The church council is the governing body of our congregation.

Members of the council are elected for two year terms and can renew once, for a total of four years. The council meets on the second Thursday of every month. If you have a matter for the council, please email the president. Our current church council members are:



Natalie Cain, President (Liaison to Outreach and Advocacy and Children, Youth, and Family, Worship Ministry)  Natalie was born and raised in North Carolina. She studied zoology at North Carolina State University before moving to the Washington, D.C. area, where she currently resides with her husband and two cats. She works as a Senior Education Program Manager at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in Arlington and volunteers with Simple Changes Therapeutic Riding Center in Lorton. She loves bookstores, traveling, Oxford commas, singing and ringing at Peace, and writing (and blogging). She’s been a member of Peace since 2013 and served as vice-president of the congregation from December, 2015 through June, 2017.



Dan Hanner, Treasurer (Liaison to the Property Ministry and Dream Green) Dan works an economist, and the most recognized thing Dan Hanner has ever done is to have some of his work published in Sports Illustrated and ESPN the Magazine. But life isn’t about recognition, it is about relationships, and his current goal is to build those within the Peace community. He and his wife are originally from Minnesota/South Dakota, have lived in Washington DC area since 2005, and started attending Peace around 2013.


Kathleen Wage was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and lived in Florida, Colorado, Tennessee while growing up.  She graduated high school in Tennessee and studied electrical engineering at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.  After a short stint working at Oak Ridge National Lab, she headed to MIT for graduate school.  She signed up for the joint program between MIT and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution when she found out the first requirement was a 10 day cruise around Cape Cod on a 125-foot sailboat.  Her doctoral work focused on sonar signal processing and deep water acoustic propagation, topics she continues to pursue in her current work as an associate professor of electrical engineering at George Mason University.  Kathleen is a life-long Lutheran and was welcomed by the people of Peace when she moved to Virginia in 1999. She is grateful for this opportunity to serve the Peace community. 



Stu Whitehead was born and lived in Libertyville, Illinois, but him and his family moved to Burlington, Vermont when he was 9.  He returned to the Midwest for college and earned his B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, and then moved to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville to earn his Ph.D. in organic chemistry and meet his future wife, Marissa (Wilson).  He currently works as a scientist at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD. In his free time he enjoys practicing and playing in amateur golf tournaments around the DMV, discovering new craft beers, playing board games, and bar trivia.  He and Marissa currently live in Alexandria and have been members at Peace since April 2019.  He’s relatively new to church, but dedicated to the Peace community and confident in learning from the diverse voices here at Peace.


David Whitten (Liaison to Stewardship) has been a member of Peace since 1994 with his wife Anne. Their two daughters, Brena and Rebecca were baptized and confirmed at Peace. David has served as chair of the Constitution Committee, on the Capital Campaign committee, and enjoys being in the choir and playing handbells. He works as a contractor for the Missile Defense Agency in between watching the Nationals, Redskins, Wizards, and Capitals.


Itosi Marealle was born in Tanzania and migrated to US in 1984. He is currently an Allstate Exclusive Agent in Alexandria VA since 2016. Graduate of T.C Williams and Strayer University with a B.S in Networking. He has property and casualty, Life and health as well as series 6 and 63 license. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace. He enjoys spending time with family and friends, riding motorcycles and improving himself and helping others. He currently resides in Alexandria VA.


Margo Tlusty and her family moved here almost three years ago from Pennsylvania. She is a part of Voices of Peace, and tries to sign up to volunteer as much as her job allows. She knows the dedication it takes to be a part of the church and will make every effort to help out in any way she can. She is thankful for this opportunity. It means a lot and she knows that God has something to do with it.




Pastor Sarah Scherschligt