All of our teachers attend pre-service and in-service training. In order to meet state licensing requirements, all staff must obtain regular continuing education credits, as well as first-aid and CPR certifications.
LPBC Preschool staff consider their work a calling and believe it is a privilege to care for your children. We pray regularly for the children entrusted to our care, as well as for the families they represent.
|  ||KATE BARRETT - PRESCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR
Miss Kate taught the two year old class at LPBC Preschool for 5 years and was promoted to the Administrator's position in 2018. She has a bachelor’s degree in administration from the University of West Florida and many years of experience in both office and educational settings. Miss Kate has one daughter in middle school and another in grade school. In addition to her duties at preschool, Miss Kate also volunteers extensively at LBPC. She cooks the Wednesday night fellowship dinners, coordinates Fall Fest, volunteers in the nursery and at VBS she is “the snack lady.” She is an avid runner and voracious reader.
|  ||DJUNA SMITH - KINDERGARTEN TEACHER
Mrs. Smith holds degrees in both theology and education and has over 15 years of experience teaching preschool and elementary grades. In 2018, she began teaching kindergarten at LPBC Preschool, and she volunteered in several classes here before joining the staff. She is a pastor's wife, with three children and four grandchildren. She also founded Camp Crazy Faith, an overnight Vacation Bible School summer camp, and serves on the Board of Directors for Camp Maria Retreat Center, a ministry of Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.
|  ||LINDA REED - FOUR YEAR OLD TEACHER
When Mrs. Reed's youngest daughter attended our preschool in 1995, she began to volunteer in the classroom and stumbled upon a passion for teaching young children. After many years of involvement in children's ministries in church and assisting in the kindergarten classroom, Mrs. Reed became the kindergarten teacher at LPBC Preschool, and later a pre-k teacher here as well. This allowed her to enjoy the opportunity to not only create hands-on, developmental learning experiences for young children, but also to invest in the lives of children and their families. Annual early childhood conferences and an enthusiastic and supportive working rapport with fellow teachers have given her the opportunity to continue gaining insight, inspiration, and motivation in creative teaching methods. In addition to researching and preparing for new ideas for the classroom, Mrs. Reed enjoys reading, crafts, traveling and spending time with her husband of over 30 years, her two daughters and other family and friends.
|  ||BARB DARDEN - THREE YEAR OLD TEACHER
Mrs. Darden is our three day, three year old teacher. Mrs. Darden graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Special Education. She taught at St. Mary's County Public Schools for seven years before she decided to stay home with her children. She finished her Master's degree in Reading Education in 2006 at Towson University, while at the same time training with the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) to be an educational therapist. Prior to coming to LPBC Preschool in 2012, Mrs. Darden worked out of her home using NILD techniques to assist students who were struggling to learn. She and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have three children ranging in age from grade school through college.
|  ||SUNNY XIONG - THREE YEAR OLD TEACHER
Mrs. Xiong is the five day, three year old preschool teacher. She began teaching at LPBC Preschool in 2017. She and her husband have been married for more than 10 years and have 5 children. Mrs. Xiong has an associate degree and extensive experience working with children in both secular and religious settings. Her prior experience includes teaching at preschool in Connecticut before to her family’s transition to this area. When Mrs. Xiong is not surrounded by children, she enjoys reading and watching movies.
|  ||JILL ASHENFELTER - TWO YEAR OLD TEACHER
Miss Jill holds degrees in elementary education, special education, and psychology; she taught for 11 years at Leonardtown Elementary for St. Mary’s County Public Schools. Upon the birth of her first child, she decided to focus on her family and stay home with her baby. In 2018, with two kids in high school, she chose to rejoin the educational arena and is excited to be a part of the LPBC Preschool family. She knew from a young age that she wanted to be a teacher and has always loved spending time with kids. As a stay at home mom, she was active with Mom’s Club, Sunday School, VBS, scouting, American Heritage Girls, and volunteering in her children’s classrooms. She and her husband have been married for over 25 years. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and crafting.
|  ||ANGELA LINSKY - TWO YEAR OLD TEACHER'S AIDE|
Miss Angela and her husband have been married for over 20 years and have three daughters. She has worked with children in church and secular settings in various capacities over many years. She says "I fell in love with Lexington Park Baptist Church and the preschool when two of my daughters came to school here. Now I get to be part of the teaching family!". Miss Angela became the teacher’s aide for the two year old classes in 2017. Miss Angela enjoys spending time with her daughters, going to the beach, cooking, and garage selling.
|  ||JACOB BOWEN - THREE YEAR OLD TEACHER'S AIDE
Mr. Jake has been an assistant at Lexington Park Baptist Church Preschool since 2016. Mr. Jake has served as the teacher's aide for the two year old class, three year old class and kindergarten, and he has assisted in the other classes as needed. Mr. Jake is a graduate of Leonardtown High School and is currently attending the College of Southern Maryland. Mr. Jake has several years of experience working with children in Children's Church and Vacation Bible School at Lexington Park Baptist Church. While in high school, Mr. Jake completed a two year Criminal Justice Program and participated in theater in addition to his regular studies.
|  ||KRIS HILLS - THREE YEAR OLD TEACHER'S AIDE|
Mrs. Hills has been teaching children in both secular and religious settings since the turn of the millennium. Her husband is retired navy and her sons are in college. Mrs. Hills worked as a 3 year old teacher at LPBC Preschool in the past and we were blessed to have her return in 2018. Mrs. Hills holds a degree from Tidewater in Virgina. She loves to spend her free time with her family and friends.
|  ||CHRIS MCCOMBS - Pastor/Principal
Pastor Chris McCombs has been involved in ministry opportunities for over 20 years. During those years he has served as youth pastor, minister of evangelism, Armed Forces chaplain, and senior pastor. He has been a senior pastor of three congregations since July 2001. Pastor Chris has an undergraduate degree in psychology, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a Master of Divinity and Counseling degree from a Southern Baptist Seminary. Pastor Chris served as an officer and pilot in the United States Armed Forces, where he obtained command and staff experience. He also served as a chaplain for the National Guard while in seminary.
|  ||JOE FESSLER - Associate Pastor/Vice Principal
Pastor Joe joined the pastoral staff of LPBC in July of 2013. Pastor Joe has previously led children's ministry, as well as developed programs and curriculum for youth and education at churches in Texas and Florida. He is happily married to his wife Jenny and the proud father of their daughter, Elaina. Pastor Joe is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and oversees the youth and education ministries of LPBC. Some of Pastor Joe's hobbies include study of church history, writing, and participating in many sports.