Senior Warden Kurt Ellison is technically a new member at Christ Church, but served as Parish Administrator at Christ Church for nearly 11 years – and had been attending vestry and wardens’ meetings during those years! As Parish Administrator, Kurt served on the Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, Property Committee, Communications Committee… and God remembers the rest…
Kurt recently made the switch to Christ Church from St. John’s, Norwood in Chevy Chase (Christ Church is so much closer to home!) where he served as Vestry Member, Stewardship Chair, and Personnel Committee Chair. Kurt works as Director of Operations for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, DC, and recently completed a term on Diocesan Council as an At-Large member. In his spare time (what’s that?) Kurt enjoys visits to his family’s farm in Culpeper, Virginia, where he has stirring political conversations with his family. He also likes poking around antique shops, making dinners for his friends, and burning calories while riding his Peloton. email (Vestry term expires February 2022.)
Junior Warden Dwight Allen and his wife Joan are enthusiastic members of Christ Church who treasure the open and genuine welcome they find in this congregation. Dwight serves on the Communications, Endowment, and Executive committees as well as the Vision Team. He enjoys participating in the Sunday afternoon Bible study and visiting Sunday school and vacation Bible school to lead songs and tell Bible stories. Dwight has been a worship leader and band member at two churches in the D.C. area. Professionally Dwight is a semi-retired Deloitte management consultant, with experience doing strategy projects for corporate and government clients. He holds degrees from Ohio State and Harvard Law. His calling is to help the vestry as it deepens and refreshes the congregation’s ministry so that many more people can share in the rich blessings of worship and fellowship at Christ Church. (Vestry term expires February 2021.)
Virginia Blackman joined Christ Church in spring, 2015, after she and her family moved to Kensington from San Francisco. Raised in the United Methodist Church in upstate New York (near Rochester), she enjoyed meaningful spiritual growth and leadership experiences in both youth (high school) and campus ministry. She has continued to lead and participate in both worship and the organizational “life of the church” as an adult as lector, part-time choir member, and Sunday School teacher. She is eager to work with the many components of the church community who make worship at Christ Church meaningful. She hopes her service on Vestry will help to help strengthen the parish and ensure that it remains a welcoming spiritual home for generations to come.
Professionally, Virginia serves as a Navy Nurse . She holds Bachelor’s Masters, and Ph.D. degrees in nursing. She currently serves on the faculty of the Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, teaching both research and practice-focused doctoral students. Virginia and her husband David Blackman have two children, Claire (baptized at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Norfolk, VA) and Joshua (baptized at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, CA). They are all happy to be part of the Christ Church community! (Term expires February 2020.)
Barbara Ferry has been attending Christ Church since her second child was baptized here in 1999. Barbara later served on the CCPK vestry for communications, where she worked to launch the first CCPK website. Over the years, Barbara aided the youth group with cooking chili and with raising funds and teaching Sunday School. She’s been supporting the PTA in Montgomery County Public Schools for more than a decade. In her professional life, Barbara is head of the Natural & Physical Science Libraries at the Smithsonian, where she gets to see (and sometimes touch) some of the cool collections at the National Museum of Natural History . (Term expires February 2020.)
Ken Amaditz was born in Maryland but grew up in a rural Catskills town about two hours outside of New York City where his family was active in the Presbyterian Church. After college, he moved to D.C., where he was involved in environmental work, then moved to Virginia for law school. In 1999, he and Mary were married after dating for eight years. They spent a year in Baltimore then moved to Kensington where they have lived ever since. Ken is an Assistant Section Chief in the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice. He and Mary have two children who are active in the youth group and other church activities. Ken and family were long time congregants at St. Columba’s but decided to make the switch to Christ Church in 2016, and have enjoyed becoming part of the welcoming community here. (Term expires February 2020.)
Yvonne Bryan has been a member of Christ Church Parish, Kensington, since 2005 where she was baptized and subsequently confirmed at the Washington National Cathedral. Born and raised in Jamaica, Yvonne migrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1978 to attend Concordia University, where she earned a Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD degree in Psychology. She subsequently completed a 3-year post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, followed by a three-year tenure as an assistant professor at Purdue University, Indiana. She has been employed at the NIH as a Heath Scientist Administrator since 2001. Yvonne resides in Kensington, MD, with her two feline “children”, Zoe and Maxwell. She enjoys, reading, cooking and gardening. (Term expires February 2020.)
Jane Aylor was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and attended local Maryland schools-Winston Churchill High School and the University of Maryland. Although she was baptized an Episcopalian, she never found a church where she felt truly at home until she and her husband Jim joined Christ Church in 1994 and were married here by Father Hague a few months later. From the moment they walked through the doors, they felt welcome and, although their residence was (and still is) in Falls Church, Virginia, they were so committed to CCPK that they never considered attending a church in Virginia. They both served as ushers and Jim was a member of the Vestry Finance Committee.
When Jim passed away in 2013, the church became even more important to Jane. She was so grateful for the support she received from the church family. Her retirement in 2015 from a demanding job at ABC News enabled her to become more involved in church activities. She became a chalicist and volunteered for Parish Life events.
Parish Life plays an important role in the life of the congregation. Beyond facilitating “food, fellowship and fun”, Parish Life provides opportunities for parishioners to volunteer and participate which lead to the development of strong relationships and commitment within the church. (Term expires February 2021.)
Cynthia Mitchell and her husband, Louis, returned to the Washington metropolitan area in August 2015. While she was born & raised in Washington DC, they had become New Englanders living in Stamford, CT for over 30 years.
After visiting several churches, Cythia began worshiping at Christ Episcopal Church in December 2015. She has belonged to only two other churches, St. George’s in Washington DC where she was baptized, confirmed and attended with her family until college, and St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, CT, an open, progressive, inclusive congregation where she learned for the first time as an adult the joy and comfort that comes from belonging to a warm and welcoming church community. She is pleased to say that she feels that warmth from her new church family here at Christ Episcopal Church.
Also, Cynthia has discovered how much more rewarding the church experience is when one is involved. As such, she joined the Outreach committee where she has a chance to participate more fully in helping those in our community who face significant challenges in daily life. She is a Lector at the 8 am service where she finds that reading the lessons enriches her understanding. And now she looks forward to serving as a member of the Vestry. Her commitment is to use her talents to further Christ Episcopal Church in its mission to “be a faithful presence in the world by example and service to others”. She actively participates and prayerfully makes decisions to strengthen the parish. (Term expires February 2021.)
John Ward and his family first visited Christ Church in the summer of 2016. He was looking for a welcoming church for his family that would help nurture and support his son’s spiritual development. Not only did they find a warm and welcoming community, they found their church home. He and his family became members of Christ Church and are truly blessed to be part of this amazing parish.
While growing up in western Pennsylvania, he began his faith journey in the United Methodist Church where he was actively involved in the church; eventually serving as youth leader supporting the youth ministry and the church’s annual conferences. The impact these experiences had on him during his formative years cannot be measured.
For more than 20 years he has served in management positions in the non-profit human development and education sectors. He is a certified professional life, career and executive coach, and teaches in afterschool art programs for elementary students. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in religion.
Most Sundays at Christ Church he is serving as a Healing Minister, teaching a Sunday school class, serving as a Lector, or visiting our parishioners as a Eucharistic Visitor. His husband Marco serves as an usher and his son Anthony participates with the children in preparing for the communion.
Education is extremely important to him and as a vestry member. He works to use faithfully his talents and experience to help support and continue to build our education programs at Christ Church. (Term expires February 2021.)
Ramzi Nemo has attended Christ Church since he and his family moved into Rock Creek Forest in 2011.
He appreciates the spiritual home that Christ Church has provided him, and the warm welcome extended to his wife Sasha Gottlieb and their daughter Isabel. Ramzi sees Vestry service as a chance to contribute to CECK’s extending that same hospitality and care to others, and helping to grow a people walking the Way of Love.
Enjoying the quiet and dignity of Rite I spoken, he has become a regular lector and chalicist at 8:00 AM Eucharists, though he really enjoys occasional visits to 5:00 PM services.
Ramzi has spent the past decade working to improve public administration as a civil servant, currently in the Department of Homeland Security’s management directorate.
Though a California native raised in NJ, Ramzi has spent most of his adult life around the DC Metro area. While he always enjoys chatting about baseball and ’80s alternative music, please don’t hesitate to reach out–whether at Christ Church or electronically–to discuss anything about CECK, and how we might better serve each other and our community. (Term expires February 2022.)
Bob Quinn has been happily married for almost 35 years to Liz Quinn, with two grown sons, Sean, married to another Liz, and Thomas, and one grandson, Porter. He has been a member of Christ Church for over 34 years.
During his time with Christ Church, Bob has been on the vestry twice before, with stints as stewardship chair, junior and senior warden. In addition, he has been acting house captain for Christ Church’s participation with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County for over 20 years.
After several years of sabbatical from the vestry, Bob felt a calling to return and potentially help make an additional difference to his parish home. He hopes to follow in Frank Shaw’s footsteps to keep our property in good stead, for generations to come. (Term expires February 2022.)
Cindy Winder grew up in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formerly Presbyterian, her family became Episcopalian when her father realized the church down the street didn’t require driving! After graduation from the University of Colorado in Boulder, she moved to Washington for a summer job and has been here since.
Cindy feels serving on Christ Church’s vestry is a small way she can pay back the warmth and welcoming she has felt since her first Sunday in 2016. She was the happy recipient of a red and white CECK information card from a parishioner during the Kensington Labor Day parade. She appreciates that Christ Church enables members to give varying amounts of time, talent, and treasure depending on their life demands and obligations, but what is offered is acknowledged and appreciated. She finds Christ Church to be a very loving, nonjudgmental community in which to be grounded in religion, kindness, and spirituality.
During her productive work-related years, Cindy has been involved with communications and publications. Clear messages are important to her and the opportunity to publicize or advertise should, in her opinion, never be overlooked. She feels Christ Church can do more tooting of its own horn, more sharing of the Good News.
Cindy is involved with several aspects of our children’s ministry. She assists Ann Enkiri with Children’s Chapel along with Barbara Ferry nearly every Sunday and has worked closely with Ann to plan and staff Vacation Bible School for the past two years. She looks forward to creating some form of children’s outreach with Ann! She has two grandchildren at Grace Episcopal Day School down the street and another at Washington Episcopal School. She very much enjoys being part of children’s Christian education-especially under the guidance of Ann Enkiri. (Term expires February 2022.)
Parish Treasurer Bonnie Douglas retired after over forty satisfying years at NIH. With a background in mathematics, computer science and management analysis, being on the Budget and Finance Committee and Treasurer at Christ Church are enjoyable for her, satisfying her continuing need for puzzles, numbers, and things to analyze. In her spare time she sees friends, reads (mostly history and mystery), travels, putters in the home and garden, does crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and plays and walks with her dog. She is particularly pleased that, as we progress through this time of transition, we are in a healthy financial condition.
Clerk of the Vestry Peter Bartram has been a member of Christ Church since 2008. A registered Professional Engineer, he is Professor Emeritus, Norwich University. At Christ Church, he serves as webmaster (Communications Committee), and on the Outreach Committee. He was a member of the Rector Search Team and served several years as Diocesan Convention Delegate. In his retirement, he enjoys traveling, shop work, reading, and vintage toy trains and construction toys.
DIOCESAN CONVENTION DELEGATES
Kathy McKay is honored to serve as one of Christ Church’s delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Christ Episcopal Church Kensington has been her parish home for 20 years. She is usually at church with her husband, Tom. Their son Norman is in grad school and their son Tim is in college.
Kathy is passionate about social justice, the art of creating, local sights, and listening.
(Term expires February 2020.)
Ray Barry and Emily have been members of Christ Church Parish since 1985. Over the years he has been active in many aspects of church life. He has served on the Vestry; served as a Diocesan Delegate; and has worked in our Christian education program including serving as an adult leader of the J2A group that traveled to Poland on pilgrimage. He serves regularly as a Chalicist. (Term expires February 2019)
Doug Leavans joined Christ Episcopal Church Kensington in 1992 when his family moved to Kensington from New Jersey. For over 20 years he was an international banker, lending to the rich as it were, and lived overseas in Europe and West Africa. It was time for a change. He landed a position in international development financing. Now he was lending to the “poor” to promote jobs and economic growth. He needed a spiritual home to anchor this new perspective. Raised Episcopalian, a choirboy, and years later, a vestry member in our NJ church, he felt at home when he came to Christ Church. Over the years, he has served on the vestry, worked on our Wing-and-a Prayer capital campaign to build our education wing, co-led the first Young Adults in Church (YAC) group of high school juniors and seniors, and was part of the planning and logistics team for our mission trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now he joyfully sings in our choir. The common thread was how unified and powerful we are as a congregation. After completing a course at Georgetown University in Organization Development, he consulted with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington supporting the director of the youth programs build an outreach strategy. He learned first-hand how the dioceses functions. He would be honored to delve deeper into diocesan operations, finances and programs as a delegate from our wonderful parish. (Term expires February 2020.)
Phil Padgett has been a member of Christ Church since 2001. He served on the Rector Search Team. Previously he served on the Vestry where he led the Outreach Committee. Phil was one of the organizers and leaders of our mission to New Orleans to assist in housing recovery following Hurricane Katrina. Phil is a retired national security analyst and Navy veteran who received his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Maryland University College. His first book, Advocating Overlord, was published in May 2018. (Term expires February 2021.)