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 Kristen L. Hawley, Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Kristen L. Hawley
Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Kristen Hawley joined the staff of Christ Church in June 2013. Kristen is a graduate of Virginia Theological Seminary and Hamilton College in upstate New York, where she was born and raised. Since coming to the Washington, DC, area in 1996, Kristen has worked primarily in event management for non-profits, including the Washington National Cathedral. Kristen, her husband, RJ, and their four children, Maggie, Will, Alec, and Clare, live in Silver Spring, Maryland, with their dogs, Queso and Emmy (short for Emmental, the "puppies fromage"). Kristen can be reached at kristen@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.

 

 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.

 

Rita Yoe, Youth Missioner

Rita Yoe
Youth Missioner

Rita Yoe joined the staff of Christ Church as Youth Missioner in 2014. She is responsible for matters relating to the Children, Youth, and Family ministries, including oversight of Sunday School and youth formation, programming, and events for youth, children, and families, and serves as volunteer coordinator for these ministries. Rita is a native of southern Maryland and a life-long Episcopalian, having been involved in Christian formation and youth ministry on a parish and diocesan level since high school. She has a passion for summer camp ministry and has served with Episcopal camps in the dioceses of Maryland and Washington for ten years. She is a graduate of Roanoke College, where she studied Human Development. Prior to working at Christ Church, Rita worked as a nanny in Paris, France, for a year. She now enjoys living in DC with her beagle mix, DJ. Rita can be reached at rita@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Glenn A. Metzdorf, Director of Administration

Glenn A. Metzdorf
Director of Administration

As Director of Administration for the parish, Glenn Metzdorf is primarily responsible for its business affairs, including financial accounting, contributions, payroll, and accounts payable. He provides support for parish communications and worship services, and oversees maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Prior to working at Christ Church, Glenn was an executive at the United States Postal Service in its Government Relations Department. Before that he was a staff assistant to Senator Frank J. Lausche of Ohio. Glenn was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He has a B.A. in English and History from Columbia Union College and did post-graduate studies in English at American University. Glenn Metzdorf can be reached at glenn@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Jennifer Lee
Administrative Assistant

Jennifer Lee brings a wide range of experience to the position of Administrative Assistant at Christ Church. Most recently, Jennifer was the front office supervisor for a medical practice in Washington, DC. During her career, she has managed two medical practices; trained users of electronic medical records software at firms in Rockville, Maryland, and Raleigh, North Carolina; worked in a public relations/instructional capacity as a Surgical Coordinator and event planner for a medical practice in Washington, DC; and owned and managed a tea shop in Alexandria, Virginia. Jennifer lives in Washington, DC, and is a docent at Washington National Cathedral. Born in Indianapolis, she attended a diploma school for nursing in Columbus, Ohio, and studied at Ohio Northern and Ohio Wesleyan Universities. Jennifer is interested in other cultures and has traveled often to Europe and the Middle East. She lived in Egypt for six years. Jennifer can be reached at jennifer@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.

 

Samuel Wimbley, Full-time Resident Sexton

Samuel Wimbley
Full-time Resident Sexton

Samuel Wimbley was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. He received a B.A. in psychology at Florida A&M University. Prior to joining the staff of Christ Church in 2006, Samuel taught a course in Environmental Education for Washington, DC high school students at Camp Letts, Edgewater, Maryland, and tennis for the DC Department of Parks & Recreation. He still plays tennis on a regular basis. Samuel is primarily responsible for maintenance of the Parish Hall. He also covers weekend and weeknight events, including Sunday services and Coffee Hour. As Resident Sexton, Samuel lives on site and oversees security. He manages the inventory of electrical supplies and food staples.

 

Henry Lemus, Part-time SextonHenry Lemus
Part-time Sexton

A native of Guatemala City, Guatemala, Henry Lemus has lived in the United States since he was 10 years old. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen. Henry attended high school at Highpoint in Prince George's County, Maryland. A full-time electrician with Windsor Electric, he has been employed part-time at Christ Church since 2004. Henry works on Sundays, helping to prepare the church for services, Keith Hall for various Sunday activities, and covering Coffee Hour and Evensong receptions. He also works on Wednesday evenings, tending to the Parish Hall and handling other needs as they arise. Henry has two sons. His athletic interests include basketball, soccer, and weightlifting.

 

The Reverend Nicholas J. Evancho, Deacon and SeminarianThe Reverend Nicholas J. Evancho
Deacon and Seminarian

The Reverend Nicholas J. Evancho began a two-year assignment at Christ Church in September 2016. A member of Virginia Theological Seminary's Class of 2018, Nicholas is a transitional deacon from the diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania. He is preparing for ordination to the priesthood. Born and raised in Western New York, Nicholas graduated from Grove City College in 2015 with a B.S. in biochemistry. He is engaged to Ashley, who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Job Openings

Christ Church, Georgetown, is a historic and vibrant parish in the heart of Washington, DC. The church has a staff of 11 and a budget of $2.0 million. Average Sunday attendance is roughly 500 people.

Communications and Membership Development Manager
The Communications and Membership Development Manager will report to the Rector and work closely with other church personnel. S/he will be responsible for creating and implementing a comprehensive communications strategy for the parish. The Communications Manager will support the mission and vision of Christ Church by promoting its ministries, programs, and events within the parish, the diocese, and the wider community through a variety of channels - both in print and online. For the complete job description, click here. To apply, email Glenn Metzdorf, Director of Administration.

Parish Coordinator
The Parish Coordinator will report to the Director of Administration, working to ensure the accuracy of financial and other parish databases, thereby facilitating optimal decision-making and planning for the parish. S/he will also assist the Communications Manager in targeting parishioner and non-parishioner communications, and often be the first person parishioners and visitors encounter when communicating with or visiting the church. For the complete job description, click here. To apply, please email Glenn Metzdorf, Director of Administration.