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.