Our Leadership

Metanoia Church follows the example of the New Testament church in our leadership structure by having Elders and Deacons (c.f. Phil 1:1 & 1 Tim 3:1-13).

Elders (Pastors)

Elders–also called “overseers” or “pastors” interchangeably throughout the New Testament (c.f. Acts 20:17, 28; Eph 4:11; Titus 1:5, 7; 1 Pet 5:1-2)–lead the church as the primary spiritual leadership. Metanoia refers to our Elders as “Pastors.”

Men qualified to serve as Elders of Metanoia must meet the following qualifications for service according to Scripture (1 Tim 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Pet 5:1-4).

  1. He is a mature Christian. He is not a new convert nor is he self-willed. He is above reproach, wise, prudent, devout, puts others above himself and loves what is good.
  2. He is a disciplined Christian. He is self-controlled and free from love of money. He is not addicted to much wine nor is he quick tempered
  3. He leads his family well. The Elder is the husband of one wife, manages his household well and, if he has children they are well-behaved and submissive to his authority. It is not necessary for a man to be married to serve as an Elder for Metanoia Church.
  4. He is respected in the church and outside the church. He demonstrates a well-ordered life and good behavior. He is hospitable, gentle, humble, not given to argue and free from hypocrisy or scandal.
  5. He humbly submits to the authority of Scripture. He is able to teach and defend the Word of God. He makes fair and impartial decisions based upon Scripture

Deacons

In the New Testament, Deacons are described as carrying out the ministries and tasks of the church, with a special focus on serving the poor and needy within the church. The “proto” or “pre” Deacon ministry description is found in Acts 6:1-7 where the Apostles were overwhelmed with their responsibilities in addition to meeting the ministerial needs of persons within the church. Deacon leadership was created to allow those leaders responsible for the spiritual oversight of the church through ministry of Word and prayer to continue in their ministry. Thus, the service focus of Deacon leadership complements the spiritual oversight of Elders.

Men and women appointed to serve as Deacons of Metanoia Church must meet the following qualifications for service according to Scripture (Acts 6:1-6; 1 Timothy 3:8-13):

  1. Full of faith. Deacons live in such a way that their faith in Jesus is natural, inspiring and authentic. They can clearly present their convictions and beliefs about Jesus.
  2. Full of the Holy Spirit. Deacons do not lean on and trust in their own strength, talents and abilities to grow as disciples or to carry out the work of the ministry. They rely on the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, trust in grace and demonstrate the fruit of the Spirit in their life. They are not filled with wine (addicted to much wine), but filled with the Spirit.
  3. Full of wisdom. Deacons must be sober, sensible, wise, balanced in judgment and not given to quick, superficial decisions based on immature thinking.
  4. Demonstrating a healthy family life. If married, Deacons exemplify themselves as faithful, devoted and affectionate toward their spouses. If they have children under their authority, these children should be well behaved. Their household is well ordered and healthy, providing an example for others. It is not necessary for a person to be married in order to serve as a Deacon for Metanoia Church.
  5. Possessing exemplary character. Deacons demonstrate integrity through honorable character, word and deed and are thus worthy of respect. They do not speak deceptively and they fulfill their commitments. They are generous with material possessions and do not pursue material gain. They have a tested track record that presents no patterns of spiritual disobedience or grounds for accusation.
  6. Respected in the church and the community. Deacons are respected by members of Metanoia Church and the community at large.

Leadership Council

Metanoia’s Leadership Council is made up of our Elders, Deacons, ministry team leaders, and appointed officers: Treasurer and Clerk. The Council meets three times a year for the purposes of communication, planning, and visioning.


 

Adam and Kim Feldman

Lead Pastor and Deacon of Women's Ministry

Adam graduated high school in Ellicott City, moved away for college and graduate studies, and moved back to the area in 2005 with his wife, Kimberly, to start Metanoia Church. They live in the Ellicott City area with their two children, Abby and Joshua. On most days you can find Adam enjoying a cup of coffee and conversation. Adam has served in pastoral ministry since 1999 and holds a BA from Carson-Newman College, a Master of Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry in spiritual formation from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kim holds a BA from the University of Georgia (UGA), a Master of Education from UGA, and a PhD in Language, Literacy, and Culture from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Adam is the author of Journaling: Catalyzing Spiritual Growth Through Reflection. Connect with Adam via his blog at www.adamlfeldman.com, Twitter (@adamlfeldman) or Facebook.

Adam’s areas of pastoral oversight: Preaching, Metanoia U, Global Missions, Partnership, and Leadership Development

Adam was appointed as Elder: September 2005

Kim was appointed as Deacon of Women’s Ministry: December 2018

Jesse Florida

Staff Pastor

Jesse and Katie Florida joined the initial Metanoia Church planting team in the fall of 2006. The Floridas have two daughters, Cadence and Charis. As a percussionist, Jesse serves Metanoia in the music ministry by playing a wide assortment of drums during Worship Gatherings. As a Staff Pastor, he also preaches several times throughout the year. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Union University and a Master in Christian Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Katie is the Media Specialist at a local high school in Howard County.

Areas of pastoral oversight: Worship and Arts Ministries, Marriage and Family Ministries, and Ellicott City Initiatives

Appointed as Elder: June 2010; hired as a Staff Pastor September 2013

Daniel and Jennifer Bunn

Pastor and CGLT Team Leader

Daniel and Jennifer Bunn became partners at Metanoia in 2013 shortly after they moved to Maryland. They are originally from Greenville, SC, and they met while attending North Greenville University. After getting married, he and Jennifer spent two years overseas in Budapest, Hungary, while he worked on his Masters degree in Economic Policy and she taught English in a Hungarian elementary school. Jennifer currently stays at home and raises her three young children Stephen, Elizabeth, and James. Her background in elementary education allows her to be creative and make learning fun at home. They live in Halethorpe with their three children, Stephen, Elizabeth, and James. Daniel commutes to DC for his job at a think tank. (Daniel previously served as Deacon of Finance from June 2014 to October 2018.

Daniel was appointed as Elder: October 2018

Areas of pastoral oversight: Finances

Jennifer was appointed as Community Group Leadership Team (CGLT) Ministry Team Leader: September 2017

Lance Byrd

Pastor

Lance and Annie joined Metanoia in 2008. The Byrds have two sons, Mason and Miles. Their family loves serving the children’s ministry volunteers and kids. They also enjoy being a part of the Catonsville community, its schools, and their neighborhood of Newburg Heights. Lance earned a BS in Computer Science from UMBC and a MS in Network Security from Capitol College. He is a competitive cyclist who rides with Adventures for the Cure, a non-profit charity team that raises money for several causes including Kupenda, a school for disabled children in Kenya.

Areas of pastoral oversight: Children ministry and personnel

Appointed as Elder: June 2016

Mary McClymonds

Deacon of Finance

Mary and Ian McClymonds began attending Metanoia in the fall of 2015 shortly after getting married in June 2015, and became partners in 2016.  Mary was born and raised in Ellicott City, and graduated from UMBC with a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems in 2010.  In her free time, Mary enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Appointed as Deacon of Finance: December 2018

Kyle Schoelz

Church Treasurer

Kyle and Sandy Schoelz began attending Metanoia in the fall of 2013 shortly after getting married, and became partners in the spring of 2014. They have two daughters, Charity and Truleigh, and a son, Redmond, who recently joined their family. They lived in the United Kingdom for 15 months from 2017 to 2018 and now live in Catonsville, MD. Kyle holds a BS in Computer Engineering from Norwich University, an MS in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, and he originally hails from the Seattle, WA area. He loves spending time with his ever growing family and tinkering with Arduino projects whenever a spare moment can be found.

Appointed as Treasurer: June 2019

Patty Berry

Music Team Leader

Patty Berry joined the Metanoia Church family in 2007 and became a member of the music team as principal flutist. She now helps lead the music team on Sunday mornings with Pastor Jesse Florida. Patty was born and raised where she continues to live, in Arbutus, MD; and graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art in Baltimore City. When she’s not weeding in her garden or fitting people for shoes at REI in Columbia, Patty enjoys making ceramics for her new cottage industry, Patapsco Valley Pottery.

Appointed as Ministry Team Leader: September 2018

John and Jocelyn Hieatzman

A/V Ministry Team Leader and Clerk

The Hieatzmans first came to Metanoia Church (and to Jesus!) in 2008, through friends at Oakland Mills High School. When Jocelyn isn’t training for marathons, she teaches English to 8th graders. When John isn’t working for Fogle’s, he is coaching softball and playing bass.

John appointed as A/V Ministry Team leader: Fall 2015

Jocelyn appointed as church clerk: December 2018