Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Timothy A. R. Cole, Rector

The Reverend Timothy A. R. Cole
Rector

The Reverend Timothy Cole was ordained in the Scottish Episcopal Church, from which the Episcopal Church in the United States has grown. The son of a priest, Tim earned degrees from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, and Cardiff Universities. He began his professional path with a decade of parish ministry, serving as curate at Holy Trinity Church in Dunfermline before becoming vice provost of Saint Andrew's Cathedral in Inverness. He was then called to be Rector of Saint Michael and All Saints in Edinburgh. In 1995, Tim joined the Royal Army Chaplains Department, where he served for 20 years in positions of increasing seniority, with a variety of garrison churches (the military base equivalent of parish churches) and with units deployed to Northern Ireland, Bosnia, Sierra Leone, Iraq (where he was the British Senior Force Chaplain), and Afghanistan (where he was the Theatre and Joint Force Senior Chaplain). Most recently, Tim served as Assistant Chaplain General for the 3rd United Kingdom Division, leading 33 chaplains in five brigade teams. He was made an Honorary Chaplain to the Queen in 2014. Upon acceptance of the Vestry's call to serve as Rector of Christ Church, Georgetown, Tim resigned from the army, leaving as Assistant Chaplain General to the Army Recruiting and Training Division.

Tim has been Rector of Christ Church since September 2016. He brings with him the depth of his experience in service with and to young people and families, a dedication to pastoral care and community building through outreach and prayer, a joy in traditional liturgy and music, and a commitment to scripture. He is married to Lorraine and they have two children. Tim can be reached at rector@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

The Reverend Elizabeth F. Keeler, Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Elizabeth F. Keeler
Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Elizabeth Keeler accepted the call to begin her ministry at Christ Church in May 2014. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and Davidson College, Elizabeth primarily focuses on programs that support Adult Education and Formation. She also shares in worship, pastoral care, and administrative responsibilities with the other members of the clergy and staff. Both her father and uncle served as Episcopal priests in New England. Elizabeth lives with her husband, Michael, and their three children, Jack, Jamie, and Lilee, in Great Falls, Virginia. Elizabeth can be reached at elizabeth@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

 

The Reverend Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner, Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Elizabeth B. Gardner
Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Elizabeth Bonforte Gardner was called to join the clergy team at Christ Church, Georgetown, in October 2017, having previously served as the Episcopal Diocese of Washington's Interim Missioner for Young Adults and College Ministries and Interim Rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC. Before her work in Washington, Elizabeth was Associate Rector for Pastoral Care at St. John's Episcopal Church, McLean, VA. Elizabeth brings to Christ Church experience in politics, business, and non-profit management. After working for Nordstrom, Inc. as a buyer for the Mid-Atlantic region, she started a consulting firm to help federal, state, non-profit, and corporate campaigns. Because Elizabeth was born in Colorado, she is a lifelong Broncos fan, but moved to the beaches of California when it counted. After graduating from a San Diego high school that offered Surf PE, she attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, majoring in Political Science and Public Policy. After graduation, she moved to Washington to work on Capitol Hill. Elizabeth met her husband, Chris, when they were in the 20s and 30s group at St. John's Lafayette Square. A graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary, she lives in McLean with Chris and their two teenage daughters. Elizabeth can be reached at egardner@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

The Reverend Crystal HardinThe Reverend Crystal Hardin

The Reverend Crystal Hardin accepted the call to begin her ministry at Christ Church in June 2019 upon her graduation from Virginia Theological Seminary. An Alabama native, Crystal attended law school at the University of Alabama School of Law, before relocating to the DC metro area ten years ago. At Christ Church, Crystal focuses primarily on programs that support families, children, and youth. She also shares in worship, pastoral care, and other responsibilities with the other members of the clergy and staff. Crystal lives with her husband, Bradford, and their two daughters, Lillian and Eliot, in Arlington, Virginia. She is passionate about preaching, Flannery O’Connor, house plants, laughter, lunch, and Jesus. Crystal can be reached at crystal@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677. 

 

 

 Thomas P. Smith, Organist and Choirmaster

Thomas P. Smith
Organist and Choirmaster

Thomas Smith joined the staff of Christ Church in September 2015, having previously served as Director of Music and Organist at The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Bethesda, Maryland, where he oversaw an extensive music program. His responsibilities at Christ Church include playing the organ for all liturgies, conducting the professional choir, assisting in the planning and preparation of worship, and supervising all other musical activities within the parish. A native of suburban Philadelphia, Tom holds degrees in organ performance and church music from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland. His primary teachers have been John Binsfeld, John Walker, and Donald Sutherland. In addition to his work at Christ Church, Tom is the Assistant Chapel Musician at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia. He has twice served as guest lecturer in church music at his alma mater, the Peabody Conservatory. Tom is a devout Episcopalian and a fervent conservator of the Anglican liturgical and musical traditions, which, he believes, can serve as valuable tools for outreach, evangelism, education, and formation now more than ever. Tom can be reached at tom@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Paul Barkett, Director of Administration

Paul Barkett
Director of Administration

Paul comes to Christ Church from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Tenleytown, where, for the past 10 years, he has served as Chief Operating Officer. At St. Columba’s, his primary areas of responsibility included finances, facilities, human resources, and technology. Prior to joining the staff at St. Columba’s, Paul served for nine years as the Director of Housing and Residence Life at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, where he led a staff of almost 200 in supporting a resident population of 4,400 students. Paul has been active in the life of the diocese; he has served as chair of the diocesan Human Resources Committee and as treasurer of the diocese. He is a long-time member of St. John’s Church, Lafayette Square, where he currently serves a junior warden. Paul and his husband, Eric Peters, reside in downtown Washington with their dog, Jonah. Paul can be reached at paul@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Jack Fenton, Parish Coordinator

Jack Fenton
Parish Coordinator

Jack joined the staff in April 2019. A graduate of Tufts University, Jack hails from Massachusetts and previously worked in the field of public relations. His responsibilities at Christ Church include administrative support of the areas of worship, communications, and mission; and maintaining parishioner records. Jack lives in the LeDroit Park area of Washington. Jack can be reached at jack@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Tonika Hilliard, Parish Coordinator

Tonika Hilliard
Parish Coordinator

Tonika joined the staff in March 2019 having spent the past six years working in various capacities at St. Columba’s Church in Tenleytown. Tonika’s responsibilities at Christ Church include administrative support for sacramental and pastoral rites (baptisms, weddings, funerals, etc.), coordination of flower memorials, and, in conjunction with Director of Administration, Paul Barkett, assistance with financial matters. Tonika lives in Washington with her teenage son.  Tonika can be reached at tonika@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Tyrone Moore, Sexton Supervisor

Tyrone Moore
Sexton Supervisor

A native of Washington, DC, Tyrone Moore attended Wilson High School before entering the U.S. Army. After leaving the service, he worked for Adas Israel Congregation, Washington, DC. A member of the Christ Church staff since 2000, Tyrone's principal areas of responsibility are maintenance of the church building and supervision of the parish's other sextons. He also manages the inventory of cleaning supplies and equipment. Outside of his work, Tyrone serves as Athletic Director at the Metropolitan Cobra Youth Club, where he coaches middle school students in football and basketball. He has a daughter and three sons.  Tyrone can be reached at tyrone@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.