Meet Our Pastors
Rev. Doug Robinson Johnson
Reverend Doug Robinson-Johnson was ordained Deacon in the Louisiana Conference where he served as youth pastor in two congregations while receiving a BS in Political Science from United Methodist affiliated Centenary College of Louisiana. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and was ordained Elder in the Northern Illinois Conference. He met his wife Erica in college and they attended seminary together, eventually moving to the New England Conference where, as co-pastors, they helped four churches north of Boston merge into one faith community with two outreach sites, urban and suburban.
Prior to his appointment as Senior Pastor of National UMC, Doug was senior pastor of the United Parish of Auburndale, a federation of United Church of Christ and United Methodist congregations in the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, where he was also president of the Interfaith Clergy Association and Chair of the New England Conference Council on Christian Unity and Interreligious Relationships. Pastor Doug’s ministry has included internship at Northwestern University’s Alice Millar Chapel, Clinical Pastoral Education at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Houston, Texas, and A Christian Ministry in the Yellowstone National Park. But he considers most formative ministry among the people of Holy Covenant UMC in Chicago, Illinois. Holy Covenant had intentionally called only female clergy since 1975, working to end gender discrimination. Pastor Doug was the first male clergy called in twenty-five years! Similarly, Holy Covenant was among the earliest United Methodist Reconciling Congregations, actively working to end LGBTQ discrimination. Doug remains committed to the earliest dream of the Reconciling Congregations Program, a vision of liberation for all who are oppressed by systems of domination, including the oppressors themselves.
Doug’s partner Erica Robinson-Johnson commutes to DC from her continuing work as Director of Connectional Ministries for the New England Conference and as Assistant to Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar. Their only son Evan is a student of journalism at the Medill School of Northwestern University. The family has been vacationing each year in the DC area since their son was small, so they are pleased to finally call this place home!
Rev. Janet Craswell
Director of Christian Education
As Director of Christian Education at National UMC, Janet is responsible for overseeing learning programs for all ages, preschool through adult. She is an ordained United Methodist Deacon, and the former Chair of the Order of Deacons of the Baltimore-Washington Conference.
Previously, Janet served as Minister of Spiritual Formation at Salem UMC in Brookeville, Maryland. Before entering ministry, Janet worked in the field of international development studies as an academic journal editor and an anti-apartheid activist. Janet is excited about Christian education and spiritual formation as tools to equip Christians to live out our faith in the world. She especially enjoys storytelling and play-filled, imaginative ways of sharing the Gospel with children and adults.
Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Janet has lived in the DC metro area since 1985. She has a BA in Political Science and German from the University of Puget Sound, an MA in International Relations/African Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and an MA in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary. She lives in Rockville, Maryland, with her husband, Gene Beye. They have two young adult sons, David and Noah.
Wesley Campus Pastor
Mele Aho has been preaching in the United Methodist Church since 2006 and has been a lay member since 1992. She served as the youth director at First Tongan United Methodist Church in Seattle, Washington, for four years and as SPRC chair for four years. Mele recently completed her first year at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. where she is also a student worker. Mele is currently an intern in the Faith Church in Issaquah, Washington, until the 18th of August. She will also be interning with the General Board of Church and Society this fall and spring 2020. Mele is a native of Seattle, WA. She studied at the City University of Seattle, from which she earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and later a Master in Business Administration degree. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity.
An effective communicator of God’s Word, Mele is widely known for her practical and energetic teaching style which helps people of all ages, young and old, to apply the truth of scriptures to their everyday lives. She serves as a speaker for the Voice of Tonga and Voice of the South Pacific radio station. She and her husband, Langiloloa have been married since 1989. They are the proud parents of their only daughter Anapuli, who begins 9th grade this fall.