Senior Warden Doug Smith has been a parishioner at Christ Church for about 25 years. During that time, he has served on the Vestry, handling the Education Portfolio; taught Sunday school; was the first leader of the J2A program; Chaired the most recent Capital Campaign which made much needed repairs, renovations and improvements, as well as acquiring our new organ; and served on the search team that brought Emily to our parish. Currently, he puts together the monthly newsletter, serves on the outreach and communications committees, participates in our adult education book group and has been instrumental in starting the new Christ Church Men’s Group.
He is a committed advocate for children and youth education and participation, and would like to see our parish attract more young families. He is also a strong believer in the need to strengthen and expand our parish community though personal relationships.
On a personal note, he has been retired for over three years, having had a 47 year career in sales and marketing in the consumer electronics industry and serving the last 20 years of his work career as V.P. of Sales and Marketing for Velodyne Acoustics in Silicon Valley, CA. He is the father of four wonderful daughters, the youngest, Eleanor (Nora), having been baptized at and a member of Christ Church. email (Vestry term expires February 2019.)
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 is working with the Communications Committee on updating the church website and enjoys participating in the Sunday afternoon Bible study. For the children’s Sunday school he leads songs and tells Bible stories he illustrates with cartoon drawings. Dwight has been a worship leader and band member at two churches in the D.C. area. Professionally Dwight is a 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.)
Frank Shaw and his family have been an active members of Christ Church for over 15 years, and he has previously served on the Vestry, Endowment Committee, and pilgrimage discernment committee. He also taught Sunday School (or rather, assisted his wife Suzanne to teach Sunday School) for several years.
In his professional life, Frank is a corporate transactional attorney with the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, focusing on the development and finance of renewable energy and other infrastructure projects. (Term expires February 2019.)
Virginia Blackman is a new member at Christ Church, having moved with her family to Kensington in January, 2015, from San Francisco. Virginia is a Navy Nurse, now serving as a research scientist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda. She was brought up in the United Methodist Church, and had leadership experience in both youth (high school) and campus ministry. Virginia and her husband David Blackman have two children, Claire and Joshua. They are all happy to be part of the Christ Church community! (Term expires February 2020.)
Brad Christmas has attended Christ Church since 2003 with his wife Tara Flynn and three children: Charlie Ellie & Cora. For the past three years Brad has ushered, (with significant help from Charlie and Ellie) and coordinated the ushering schedule. Brad began his professional career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy where served in the Gulf War and taught at the US Naval Academy. Since leaving active duty in 1995, he has worked in various technology and management leadership roles at large law firms and technology service companies. (Term expires February 2019.)
Lance Kilpatrick, his wife Judy and their children Aidan and Casey have been members of the CCPK community since 2004. Lance’s professional career has been focused on improving the lives of others, working on health care and long-term care issues and previously on workers’ rights and environmental conservation. Originally from upstate New York, Lance has lived in the DC Metro area since 1993, and has lived in Kensington since 2000. (Term expires February 2019.)
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. He graduated from Dartmouth College then, after a stint in environmental work in D.C., attended law school at the University of Virginia. In 1999, he and Mary were married after dating for 8 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 – Camille (12) and Hank (9). Ken and family were long time congregants at St. Columba’s but decided to make the switch to Christ Church in 2016. (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 there 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. Jane would be honored to continue the work of the Parish Life Vestry members–Ginny Hussong, Pam Prindle and Gail Marks–with whom she has enjoyed working over the past few years. (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 my 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 recently 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 will actively participate and prayerfully make 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. Last year 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 my son Anthony participates with the children in preparing for the communion.
Education is extremely important to him and as a vestry member, he would faithfully use his talents and experience to help support and continue to build our education programs at Christ Church. (Term expires February 2021.)
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 serveral 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; has worked in our Christian education program including serving as an adult leader of the J2A group that traveled to Poland on pilgrimage; and serve 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.)