Pastors & Staff

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

Pastor of Mission & Mercy

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.

Holly Good

Portico Kids Ministry Coordinator 

What I do at Portico: I am honored work with the bones of kids ministry: the volunteers. I aim to ensure that our children are well cared for and taught each Sunday; that our volunteers know when they are scheduled and are well-informed; that they feel appreciated and encouraged; and, most importantly, that all who walk through the doors of Portico Kids feel the presence of God and the love of Jesus.
Years at Portico: Since the fall of 2015
Years in Ministry: I led a girl’s small group for Chi Alpha in college, and have worked in Portico Kids since about 2016
Grew up in: Waynesboro, VA, with parents from Bristol, TN and Afton, VA.
Favorite Food: Probably any form of homemade pasta. I absolutely adore Italian food, both cooking and eating it.
Favorite Portico Memory: Oh, there are so many! I must say, I love every time we gather together with the community or each other: Investor Gatherings, Kids Camp, and Love the Court are some of my absolute favorite times at Portico.
What I love about serving at Portico: In my particular role, I love getting to know and love the families here, and knowing most of the faces in church each Sunday.
On my day off you can find me: Playing with my daughter and my husband; reading; cooking; baking; or hiking around town (or in the Shenandoah National Park).
Books I would recommend: So, so many books, but here are few: Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren, The Hobbit by JRR Tolkein, The Body Keeps the Score by Dr. van der Kolk, The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, Marcella’s Italian Kitchen: A Cookbook by Marcella Hazan

Jon Huang

Director of Worship

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

What I do at Portico: A little bit of everything, and that’s just the way I like it!  You can find me assisting my teammates with their ministry goals & plans, overseeing our membership process,  updating our Portico Instagram account,  and responding to general ministry needs.
Years at Portico: I started attending in 2013, became an Investor in 2014, and joined staff in 2015.
Years in Ministry: Since 2015.
Grew up in: Clinton, Connecticut. Born and raised in New England  - Go Red Sox!
Favorite Food: Taco Bell.
Favorite Portico Memory: I love Sunday mornings at Portico - especially in the Springtime when people spill onto the sidewalks chatting and kids climb on the rocks after service. Fellowship abounds...
What I love about serving at Portico: I moved to Charlottesville not knowing anyone and truly found a family here at Portico. It’s a joy to serve alongside this team, and the people we serve are amazing in spurring us on towards Gospel mission.
On my day off you can find me: At a UVA sporting event; I have season tickets for Men’s Lacrosse. I also love reading, hammocking (can I make that a verb?), and photographing candid shots.
Books I would recommend: Awe by Paul David Tripp or Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Daniel Kwak

Pastor of Family Ministries
What I do at Portico: I have the privilege of leading, equipping, and teaching students (6th grade-college) at Portico. I believe with every fiber of my being that students aren’t the future church. They ARE the church (Doug Fields).
Years at Portico: Since 2019
Years in Ministry: Since 2014
Grew up in: Orlando, FL (go Gators)
Favorite Food(s): Tacos, Wings, Sushi. All day, err day.
Favorite Portico Memory: Kids Baptism. Wooowheee. What a b-e-a-u-tiful thing to witness.
What I love about serving at Portico: I love the people and the culture. Since the day that I first walked in through the doors, I've been overwhelmed by the love, hospitality, and generosity of this church. I can visibly and tangibly see the kingdom of God being built as the church lives out the Gospel.
On my day off you can find me: Watching sports, reading a book, listening to a podcast, trying out new food joints.
A book I would recommend: Radical by David Platt

Janet Lohr

Director of Finance

What I do at Portico: All things numbers and accounting -  bills, donations, bank accounts and budgeting!
Years at Portico:  I have been an Investor since 2008 and on staff since 2012.
Years in Ministry: I have been loving Jesus and serving Him in some capacity at a church since 1989.
Grew up in: Hampton, Virginia
Favorite Food: Any food involving tortilla chips!
Favorite Portico Memory:  Honestly, our first visit still sticks in my mind as one of the sweetest.  Our family had been praying for a new church home and had decided to try Portico first.  Everything ministered to us from the minute we arrived - the people, the music and the message.   We grabbed Portico t-shirts on the way out (of course!) and the rest is history!  We knew we were home!
What I love about serving at Portico: I love what I do, and I love being able to do what I love alongside my church family.
On my day off you can find me:  Exercising, having lunch with my besties, or hanging out in Madison County with my hubby and my family and whoever drops by to visit!
Books I would recommend:  Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper, All the Light You Cannot See and Harry Potter.

Edward Robinson

Pastor of Community & Discipleship

What I do at Portico: I get the privilege of serving as the community & discipleship pastor here at Portico
Years at Portico: Just started in 2020
Years in Ministry: 14
Grew up in: Buffalo, NY
Favorite Food: Pizza
Favorite Portico Memory: Looking forward to establishing some great memories over the coming years
What I love about serving at Portico: The opportunity to support the church’s mission of planting churches for future generations
On my day off you can find me: Looking for something new to learn
A book I would recommend: Work Matters by Tom Nelson

Amy Thornton

Director of Women's Ministry

What I do at Portico: Support, encourage, love on, walk beside and speak Jesus with Portico’s women
Years at Portico: We started coming to Portico in 2010 and have been investors since 2011
Years in Ministry: Well, I suppose that all depends on how you define “in ministry.” If you count every year I’ve been a mom as a year in ministry (which I do), then 18. Otherwise, I’ve been involved in ministry in some form or fashion (including children’s ministry, and music ministry) since the late 1980’s. But, I formally joined Portico’s ministry staff in 2020.
Grew up in: High Point, NC
Favorite Food: Goodness! There are so many. When I’m feeling homesick, it would probably be biscuits, collards, or barbecue. When I’m cooking for my family, it would be something in a bowl - which, at our house, could encompass almost anything from banh mi and Korean beef, to pasta bolognese, to tacos, to shrimp and grits. Let’s just say that food is my favorite and smile together over that.
Favorite Portico Memory: Easter service at John Paul Jones Arena. And not because Portico had their Easter service in the arena (although, that was amazing), but because our oldest son was absolutely insistent that we get there early enough to get a seat on the front row, “to make sure we don’t miss anything, Mom!” We sat so close to the stage, and the speakers that they provided us with earplugs. But, we didn’t miss anything!
What I love about serving at Portico: You know that old saying about how friends are the family you choose for yourself? Well, I believe the church is the family God chose for me and every time we get together it’s like a family reunion. So, when I serve at Portico it feels as if I’m getting the chance to help facilitate the family reunion. Who wouldn’t love that?
On my day off you can find me: Hanging out with my family; reading; somewhere outside looking up and taking pictures; playing and/or listening to some good music; or cooking.
Books I would recommend: (Y’all, it’s the food question all over again!) The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, The Valley of Vision, Stella Endicott and the Anything-is-Possible Poem by Kate DiCamillo.

Jon Watts

Pastoral Resident

What I do at Portico: I have the joy of serving as one of the Pastoral Residents here at Portico. I get to serve alongside the pastoral team, shadowing and learning from them while also assisting them in caring for God’s people and communicating the gospel at Portico. I also spend time as a student with Grimké Seminary.
Years at Portico: Began in the Fall of 2020
Years in Ministry: Since 2013
Grew up in: Charlotte, NC
Favorite Food: Latin. You just can’t go wrong there.
Favorite Portico Memory: As of writing this, I don’t have many Portico memories at all. However, the hospitality and welcome the staff provided to me when I came out to visit was such a joy. Our family looks forward to the sweet memories God will provide for us with a new faith family!
What I love about serving at Portico: The opportunity God has provided to grow in grace while helping others grow in grace.
On my day off you can find me: Spending time with my wife and our two boys, reading, watching sports, roasting coffee, exercising, cooking, or trying a new restaurant.
Books I would recommend: Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortlund | Vital Godliness, William Plummer | Union with Christ, Rankin Wilbourne | Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, Paul Tripp | Holiness, J.C. Ryle | The King Jesus Gospel, Scot McKnight

Elders & Deacons

Ron Londen

Lay Elder

Jedd Smith

Lay Elder

Chris Hoffman

Don Rude

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