Leadership

Pastors

Jason Conner

Lead Pastor

Jason grew up in California where he married his wife Christy and raised three kids. He received a BS in Professional Aeronautics at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, serving two decades in the airline industry as a pilot and instructor. Jason is a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary, with a MA in Biblical Studies.

Jason spent the last decade serving at Portico’s first church plant, Portico Arlington. As our new Acting Lead Pastor, Jason will serve Portico by preaching, teaching, developing leaders, and charting a course for our future. His passion is to see lives transformed by the gospel.

When Jason’s not in the office you may find him riding motorcycles with Christy or traveling. He loves being “Pappy” to his several grandkids.

Desmond Glenn

Community Care Pastor

What I do at Portico: I oversee all community groups, and equip people to be effective followers of Christ.
Years at Portico: I’ve been at Portico since 2015
Years in Ministry: I’ve been in ministry since 2015
Grew up in: I was born and raised in Marvell, Arkansas #countrybred #countryfed
Favorite Food: Fried Catfish
Favorite Portico Memory: My first day on the job, we took a trip to Philadelphia that made a major impact on me spiritually, and it showed me how much the team valued spending time together.
What I love about serving at Portico: I love serving the people that Jesus has allowed me to serve and oversee.
On my day off you can find me: Spending time with my family and working out
Books I would recommend: All the books of the Bible, On The Block by Doug Logan, Saturate by Jeff Vanderstelt, and The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rosaria Butterfield.

Daniel Kwak

Generations Pastor
Daniel hails from Orlando, FL. He graduated from the University of Florida in 2011 and enrolled at Reformed Theological Seminary in 2014, while serving as the Youth Pastor at his home church. Daniel married his wife Clarissa (a UVA alum) in 2019, and they moved to Charlottesville for her job at UVA Hospital.

He is passionate about making disciples and wants to see young people know and worship Jesus in all of His splendor and majesty. His desire is that the church would be the family of God and a place of healing for the broken.

During his free time he loves trying new restaurants with Clarissa, drinking good coffee, reading, nature, watching movies + sports, and playing with Kiwi (his corgi pup).

Edward Robinson

Teaching Pastor

Edward Robinson became a follower of Jesus at the age of 17 after growing up in Buffalo NY. The journey of following the Lord led Edward to sense a call into ministry from the first day of his conversion. He would eventually end up at the Master’s University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biblical studies. This is also where he met his wife, Natalie. And the two of them have been married for 8 years with the fruit of 4 handsome boys.

Edward began his pastoral ministry at Epiphany Camden in New Jersey. Edward also holds a MBA, with an eye for the financial sustainability of urban churches. He now serves as Portico’s teaching pastor, giving oversight to educating new members, leading community groups, and overseeing both men’s and women’s ministry.

Outside the office you can always find Edward in a new book and passionately raising his 4 sons to leave a legacy of godly men.

Staff

Courtney Dillard

Portico Kids Director

Courtney is a local girl!  She was born and raised in Charlottesville and attended Albemarle County Public Schools.  She earned a BA in history from JMU (Go, Dukes!)  and a Masters in Elementary Education from UVA.  She is licensed in the state of Virginia to teach preschool through sixth grade.  

From 1994 - 2022,  she taught at Murray Elementary School, a small Albemarle County school in Ivy.  At Murray she taught primarily fifth grade, but spent some time in fourth grade as well as first grade.  While she loved her time at Murray, she is excited about this next chapter of her life where she can combine her greatest loves, Jesus and children.  She hopes to create a thriving children’s ministry at Portico where parents are encouraged and equipped to build  their children up as disciples of Jesus through the work of the Holy Spirit.

Courtney lives in Crozet with her shih-poo, Huckleberry.  In her free time she likes to participate in Portico events, hang-out with her extended family, and spend time with her son, William Marshall, who lives and works in the Charlottesville area.

Jon Huang

Worship Director

What I do at Portico:  I manage the sights and sounds of worship on Sunday morning, and help foster new leaders for our music and tech-booth teams.
Years at Portico: Since 2014
Years in Ministry: I'm happy to have started in 2020!
Grew up in: Herndon, VA
Favorite Food: All manner of Pot Pies, Pho, Ramen, Pizza and Sushi
Favorite Portico Memory: The highs and the lows that I’ve walked through in life with our community group by our side.  All the moving, campfires, late night talks, theological discussions, and accountability that comes with living with those that support me as family.
What I love about serving at Portico:  I love the ability to collaborate with our music team in leading meaningful, gospel driven worship.  I love tackling creative projects with a supporting staff that I know deeply cares about the church they are serving.
On my day off you can find me: Hiking a nature trail, discovering/writing tunes, spending time with family, preferably eating one of my favorite foods.
A book I would recommend: Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin

Caitlin Jones

Executive Director

Caitlin is a born & raised New Englander (Go Red Sox!), spending her childhood in a small coastal Connecticut town. James Madison University brought her to Virginia, and...she never left. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy and Administration and greatly enjoyed her time at JMU.  After graduating, Caitlin moved to Charlottesville working for a small local payroll company, and began attending Portico Church in 2013.

In 2015, Caitlin joined the staff team, and since then her job responsibilities have shifted numerous times over the years. She currently serves as Portico Church's Executive Director. You can find Caitlin assisting her teammates with their ministry goals & plans, overseeing Portico’s membership process, and responding to general ministry needs.

Caitlin loves calling Charlottesville home; she enjoys UVA lacrosse, Space Mountain (🎢), reading, taking candid photographs, music & crime podcasts, traveling, chatting with Portico kiddos, and…Taco Bell. Caitlin  co-leads the 9th & 10th grade girls Life Group and enjoys participating in Pastor Daniel’s CONNECT ministry as a volunteer.  

Janet Lohr

Finance Director

Janet was born and raised in Hampton, VA. After graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from ODU, she spent 10 years at Union Camp Paper Mill in Franklin, VA. When her husband’s job brought them to Charlottesville, she became a full time mom and started doing the bookkeeping for his company.

In 2012, she joined the staff team as Operations Bookkeeper and has enjoyed her new “career” doing bookkeeping for both Portico Church and Lohr & Company.

Janet and her husband, Greg, are so glad to be in Charlottesville (where Greg was born!) and to be doing life and church with some of their children and grandchildren. Greg and Janet are enjoying “empty nesting” and spending time with family and playing with their grandkids. During the fall, you might find them sharing a tree stand and hunting together! They will also be teaching the 4th & 5th Grade Portico Kids Class together!

Amy Thornton

Women's Ministry Director

Amy was born and raised in North Carolina. She did her undergraduate work in English and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before obtaining a law degree from Campbell University. She met her husband, Daniel, the first weekend at Carolina, and they have been together ever since. Although she practiced law in two states, she would tell you that her first love was not law, but mothering her three children, Jackson, Eli, and McKenna.

A natural encourager, Amy came to women’s ministry out of a desire to see women supported in and excited about growing in relationship with the Lord and with one another in Biblical community. She is passionate about God’s Word - living a life informed and directed by it, coming to know God more fully through it, and helping women come to love it as much as she does. She hopes to foster an environment in which each woman will not only know she is seen, known, and loved, but that she belongs.

When Amy is not at Portico, you will most likely find her face-first in a book; trying out a new recipe (she loves to feed people!); listening to, playing, and/or singing some good music; or hanging out with her family in and around her home in Crozet.

Jon Watts

Pastoral Assistant

Jon spent his childhood years in Charlotte, NC before relocating to the Peoria, IL area during his teen years. After dropping out of high school, Jon was confronted with the beauty of the gospel at eighteen and came to Christ in faith. His time in ministry began serving urban and incarcerated teens in Peoria, IL, before serving as a Student Pastor at his local church. He and his wife Sarah have been married since August 2014 and have three sons. Jon is a graduate of Grimké Seminary with a Master of Theological Studies.

As the Pastoral Assistant, Jon works closely with the Lead Pastor and pastoral team. He assists them as they lead, teach, and care for the people of Portico Church. He longs to see the people of God worship Christ while growing deeper as disciples of Christ.

In his spare time, you can find Jon spending time with family or friends, wrestling with his boys, reading a good book, exercising, or roasting some coffee.

Lay Elders

Ron Londen

Lay Elder

Jedd Smith

Lay Elder

Deacons

Chris Hoffman

Deacon
Don Rude
Deacon

Greg Bures

Deacon

Irfan Bhimji

Deacon
Ryan Slater
Deacon