Our 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.


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. Fabian married Grace in the summer of 2015 and Grace is currently finishing Veterinary school. Fabian enjoys soccer, everything from the Maryland Terrapins, and eating at delicious places.


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.