Elders (a.k.a. pastors) are biblically qualified men who oversee the local church, particularly through teaching God's Word, praying, caring for church members and training members to do the work of ministry.

-Ephesians 4; 1 Timothy 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3


Mike McKinley

Senior pastor
email: mike@sterlingparkbc.org
Phone: 703.430.2527

Mike McKinley was raised in suburban Philadelphia. He received a B.A. in Religion and Classics from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an M.Div from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. In 2004, Mike was brought onto the pastoral staff at Capitol Hill Baptist Church as a church planter. In 2005, he brought a small group of people from CHBC to Guilford Baptist Church in order to help revitalize the church’s ministry. He served as Guilford’s pastor until 2013, when Guilford merged with Sterling Park Baptist Church, where he now serves as Senior Pastor. Mike has been married to Karen since 1997, and they have five beautiful children: Kendall, Knox, Phineas, Ebenezer, and Harper. In his free time, Mike loves to spend time with his family, reading all kinds of books, and daydreaming about the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Eagles.


Seth Wachtel

Associate Pastor
Email: seth@sterlingparkbc.org

Seth grew up in Wilmington, NC. He became a Christian at a young age through the steady witness of the church. He later attended North Carolina State University (B.S. Marketing) and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div). During his time in college and seminary, Seth joined Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, NC, where he experienced great spiritual growth and confirmation in his call to pastoral ministry. After graduating from Southeastern, he spent nearly three years as a pastoral resident at Henderson Hills Baptist Church in Edmond, OK, where he served until he joined Sterling Park Baptist. Seth has been married to Jill since 2008, and they have three beautiful children: Airlie, Beau, and Sadie. In their free time, the Wachtels enjoy getting outside, meeting new friends, eating good food and cheering on the NC State Wolfpack.


Mike Jones

Assistant Pastor
Email: mikej@sterlingparkbc.org

Mike is a genuine “scouser” who grew up in Liverpool, England. When Mike left school he went to live in Seattle to work with young people in local churches. When he came back to England he studied at Capernwray Bible School, where he met his future wife, Heidi (who, believe it or not, is from Seattle!). Mike and Heidi have been married since 2009 and have one daughter, Ariella, and a baby boy on the way. Previously, Mike had been working as the Ministry Intern at Aigburth Community Church in Liverpool. However, in 2014 he joined us at SPBC to be our Pastoral Assistant and also attend Reformed Theological Seminary. He’s now our Assistant Pastor (focusing most of his attention on men’s ministry and youth) and is finishing up his MDiv (which he thinks he might complete before Jesus returns). In his spare time, Mike loves watching and playing football (we call it soccer, but Mike refuses to use that term), drinking coffee, jumping in lakes, cooking, traveling, and hiking.


Marty Clock

Lay elder

Marty Clock was born in Dallas, Texas, went to school in Boston (Boston University), and moved to the DC area shortly after. He accepted Christ at an early age, after a gospel presentation by his Sunday School teacher followed by questions and discipleship with his mother. He met his wife at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in the College & Career Class (it was the only open seat – God had plans!) and had three children before joining the church plant at then-Guilford Baptist Church in 2005 (he’s since added a fourth). The opportunities for service, emphasis on missions, as well as the personal application of the Gospel to every aspect of life drew him and keep him excited about serving. He enjoys reading science fiction/fantasy and spending time being a husband to Barb and a father to Benjamin, Eileanóra, William and Nathanael.


Tarun Nallabelli

lay elder

Tarun was born and raised in Hyderabad, India in a Christian environment. He became a Christian during his Undergrad as he firmly believed that only in Jesus Christ he could be forgiven of his sins and have a new relationship with God. His relationship with God became stronger after he moved to Virginia in 2004 to pursue his Masters. Since graduating in 2007 he has been able to find employment in the DC metro area in various IT companies. Tarun has been married to Angelene since 2010 and they are blessed with two boys Levi and Judah. Tarun and Angelene joined Guilford Baptist Church (now Sterling Park) in 2012.The Nallabellis strongly believe that the Gospel centered teaching and personal relationships formed at Sterling Park have been of immeasurable help in their spiritual growth. They love and enjoy having friends, neighbors and family over for some nice Indian food and some Gospel flavored conversations.


Scott Welch

Lay Elder

Scott is one of the few—and proud—to have lived in the Washington, DC area his entire life. He attended the University of Maryland, studying architecture, and attending as many college basketball and football games as possible. He met his lovely wife Jen while serving as Bible study leaders for the high school youth group of a local church, and they have been blessed with two beautiful children. Scott and his family began attending Sterling Park Baptist Church in the spring of 2014, where the expositional preaching, and fellowship with loving church members bring them great joy. Scott has always loved music—singing in choirs, a cappella groups, and his car for as long as he can remember. When not working at an architectural firm in Maryland, Scott enjoys spending time with family and friends, eating pizza, visiting theme parks, and watching his snake-bit local sports teams.