Meet the Team

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Joel Pazmino

Lead Pastor

Joel is originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the United States in 2006. He has a heart for planting churches and has been involved with church plants in one way or another since he was 15 years old. After being an associate minister in Annapolis, MD, Joel and his wife Meghan felt the call to plant Encounter. Joel recently completed a church planting residency at New Life Christian Church in Chantilly, VA. Joel and Meghan currently live in Columbia Heights in Washington, DC.

Joel is an avid coffee drinker, a podcast junkie, and a passionate soccer fan, go Barça! Meghan is a math coach at Ross Elementary School. They spend their free time going on adventures together, exploring DC, and dreaming of what God will do in the city.

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Fabian castro

Worship Leader

Fabian is originally from Costa Rica and he has been involved in worship bands of multiple church plants since he was 13 years old. He has a passion for bringing people closer to God through the arts and music.

Fabian married his wife Grace in the summer of 2015 and Grace works as a veterinarian in Bethesda, MD. Fabian works for McCormick and enjoys soccer, everything from the Maryland Terrapins, and eating at delicious places. They have two cats Jax and Jynx who sometimes like being around people.

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Communications Director

Ariana is also originally from Costa Rica, (Fabián is her brother). Similar to her brother, she has been involved with church plants pretty much her whole life because their dad is a church planter. She has a heart for the nations, languages, and traveling and a passion for seeing people from every background and tongue worshiping Jesus and loving each other.

Ariana married Jon in 2016 and Jon works as a carpenter. Their home is filled with beautiful wood décor that he has made. Ariana is a wannabe minimalist who enjoys black coffee, cities, and is learning to love the outdoors with a husband who is made for the outdoors.


Grace Castro

Audio/Visual Team Lead

Grace is from Columbia, Maryland and first started seriously serving in church while down in Georgia for veterinary school. It was there that she discovered her passion for creating the right atmosphere for worshiping and connecting to God for all people. 

Grace and her husband, Fabian, were married in June of 2015 and have two ridiculous(ly cute) cats, Jax and Jynx. She works as a veterinarian in Bethesda, MD and will always love reading a good book, finding a new cute restaurant, or having an old-fashioned game night. 

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Connections Coordinator

Brittany is from Annapolis, Maryland. She became involved in church as a teenager and fell in love with the community that it provided. She has made some of her closest friends through the church and met her husband through church as well!

She and her husband, Richard, were married in September of 2016. Richard works as a car salesman in Laurel, MD and is also involved in a jazz ensemble at Anne Arundel Community College. Brittany works as manager of a few retail stores in Annapolis and also as a softball coach for Anne Arundel Community College. She enjoys softball, dogs (or any animal, really), and all things Puerto Rico related.

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Amy tindell

Children's Ministry Director

Amy is a pastor's kid from Texas. She has been married to Brian for 15 years. They live in Rockville, Maryland with their  three children, Sam (7), Ella Mae (5), and Will (4). 

She has served in children's ministry for the last 20 years and has a passion to see families learning the Bible together. 

Amy and Brian are passionate about church planting and campus ministry and are thankful to be serving with the Encounter Church Family. 

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Brian & Amy Tindell

Church Planters In Residence

Brian and Amy moved to Rockville in 2017 with a job as an engineer for the government.  Because of their passion for sharing the good news of Jesus with new people, they immediately joined Encounter.  Brian and Amy are also eager to take what they learn at Encounter and start a new church in Rockville.

Brian and Amy have been married for 15 years and have three children who are included in all of the new-church experiences.  Brian enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, and sports with the kiddos.




Encounter is a non-denominational Christian church plant that is supported by a network of several area churches coordinated by Waypoint Church Partners. These churches come together to provide oversight in the form of a Management Team that acts as a board of directors during the planting stage of our church. Click on Waypoint's logo for more information on them.