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, 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 rector@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

The Reverend Andrew A. KryzakThe Reverend Andrew A. Kryzak
Associate Rector

The Rev. Andrew Astwood Kryzak began his tenure as associate rector in August of 2020. His portfolio focuses on Christian education, parish life, and outreach, and he supports the rector in the cure of souls of the parish through preaching, teaching, pastoral guidance, and the administration of the sacraments of the church. Prior to his arrival in Georgetown, Andrew served the parish of Christ Church in Greenwich, Connecticut, as associate rector for worship, outreach, and membership. He organized the liturgies of the parish and oversaw all liturgical ministers; developed its new member ministry; taught confirmation class and the Sunday-evening Bible study; and was chaplain to the church’s choirs of men and boys, girls, and mixed adults. Andrew trained for the ministry at Yale Divinity School, earning the Master of Divinity and a diploma in Anglican studies from Berkeley Divinity School.

A native of Dutchess County, New York, he was raised in the Episcopal Church and is in the eleventh generation of his family in the New World to worship according to the Book of Common Prayer. Prior to divinity school, he worked for the New-York Historical Society and the law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell. He is passionate about the intellectual, liturgical, and musical heritage of Anglicanism and the development of Christian character, and his academic and personal interests include Western history; sacred music; architecture; detective fiction; railroads; and the city of New York. He is an avid and longtime tennis player and enjoys reading, writing, and long walks. He and his wife, Hannah Peckham, a doctoral student in American history at the University of Notre Dame, live in northwest Washington. A selection of his preaching may be found on his website, and he can be reached at andrew@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

The Reverend Melissa K. HollerithThe Reverend Melissa K. Hollerith
Interim Assistant to the Rector

The Reverend Melissa Hollerith brings nearly three decades of ordained ministry to Christ Church along with a passion for teaching and servant leadership. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Melissa received her undergraduate degree (B.A.) from Tulane University and a Master of Divinity from Yale University. Ordained an Episcopal priest in 1992, she is also married to a priest, Randy Hollerith. The two met at Yale and now have two adult children, Marshall and Eliza, and a beloved black Labrador, Lady. Melissa spent the majority of her ministry in schools, primarily at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Virginia (20+ years), where she served as Chaplain, Religion Department Chair, and Chair of Service Learning. St. Christopher’s honored her in 2016 with the establishment of the Reverend Melissa K. Hollerith Prize to be given annually at graduation to the young man who best exhibits Service, Community Building, and Inclusion. For the past two years, she has worked at St. Albans School teaching Ethics and Bible in the upper school. 

In addition to serving in schools, Melissa has assisted at churches, including St. Stephen’s and St. James’s in Richmond, Virginia, St. Peter’s in Savannah, Georgia, and Christ and Holy Trinity in Westport, Connecticut. Melissa has been published in Forward Movement, The Bible Challenge, and Chicken Soup for the Mother and Daughter Soul

Melissa currently serves as the president of the Disciplinary Board for the Diocese of Virginia and as a board member at the Bishop Walker School. Melissa credits her mother who started the first food bank in the state of Louisiana as her best role model for servant ministry. She enjoys good Louisiana cooking and watching SEC football, especially the LSU Tigers. Melissa can be reached at hollerith.melissa@gmail.com or 804-651-3323.

 

 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 came to Christ Church from St. Columba’s Episcopal Church in Tenleytown, where he served for 10 years 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 as senior warden. Paul and his husband, Eric Peters, reside in downtown Washington with their dog, Athena. Paul can be reached at paul@christchurchgeorgetown.org 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 tonika@christchurchgeorgetown.org or 202-333-6677.

 

Letitia (Tish) Mills, Executive Assistant

Letitia (Tish) Mills
Executive Assistant

Tish comes to Christ Church Georgetown from Washington National Cathedral, where she served for 7 years as executive assistant to two deans; Rev. Gary Hall and, most recently, the Very Rev. Randy Hollerith. Prior to her time at the Cathedral, she spent 10 years on Capitol Hill as executive assistant to two members of Congress. Earlier, she helped manage an outdoor theater and Shakespeare festival in El Paso, Texas. Tish lives in Bethesda and enjoys the theater, arts, languages, bicycling and travel. She can be reached at tish@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.