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, 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 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 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 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.


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 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 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.


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.