The Reverend Cara Spaccarelli is the 28th rector of Christ Church. Cara’s passion in ministry is for drawing people into the community of the church and encouraging the spiritual growth of members, newcomers, and strangers alike. 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 Episcopal 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. Besides sharing in presiding, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care with the clergy team at St. Mark’s, she held responsibilities in newcomers, youth and young adults ministry, outreach and adult education. Cara and her husband, Michael, keep active with sons Riley and Aden. To contact Cara, please call the church office at 202.547.9300 or email her. If there is a pastoral emergency, the church’s answering machine message has directions on the number to call.
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.
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.
Jennifer Baker Howard (Parish Life & Office Manager) 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.
Anna Laymon, Interim Director of Education, has attended Christ Church with her family for close to ten years. As Interim Director of Education, Anna oversees all spiritual programming for our families, including Sunday School and our new Children’s Chapel. Having spent the last two years working at an Episcopal middle school in New York City, she comes to this position with a deep love and passion for both children and teaching. Anna is excited to be taking on this greater role within her church community, and welcomes your input as we work together to best support our growing parish. To contact Anna about the educational programming for families at Christ Church, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org