Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, like all United Church of Christ congregations, is self-governed by our lay leadership, pastor, and congregation. Our congregation gathers each January for an annual meeting at which church matters are discussed and voted on directly, like an old-fashioned town meeting.
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 to Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 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 »
Please call or email to schedule a time with Pastor Ellen
M, W, Th: Appointments and visits
Friday: Sermon and study day
Moderator: Lisa Jenkins
Lisa joined CPC about ten years ago after moving to DC from NYC and discovering this wonderful church community within walking distance of her apartment. Lisa is retired and now spends much of her time participating in book groups, practicing yoga and qigong, and playing the ukulele. She also enjoys taking part in many of the programs on offer here at CPC. Lisa has served on the Mission & Social Action Committee, the Congregation Care Committee, and the Adult Programs Committee. She also previously served as Moderator in 2018.
Music Director & Accompanist: Harold Walbert
Harold has been part of CPC’s music program since making the DMV his home in 2010. With nearly 20 years of experience as a professional musician in and outside of the church, he’s played a lot of wrong notes but has not been deterred from making more music. As a child, Harold began studying piano, and he has since performed solo as well as collaborated with a wide range of artists, including singers, instrumentalists, choirs, orchestras, and even for dancers as a Studio Pianist for the Washington Ballet. In his free time, Harold enjoys an array of hobbies, such as triathlons, jiu-jitsu, trying new foods, coding, and playing more music. He is excited to inspire and motivate musicians, facilitating music at CPC with his passion for music and desire for collaboration.
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Accompanist: Catherine Pruett
Catherine hails from North Carolina and has piano degrees in piano performance and pedagogy from UNC Greensboro and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She currently heads the piano department at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy for Prince Georges County Schools. In addition to piano, she sings with the Washington Chorus, Choral Arts, and the Cathedral Choral Society. Catherine received her teaching certification in Alaska, where she spent 15 years learning to love the great outdoors. Playing for church services is a special opportunity to combine music and worship together and CPC UCC is an awesome church experience.
Sunday School Coordinator: Marian Cooper
Marian Cooper (he/him/his) graduated from Guilford College in 2020 with a BA in Religious Studies. He grew up attending the First Congregational UCC in his hometown of Corning, New York, where he was an active member of the youth group and later taught Sunday School. He recently moved to the Washington, DC area with his twin sister and his terrier-mix, Ray. He enjoys taking his dog for walks, spending time with his family, and exploring the city.
Teen Group Leader: Grandon Purnell
Grandon leads our teen group for monthly meetings, excursions, and mission activities. He is also the Volunteer Coordinator of Seabury Resources for Aging’s Age-In-Place program. He lives in Maryland with his family.
Church Administrator: Meg Hanna House
Meg joined the staff in April 2015. Along with her background in editing, marketing and writing, she has a Master of Arts in religious studies from Wesley Theological Seminary 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 of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC. Meg enjoys singing, playing the flute, and long walks.
Office Hours – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday (Closed Wednesday)
Call 202-363-8211 or email gro.hcruhccpc@ofni.
Custodian: Aaron Randolph
Aaron has cared for Cleveland Park Congregational UCC’s building for over 10 years. His full time job is as a superintendent for a building near Dupont Circle. In his spare time, he can often be found watching his youngest son play basketball.