MISSION STATEMENT

Our Mission as a family of Faith is:
To love whom Christ loves,
To Go where Christ Leads
To Teach what Christ Taught
To Serve as Christ served
To Hope in Christ’s Return

VISION STATEMENT

We are a welcoming and diverse community, united in following Jesus to love and serve.

Our Pastors

John Nixon II

Lead Pastor

John Nixon, II, was born in Brooklyn, NY, in the late 70’s and four months later, April Mendinghall was born

John Nixon II

Lead Pastor

John Nixon, II, was born in Brooklyn, NY, in the late 70’s and four months later, April Mendinghall was born in Atlanta, GA. After their first meeting at the ages of 13 and 12, respectively, John and April kept in touch with one another, despite the many miles that separated them as they grew up. Eventually, they ended up at Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) together in the late ’90s, where they joined the Aeolians and courted while traveling across the country and around the world. They completed their degrees in 2000 and 2001, respectively: John with a BA in Theology while April received a BA in English. They got married in December of 2000 and began ministry together. They both earned Master’s degrees from Andrews University in 2004 (MDiv and MAT, respectively), and John earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from the same school in 2013. John and April have been happily married for nearly 19 years. They have two school-aged children: John III (14) and Julia (12).

Daniel Xisto

Pastor of Church Operations & Community Engagement

Pastor Daniel Xisto has a passion for experiencing Jesus at all times and in all things. His mission is to hel

Daniel Xisto

Pastor of Church Operations & Community Engagement

Pastor Daniel Xisto has a passion for experiencing Jesus at all times and in all things. His mission is to help others connect with Jesus in authentic and practical ways so that they too can experience the transformation of the ordinary into the extraordinary, and the conversion of the routine every day into a spectacular adventure with God.

Some of Pastor Daniel’s earliest memories are of praying that Jesus would stay close to him. Raised in the Catholic tradition and sent to a church school, Pastor Daniel learned to walk with Jesus from an early age in Sleepy Hollow, NY. It was there, while in the seventh grade, that he first sensed the call into ministry. High school and college distracted him from that call, but in his senior year as an undergrad, he was introduced to the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He fell in love with the simplicity and beauty of the church’s focus on Scripture and on Jesus Christ. Pastor Daniel was baptized in 2000, the same year that he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. It wasn’t long after his baptism that he once again sensed the call to ministry. Although he had established himself in a profitable career in business, there was more he felt called to. In 2009 God’s call was so clear that he left everything behind, moved to Berrien Springs Michigan with his wife Andrea, and enrolled at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He loved every moment there and graduated with honors in 2013, receiving a Masters in Divinity.

Upon completing his graduate work, Pastor Daniel and Andrea moved to Charlottesville, where Andrea began studies toward a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. Not only did God open a door for Andrea at UVA, but God opened the door for Pastor Daniel as well when he received a call from the Potomac Conference to pastor the Charlottesville and Buena Vista Seventh-day Adventist churches. In 2015, God blessed Daniel and Andrea with a son, Max, whose smile and playful spirit fills their hearts with joy and reveals to them, in new ways, the love of Jesus.

Anwar Ottley

Pastor of Worship

Anwar Ottley serves as our Pastor of Worship. Pastor Ottley is responsible for all facets of worship at Takoma

Anwar Ottley

Pastor of Worship

Anwar Ottley serves as our Pastor of Worship. Pastor Ottley is responsible for all facets of worship at Takoma Park SDA. Have a question about anything related to worship? He's your guy!

In addition to his role as Pastor of Worship at the Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Church located in Takoma Park, Maryland. He also serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Washington Adventist University (WAU) where he leads the Columbia Collegiate Chorale and the ProMusica. He is an active composer and arranger published by GIA Publications and his arrangements have been performed in churches and venues across the country including, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Washington National Cathedral.

Pastor Ottley holds a Bachelor of Music in organ from WAU and a Master of Music in choral conducting with a secondary emphasis in theory and composition from Andrews University. He has also served as a rehearsal conductor and section leader of the Washington Master Chorale. While he is an accomplished musician, he has a deep passion for worship leadership. At Takoma Park Church, Pastor Ottley organizes and oversees the worship services, the music department staff, the three church choirs, and other worship-related ministries. He has conducted clinics, festivals, and workshops for both choral music and worship.

Pastor Ottley is currently completing coursework towards a Doctor of Worship Studies degree at Liberty University. While he enjoys choral music, it is his desire to teach the next generation of worship leaders... successful and biblical practices to guide their congregations into a lifestyle of worship. He and his wife, Sharlene, and newborn son Jude currently reside in the Washington DC Area.

Griselda Jobe

Pastor of Children and Family

Pastor Griselda Jobe was born in Tabasco, Mexico, in the late 1970s. She migrated to the United States in the

Griselda Jobe

Pastor of Children and Family

Pastor Griselda Jobe was born in Tabasco, Mexico, in the late 1970s. She migrated to the United States in the early 2000s, where she committed to the Christian life through the Pentecostal faith. Serving in the women's ministry in her home church, Griselda knew that God had a purpose in her life. During this time, she obtained a cosmetology license.

Pastor Griselda met her husband, Wesley Jobe, in 2010 and subsequently got married in May 2011. It is through his family that she became acquainted with the Seventh-day Adventist Church and made a profession of faith. Through God's wondrous miracles, they welcomed a baby girl in June 2015. They served happily in their home church in Victoria, Texas, when Griselda, again, felt the calling towards God's Ministry. Taking a leap of faith, Griselda and her family moved to Keene, Texas, so that she could study at Southwestern Adventist University. Griselda earned her second bachelor's degree in Theology from Southwestern Adventist University in December 2019, her first being a bachelor's in business and marketing in Mexico. Simultaneously she interned at Joshua Crossroad Fellowship Church as a student pastor and as part of the SLAD team at SWAU. She now happily serves as a Pastor for the Children and Family Ministry at Takoma Park Seventh-day Adventist Chuch.

Whether it is your first or your one thousandth visit, Takoma Park SDA Church will always be a place you can call home. We are a place where you will always be greeted with a smile. A place where people truly care about you.

Our church is a part of the Potomac Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists within the North American Division. We host both contemporary and traditional worship services to meet the worship needs of all who come and worship with us. Are you the type of person who enjoys singing the hymns that are the cornerstone of worship? Maybe you are the kind of person who enjoys more classical choral arrangements? Or perhaps you enjoy just good old praise and worship or more contemporary singing? You are sure to find exactly what your soul needs every Sabbath with us!

Still not sure if you should come? Well, maybe the video below may help you decide to come worship with us.