meet our lay leaders

Members of the Vestry

SENIOR WARDEN Kurt Ellison

Senior Warden Kurt Ellison is technically a new member at Christ Church, but served as Parish Administrator at Christ Church for nearly 11 years – and had been attending vestry and wardens’ meetings during those years! As Parish Administrator, Kurt served on the Finance Committee, Stewardship Committee, Property Committee, Communications Committee among others.

Kurt recently made the switch to Christ Church from St. John’s, Norwood in Chevy Chase where he served as Vestry Member, Stewardship Chair, and Personnel Committee Chair. Kurt works as Director of Operations for St. John’s Episcopal Church in Georgetown, DC, and recently completed a term on Diocesan Council as an At-Large member. In his spare time Kurt enjoys visits to his family’s farm in Culpeper, Virginia, where he has stirring political conversations with his family. He also likes poking around antique shops, making dinners for his friends, and burning calories while riding his Peloton.

(Term expires February 2022.)

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JUNIOR WARDEN, BUDGET/FINANCE Cynthia Mitchell

Cynthia Mitchell and her husband, Louis, returned to the Washington metropolitan area in August 2015. While she was born & raised in Washington DC, they had become New Englanders living in Stamford, CT for over 30 years.

After visiting several churches, Cythia began worshiping at Christ Episcopal Church in December 2015. She has belonged to only two other churches, St. George’s in Washington DC where she was baptized, confirmed and attended with her family until college, and St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford, CT, an open, progressive, inclusive congregation where she learned for the first time as an adult the joy and comfort that comes from belonging to a warm and welcoming church community. She is pleased to say that she feels that warmth from her new church family here at Christ Episcopal Church.

Also, Cynthia has discovered how much more rewarding the church experience is when one is involved. As such, she joined the Outreach committee where she has a chance to participate more fully in helping those in our community who face significant challenges in daily life. She is a Lector at the 8 am service where she finds that reading the lessons enriches her understanding. And now she looks forward to serving as a member of the Vestry. Her commitment is to use her talents to further Christ Episcopal Church in its mission to “be a faithful presence in the world by example and service to others”. She actively participates and prayerfully makes decisions to strengthen the parish.

(Term expires February 2021.)

COMMUNICATIONS Mark Kelly

 

(Term expires February 2023.)

EDUCATION John Ward

John Ward and his family first visited Christ Church in the summer of 2016. He was looking for a welcoming church for his family that would help nurture and support his son’s spiritual development. Not only did they find a warm and welcoming community, they found their church home. He and his family became members of Christ Church and are truly blessed to be part of this amazing parish.

While growing up in western Pennsylvania, he began his faith journey in the United Methodist Church where he was actively involved in the church; eventually serving as youth leader supporting the youth ministry and the church’s annual conferences. The impact these experiences had on him during his formative years cannot be measured.

For more than 20 years he has served in management positions in the non-profit human development and education sectors. He is a certified professional life, career and executive coach, and teaches in afterschool art programs for elementary students. He holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a minor in religion.
Most Sundays at Christ Church he is serving as a Healing Minister, teaching a Sunday school class, serving as a Lector, or visiting our parishioners as a Eucharistic Visitor. His husband Marco serves as an usher and his son Anthony participates with the children in preparing for the communion.

Education is extremely important to him and as a vestry member. He works to use faithfully his talents and experience to help support and continue to build our education programs at Christ Church.

(Term expires February 2021.)

MEMBERSHIP Cynthia Winder

Cynthia (Cindy) Winder grew up in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Formerly Presbyterian, her family became Episcopalian when her father realized the church down the street didn’t require driving! After graduation from the University of Colorado in Boulder, she moved to Washington for a summer job and has been here since.

Cindy feels serving on Christ Church’s vestry is a small way she can pay back the warmth and welcoming she has felt since her first Sunday in 2016. She was the happy recipient of a red and white CECK information card from a parishioner during the Kensington Labor Day parade. She appreciates that Christ Church enables members to give varying amounts of time, talent, and treasure depending on their life demands and obligations, but what is offered is acknowledged and appreciated. She finds Christ Church to be a very loving, nonjudgmental community in which to be grounded in religion, kindness, and spirituality.

During her productive work-related years, Cindy has been involved with communications and publications. Clear messages are important to her and the opportunity to publicize or advertise should, in her opinion, never be overlooked. She feels Christ Church can do more tooting of its own horn, more sharing of the Good News.

Cindy is involved with several aspects of our children’s ministry. She assists Ann Enkiri with Children’s Chapel along with Barbara Ferry nearly every Sunday and has worked closely with Ann to plan and staff Vacation Bible School for the past two years. She looks forward to creating some form of children’s outreach with Ann! She has two grandchildren at Grace Episcopal Day School down the street and another at Washington Episcopal School. She very much enjoys being part of children’s Christian education-especially under the guidance of Ann Enkiri.

(Term expires February 2022.)

OUTREACH Peter Gergen

 Peter and his family are long time members of Christ Church. Both his daughters participated in the J2A youth program. Peter has previously served on the Vestry, many years ago when the Church was building the education wing, and has served as a youth group leader as part of the J2A program.

Currently, he is a member of the Outreach Committee and strongly believes in its mission to expand Christ Church’s role in helping the community. It was Peter’s pleasure to be a member of the Vision Group which identified, with input from the parish, four areas Christ Church can move forward in to better serve our congregation and community. He is a Pediatrician by training and works at the National Institutes of Health.

(Term expires February 2023.)

PARISH LIFE Jane Aylor

Jane Aylor was born and raised in the Washington, DC area and attended local Maryland schools-Winston Churchill High School and the University of Maryland. Although she was baptized an Episcopalian, she never found a church where she felt truly at home until she and her husband Jim joined Christ Church in 1994 and was married here by Father Hague a few months later.

From the moment they walked through the doors, they felt welcome and, although their residence was (and still is) in Falls Church, Virginia, they were so committed to CCPK that they never considered attending a church in Virginia. They both served as ushers and Jim was a member of the Vestry Finance Committee.
When Jim passed away in 2013, the church became even more important to Jane. She was so grateful for the support she received from the church family.

Her retirement in 2015 from a demanding job at ABC News enabled her to become more involved in church activities. She became a chalicist and volunteered for Parish Life events.

Parish Life plays an important role in the life of the congregation. Beyond facilitating “food, fellowship and fun”, Parish Life provides opportunities for parishioners to volunteer and participate which lead to the development of strong relationships and commitment within the church.

(Term expires February 2021.)

DISCIPLESHIP & ADULT EDUCATION Lee Puricelli

 Lee and his wife Eva have attended Christ Church since September 2001. In that time, he has been involved in a number of ministries at Christ Church. He was a youth leader for six years and went on pilgrimages to Alaska and Nova Scotia. He also helped co-lead four youth confirmation classes.

 Currently, Lee is responsible for the Adult Formation ministries at Christ Church. He leads our Sunday afternoon Bible study, as well as co-mentoring the Education for Ministry (EfM) program at Christ Church with Mari Casey. Along with Prescott Bullard, Lee is EfM coordinator for the Diocese of Washington. He is the Central Montgomery County regional lay representative for Bishop Budde’s strategic plan and is working with the diocese to help develop a school for Christian leadership. Lee believes spiritual formation is a life-long journey and Christ Church has been an important part of his.  He is happy to serve on the vestry to focus on adult formation and discipleship. 

(One year term ends February 2021.)

PROPERTY Bob Quinn

Bob Quinn has been happily married for almost 35 years to Liz Quinn, with two grown sons, Sean, married to another Liz, and Thomas, and one grandson, Porter He has been a member of Christ Church for over 34 years.

During his time with Christ Church, Bob has been on the vestry twice before, with stints as stewardship chair, junior and senior warden. In addition, he has been acting house captain for Christ Church’s participation with Rebuilding Together Montgomery County for over 20 years.

After several years of sabbatical from the Vestry, Bob felt a calling to return and help make an difference to his parish home and keep our property in good stead, for generations to come.

(Term expires February 2022.)

STEWARDSHIP Ray Barry

 Ray has been a member of Christ Church Parish since 1985. He and his wife Emily have two adult children who grew up in the parish.

Over the years he has been active in many aspects of church life. He previously served on Vestries in various roles; has worked in our Christian education program including teaching Sunday school and serving as an adult youth group; serves regularly as a Chalicist; serves as a delegate to Diocesan Convention; has chaired our Endowment Committee; and helps out with Altar Guild.

 

Ray is also engaged in a number of civic activities. He has served on the Board of Governors of Grace Episcopal Day School, the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors of the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, and as Chair the County Executive’s Arts and Entertainment Advisory Committee. During the early 2000s, he was deeply involved the public/private partnership to revitalize downtown Silver Spring, and lead the effort that resulted in the renovation and rehabilitation of the historic Silver Theatre.

 He is employed by the American Film Institute where Ray serves as Director of the AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center.

 Ray comes with an open mind, and looks forward to helping our parish thrive.

(Term expires February 2023.)

WORSHIP Ann Hagan

Ann has been a member of Christ Church Parish since 1987, when her family moved into Maryland. A life-long Episcopalian, Ann was particularly interested at the time in finding a good choir to join, and CCPK offered that. Subsequently, she served a term on the Vestry and organized and chaperoned the junior high/high school youth group during the 1990s.

 Ann’s particular interest in supporting the Vestry on the Worship committee is driven by her long participation in choir and worship services at Christ Church and she welcomes the opportunity to contribute to this necessary component of our church life.

Ann retired from the National Institutes of Health in 2019 and last year, giving her time to devote to the Vestry and its work.

(Term expires February 2023.)

TREASURER Bonnie Douglas

Parish Treasurer Bonnie Douglas retired after over forty satisfying years at NIH. With a background in mathematics, computer science and management analysis, being on the Budget and Finance Committee and Treasurer at Christ Church are enjoyable for her, satisfying her continuing need for puzzles, numbers, and things to analyze.

In her spare time she sees friends, reads (mostly history and mystery), travels, putters in the home and garden, does crossword puzzles and Sudoku, and plays and walks with her dog. She is particularly pleased that, as we progress through this time of transition, we are in a healthy financial condition.

CLERK OF THE VESTRY Peter Bartram

Clerk of the Vestry Peter Bartram has been a member of Christ Church since 2008. A registered Professional Engineer, he is Professor Emeritus, Norwich University.

At Christ Church, he serves on the Communications Committee, and has previously served as webmaster, and on the Outreach Committee. He was a member of the Rector Search Team and served several years as Diocesan Convention Delegate.

In his retirement, he enjoys traveling, shop work, reading, and vintage toy trains and construction toys.

Diocesan Convention Delegates

DELEGATE TO CONVENTION Kathy McKay

Kathy McKay is honored to serve as one of Christ Church’s delegates to the Diocesan Convention. Christ Episcopal Church Kensington has been her parish home for 20 years. She is usually at church with her husband, Tom. Their son Norman is in grad school and their son Tim is in college. Kathy is passionate about social justice, the art of creating, local sights, and listening.

(Term expires February 2020.)

DIOCESAN CONVENTION DELEGATE Ray Barry

Ray Barry and Emily have been members of Christ Church Parish since 1985. Over the years he has been active in many aspects of church life. He has served on the Vestry; served as a Diocesan Delegate; and has worked in our Christian education program including serving as an adult leader of the J2A group that traveled to Poland on pilgrimage. He serves regularly as a Chalicist.

(Term expires February 2019)

ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO CONVENTION Doug Leavans

Doug Leavans joined Christ Episcopal Church Kensington in 1992 when his family moved to Kensington from New Jersey. For over 20 years he was an international banker, lending to the rich as it were, and lived overseas in Europe and West Africa. It was time for a change. He landed a position in international development financing. Now he was lending to the “poor” to promote jobs and economic growth. He needed a spiritual home to anchor this new perspective. Raised Episcopalian, Doug was a choirboy in his youth, and years later, a vestry member in our NJ church, he felt at home when he came to Christ Church. Over the years, he has served on the vestry, worked on our Wing-and-a Prayer capital campaign to build our education wing, co-led the first Young Adults in Church (YAC) group of high school juniors and seniors, and was part of the planning and logistics team for our mission trip to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Now he joyfully sings in our choir. The common thread was how unified and powerful we are as a congregation. After completing a course at Georgetown University in Organization Development, he consulted with the Episcopal Diocese of Washington supporting the director of the youth programs build an outreach strategy. He learned first-hand how the dioceses functions. He would be honored to delve deeper into diocesan operations, finances and programs as a delegate from our wonderful parish.

(Term expires February 2020.)

ALTERNATE DELEGATE TO CONVENTION Phil Padgett

Phil Padgett has been a member of Christ Church since 2001. He served on the Rector Search Team. Previously he served on the Vestry where he led the Outreach Committee. Phil was one of the organizers and leaders of our mission to New Orleans to assist in housing recovery following Hurricane Katrina. Phil is a retired national security analyst and Navy veteran who received his Bachelor and Master degrees from University of Maryland University College. His first book, Advocating Overlord, was published in May 2018.

(Term expires February 2021.)