Rev. Holly R. Jackson

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The Reverend Holly R. Jackson became pastor at UCCSV in August 2016. Previously, she served for 11 years as the Minister of Christian Education at Hope UCC in Alexandria, VA. As someone who is passionate about children and families, Holly has also spent time as a Stay-at-Home Parent and a School Social Worker. Holly has a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary, 2012, and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University, 1997.

Holly will tell you that she is a beloved messy child of God on a mission to make people believe in love, goodness, grace, redemption, and the inherent worth of all beings. In ministry she seeks to follow Jesus as he wades into the sea of humanity preaching peace and hope to the least and lost. She deeply believes that God is still speaking and active in this world and works to help create a church that reflects that reality. She sees spiritual disciplines and justice work as two halves of the whole of what works to propel us on our spiritual path.  She believes that humor and joy make life worthwhile, that being still and silent before God is hard but necessary, and that speaking truth to power is a holy endeavor.

Holly is married to her college sweetheart and has two college age children. They live in the Gaithersburg area with several pets and a whole lot of love. When not focusing on church or family you will often find her singing, crafting, hiking, reading, watching baseball, or playing board games.

Director of Music Ministries

Stefan Petrov

Stefan has been the Director of Music Ministry at UCCSV since 2017. He began his piano studies at the National School for Music and Dance in his home town of Plovdiv, Bulgaria where he played his solo debut recital at age nine and made his first orchestral appearance at age fourteen. After moving to the United States in 2000, he continued his piano studies with Neil Rutman at the University of Central Arkansas and later, Ellen Mack at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. In addition, Stefan studied extensively with Russian-American pianist Vladimir Feltsman. Equally at home as a collaborative pianist, Stefan partners frequently with Israeli-American cellist Amit Peled in recitals across the U.S. and Europe, while also serving as a collaborative piano faculty and piano faculty chair at the Heifetz International Music Institute.  

Stefan has served as an organist, pianist, and a music director for the last twenty years. He enjoys a multi-genre style of musical worship spanning across generations and traditions, and reflecting the diversity found in the congregations he serves.

Stefan holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Piano Performance from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He lives with his wife Kate and daughter Anna. In their spare time Kate and Stefan enjoy hiking, climbing, skiing and the outdoors.

Office and Communications Manager

Shelly Moore

Nursery Caregiver

Uriah Sossou

Uriah Sossou has worked with children ranging from Infants to early Teens. She is a certified Infant, Toddler, Two and Pre-K Teacher with over ten years of combined, in school and hands on experience in Early Childhood Education. Uriah has worked and observed in three different Early Childhood Education Centers with diverse curriculums and set-ups. She has attended services and volunteered at various churches within numerous denominations. Uriah has been the Nursery Caregiver at UCCSV since 2019.
Uriah leads the Nursery(Child Care) at UCCSV, along with others leading Sunday School. Although, Uriah is in the Early Childhood Education field her specialty lies with Toddlers(One Year to Two Years) and Pre-K Four(Four Years to Five Years). She has experience ranging from Lead Teaching, Babysitting, Group Leading, Event Planning and variety of Child Care Center positions. In addition to the in field experience, Uriah has a extensive list of trainings in Special Needs, Health, Growth, Curriculum Planning, Trauma and so much more. Uriah is always striving to create a safe environment where everyone(especially the little ones) can learn and grow through Art! Besides, Early Childhood Education, Uriah has a love for Art! Uriah’s in school experience and specialty with Art is in Photography, Colors and Crafts. Uriah's love for Early Childhood Education and Art have brought her to be open minded and able to merge different learning styles.
Lastly, Uriah is always ready to learn so if you have resources or experiences you would like to share please feel to reach out!