VBC Staff

  • Austin Almaguer

    Pastor austin@viennabc.org

    As Pastor of Vienna Baptist Church, Austin is known for his visionary leadership, creative preaching and teaching, and commitment to social justice. He is passionate about creating a church culture where people can grow in their faith, build meaningful relationships and become transformational leaders who work together to make a difference in the community.

    Austin is a native Texan who has always been interested in connecting the church to the community. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion from Baylor University and later a Master of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. In seminary, he served as a chaplaincy intern at New Jersey State Prison in addition to teaching at a Baptist seminary in northern India. His diverse background and friendships have given him an ear and a heart for the way the black church tells the story of redemption. It’s a story of liberation and inclusion. And it translates into his desire to be involved in a church that is progressive, inclusive and culturally diverse.

    Austin is very active in the local community serving on the Executive Strategy Team for VOICE (Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement). He is also a member of the Coordinating Council for the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship of Virginia. He continues to find ways to build meaningful partnerships with other communities of faith to make positive change together.

    Austin’s wife, Alison, also grew up in Texas. Alison is a graduate of Duke Divinity School and an ordained Baptist minister, currently serving as a Community Organizer for Washington Interfaith Network (WIN). Both Austin and Alison are nourished by music, laughter and good conversations. They are excited to invite and empower everyone to build a vibrant community of faith rooted in loving God and loving others.

  • Ginny Richardson

    Pastor for Youth and Children ginny@viennabc.org

    Rev. Virginia (Ginny) Richardson is our Pastor for Youth and Children. Ginny joined our staff in September, 2013. She shares her passion for ministry working with families to meet the specific needs of our community.

    Originally from Goochland, Virginia, just west of Richmond, Ginny graduated from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia, where she studied psychology and leadership and was active in Baptist Collegiate Ministries. During her college career, she sensed God calling her to youth and children’s ministry. Ginny attended McAfee School of Theology in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned her Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in Christian education. Before joining the staff at VBC, Ginny  worked as a youth ministry intern in various congregational settings, and spent four summers working with PASSPORT Camps.

    Ginny enjoys reading, listening to music, playing the piano, visiting the beach, exploring new places, and cheering on her CNU Captains and UVA Cavaliers.

  • CJ Redden-Liotta

    Music Minister cj@viennabc.org

    CJ Redden-Liotta currently serves as the Music Minister at Vienna Baptist Church. Mr. Redden-Liotta has been involved in church music for over 30 years as a singer, conductor, and instrumentalist, and has actively served in the music ministry of churches in seven different denominations. As a conductor, Mr. Redden-Liotta most recently spent five years as a graduate conducting associate at George Mason University, serving as assistant conductor of the University Chorale and as a guest conductor with the University Singers, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, and as assistant director of the Mason Jazz Vocal Ensemble. He is currently completing his DMA (ABD) in choral conducting at George Mason University as a student of Dr. Lisa Billingham, where he is the recipient of the Victoria Salmon outstanding graduate student award. Mr. Redden-Liotta taught as an adjunct professor in the School of Music at George Mason University, teaching music theory and aural skills. In addition to his responsibilities at VBC, he is the choral director at Falls Church High School.

    Mr. Redden-Liotta is a 2014 and 2015 Lovelace Scholar of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, a program recognizing emerging scholars and leaders in congregational song. He has also been selected as one of only twelve participants in the Raising the Song: Creating Communities that Sing symposium with Alice Parker and Ysaye Barnwell. He holds active membership in the Hymn Society, Chorus America, Choristers Guild, Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians, The College Music Society, and is the current Music and Worship Repertoire & Resources chair for the Virginia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas (BA, music) and George Mason University (MM, choral conducting).

  • Melissa Jones

    VBCC Director VBCCDirector@vbc-va.org

    Melissa Jones is the Director for our preschool, Vienna Baptist Children’s Center. Melissa joined our staff in 2008 and began as the Director in July 2016. She is deeply passionate about creating a nurturing learning environment for children, building a strong parent community and is committed to helping our wonderful preschool grow and thrive.

    Melissa attended East Carolina University for Elementary Education and Child Development. She brings over 18 years of experience in early childhood education as both a classroom teacher and administrator. Melissa’s experience working in other preschools in the area and serving in different roles on our team give her a well-rounded perspective on leadership. She has always had a passion for teaching young children and enjoys leading the teaching staff as they grow professionally.

    Originally from Washington, DC, Melissa grew up in Arlington, VA. She now lives in Oakton with her husband and 6-year-old son Thomas, who is a VBCC graduate. They are also excited to welcome their new little boy this summer.

    Melissa enjoys reading, running, going to the beach, and is a lifelong Washington Redskins fan!

  • Mary Ann Christian

    Music Ministry Assistant

    Mary Ann and her husband, Lewis, grew up in Northern Virginia and became members of VBC in 1969. In 1971 Mary Ann joined the VBC staff as organist and pianist; the position was later changed to music ministry assistant. She was delighted when the church voted to install a Dyer pipe organ in the new worship room. Mary Ann especially enjoys accompanying and learning new music.

    Mary Ann is a graduate of Westhampton College of the University of Richmond, where she majored in piano performance, and she also studied at Wesley Theological Seminary. She has accompanied various soloists and choral groups, including the Vienna Choral Society, and has taught piano for 25 years.

    Mary Ann is a deacon at VBC. She and her husband, Lewis, have a daughter and two grandchildren. Mary Ann also enjoys reading and working crossword and sudoku puzzles.

  • The Rev. Hank Dunn

    Volunteer Pastoral Associate

    Hank has directed an inner-city jobs program for four years and has served five years as a youth minister, 12 years as a nursing home chaplain, and five years as a hospice chaplain. His booklet, Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness, has sold more than 3 million copies. Hank has two grown children and three grandchildren, and he enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking, wilderness camping, and life in general. He has been a member of Vienna Baptist Church since 1985. For more information, see www.hankdunn.com.