Clergy & Staff

The Reverend Timothy A. R. Cole, Rector

The Reverend Timothy A. R. Cole

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, Father 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, Father 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, Father 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, Father Tim resigned from the army, leaving as Assistant Chaplain General to the Army Recruiting and Training Division.

Father 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. Father Tim can be reached at or 202-333-6677.



The Reverend Crystal HardinThe Reverend Crystal J. Carpenter Hardin
Associate Rector

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, Mother 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, she 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. Mother 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. Mother Crystal can be reached at or 202-333-6677. 



Reverend John McDuffieThe Reverend John S. McDuffie
Interim Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend John McDuffie grew up in Hendersonville, North Carolina. He attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, and graduated from Boston University with a B.A. in philosophy and religion. Father John subsequently earned an MSW degree at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and had a ten-year career as a clinical social worker in psychiatric settings. He was ordained to the priesthood after graduating from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1987, and served as a curate at St. Paul’s Church in Akron, Ohio for two years before coming to the Diocese of Washington in 1989. Father John served as the rector of St. Dunstan’s Church, Bethesda, from 1989 to 1998 and Christ Church, Rockville, until his retirement in early 2018. He has a wealth of experience in parish leadership, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care, as well as serving in the Diocese and at Virginia Seminary in various roles. Father John is married, he and his wife Mary have five children, six grandchildren, and a seventh grandchild due in December. He is an accomplished jazz saxophonist and enjoys playing in jam sessions in Washington; he is also an avid golfer and baseball fan. Father John can be reached at 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 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 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 or 202-333-6677.



Tonika Hilliard, Parish Coordinator

Tonika Hilliard
Parish Coordinator

Tonika joined the staff in March 2019 having spent 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 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 or 202-333-6677.