Our Church Staff

Pastor Steve Buechler, Senior Pastor

Pastor StevePastor Steve Buechler is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, and was ordained by the Metropolitan Washington DC Synod in 1991. Since 2002, Pastor Steve has served Prince of Peace. His ministry at Prince of Peace focuses on worship, outreach, Confirmation ministry, stewardship and administration. Pastor Steve serves on the Synod's "New and Renewing Congregations" Mission Table. In 2009, Pastor Steve travelled to many biblical sites during his sabbatical ( you can read more about his learning and experiences on Pastor Steve's travel blog), and again in 2013. He enjoys teaching about his experiences there, and looks forward to leading a trip to the Holy Land in the near future!


Pastor Christine Dunn, Associate Pastor

Pastor Christine Dunn is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg.  She holds her undergraduate degree from Ohio University, with a BSED in special education and a minor in music.  Pastor Christine has a great love for ‘church in community,’ which grew from her travels in Central America.  Pastor Christine’s teaching background, her natural bend towards questioning, and her love of community shape who she is as a pastor.  She has three children (Carter - 16, Jackson - 14, Cooper 11) who light up her world on a daily basis.  Additionally, she’s an avid marathon runner, a very amateur painter, and a writer.  She maintains a blog on faith and family, which is a good glimpse into her daily life of faith. 



Donna VonWald, Administrative Secretary

DonnaDonna VonWald is our Administrative Secretary. You can contact Donna in the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 3:00 by calling 301-869-3666 or e-mailing office@poplutheran.org. If you don't know who at the church to contact about a question, Donna will be able to help you.





Danielle Drobny, Pianist, Organist & Youth Handbell Choir Director

Danielle DrobnyDanielle Drobny received her B.A. in Music Performance from Greensboro College, and has served at Prince of Peace since August, 2005.  As the Music Coordinator and accomplished pianist, she plays piano for our 8:30 am Sunday contemporary service, the organ for our Sunday 11am traditional service and accompanies our band, Grace Notes, on the keyboard.  Danielle also directs our Hand Bell Choir, accompanies performances of our Youth musicals and teaches private piano.  She is the piano accompanist and chapel pianist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD and at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School in Washington, D.C.  Danielle is also on staff as a piano teacher at the International School of Music in Bethesda, MD.


Claire Cho, Saturday Service Pianist & Adult Choir Director

Claire ChoClaire Cho has served at Prince of Peace since July 2005 as our Saturday service pianist and recently as our Adult Choir Director. Prior to coming to Prince of Peace, she was the Music Director at Christ Lutheran Church, Youth Orchestra Conductor at Global Mission Church, Music Director at Baltimore Presbyterian Church. Claire was also a faculty member at Peabody Preparatory School teaching Violin Performance, and a faculty member at Columbia University teaching Violin Pedagogy and Orchestra Conducting. Claire has earned a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music in Violin Performance from the Peabody Conservatory. Currently, Claire is a Ph.D. candidate in Music and Music Education (minor in orchestra conducting) from Columbia University in New York City. office@poplutheran.org


AJ Oddo, Nursery Attendant

AJAJ Oddo is a recent graduate of Quince Orchard High School. He serves as our Nursery Attendant on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings.