Our Leadership

Meet our Pastor

Reverend Josette L. Franklin was born in Washington, DC and raised in Prince George’s County, MD. She is the eldest of four siblings and the daughter of a preacher. And is a single girl mom to two amazing daughters. A singer who also plays the piano and served in music ministry in the Baptist church for many years, the worship of God through music is at the center of who she is, and helps her connect with God and people.  Reverend Franklin completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration-Management at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland and her Master of Divinity degree at Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA. Reverend Franklin comes to us from the Three Notch’d District where she served in a Cross Racial/Cross Cultural appointment of a two-point charge in Richmond, VA from 2019-2023 as the first African American pastor of Greenwood UMC and Laurel Park UMC. Reverend Franklin is a Baptist ordained clergyperson and an other fellowship local licensed pastor for the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a member of the Cross Racial/Cross Cultural Committee for the VAUMC and is working through the VAUMC requirements to complete the application for Elder in full connection with the United Methodist Church.

Pastor Franklin loves all things Disney, and Marvel and DC Comics’ superhero movies. In stressful moments, she not only prays, but also binge watches HGTV shows. 

Lay Leadership

Lay Leader: Kimberly Young                                                                                                                              Kimberly is native Alexandrian and a Certified Lay Servant.  Kim has been a member of Roberts Memorial for nearly 20 years.  She has served Roberts in numerous capacities and is active in the District, the Annual Conference, and local ministries.  A life-long United Methodist, Kim brings a diverse background as a Trainer (in cross-cultural communication and conflict resolution), Human Resources Professional, Theatre/Performance, and community organizing to her ministry at Roberts.   Kim holds a certificate in Church and Community Organizing from Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary. She loves God and strives to grow and encourage others to grow deeper in relationship with God.   Kim lives by the thought that “Only what we do for Christ will last” therefore she strives to center her life in fulfilling God’s purpose for her in God’s kingdom.


Assistant Lay Leader & Staff/Pastor Parish Relations Chair: Jenebah Moore-Qeeglay                                    Jenebah Moore was born in Liberia to two great Christian parents, and migrated to the United States in the early 1990s. Has a bachelors in Human Resource Management and a Master’s in Business Administration.  Worked for the last 8 years as an HR Professional for Inova Health Systems as the Contingent Workforce Manager. She is a long term of member of Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church, a wife, and a mother to two boys. I love the Lord! God has been good to me as I’ve studied his word and have grown in my fait

Patricia Edwards

Chair of Admin Council 

Billy Williams

Chair of Finance Committee

Robert Hicks

Chair of Trustees

Barry Black, II

Music Ministry

Vikki Taylor-Bass

Usher Ministry

Karen Chandler

Bazaar and Decorating & Communion Stewards’ Ministries

Deborah Turner

President of United Women in Faith

Charles Lawrence

President of UMC Men

Melanie Jones

Communications Ministry

Bernice Lee

History Ministry

Chelsea Hopson

Technology Ministry

Lyndzey Elliott

Yoga Ministry