Cleveland Park Congregational Church, like all United Church of Christ congregations, is self-governed by our Pastor, Lay Leadership and our congregation. Our congregation gathers for annual meetings, in which all matters are discussed and voted on directly, like an old-fashioned town meeting.
Our Pastor: The Rev. Ellen Jennings
Rev. Ellen Jennings was called to serve as Pastor of Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ on April 3, 2011.Pastor Ellen received her Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1991 and was ordained as a UCC minister in 2007.
Prior to her call by Cleveland Park Church, Ellen spent three years serving a Unitarian Universalist Congregation as Minister of Religious Education and Sabbatical Minister.
During her time there, she led worship, created a Lifespan Religious Education Program, provided pastoral care, and facilitated spiritual practice groups and retreats. From 2001-2008, Ellen served The Interfaith Families Project (IFFP), an independent interfaith community of Jewish and Christian families, as Director of Religious Education and Interim Spiritual Director. While there, she developed IFFP’s preschool through eighth grade religious education program and wrote much of its interfaith curriculum. <more>
M, W, Th: Appointments and visits
Tuesday: Day off
Friday: Sermon and study day
Moderator: Daniel Sack
A native of Ohio, Dan went to middle and high school in northern New Jersey, but spent about half his life in the Chicago area. He has also lived in Oregon, Texas, Georgia, and Michigan. He moved in Washington in 2010, but remains a finally-vindicated Cubs fan.
Dan has a BA in history from Northwestern University, a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in religious studies from Princeton University, where he concentrated in American religious history. He has written two books—on the role of food in mainline Protestant churches and on a controversial 20th century movement called Moral Re-Armament—and is slowly at work on a third, on religious life during the Great Depression. Dan is a UCC clergyman and has had a long list of short-term jobs all over the country, ranging from ski lodge desk clerk in Oregon to college chaplain in Texas to college teacher in Michigan. His most recent job was as a program administrator at the University of Chicago.
Since 2010 he has been a program officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, administering grant programs that support scholarly work in a wide variety of fields and settings. He also teaches the history and theology of the UCC to people looking to enter the ministry.
Dan shares a Cleveland Park apartment with his husband William Tweedley and two cats. When not at church meetings he is sailing on the Potomac, traveling, or on a beach somewhere.
Children & Youth Programs:
Sunday School Lead Teacher: Kimberly Cataudella
Kimberly joined us in January 2017. She’s from Long Island, New York, studying print journalism and religious studies at American University. As the oldest of four and having worked at a Christian summer camp for the past three summers, she loves cultivating relationships with the children each year.
Middle School Youth Leader: Meg Carter
Meg Carter is a senior at American University and hails from Scranton, Pennsylvania. She’s studying Public Health and Psychology, hoping to work in adolescent and student health after she graduates. Her church education was incredibly formative while she was growing up, and she loves teaching those lessons to young people.
Church Administrator: Meg House
Meg House joined the staff in April 2015. She has a background in editing, marketing and writing and is part owner (with her husband) of a wine store in Virginia. She’s lived in the DC area most of her life, and is a member, elder, and volunteer at DC’s New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Meg enjoys singing, playing the flute, bike riding, and is also a part time student at Wesley Theological Seminary. Her work at Cleveland Park UCC allows her to combine her work and volunteer experiences with her love of the church.
Office Hours – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. (Closed Wednesday)
Call 202-363-8211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm hours.
Church Musical Director: Dorothy Mora
Dorothy Mora earned a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from Ohio Wesleyan University and a Master of Music in flute performance from Peabody Conservatory.
She completed further course work in Music Education at Methodist College.
She currently is Music Director at Cleveland Park Church and has over 30 years experience teaching, conducting and performing in church and other instrumental groups. She has been a member of Cleveland Park Church since 1992 and Music Director from 1998-2005 and from 2009 to the present.
Church Organist: Harold Walbert
Harold Walbert has served as the Pianist/Organist at Cleveland Park Congregational Church since he moved to the Washington DC area in 2010. Harold has over 10 years of professional experience teaching, conducting and performing sacred music. He earned his Bachelor’s from the University of West Georgia and his Master’s from The Johns Hopkins University.