Sasha Varghese

Elder | Tysons

I was born in Toronto, Canada, am of Indian descent, and grew up in a godly Christian family, where church was our core focus.  Despite this foundation, my understanding of the Gospel was superficial, and I didn’t have a personal relationship with Christ.  We moved to northern Virginia before I went to high school and then in college and afterwards, I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure (Ecclesiastes 2:10).  I claimed to know God, but by my actions I denied him (Titus 1:16).  This ultimately manifested in a long-term relationship with a nonbeliever.  During this time, the Lord acutely impressed upon me that I was headed for eternal darkness.

I started attending MBC Arlington in 2011 and immediately got into a small group where I was immersed in genuine, biblical community.  This group was pivotal in teaching me about the character of God and the profound depths of His grace.  Those early years were incredibly formative and a testament to the power of the Holy Spirit to redeem and sanctify broken people.

I received the opportunity to lead a small group from 2013 to 2021 and the Lord transformed and multiplied the men in that group beyond anything I could ask or imagine (Ephesians 3:20,21).  By God’s grace, I was given a role on the Servant Leadership Team at MBC Arlington and now serve as a coach for encouraging leaders in their stewardship of the gifts and disciples they have been entrusted with.  At every step, I’ve been astonished by Christ’s faithfulness.  It is my great purpose and privilege to share about His salvation for all and His specific provision throughout my life.

“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service, even though I was previously a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent aggressor.  Yet I was shown mercy because I acted ignorantly in unbelief; and the grace of our Lord was more than abundant, with the faith and love which are found in Christ Jesus.  It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost.  Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost sinner Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life.  Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.  Amen” (1 Timothy 1:12-17).

I’m blessed to have my family close by – my parents are in Loudoun County and my sister, brother-in-law, niece, Kaya, and nephew, Hunter, are in Howard County.  Outside of church, family, and work, I love to get outdoors (preferably on the water), watch sports (F1, hockey and anything UVA) and travel abroad!