Our Team

Our Team

 

Thrive teamFor the past several months, our launch team has been meeting, planning, praying, and working hard. We invite you to get to know them a little bit below. Please contact us and let us know if you are interested in joining in the work God is doing in King George.

John and Melanie Hinson

John (Pastor) welcomed Jesus as his Savior in a small country church in King George, Va when he was 11 years old. While attending college at Virginia Tech, he met Melanie and was married shortly thereafter. It was there where he first recognized God’s call on his life for full time ministry. In addition to traveling a number of years with a music ministry, he has served on staff at Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg for 17 years, as elder, worship leader, youth pastor, and an assistant pastor. John is a (much too) avid fan of the Andy Griffith Show and loves watermelon, any musical instrument he can get his hands on, spending time with his 5 boys, and connecting with people (not necessarily in that order.) Contact John

Melanie (THRIVE Kids)

Melanie entered into an intimate relationship with the Lover of her soul when she was 18, enjoys having been married to John longer than she hasn’t been, didn’t know being a mama of boys would be so much fun, and is the ‘Queen of her castle’. In her free time (which is slim), she likes to read, run, rest in her rocker, and swing dance. Contact Melanie

Kevin and Mandy McClelland (Connection)

Kevin loves being married to Mandy and is the father of seven great kids and one great daughter in law!  He’s a native Virginian who has lived in the same 50 mile radius his entire life, from Northern Virginia to Fredericksburg and now King George.  He was led to the Lord by his future father in law during his second year at college.  He’s an avid sports fan who roots strongly for all Washington area pro teams.  (Did we mention he’s an avid sports fan who roots strongly for the local sports teams?!)  He loves seeing people connect with one another and grow in their relationship with the Lord!

In a 2nd grade Sunday school class, Mandy asked Jesus to be her Savior and what an adventure she has been on since! It was during her 11th hour of 12 army moves in her first 18 years that she met Kevin, her husband. High school sweethearts with a rocky start, the Lord met them and rescued them in college and planted a love for His Word and people in their hearts.  Now married for 22 years with 7 children and a daughter-in-love, Mandy’s favorite verse is, as it has always been, Hebrews 13:5 “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”  She relished the opportunity to lead the Women’s Ministry of Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg where she had a front-row seat to God’s work in the lives of His daughters.  These days, when not homeschooling or going to children’s doctor’s appointments, she tries to squeeze in a good book, a family game and a visit to her bees.  Contact Kevin and Mandy

Chris Reinhardt (Worship)

Chris leads the worship team. He first heard the Good News of Christ as a high schooler and finally submitted his life to the Lord while in college at Virginia Tech. He met his wife Melissa on the worship team at their campus church and has been leading worship in various ways ever since. Chris has a passion for living and worshipping authentically. When he’s not playing music, he likes to run, eat marshmallow Peeps and waste inordinate amounts of time playing games on his phone.  He is not a fan of snakes, sunflowers, and cantaloupe. Contact Chris

Dan and Katy Weaver (Bridge Builders)

Dan and Katy Weaver have lived in King George since 2005.  They enjoy traveling, water skiing, outdoor activities, good food, and spending time with family and friends. Dan works as an engineer and enjoys learning about alternative energy, working with his hands on anything from science projects to home improvement. Katy is originally from South Carolina. She enjoys home schooling their children, teaching the Bible and learning new things. They have a heart for the community in King George, and it is their greatest desire to share God’s love as a family. Contact Dan and Katy

Ted and Donna Janiec (Hospitality)

Ted and Donna have been married for 28 years and have three adult daughters. Ted is originally from Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Donna is originally a Jersey-girl. Ted served as a Captain in the US Air Force and the family finally settled in Colorado Springs. But God had other plans and moved the family back East to Fredericksburg. Ted is a Space Systems Engineer at Dahlgren and Donna is working toward her degree as a Clinical Mental Health counselor. They both have a heart for hospitality, and enjoy serving others. The verse that is at the heart of their ministry is John 21:15-17, Jesus’ instruction to Simon Peter to “Feed His Sheep”. They also facilitate a small group focusing on marriage and family issues. Contact Ted and Donna

Steve and Tina Shorter (Steve, Audio Visual; Tina, Admin)

Steve and Tina have lived in the Fredericksburg area their entire life. After meeting in High School, they found themselves at the same college the following fall and began dating shortly thereafter. This year will mark their 25th anniversary! They both came to know Jesus at Calvary Chapel Fredericksburg, where they have worshipped since 1992. Steve loves music and is a self proclaimed electronics “geek.” He can be found almost any night in front of his workbench repairing, reconfiguring or designing some sort of equipment. Tina is enjoying a new season in her life. They just moved 4 months ago, and she is still making their new house a home. She is excited…okay a bit nervous…about homeschooling their son, Isaac, for the first time. (You will definitely see him around Thrive…look for the 6 foot tall teenager with a different puppet each week.) Tina is also realizing that baking can actually be enjoyable, especially if it involves chocolate or pumpkin!  The family, including their 19 year old daughter, Mackenna, looks forward to their yearly trip to The Outer Banks, walks downtown, and their crazy dog, Biscuit. Contact Steve,  Contact Tina

Brian Stone (Mobile Set-Up)

After pursuing worldly pleasures and finding that they fall short of real happiness, Brian came to know the Lord in a real and supernatural way and hasn’t looked back since.  He and Megan have been married for almost 14 years and now have 4 precious kiddos.  Brian enjoys fishing, the beach, and collecting rare “junk”.         Contact Brian