WHO WE ARE
Shady Grove Presbyterian Church is a loving and warm church community of people of all ages who are committed to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We seek to serve the diverse community of Montgomery County, everyone from our elected leaders to newly-arrived non-English speaking neighbors. Attendance on Sundays averages around 250 and includes younger and older families, children and youth, college students, singles, and empty nesters.
Our goal is to be a church community where people seeking to serve Jesus Christ can grow in their personal walk with Him and in their ability to serve His Kingdom in our area and around the world. We have a blended worship service that mixes contemporary Scripture songs and praise choruses with the traditional hymns. Our doctrine emphasizes the sovereignty of God in all things, especially salvation. We ascribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith and we are a member of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).
We are committed to members using their spiritual gifts in the body of Christ. We organize for ministry through ministry centers in the church that enable members of the body to use their gifts in various capacities within the church. We are also committed to small group ministry, and we have several small groups in the church that meet in various places and times during the week. We see this as essential for accountability, fellowship, and Christian growth.
We invite you to come and join our family of faith. Sunday School classes for all ages begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by our worship service at 10:45 a.m.
|Charlie Baile||Porter Harlow|
|Tom Pulaski||Bruce Fraser|
|John Mitchell||Dan Hackenberg|
|Scott Melson||Dave Hawes|
|Bruce Wiley||Chris Wellington|
|Steve Allen||Rob Peterson|
|Scott Chesemore||Bruce Semple|
|Jeff Durr||Dale Orwig|
|Jim Stewart||Mike Pfeiffer|
|Todd Ravesloot||Mauricio Lamy|
Charlie grew up in Maryland and was drawn to the Lord through the ministry of Liberty Baptist Church in Lisbon, MD. Shortly after his conversion at the age of 17, Charlie did his undergraduate work at Nyack College in Nyack, NY. Continuing to sense God’s calling towards the pastorate, Charlie continued his education at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. Charlie was ordained in the PCA in 1998 and was an Assistant Pastor for four and one half years at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church before becoming the Pastor of Shady Grove. Charlie is married to Kim and they have three children: Haddon, Elise, and Karis.
Ben grew up in Alexandria, VA, and now lives in Derwood, MD with his wife Neva. After graduating from James Madison University, he worked for five years in the Northern Virginia area as a software developer and analyst. Ben graduated with his M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and has served in churches throughout the Northern Virginia area before coming to Shady Grove Presbyterian Church. He is passionate about seeing Christians grow in the wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of God, as well as reaching his generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
He and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child in December 2017. Ben is very excited to build a diverse catalogue of dad jokes.
Minister to Youth
Bruce grew up in the youth program at Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, and has been active in youth work since then. He graduated from the University of Maryland and returned to Fourth to lead the middle school ministry. From there he worked with the high school ministry at McLean Bible Church and was the youth pastor at Grace Presbyterian in Annapolis before joining the staff here at Shady Grove in January 1999. Bruce and Peggy live in Gaithersburg and are the proud parents of his daughters, Cara, Emma and Cate.
Assistant Pastor for Church Planting
Porter was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. After graduating from law school at the University of South Carolina, Porter served as a lawyer in the U.S. Marine Corps. While he was a member of a church being planted outside a Marine base in South Carolina, Porter felt the Lord’s call to go into full time ministry. Porter and his family moved back to the Washington area when he was assigned to the Pentagon, and he started classes at Reformed Theological Seminary’s Washington, D.C. campus. After graduation, Porter left the Marine Corps to become Shady Grove’s assistant pastor for church planting with a call to see the Lord plant a church in Northern Virginia. Porter and his wife, Cathy, have three children.
Children’s Ministry Coordinator
Becky was raised in Western Pennsylvania and grew up in the Christian faith influenced by family, Sunday School teachers, and the ministry of Child Evangelism Fellowship ( Good News Club). Becky realized she enjoyed connecting with children during her high school year while serving at camps. After graduating from Geneva College she worked in an Allied Health field predominantly with pediatric patients. Her interest in missions led her to The Center for Christian Studies in Charlottesville, Virginia where she completed a Biblical Studies Program. Serving as the Children's Ministry Coordinator combines her love for children and her desire to be involved in the ministry of the church. Becky is married to Tom and they have a daughter, Lily.
Emeka grew up in New York City for the first 12 years of his life, but has been in Maryland ever since. Christ saved him at the age of 17 when he was a senior in high school. It was then that the Lord gave him a burden for the lost, evangelism and the preaching of the gospel. Emeka graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in 2015 and is now currently a student at Reformed Theological Seminary working towards obtaining his M.A. in Biblical Studies. Emeka's primary responsibilities at Shady Grove are working with the youth and College/Young Career group.