Our Leadership

Metanoia Church follows the example of the early church in our leadership paradigm by having a two-fold leadership structure of 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.” The Biblical responsibilities of Pastors are: shepherd (pastor) the flock (Acts 20.28-20; 1 Pet 5.1-3), lead through example (1 Pet 5.3), teach and exhort through the ministry of the Word of God (1 Tim 3:2; Titus 1.9), refute those who contradict truth (Matt 18:15-18; Acts 20:29-31; Titus 1:9), manage the church of God as a husband/father manages his household (1 Tim 3:5), and pray for the sick (Jas 5:14). The Biblical qualifications for Pastors are found in 1 Tim 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Pet 5:1-4.


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 (see “Elder” above) in addition to meeting the ministerial needs of persons within the church. Deacon leadership–though in its infant stage in Acts 6–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 compliments the spiritual oversight of Elders. Biblical qualifications for Deacons are found in 1 Tim 3.8-13.


Adam L. Feldman

Lead Pastor

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 at the Bean Hollow Cafe, where he worked for three-and-a-half years as a barista and the coffee roaster. Adam has served in pastoral ministry since 1999 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Communication Arts 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.

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

Areas of pastoral oversight: Preaching, Metanoia U, Global Missions, Partnership, and Leadership Development

Appointed as Elder: September 2005

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 Bunn


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. They live in Halethorpe with their three children, Stephen, Elizabeth, and James. Daniel commutes to DC for his job at a think tank.

Appointed as Elder: October 2018

Appointed as Deacon of Finance: June 2014; appointed for 2nd term June 2017

Lance Byrd


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: TBD

Appointed as Elder: June 2016

Sean Thomas

Church Treasurer

Sean and Mary became partners at Metanoia in 2012. They met while attending school in Atlanta and got married in 2010. Now, they have two sons, Reid and Seaver. Sean’s favorite activity to do with his kids is read books.

Appointed as Treasurer: May 2018

Jennifer Bunn

Community Group Leadership Team (CGLT) 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. 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. Daniel, Jennifer, and the kids enjoy going on new adventures around Baltimore.

Appointed as Ministry Team Leader: September 2017