Staff

Pastors

Rev. Garey Eakes
- Pastor
Why did I become a pastor? I love being with people and I know the privilege it is to be your pastor and share many of your life experiences. I just love to share those exceptional things of this life. I cannot think of anything better than God’s gift of eternal life in Jesus Christ that starts here and now. God’s presence makes our times of rejoicing even better and helps us to hold on even when it might feel like all is lost. I hope you will join us at Silverbrook United Methodist Church where the people of a historic chapel engage with a modern community to rest, explore and shine in the kingdom of God. - Pastor Garey Garey Eakes is a life-long Northern Virginian, and a second-career clergy person. In addition to preaching the gospel, Garey has a heart for teaching, mission and social justice. Pastor Garey calls the church to be the hands and feet of Christ in our community and in the world. Before answering his call to ministry, Garey practiced ElderLaw for nineteen years, devoting his practice to the legal problems of older persons and people facing disability or incapacity. Garey was one of the founders of the national professional association for the field of Elder Law. Garey received a Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in 2007 and is an ordained Elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Before coming to Silverbrook, Pastor Garey served as Pastor of Faith United Methodist Church and as the Associate Pastor at Sydenstricker United Methodist Church. Garey also currently serves as a Spiritual Director on the Board of National Capital Area Emmaus. On a lighter note, Garey enjoys following the Washington Nationals and loves theatre, movies, a wide variety of music, food and cooking. Garey is married to Sara, who he met his first day at college. Sara is the Director of Libraries and Research Services for a law firm in Washington, DC. Their daughter, Samantha, is a rising senior at Boston University where she sings in the Inner Strength Gospel Choir.

Music

Carolyn Eng
- Music Director
Carolyn Eng has been playing in churches since she was 16, which is a pretty long time. She likes all styles of worship music, directing the Silverbrook Singers, singing a capella, teaching piano and making quilts.

Youth Ministry

Anne Grunzke
- Youth Education Chair
Anne is a member of Silverbrook UMC and has been teaching Children's Sunday School for the last 6 years. Anne's background is in pediatrics and she really enjoys helping the kids at Silverbrook discover the love of God. She and her family live in Fairfax Station.

Administration

Myrna Meling
- Administrative Assistant
Myrna Meling has been with us since 2004. She has been a UMC member since 1987 and serves on the executive board of the Alexandria District United Methodist Women. Myrna has lived in Northern Virginia since 1973 and is active in her local UMC church and Silverbrook.
Jake Switzer
- Webmaster
Jake is a member of Silverbrook UMC and serves as our webmaster and social media manager. Jake is currently a student at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Software Engineering.
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