Dr. David V. Silvernail, Jr. is the Senior Pastor of Potomac Hills, serving here for 20 years. He writes: "I've been married to Joanne for over 34 years now and we love being grandparents! We have five truly amazing children and eight wonderful grandchildren: David (his wife Rachel and their four sons - Nathaniel, Caleb, Ben, and Toby), Rebecca Karos (her husband John and their son George), Sarah Surface (her husband Andy and their children James, Emma, and Paul), Daniel (who works as an analyst for a major government contractor), and Samuel (who works as an analyst in the oil industry in Florida). We also have a sweet black & white dog named Flo.
Dave serves as a Guest Lecturer in Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, DC where he teaches Preaching. Dave earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis (May, 2006). His doctoral dissertation was entitled, “The Preaching Practices of Evangelical Pastors in the Newer Churches of Loudoun County, Virginia.” Click the title to download a 30-page summary. Dave received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA, and his bachelor’s degree from American University in Washington, DC.
Dave has served the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) as a member of the Administrative Committee of the General Assembly (2009–2013; 2015-2019) and served as Chairman in 2012–2013. Dave currently serves Potomac Presbytery as the Chairman of the Committee on Administration and Stewardship and has been a past Moderator of the Presbytery (2005).
Dave has not always been a pastor. Before entering seminary, he served as an infantry officer in the United States Army, first on active duty and then in the Army Reserve –– serving as an Operations Officer, an Aide-de-Camp to two General Officers, and a Company Commander on active duty; and an Operations Officer and Company Commander in the reserves.
The Silvernails moved to Virginia in 1997 and settled in Leesburg. Prior to coming to Potomac Hills, Dave was the pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, PCA, of Enterprise, Alabama. Dave has brought his gift of relevant, grace-filled, in-depth expository preaching to Potomac Hills. He’s also a huge baseball fan (Go Red Sox!).