The Reverend Cara Spaccarelli began her ministry in 2010 as the 28th rector of Christ Church. Cara is passionate about the local church being a place of respite, renewal, and transformation, providing space and opportunity for the Holy Spirit to work in the relationships, the worship, and the overall life of the congregation. She is dedicated to her own spiritual growth and encourages congregants to find ways to engage their own spiritual lives in ways that nurture and challenge them. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cara was raised in the Episcopal Church, and first experienced her call to the priesthood while ministering as a counselor at an Episcopal camp. She graduated from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, with a major in American Studies. She received her MDiv at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. Ordained in 2006 in the Diocese of Minnesota, Cara served at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Minneapolis for four years in the areas of youth, outreach, young adults, and adult formation. Outside of church, Cara is periodically a runner, occasionally a crafter, and always on the search for the next tool that will make her more efficient and organized in the running of her life. Cara and her husband, Michael, keep active with two sons, Riley and Aden, who can often be seen enjoying coffee hour twice on Sunday.
The Reverend Serena Wille Sides joined Christ Church as Assistant Rector in June 2017. Serena is responsible for our Children and Family Ministry, and, along with Cara, leads our liturgy, preaches, and develops adult faith formation in small groups. Serena graduated in May 2017 with her M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in June 2017 at the National Cathedral. Serena served for 1.5 years as our seminarian. Born in Washington, DC, Serena spent her childhood and youth in DC and Connecticut. She received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, majoring in political science and minoring in Russian. Serena spent a winter season skiing in Alta, Utah, before attending and graduating from Harvard Law School with her J.D. She practiced corporate law for 12 years in New York City and Washington DC, specializing in financial transactions and regulations. She also did a two year stint in national security, mostly working as a staff member of the National Commission on Terror Attacks upon the United States (the “9/11 Commission”). Serena and her husband, John, have two children, Ethan and Hannah and live in the Tenleytown neighborhood of DC.
As part-time organist and choirmaster and active recruiter for other instrumentalists to join in worship at Christ Church, Richard welcomes anyone interested in exploring music ministry to join the choir — no formal audition required! The choir includes singers with a wide range of experience. Music is selected from all periods and styles of sacred literature. Additionally, working with the rector, Richard incorporates congregational music for the liturgy. To contact Richard, please email him.
Jennifer Baker Howard has deep ties to Christ Church – as a congregant/member since 2000 and getting married and baptizing both her children at CCWP. She served on various committees and as a volunteer before assuming her staff position in May 2014. Her professional career spanned over 18 years as a fundraiser at performing and cultural arts organizations in Washington and New York City, including: the Smithsonian Institution; Arena Stage; The Washington Ballet; and, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). As Parish Life & Office Manager, she oversees parish administration (communication, building usage and scheduling) as well as serves as the staff liaison for the Outreach Committee, coordinates volunteers and fellowship, and supports parish-wide events. To contact Jennifer, please email her.
Kevin is responsible for the care and upkeep of the church complex. He works under the purview of the Parish Administrator, wardens, and the rector.