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Charles A. Tapp

Title: Senior Pastor

Email: ctapp@sligochurch.org

For nearly 35 years and in many scenarios, Charles Tapp has served as a pastor, professor, administrator, writer and radio/television host sharing God’s love and saving grace with the world. His ministry is fueled by the message found in... Read More...

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Don McFarlane

Title: Pastor For Administration and Adult Ministries

Email: dmcfarlane@sligochurch.org

Originally from Jamaica, Don McFarlane worked as a pastor and church administrator in the British Union for thirty three years. He and his wife Mary have three children and five grandchildren. Pastor McFarlane is excited about the return of Jesus... Read More...

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Pranitha Fielder

Title: Pastor for Discipleship & Congregational Care

Email: pfielder@sligochurch.org

Pastor Fielder has been a part of the Sligo Church community since 2001, as a member, youth worker, coordinator for New Community Fellowship, youth leader, Youth and Young Adult Pastor, and now as... Read More...

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Gerardo Lopez

Title: Pastor for Children and Family Ministries

Email: glopez@sligochurch.org

Born in Oaxaca Mexico, Gerry immigrated to the United States in 1971. His family lived in California most of his life and he is a fourth generation Adventist who loves serving the church especially kids and youth. Gerry graduated with a B.A. in... Read More...

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Richard Castillo

Title: Pastor for Media and Outreach

Email: rcastillo@sligochurch.org

Growing up around Tulsa, Oklahoma Richard became used to the impressive severe weather and the “talk to anyone” friendliness of the Middle America. Richard has hit the ground running with skill sets including Photography,... Read More...

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Cheryl Wilson-Bridges

Title: Pastor For Worship

Email: cbridges@sligochurch.org

Cheryl Wilson-Bridges serves as Sligo’s pastor for worship. She holds an MA in Practical Theology, Worship and Renewal, and a doctorate in Strategic Leadership. The thesis for her Masters was, “A Resource Manual on Worship... Read More...

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Joseph Khabbaz

Title: Pastor For Youth and Young Adults

Email: jkhabbaz@sligochurch.org

Originally from Sydney, Australia, Joseph served as Director of Tertiary and Young Adult Ministries for the South Queensland Conference prior to his call to Sligo Church. Joseph has worked as a Chartered Accountant... Read More...

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Paul Byssainthe, Jr.

Title: Choral Director

Email: pbyssainthe@sligochurch.org
Phone: 3012706777

Paul Byssainthe, Jr. is an accomplished organist, conductor, and composer. A native of New York, he has been involved in music since a young age. He was a multiple winner in the International Concert Alliance Piano... Read More...

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Kathleen Driscoll

Title: Office Manager

Email: kdriscoll@sligochurch.org

Kathleen Driscoll is the Office Manager and the Executive Assistant to our Senior Pastor, Charles Tapp. She serves God in her everyday tasks of booking facility events, editing and publishing the weekly Sabbath bulletin, eWeekend newsletter,... Read More...

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Flordeliza Balay

Title: Treasury Assistant

Email: florbalay@sligochurch.org

Flor serves the church by using her degree in accounting to assist the church treasurer. She enjoys singing with the Sligo Friends musical group as well as cooking and shopping. Flor and her husband, Joevel, have a son, Patrick. She sees Sligo... Read More...

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Charlotte Conway

Title: Treasurer

Email: cconway@sligochurch.org

Charlotte began working as Treasurer at Sligo Church in 2007, after retiring from Washington Adventist University.  The Conway family moved to this area from Beirut in 1975 after having served as missionaries in Tanzania and Lebanon and they... Read More...

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Theresa J. Beltran

Title: Church Clerk

Email: theresa@sligochurch.org

Theresa is a Columbia Union College graduate. Her Journalism major is beneficial in her secretarial position and church clerk responsibilities. She enjoys reading, hiking and various outdoor activities with her husband, Joaquin. Theresa’s... Read More...

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Sam Stone

Title: Maintenance Engineer

Sam has been part of the Sligo family since childhood. He says “Sligo is my second home.” As well as keeping the grounds looking great, Sam describes himself as the “all-around-do-it guy” taking care of various maintenance... Read More...



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Kevin Knight

Title: Custodian

Kevin is a native Washingtonian with a two-year degree in criminology from Prince Georges Community College. He discovered Adventism at the age of 18 and became a self-taught Bible student and an advocate of the Third Angel’s Message. Kevin... Read More...



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