Ashburn Presbyterian Church is affiliated with the Fellowship Community (TFC). TFC is a network of churches and leaders called together to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ by growing in Christ’s likeness, living by God’s Word, and joining in God’s mission in the world.


At the heart of The Fellowship Community, is the desire to reclaim a covenanted biblical community, where we are united by a clearly articulated theology, a shared commitment to disciple-making, and a culture of encouragement and accountability.


Jesus said to him, " I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." (John 14:6)

Reverend Robert Zemke assumed the role of Pastor at Ashburn Presbyterian Church in December 2020, coming to Virginia after spending ten years as a pastor in Long Island. Robert spent his undergraduate years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After graduating he became a campus staff member with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Milwaukee, then went on to receive his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He moved to New York City where he taught Bible and History at the Geneva School of Manhattan for four years and was also a full-time youth worker. He is currently finishing up coursework for a Doctor of Ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. Robert and his his wife, Flavia, reside in Ashburn with their three children: Luisa who is 13, Benjamin 11 and Mariana 6.


Our Mission

Our mission is to glorify God in all we do. We strive to make and equip disciples of Christ. We look to be empowered by the Holy Spirit to love and serve others through word and deed.

Our Values



Alex Pino

Worship Director

Alex has been a part of APC since he was 13 years old. He began singing in the choir and did so until he left for Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey where he earned a Bachelor of Sacred music degree. He returned after he graduated in 2019 and took over as Worship Director. His background is grounded in choral music conducting, but he has grown to love contemporary style music and leads our congregation in singing every Sunday. His father, Mark Pino, is our accompanist.


Alex enjoys spending time with his wife Laura, family, watching sports (Go Eagles! Go Flyers! Go Phillies!) and always finding new things to try. Alex also works full time in Special Education at Farmwell Station Middle School, helping students with their educational goals.

Brenda Shapbell

Children's Director

Brenda became the Children’s Ministry Director in 2011. In addition to this role she also directs the church’s weekday preschool, Celebration Preschool. She earned a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from Liberty University. Brenda loves teaching children about how much Jesus loves them and how uniquely and wonderfully they are made.


Brenda is the proud mother of 3 grown children and “GiGi” to 4 wonderful grandsons. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting, shopping, walking, and spoiling her grandsons. Brenda loves serving the Lord at APC.

Sara Resau

Office Administrator

Sara is our office administrator, and has been a member here at our church for 20 years. Sara is married with two kids who are active in the church's youth group.  Sara enjoys participating in the ladies' Wednesday morning bible study and playing Mexican Train (Dominoes) each month at church.


  1. Founded in 1876, Ashburn Presbyterian Church was orginally called the Farmwell Presbyterian Church, the former name of the Village of Ashburn.
  2. The historic sanctuary was erected in 1878 on 10.3 acres of land just south of the community.
  3. We were a small rural church until the congregation began to experience dramatic growth in the 1990's.
  4. Our facilities have expanded over the years, adding a fellowship hall, new sanctuary and staff offices, and preschool classrooms.