Q&A With The Landers Family

Choosing to be part of “opening a new front door” has been a unique journey to each participating Columbian. God has called us to come together for this great task, but the ways and reasons for which He calls us is different; and that is what makes G2G/G2G2 a powerful testimony of what it looks like to be whole-life disciples.

Over the next several months, Columbians will be invited to share their experience at CBC and why they chose to participate in the G2G/G2G2 building campaign.

We are excited to hear first from the Landers family!

Tell us about your history with Columbia, including how you came to Columbia and how long you have been a part of CBC.

My husband, Paul, and I started attending Columbia back in 2013. Before that, Paul and I hadn’t attended church regularly since we were kids. But we knew once we started a family, we wanted to raise our children in church. It was important to us because it was how we were raised. Going to church is what our families did!


Several years ago, we started to visit some local churches. Paul was raised Roman Catholic so we tried that but nothing felt quite like “home”. When it came time to find a preschool for our two boys, Nathan and Andrew, we looked into the CDC at Columbia. I felt an instant connection (perhaps it was my Baptist upbringing) and we started attending Columbia on Sunday mornings. Our attendance was sporadic at best that first year. Then in 2014, we plugged into an IG. Getting involved in a small group proved to be one of the best decisions we’ve made for our family (thank you Dr. Baucom for encouraging us!).  Over the last 3 years, it has transformed our experience at Columbia.

What is your favorite aspect of being a part of Columbia?

Hands down the community. Being part of the community at Columbia has completely changed our faith walk. The relationships we’ve built over the last 3 years have enriched our lives, our family and our faith. It’s hard to imagine not “doing life” with these families! When we spend time together, I’m often reminded how different we are. We have different backgrounds and experiences. But the thing that bonds us is our faith in God and we want our children to experience that through these relationships.


The bond we see building among our families warms my heart in a way I could not have imagined. Blessed doesn’t begin to cover it.


What do you see as the biggest challenge Columbia faces as we continue to ignite passion for Jesus Christ from Metro Washington to the World?

Our current building doesn’t reflect who we are as a church. No one driving by our building would ever know about the awesome things we’re doing inside (and outside!) our walls. They can’t see our passion. They can’t see the work we’ve been called to do. They can’t see the fun we’re having doing it. Our building needs to reflect these things. Our building needs to reflect us!

Why did you decide to be a part of G2G2?

Paul and I talked a lot about how our family could participate in G2G2. We were not here for the first campaign but we knew we wanted to pledge. We just didn’t know how much. After a lot of discussion, we pledged what we thought we would be comfortable with. And we felt good about our commitment.

Then we heard Dr. Baucom’s sermon during the campaign about giving. Specifically about how he sometimes struggles with it. It really spoke to both Paul and me. We sat back down together and admitted to each other that we could give more. So we did. We took our initial pledge and we doubled it.

We’re only in the second month of giving towards our pledge (so far so good!) and we feel so blessed to be part of this campaign. We can’t wait to walk through the new front door!

What is your desire for the next generation of Columbians?

In a lot of ways, Columbia reminds me of the church I attended growing up. The building, the energetic community, the little cups of grape juice! But instead of thriving like Columbia, my childhood church doesn’t exist today. The church that was once filled with young families and an active congregation is gone. I believe it ceases to exist because the church didn’t have a vision for the next generation. It breaks my heart to think of Columbia not being the same vibrant church for our boys when they grow up. I can’t imagine Columbia not existing as it does today.


I’m so grateful that Columbia has a vision for the future. I want the next generation (my children!) to have the same opportunity to find their community. I can’t imagine our lives without Columbia. In fact, it’s hard to remember life before we came to Columbia. What in the world did we do on Sundays?

Thank you for sharing Landers family! 

Haven’t pledged yet?  It’s not too late! Make a pledge, buy a Front Door Share or give a donation by calling Donna Groover at 703-534-5740 x211 or by going online.