Emmanuel Lutheran: Who We Are
Pastor Jan P. Lookingbill has been the Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran since 1979. A native of York, Pennsylvania, Pastor Lookingbill enjoys playing racquetball and spending time at his house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Katherine Burrell, Church Administrator, is actively involved in many aspects of church life. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Burrell is a graduate of Wesley Seminary's "Equipping Lay Ministry" Program. In her spare time, Mrs. Burrell enjoys spending time with her "terrific granddaughter.
Ligia Benjumea, Nursery Attendant, has been at Emmanuel Lutheran since 2003. A native of Colombia, Ms. Benjumea has worked with infants and toddlers for nearly two decades. In her spare time, Ms. Benjumea enjoys crafts and gardening.
Pastor Derek Solberg has been the Associate Pastor at Emmanuel Lutheran since 2016. He resides in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dingwall Fleary, Director of Music, has been at Emmanuel Lutheran since 1998. In his position, Mr. Fleary leads the adult and bell choirs and serves as the church organist. Mr. Fleary oversees all church music activities, including assistance with the Sunday School programming, and, with the assistance of Mrs. Kristi Johnson, he prepares music for and rehearses our youth instrumentalists.
Known throughout the Greater Washington music scene, Mr. Fleary has directed the National Gallery Orchestra, musical theater, including Arena Stage and the former Washington Theater Club, and is a popular adjudicator and clinician for area schools and colleges. Mr. Fleary has spent over 45 consecutive years as Music Director and Conductor of the McLean Symphony and nearly 30 consecutive years in the same position with the Reston Community Orchestra. He resides in Sterling, Virginia.