Our Staff

Rev. Mark Shaltanis, Pastor
Pastor Mark grew up in Iowa and graduated from Concordia College in Wisconsin. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1992. He served as an associate pastor in Richmond before becoming the pastor of St. Paul’s in 1998. He and his wife, Theresa, and their two children live in Dunn Loring.


Rev. Chris Xinhong Yang, Associate and Chinese Pastor 

Pastor Yang grew up in Beijing, China.  He worked in the area of software development before attending Concordia Seminary in Fort Wayne and becoming a pastor.  He was called to serve at St. Paul’s in 2009.  From 2015-2018 he served an overseas mission.  Pastor Yang and his wife have two young adult boys.


Rev. Wayne Lehrer, Pastoral Assistant
Pastor Lehrer is a native of Minnesota and attended Concordia College in St. Paul, Minnesota. He received a Masters of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, in 1969, an MA from Salve Regina University in 1994, and an LLD from Concordia University in 2006. He served  as an Army Chaplain for 25 years, and as a parish pastor for 12 years before joining St. Paul’s staff part-time in 2005. He and his wife, Lois, have three grown children.


Kantor Aaron Jansen, Director of Music
Kantor Aaron grew up in Wisconsin. He attended Valparaiso University, and later the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a PhD in Human Cancer Biology.  He worked for a number of years as a researcher in Maryland, while also serving as a part-time church musician.  In 2015 he completed a Masters in Church Music degree from Shenandoah University.  Aaron has been St. Paul’s Director of Music since 2017.  He and his wife, Melissa, have two school-aged children.

Linda Fekete, Secretary

Linda, her husband and their two sons were members of St.Paul’s from 2002 to 2004 before they moved overseas. Linda and family have returned to the area and she works in the office as St. Paul’s church secretary.

John Bean, Business Manager

John joined our staff in January of 2015.  He is a long-time resident of Falls Church and has served a number of area churches in a similar capacity.  He and his wife attend Christ Church Vienna.

Tawni Harrell, Youth Director
Tawni joined our staff in 2013.  She has called Northern Virginia her home for over 18 years.  She holds her degree in Child Development and  enjoys spending time with her family.

Melinda Cagle, Preschool Director
Melinda is a native of Alabama, where she received her degree in Elementary Education.  She is married and has four children. She has been St. Paul’s Preschool Director since 2016.

Marian Robinson, Preschool Financial Director
Marian is a native of the Illinois Quad Cities. She has extensive experience in accounting. She has been at the preschool since 2000.

Richard Irwin, Custodian

Richard grew up in a Foreign Service family, attending high school and college (VCU) in Virginia.  He designed theater sets for a number of years before becoming our Custodian in 2014.