Good Samaritan (Good Sam) is a community of Christian disciples who find meaning in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus. We take seriously the invitation of Jesus to walk with our neighbors in our journey of faith (Luke 10:25-37). We are brothers and sisters to Christians throughout the world and are affiliated specifically with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We worship in the Christian liturgical tradition and we follow the rhythm of a church year that is organized around the life of Jesus from his birth (Advent/Christmas) through his ministry on earth (Epiphany), then to his death and resurrection (Lent/Easter) and finally to his sharing of God’s Spirit with the church (Pentecost). The Communion meal is central to our worship each Sunday. In it, we feast upon the gifts of Jesus in bread and wine. Here we meet our Lord and become united together in his resurrected life among us. Baptism is a sign of God’s promises that accompany us throughout our lives as we journey in faith and service.
We have chosen to locate our congregation in the heart of Lexington Park, right off of Great Mills Road and from here we take seriously the work of serving our neighbors. We host St Mary’s Caring Soup Kitchen on our campus and our own Our Daily Bread Food Pantry actively serves 150 families week month with groceries and non perishable food. In this community service we hope to serve any who have need, regardless of religion, race, color, age, sexual identity, national origin, disability or parental status.
At Good Sam, we believe in listening to one another, respecting one another and figuring out together how we can best love God and to love and serve our neighbors. We don’t believe that we all need to have the same political views. Here you’ll find democrats, republicans and everything in between. All are welcome! We find that, no matter our political beliefs, we discover common ground in loving God and neighbor. We can all support each other on this journey of faith.
We hope you will visit us in person on a Sunday morning. We’d love the opportunity to walk with you on your journey and to share with you the grace and joy that we have found in the path of discipleship.
Our Interim Pastor
Pastor Elijah Mwitanti was born and raised in the Southern-African country of Zambia. A cradle Christian, he sensed the call to ministry in the 11th grade of high school and pursued it with undergraduate Bible College studies in Zambia and seminary studies in the USA. He grew up in the Baptist Church where he served as a pastor, administrator, and professor.
Pastor Elijah joined the Lutheran church while serving a mission organization in New Jersey and subsequently sought a pastoral call in the ELCA where he has served a mix of interim and permanent calls in New Jersey, Utah and Virginia. His most recent interim was at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
His family consists of his wife Kerris who is a banker in Washington D.C., their son Semba (28) of Orlando, FL, their daughters Vickie (26) of New York City, Heather (23) of Arlington VA, and Ashley (19) an upcoming junior at Virginia Commonwealth University. Pastor Elijah is currently pursuing his doctorate in Public Theology at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey. When free, Pastor Elijah likes to ride a bike, workout in the gym, write and share inspirational thoughts on Facebook and watch documentaries on Animal Planet, Discovery Channel and National Geographic. In between he squeezes in the Honeymooners, Sanford and Sons, Coach and Family Matters.
Our Music Director
We are very excited to have Sherri Fenwick join our staff. She Graduated from St Mary’s College with a Music Ed. Degree and has a full career as a music teacher in the St Mary’s County School system as well as decades of experience as a church musician in and out of this county. She directs a tri-county Southern Gospel Choir and comes to us with a long list of people who’s lives she has touch through music in area churches, schools, choirs and more. She is a gifted organist and is wonderful on any keyboard. Not only does she love music but she love the Lord even more.
Our Director of Mission and Engagement
Kelsey Knobloch moved to Maryland in late 2019 with his wife Amanda after spending 6 years in Virginia. A native Texan (and proud of it), Kelsey is the son of a Lutheran pastor and received his degree in English Literature from Texas Lutheran University in 2011. As a lifelong Lutheran, Kelsey has a passion for being the hands and feet of Christ in the community and abroad, and has been a part of mission trips to Mexico and all along the Eastern US coast. He has worked with youth and adults to help them grow in their faith, learn more about Christ and each other, and serve those in need.
Kelsey enjoys learning new things, trying different food & drinks, and science education. His hobbies include tabletop gaming, mycology, woodworking, lexicography, and comic books.
Our Office Manager / Administrative Assistant
Iman Green Syler lives in Valley Lee, MD with her husband, Greg, and their daughter, Carter. Born and raised in Charlotte, NC, Iman’s Christian faith deepened through camping and youth ministry. Before coming to Good Samaritan, Iman served as Missioner for Youth & Families for the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, helping resource and develop effective ministries in faith communities throughout southern Maryland, DC, Montgomery, Prince George’s County. She is an active member of The Episcopal Church and worships with her family at St. George’s in Valley Lee. Not only is she excited to join the ministry team at Good Samaritan, Iman looks forward to bringing her skills, joy, and love of Christ to empower and help raise up life-changing ministry.
Wednesday Evening Childcare Staff
Hello my name is Julie Nelson. I am a Texas native, but am living here in Southern Maryland with my husband who is stationed on NAS Pax River. I was fortunate to grow up in a Christian home and learned the value of missionary work from a young age. I love being able to share the love of God with children and help shape them into who they will be in the future.