Our Pastoral leadership

rev. Joshua kammerer

Josh is the lead pastor for Apostles Campus Church and is working with an awesome team to spread the word on campus about how amazing the love of God is.  He, his wife Stephanie and their young son live in Washington, DC.  Josh got his Masters of Divinity from Yale Divinity School in the arctic wastelands of New England, but Josh is originally from hot and muggy South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina for undergrad (Go Gamecocks!).  Josh is often on campus, so contact him if you'd like to meet up!

gayle fischer

Gayle disciples women and is our administrative and systems coordinator. She helps keep us organized and makes things go. If your life is disorganized, Gayle can give you lots of pointers. She helps lead some of our Connect Groups and meets with students one-on-one. She and her family have lived in Virginia for many years, and she's recently retired from a government agency that tries their best to help Congress keep to a budget and make the government work.


Francisco Ascencio

Francisco is one of the pastoral interns for Apostles Campus Church. He is committed to befriending and engaging with the student body about the relevance of the Christian faith. He helps co-lead one of the Men's Connect Groups, assists in managing events, and reaches out to people who want to learn more about grace. Outside of Mason he loves to spend time with his girlfriend and express himself in activities such as freestyle soccer, designing apparel, video editing, and having deep existential conversations.

Mercy Wheeler

Mercy is one of the pastoral interns at Apostles Campus Church and student-leads the Women's Connect Group on campus, writes and releases the weekly newsletter, and meets one-on-one with students. She has been a student at George Mason all four years of her academic career, studying communication, media production and film. When not on campus, Mercy likes crafting projects that don't get finished, looking at cute animal pictures, and watching movies with her fiance. Mercy graduates May 2017 but will remain an active intern at ACC through the year.

our worship leaders

zaki rhett

Zaki is one of our worship leaders at Apostles Campus Church. She is an alumna of George Mason and majored in music with a focus in vocal performance. If you've never heard Zaki sing, you're really missing out! Whatever genre of music she sings, she brings to it her unique sound of gospel/R&B fusion. Originally from Uganda, Zaki has lived in this area for most of her life. She and her husband Bobby live in Fairfax, and Zaki spends most of her days working as a preschool teacher. She has hilarious stories about those precocious little toddlers!

our small group leaders

Christopher marsh

Christopher is one of our worship leaders at Apostles Campus Church. He grew up in Memphis, TN and earned his Bachelors of Music from The University of Memphis. He has helped lead, support, and direct worship services for over 10 years now, and he loves to help people grow closer to Jesus through music and song. He is currently studying New Testament at Dallas Theological Seminary's DC Campus, assisting with the youth at Church of the Apostles (our western Fairfax congregation), teaching guitar lessons, and taking care of his toddler and newborn alongside his wife Ashley!

Dania Patterson

Dania Patterson is one of our Women's Connect Group co-leaders and also serves on our Executive Board as Treasurer.  Originally from Chesterfield, VA, she started at Mason in the fall of 2016.  A civil engineering major, she's also really into K-Pop and loves to sing.

Emily Rusch

Emily is a sophomore studying global affairs and religion. She is an out-of-state student from West Bend Wisconsin. Emily is very excited to be co-leading a Women's Connect Group this year. In her free time Emily loves to read, travel, and spend time outdoors.

The Officers of Our Executive Board


Angelo (Yanzong) Chen

Angelo (Yanzong) Chen is the President of the Apostles Campus Church registered student organization.  He is largely responsible for making sure that we have space to worship and do our regular activities.  He also keeps up positive relations with the various campus offices and departments to which we are connected and helps to coordinate some of our major events.  Angelo is in his third year at Mason, double majoring in marketing and management.  Originally from Wenzhou, China, Angelo spent the latter part of high school in Florida before coming to Mason.  A truly fun-loving guy, Angelo spends his non-class time by working, developing his professional experience, building relationships with many different types of people and hanging out with friends.

Manikya Veena Katam

Veena is the new Vice President of the Apostles Campus Church registered student organization.  She provides additional support to the other officers and represents ACC's graduate students to the executive board.  Veena is in the second year of her Masters in Data and Analytics, though she has worked as a programmer and has conducted research regarding the Internet of Things.  She is originally from Mogaltur in Andhra Pradesh, India; and she loves spending quality time with others.  If you need a good conversation with someone who will truly care about you and will pray for you, Veena is the person to go to.