike ride. One day he hopes to become a master gardener. Julio studied sociology at Eastern University and earned a Master's of Divinity at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada. He has done postgraduate work in spiritual direction at the Spiritual Formation Institute at Carey Theological College.  Most importantly, Julio has a passion for students to encounter God and encourage them in their own calling. 

You can email Julio at julio@ravensworthbaptist.org.


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Russell Gross - Accompanist

Russell is a native of Radcliff, KY, and holds a B.M. and B.M.E. from Murray State University. He has also attended the University of Louisville and George Mason University working on Masters Degrees in Clarinet Performance and Conducting. He served as clarinetist, saxophonist and pianist with the United States Navy Band, Washington, D.C. in addition to being the Enlisted Conductor for the Concert Band until retiring in 2010. He conducted the 2016 Indiana All State Band at Purdue University, and is the Conductor, Music Director and Founder of WindWorks of Washington, a professional wind band.

Performing in each of the 48 contiguous states, Russell also has performed in Sweden, Russia and Quebec. In 2008, he was a featured soloist when he performed in the opening ceremony for the Olympic events in Qingdao, the venue for the sailing competitions.

Russell just finished his 28th season with the McLean Orchestra, where he is the Principal Clarinetist. He is also a member of the Arlington Philharmonic, and the Virginia Grand Military Band. A frequent recitalist, adjudicator, clinician and private music instructor, he enjoys spending his "non music" time doing gardening, home improvement projects and taking care of his and Phil's 3 furry "kids," Milli, Max and Anakin. Their real sons, Jon and Joe, live in Rhode Island and Michigan, respectively, and he and Phil enjoy planning times when they can all be together.

Russell is thrilled be part of the RBC staff, and can be found playing the beautiful Steinway piano in the Sanctuary many mornings as early as 6:30am! One of his favorite quotes goes something like this... "Always shoot for the moon, if you miss, at least you'll land among the clouds."