The Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey
The Rev. Dr. David B. Lindsey has served Little River since 2014. His primary responsibilities at Little River are worship, administration, and evangalism. Before arriving at Little River, David served UCC congregations in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Manhattan Beach, California. His doctoral research focused on the implications of literary criticism for Christian preaching. David grew up in Kentucky and Indiana, where his family attended Southern Baptist and non-denominational churches. After a long and winding spiritual journey, David encountered the United Church of Christ while in seminary. "Since the first day I walked into a UCC church," David says, "I have been continually delighted and astonished by how open-minded and forward-thinking the denomination is." When he's not at church, David likes to spend time with his wife, Carrie. Some of their favorite hobbies are road trips, going to rock and hip-hop concerts, and hanging out with their cats.
David periodically writes for the UCC's Center for Analytics, Research and Data (CARD) -- read his blog posts here.
The Rev. Alexis Vaughan Kassim
Rev. Alexis Vaughan Kassim came to Little River United Church of Christ in 2017 to be our associate pastor. She is primarily responsible for Christian education, social outreach, and pastoral care. Rev. Kassim grew up in Fairfax County and is glad to be serving in the area. She attended Duke University as an undergraduate, and received her Master of Divinity from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Rev. Kassim was ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination, meaning that she has the freedom and authority to serve in the UCC. In her free time, Alexis enjoys watching tennis and Duke basketball.
Director of Music
Born and raised in the midwest, Craig attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, earning a BA in Classical languages and a minor in music. He then completed an MA in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he served as organist and choir director of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LC-MS) and First United Methodist Church in Hastings, Michigan. During that time Craig chaired the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1997 he moved to Washington to work in the Public Affairs Office at Washington National Cathedral, editing publications (including the flagship quarterly Cathedral Age) and eventually assuming responsibility for electronic communications. For two years Craig served as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Washington, directing the adult choir and an intergenerational handbell ensemble. Since the fall of 2000, he has been organist and, more recently, organist-choir director at Little River. He and his wife, Natalie, have a daughter, Annelise.
Youth and Children's Choir Director
Growing up in York, Pennsylvania, Ashton was active in school chorus, band, and orchestra as well as the Bethlehem United Methodist Church choir. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from James Madison University (2008) and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Virginia. Ashton teaches music at Hollin Meadows Elementary in Fairfax County, where she thoroughly enjoys working with the chorus and drum circle. In the summer she and her husband, Brandon, love to travel internationally. As director of the Salt of the Earth and Joyful Noise choirs, Ashton selects music to develop vocal ability, reinforce the values of Little River, and promote fun and fellowship for the youth.
Sexton and Coordinator for Youth & Children’s Ministries
John was born in Boston and raised in Georgia making him the proverbial Yankee we have all heard about. He has a tenacious sense of social and eco justice, and spent his vacations for many years volunteering in New Orleans and Biloxi helping to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. He came to Little River as the sexton to oversee the care of the building’s physical health, implementing several perpetual maintenance plans and upgrading aging facilities. Most recently John has been tapped to oversee the youth and children’s ministries as the program coordinator. With all the time John spends at the church working and volunteering, you wouldn't believe he is actually an introvert, preferring to spend his downtime at home with his wife, Emily, and their kitties.
Before coming to Little River in 2015, Roberta spent over fifteen years working with international and educational programs -- teaching, marketing, and information technology. At Little River, Roberta is responsible for the internal and external communications of the church. She is fluent in Russian and enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures. She currently lives in Springfield with her husband, two children and two cats.
Kathy came to Little River United Church of Christ in February 2018 to be our office administrator. Her past work has mainly been with non-profit organizations. Kathy coordinates the church calendar and building usage, in addition to assisting the pastors and trustees. She has lived in Springfield for over 20 years with her husband Frank, son Zach, two dogs, and two cats. Their family enjoys exploring dog friendly parks and communities for weekend outings.