Rev. Dr. Gay L Byron, Stated Supply Pastor
The Rev. Dr. Gay L. Byron is serving as the Stated Supply Pastor at Northminster. She is also 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 on topics dealing with race, ethnicity, and the Bible; African American and womanist hermeneutics; Ethiopic manuscripts; and early Ethiopian Christianity. She was ordained in the New York City Presbytery and has pastored a church in the Bronx, NY. 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.).
Le Quan Turner, Minister for Community Life
Elder Le Quan Turner, a native Washingtonian, was born into a family of preachers and teachers of the gospel. She is a Ruling Elder and has served various congregations within National Capital Presbytery, Presbyterian Church (USA) as a pulpit supply preacher. She earned her Associates of Arts degree in Secondary Education from Prince George’s Community College. She went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and Language from the University of Maryland, College Park. Le Quan returned to her high school alma mater to teach American Literature and Spanish. She also exercised and sharpened her knowledge in her field of study as a middle school Language Arts teacher. Le Quan holds a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Training and Consulting from Bowie State University. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.
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.
Ailih Weeldreyer, Young Adult Volunteer (2019-2020)
A recent graduate of Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI, Ailih is one of six PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteers placed in DC (2018-2019). 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 works with Northminster and with Service Never Sleeps, an allyship non-profit. Ailih is inspired by the ways in which faith intersects with politics, as well as human rights and social justice efforts in the world, which drove her decision to become a YAV. She looks forward to engaging in community at Northminster and learning about the ways that faith communities in D.C. work for justice for themselves and their neighbors.
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Anne Pillay, Office Administrator