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.

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 (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

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: TBD

Appointed as Elder: June 2016

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. He is also the drummer for a local band, Romeo Radio. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Union University and is pursuing an Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Areas of pastoral oversight: Children Ministry, Student Ministry, Marriage and Family Ministries, and Ellicott City Events

Appointed as Elder: June 2010

Daniel Bunn

Deacon of Finance

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 son Stephen, and Daniel commutes to DC for his job on Capitol Hill.

Appointed as Deacon: June 2014

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: March 2017

Leslie DeJarnette

Church Clerk

Leslie and Hunter DeJarnette became Metanoia partners in 2013. After Leslie’s graduation from Virginia Tech, the DeJarnettes served with the International Mission Board in East Asia for three years. They now live in Columbia, MD. When Leslie is not busy homeschooling her children, Archie, Grace, and Grant, she enjoys writing, photography, and soaking up sunshine.

Appointed as Clerk: August 2015

Elder Apprentices

The 2016-2017 Cohort includes (pictured from L to R) Hunter DeJarnette, Richard Smart, Lance Byrd, and Daniel Bunn. Please be in prayer for the Cohort and their wives over the next year as we together discern God’s leading in their life and in the church.

For more information about the Elder Apprentice Cohort, CLICK HERE.