Rev. Kealani Nunes Willbanks, Associate Pastor and Executive Director of Operations and Impact, has been a part of the Foundry team since February 2018.
Born in Arizona and raised in Southern California, Pastor Lani has a BS in Business Management and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). She also attended seminary at Fuller Theological Seminary, where she earned her Master of Theology. She is ordained by the Church of God, Anderson Indiana, and was raised in the Salvation Army as a second-generation preacher’s kid.
After spending over 20 years in corporate finance and raising five children — mostly through multiple military deployments — Lani’s husband Tyler, who was finally stateside, encouraged her to “quit being like Jonah” and go into full time ministry. She went on to serve in executive pastoral roles at churches in Phoenix, AZ and Fairfax, VA.
When her husband Tyler retired from the military after 28 years, Lani and Tyler (then newly-minted empty-nesters), decided to embark on a new adventure. They loved the National Capital Region, and Tyler wanted to start his own business. Foundry was the perfect fit, and they have been here ever since.
As a military spouse and mother, service to others is a key value of the entire Willbanks family. Both Pastor Lani’s son and husband have served with the Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery during their military careers. Rev. Willbanks is also particularly honored to be one of the first female chaplains of The Old Guard Association, a permanent organization of all who have served with the 3d United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard).
Outside of Foundry, Lani spends as much time as she can with her kids (when they’re in town), and three dogs (two corgis and one husky). She is a beach lover, enjoying any activity that involves sand, water, or waves.
Pastor Lani lives in Southern Maryland with her husband, dogs, and an occasional boomeranging kid, nephew, niece, friend, or whoever needs a space or sanctuary.
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