Meet the Staff

Memorial Baptist Church staff are eager to assist you in any of your needs. Please feel free to contact any of our staff members listed below.

Brooke Holloway

Associate Pastor of Youth and Missions

In April of 2013, Brooke was delighted to join the community, journey, and work of the gathering of believers called Memorial Baptist Church. She has roots in Texas: she grew up in South Texas, attended schools in Central Texas, and served in East Texas. Remembering her roots, she leaps into a new adventure and home in Virginia! Brooke has been shaped by the communities and work in which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies from Howard Payne University and a Masters of Divinity from George W. Truett Seminary. She is currently working on her Doctorate of Ministry at Truett Seminary. She is thankful for her ordination from Calvary Baptist Church in Waco, TX. Previously Brooke had the gift of serving at Central Baptist Church in Marshall, TX. Brooke is eager to explore the ways we can share the love of Christ with those around us in Arlington, surrounding areas, and the world. One of her favorite quotes is from Pierre Teilhard de Chardin: “Above all trust in the slow work of God.” Indeed, God is at work in our midst...may we be alert so that we become people grounded in the love of God, loving God and loving people.

Bill Johnson

Associate Pastor

Bill helps out in many ways throughout the life of Memorial Baptist Church. He regularly teaches in adult education, plays guitar and sings with the LifeLine worship team, sings in the adult choir, leads in our monthy ASPAN meal preparations, and has been seen taking a few (thousand) pictures. Bill also lives out his gifts and call at his full-time job in the community. A graduate of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in San Francisco, Bill and his family initially came to Memorial in 1992 as associate pastor, with music and education as his primary focuses.

Ross Tarpley

Interim Music Minister


Following a summer internship at Memorial in 2015, Ross was excited to receive a call to serve as Interim Music Minister in January 2016 and began the next month. A native of Marshall, TX, he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Baylor University in December 2015. With majors in Entrepreneurship and Religion, Ross now intends to pursue graduate studies in Divinity and Church Music at George W. Truett Theological Seminary beginning fall of 2016. He is beyond thankful for the opportunity to return to such a loving, vibrant congregation; to work alongside devoted, faithful pastors; and to collaborate with talented, intentional musicians. He is hopeful to work alongside what God is already doing in this community and eager to share his gifts and passions during this interim period.

Artemia Tamayo

Church Administrator

After working in a shared position with the Northern Virginia Baptist association, NorthStar Church Network, Artemia joined the Memorial staff full-time in September of 2007. Artemia is a graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park and The John Leland Center for Theological Studies with a Masters in Christian Leadersthip.  Artemia also serves as Associate Pastor at ministry partners, Greenbrier Baptist Church in South Arlington.

Sally Tipton

Children's Ministry Director

Sally grew up at Memorial Baptist Church into a young woman of great faith and desire to serve the Lord, Jesus Christ. Sally is a Marymount University graduate with a Master in Elementary Education. She began her ministry with Memorial in 2006 and continues to faithfully serve the children and families of Memorial Baptist Church.  Sally is now the proud mother of a son, Elias, and daughter, Emilia delightful blessings for both her and husband, Gabriel.

Nancy Donnella

Office Assistant

Nancy is proudly serving with our staff as a part-time office assistant to support the work and mission of Memorial Baptist. Nancy is a long-time church member having served in various capacities throughout the years.  Nancy is married to Frank Donnella and both are wonderful contributors to the life of Memorial Baptist Church.


Ruben Hernandez


Ruben is a critical part of life and work at Memorial Baptist Church. In addition to his outstanding engineering and maintenance skills, he is a man of great faith with a stirring personal testimony in Jesus Christ. We are privileged that he and his lovely family -- wife Rocio and children Yessennia, Santiago, and Josué -- make Memorial Baptist their church home.

Ricardo Valencia

Assistant Caretaker

Isabel Baltazar

Childcare Staff


Faustina Fernandez

Childcare Staff

Faustina has been serving at Memorial since December 2000.  She has worked and seen grow many of the now teenagers at Memorial.  She is not only a staff member but a true part of the congregation having brought her family to church, experienced joys and loss, Faustina is a wonderful testament to faithfulness and love for the church.  We are thankful for her life.

Yoon Nam 


Yoon joined our staff part-time in June of 2014.  She is a wonderful and gifted pianist that embelishes us every week during our 11am service and leads us in singing praises to our God.  

Kent Washburn

Organist/Choir Accompanist

Kent is a talented musician and organist who joined our staff part-time in February of 2013. Kent accompanies the choir on Wednesday evenings during their rehearsals and also leads us on the organ Sunday mornings during the 11am service.

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