Our church recently celebrated its time with our outgoing pastors as they moved into retirement and new ministries. We are excited to go forward with our interim leadership as we undertake the search for new pastors.
The Rev. Susan A. Henderson
Interim Senior Pastor
The Rev. Susan A. Henderson joined the Little River staff in August 2010 to serve the church as Interim Pastor for Congregational Life. In July 2011 she assumed her current position. She had recently served as Interim Senior Pastor for Christ Congregational UCC in Silver Spring, Maryland. Prior to that position, Susan was an Interim Conference Minister for the Vermont and New Hampshire Conferences, provided leadership in outdoor ministry, and served several congregations in southern New Hampshire. Over many years, Susan has served on many boards and committees of the United Church of Christ. During the mid-1990s she was Director and Associate Professor of Springfield College School of Human Services, Manchester, New Hampshire.
Rev. Henderson is a native of Illinois. She earned an undergraduate degree from Springfield College School of Human Services and a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School in Newton, Massachusetts. Susan enjoys working with people as they engage life and grow in faith.
She loves people of all ages; however, children are a particular favorite. Susan is described as a seeker of truth and an agent of change. As an interim minister, she offers guidance and support to congregations as they prepare for the future.
She enjoys quilting, walking, audio books, friendship, and quality time with family. Susan and her husband, Ken, enjoy spending time with their son and daughter, who live close by.
The Rev. Henry E. Fairman
Transitional Pastor for Faith Formation
The Rev. Henry E. “Hank” Fairman has served congregations in Illinois, Michigan, and Virginia as well as spending many years with the UCC Ohio Conference Outdoor Ministries. He has had regular involvement with the Potomac Association and Central Atlantic Conference, especially in ministries related to children and youth.
Rev. Fairman was born in Illinois and raised in southern Virginia, Michigan and Ohio. His degree from Michigan State University focuses on the art, history, and religion of the ancient Near East. Hank received his Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary with emphasis on youth ministry and pastoral care. Hank has a passion for investigating the transitional moments in our life, and how they inform and challenge our faith.
Hank and his wife Christina are the proud parents of Ellie and companions to their English springer spaniels Avery and Greyson. Hank enjoys engaging the outdoors, spending time with friends and family, reading, and sharing his passion for music. Hank and Christina also enjoy touring the byways of Northern Virginia by motorcycle.
Director of Music
Born and raised in the midwest, Craig attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, earning a BA in Classical languages and a minor in music. He then completed an MA in Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Upon returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan, he served as organist and choir director of St. Matthew Lutheran Church (LC-MS) and First United Methodist Church in Hastings, Michigan. During that time Craig chaired the Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. In 1997 he moved to Washington to work in the Public Affairs Office at Washington National Cathedral, editing publications (including the flagship quarterly Cathedral Age) and eventually assuming responsibility for electronic communications. For two years Craig served as interim minister of music at First Baptist Church in Washington, directing the adult choir and an intergenerational handbell ensemble. Since the fall of 2000, he has been organist and, more recently, organist-choir director at Little River. He and his wife, Natalie, have a daughter, Annelise.
Youth Choir Director
Growing up in York, Pennsylvania, Ashton was active in school chorus, band, and orchestra as well as the Bethlehem United Methodist Church choir. She holds a bachelor’s degree in vocal music education from James Madison University (2008) and is now pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Virginia. Ashton teaches music at Hollin Meadows Elementary in Fairfax County, where she thoroughly enjoys working with the chorus and drum circle. In the summer she and her husband, Brandon, love to travel internationally. As director of the Joyful Noise, Ashton selects music to develop vocal ability, reinforce the values of Little River UCC, and promote fun and fellowship for the youth.
Children’s Choir Director
This position is vacant. If you are interested in applying, please refer to the position description.
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