Staff at Ravensworth
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young Mi Son - Choirmaster / Organist
Young Mi has been playing piano and organ in church for over thirty years. A native of Inchon, Korea, she served as the accompanist at Song Hyun Evangelical Church for twenty years.
After coming to the United States, Young Mi served as organist at Lee's Summit Assembly of God Church in Kansas City, Missouri, and the Korean Indiana Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. Before coming to Ravensworth Baptist Church in 2007, she was the organist at Gaithersburg Presbyterian Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for three years.
A 1987 graduate of Sang Myung University in Seoul, with a major in piano, Young Mi also studied organ with Dr. John Detto of the University of Missouri, Kansas City, and Prof. Martin Jean of Valparaiso University in Indiana.
Young Mi has been married to David Son, the Pastor of the Korean Presbyterian Church of Fairfax, since 1989.
You can email Young Mi at email@example.com.
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 lives in California. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ben Wilkins - Director of Media Resources
As the son of a Baptist Pastor (Mike Wilkins - currently of Manly Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, VA), Ben has spent much of his time getting a behind-the-pulpit view of church life. In 2011, Ben graduated from George Mason University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and spends most of his free time (and some of his less than free time) writing stories, essays, and making comics.
In addition to managing this website, and the church's social media presence, he is a full-time stay-at-home Dad. Though he can seem shy at times on a first meeting, if you get him talking about books, movies, or obscure church history, you might learn just how much he loves the sound of his own voice.
In fact, he'd love to have coffee with you and talk about these things (or anything else). Just shoot him an email at email@example.com.