Rev John Molina-Moore is originally from San Jose, CA but has been living up and down the east coast for the past decade. Prior to coming to Northminster he served two churches in Wilmington, DE. John graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2011 and was the recipient of the Gerald R. Johnson Award in Speech Communication in Ministry. His passion in ministry is helping reframe what it means to be The Church today and the years to come. He enjoys any and all things sports and is a self-proclaimed hip-hop connoisseur. His wife, Amy, is the Associate Rector at St. Columba’s
Episcopal Church in Washington.
Rev. Dr. Gay L Byron, Parish Associate for Education and Formation
The Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron is Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, DC. Dr. Byron is the author of Symbolic Blackness and Ethnic Difference in Early Christian Literature (Routledge Press) and co-editor of Womanist Interpretations of the Bible: Expanding the Discourse (SBL Press). Her essays and articles are included in publications such as True to Our Native Land: An African American New Testament Commentary, the Women’s Bible Commentary, Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Teaching Theology and Religion, Biblical Interpretation, and the Presbyterian Outlook. She preaches and leads workshops throughout the country for a variety of denominational bodies, and lectures at theological schools and universities — nationally and internationally — on topics dealing with race, ethnicity, and the Bible; African American and womanist hermeneutics; Ethiopic manuscripts; and early Ethiopian Christianity. She holds degrees from Florida State University (B.S.), Clark Atlanta University (M.B.A.), and Union Theological Seminary in New York City (M.Div. and Ph.D.).
Minji Kim, Music Director
Minji Kim, a native of South Korea, is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in choral conducting at the University of Maryland. Prior to joining Northminster Presbyterian Church, she served as a scholarship singer at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Lubbock, Texas as well as teaching choirs as a graduate conductor at Texas Tech University. While she was pursuing the master’s degree in choral conducting at the Ohio State University, she served as an interim choir director at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and an assistant conductor for the Columbus International Children’s Choir in Ohio. At the University of Maryland, she currently teaches the University Chorale. She has also participated in many masterclasses including the conducting fellow experience with the Yale School of Music’s Norfolk Chamber Choir.
Rev. Mike McNamara, New Worshipping Coordinator
Deb Rookey, Young Adult Volunteer
A recent graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis, Deb is one of six PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers placed in DC this year. The Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) program is an ecumenical, faith-based year of service for young people, ages 19-30, in 22 sites around the world and in the United States. Deb is working with Northminster and with the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness on Capitol Hill. While at Northminster, Deb will be working on community engagement and outreach programming.
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Anne Pillay, Office Administrator