Who We Are
Lon Solomon was born and raised in a Jewish home in Portsmouth, VA. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a chemistry major. While in college, Lon's life became a relentless search for meaning and purpose. He sought to fill the void he felt on the inside with fraternity life, partying, gambling, and even developed a serious drinking problem. When all this failed to supply the inner peace he was seeking, Lon became deeply involved in drugs, both as a user and a distributor. He turned to ''spiritual'' things at this point, diving into psychedelics, Eastern religions and even attempting a return to mainstream Judaism. But all this failed to resolve his inner turmoil and he decided that suicide was the only reasonable way out. It was at this time that Lon met a street evangelist in Chapel Hill who began to talk to him about Jesus Christ. As a result of months of interaction with this man, Lon made the decision to accept Jesus as his personal Savior and Messiah in the spring of 1971.Lon is a marvelous example of God's transforming power in action. Subsequent to his decision to accept Christ, Lon was able to quit the drug and alcohol abuse that had plagued his life for years. He went on to graduate from Capital Bible Seminary in Old Testament with highest honors. He then did his graduate work at Johns Hopkins University in Near Eastern Studies. He taught Hebrew and Old Testament at Capital Bible Seminary from 1975-1980. In 1980 Lon became the senior pastor at McLean Bible Church, where he has served for over 30 years.
John had the good fortune of being born into a Christian home and reared in the Southern Baptist church. He has early memories of his mother reading him Bible stories and kneeling with him beside his bed to “say my prayers.” These are cherished to this day, and they gave him great security for the rest of his life. His mother told him about the Lord Jesus and what He had done for us. John learned that if he wanted to live forever with Him in heaven, he needed ask Jesus into his heart, which he did. However, it was not until he was married with three young children that his spiritual journey came alive in Christ. After moving their church membership to Barcroft Bible Church in Arlington, Virginia in 1973, John and his wife, Sharon, were taught the real meat of the Word, and they grew quickly. Now, having attended McLean Bible Church since September 1997, and becoming a member shortly thereafter, he has been given the unexpected privilege of serving Him and His flock as an Elder at McLean Bible Church. This wonderful privilege is far beyond his greatest expectations. Within MBC, it is his desire to serve the members and attendees with all his abilities. Outside the church, his desire is to stand strong in his testimony for our Lord, Jesus Christ. And, to present MBC honorably in his every-day walk with Him.
Jim is an engineering graduate of Virginia Tech and holds a Master of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He works in the computer field. Jim and his wife, Faith, have been members of McLean Bible Church since 1987, and have two adult children who were raised in the MBC elementary and youth ministries. Over the years, Jim has been involved in the leadership of a two-year graduate biblical institute (The Log College) and as an instructor in Christianity 101 and 201. Currently he teaches How to Study the Bible and related Bible book-study courses. Jim has served on the Board of Elders for over twelve years.
Larry joined the Board in 2001. He and his wife, Phyllis, have been members of McLean since 1988. They have 3 grown sons and 4 beautiful grandchildren. Larry has been active over the years in the Creative Arts Ministry as an instrumentalist and has served as a home fellowship group leader, a member of the Church finance committee and a member of building committees for the Caleb I and II, BFL I and BFL II MBC building programs. On the Board, he currently serves as the Chairman and as a member of the Executive Committee. He is also one of the three appointed Custodial Trustees of the church.Larry’s career history includes serving on active duty as an officer with the US Army Corps of Engineers and a 31 year career with IBM. Upon retiring from IBM in 1992, Larry founded and currently leads Cooper Consulting, Inc., a management consulting and technololgy firm that primarily serves the not-for-profit sector.
Mark Gottlieb gave his life to Christ a short time after he started attending MBC in 1985. He has been on the Board of MBC for almost ten years now.Mark has two masters’ degrees in engineering from Stanford University. After graduate school he joined SRI International in Arlington where he worked for a few years and also taught part time in the engineering school at George Washington University. In 1986 Mark started his first business and is presently running an electronics company manufacturing home healthcare products.Mark and his wife Sharon have been married since 1988, and have been blessed with 4 wonderful children. Mark’s interests include woodworking, photography, electronics, scuba diving, lock picking and of course studying God’s Word.His favorite Bible verse is Phil 4:6-7.
Mark became a Christ follower as a teenager in 1978 when he was challenged to consider the vast evidence for the supernatural reality of the Bible and the person and work of Jesus Christ. When he discovered that a true and living God is willing to “wipe our slates clean” and irrevocably remove the penalty for sin when we put our trust in His Son, he reached out in faith to begin an exciting adventure in relationship with the God of heaven and earth. Mark has been a part of McLean Bible Church since 1988 – a member since 1990. Over the years he has served in MBC’s children’s ministry, teller’s ministry, Creative Arts ministry, and Frontline. He has been on the teaching staff of MBC’s McLean University since 1999, teaching Christianity 101, 201, and 301 – primarily in Frontline as the “Foundations” series. He received a Masters of Biblical Studies in 1994 from Log College, MBC’s two-year graduate institute. Mark holds a BFA in Commercial Art from Texas Christian University and currently is an Art Director with an in-house design group in the federal service.Mark and his wife Carol have been married since 1986. Carol also has a long ministry history at MBC with over eight years experience teaching Precept Upon Precept Bible study series in Frontline. Mark and Carol have two children and live in Springfield, Virginia.
Tom has served on the Board of Elders since 1991 (he also served for two years in 1988-89) and serves as its Vice Chairman. He and his wife, Glee, live in Davidsonville, MD. Members of MBC since 1985, they accepted Christ together in September 1959 shortly after they were married. As a member of the Board of Elders Executive Committee, among a variety of other duties, he and the Board Chair, Larry Cooper, recommend staff personnel policies and oversee ministry staffing. Tom is semi-retired after nearly 50 years in military and civil aviation management. Besides his duties on the Board of Elders, he is now devotes much of his time to the MBC Primetime Community as a teacher and worship leader.
Jimmy returned to serve on the Board of Elders in June 2002. He previously served on the Board for 13 years, during which time he served as chairman for two years. He and his wife Chambliss began attending McLean Bible Church in 1974 soon after they moved into the area. Both were young Christians eager to grow in the Lord. The teaching and service opportunities at MBC have been critical to their and their family’s Christian growth. They have also had the opportunity to minister with parachurch organizations, including Jimmy’s service on boards of three area Christian organizations. The Mitchells have two sons, two wonderful daughters-by-marriage and six grandchildren.
Craig has a B.S. degree in Biology and Chemistry from Houghton College. For the past 18 years, he has worked in the defense-related industry in the Washington Metro area. He currently is Vice President of Business Development for AERA, Inc., a $24 million high-technology company in Arlington, VA. He is married with two children and has served on the Board of Elders since 1994.