Rev. Dr. Donald (Don) Ferris-McCann has served as Bruen Chapel’s pastor since June 2019. Born and raised near Grand Rapids, Michigan, he received his Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Business Administration from Grand Valley State University. After a short time in working for a refrigeration contractor as a Project Manager, Don surrendered to his call to become a Pastor and received his Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL in 1984. He was ordained as a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1983 and as an Elder in 1986 in the West Michigan Annual Conference.
Don has served in congregations of various sizes throughout his pastoral career. In 2001 he earned his Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, IL. Being a life-long learner has brought Don a wealth of experience and knowledge which he has used as an Adjunct Professor of Leadership and Religious Studies at Siena Heights University and as an Adjunct Professor of Religion for Northern Virginia Community College.
When Don’s wife Dr. Lisa Ferris-McCann was afforded an opportunity to work at the American Council of Education in Washington, DC, Don and Lisa moved from their native Michigan to Northern Virginia. Before coming to Bruen Chapel, Don served in Virginia as the Minister of Education at Galloway UMC (Falls Church), Interim Pastor of Smith Chapel UMC (Great Falls), and as Pastor of Upperville UMC and Unison UMC, respectively. Don and Lisa have three adult children.