Meet Pastor Chris Grella

Chris is excited to be called to be Newington Baptist Church’s new Senior Pastor!

Chris was born in Fairfax County, Va. and graduated from Va. Tech where he earned undergraduate degrees in both Broadcast Communication and History.  He began ministry with Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) where he served seven years as a radio producer, as well as campus staff/area director on campuses in Orlando and Eastern Pa.

Chris graduated from Bethel Seminary with a Master of Divinity in Transformational Ministry Leadership and has previously served at five churches (MN, MD, VA, & PA) in a variety of ministry positions, before arriving at Newington.  He has served as an Outreach Pastor; Youth Pastor; Small Groups pastor; Children & Family Ministry Pastor and a Senior Pastor in over 22+ years of ministry.

Chris has been married to Angie for 25+ years and has two college sons.  Nathan is a senior at Waynesburg (Pa) Univ. in Sports information and Josh is a sophomore Aerospace Engineering major at Va. Tech. In his free time, Pastor Chris enjoys exercising and rooting on his favorite sports teams in D.C.

Meet the team.

James & Heather king

Worship Leaders

Brenda Armistead

Youth  Ministry Leader

Susan Hinson

Administrative Assistant

Wanda german


Meet the deacons.

joe semanski

Deacon Chairman
I accepted Christ as my Savior in 2010 and joined Newington the same year.  At Newington I have served with Vacation Bible School the G.U.E.S.T. program and the Cemetery Committee.  I am also the Chair of the Properties Committee.  I retired from Ft. Eustis as a Mech II working on Apache Trainers in January 2020.  My hobbies are training our three pugs and fishing.  My prayer for Newington is that we continue to pray for and serve our Community.

walter johnson


Steve kancianic

As a boy I was raised in the Catholic Church and then later in college found Christ with the help of my wife, Rachel.  Rachel and I have three boys, Gary Jesse and Adam.  Both my wife and I are originally from Eastern Pennsylvania and have lived in Middlesex County since 2006. 
We’ve been attending Newington since 2009.  You can find us serving the church in different capacities.  Together we organize the Operation Christmas Child Ministry, help the music Ministry and I love leading Kidz Worship once a month.  I was very excited to be ordained as a Deacon in 2019.
Outside the church I’m a certified professional photographer.  I own and operate a studio and photo lab in Kilmarnock.  I’m also the Cub Scout leader in Middlesex County.
When we moved to the area many years ago and started looking for a church, we were happy to end our search at Newington Baptist.  I pray that you find Newington as a friendly and Christ centered Church were you and your family are welcome.

Frank wingfield