National Capital Presbytery
|Larry Hayward, Moderator, National Capital Presbytery, Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church
Talents/Gifts to the Council: Larry became the sixth Pastor in Westminster’s history in October 2004. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, he is a graduate of the University of Arkansas and holds a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Before coming to Westminster, Larry served churches in Wichita Falls, Texas; Houston, Texas; and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Larry is passionate about preaching and is a regular participant in the Moveable Feast Preaching Seminar. He is currently serving as Moderator of the National Capital Presbytery and President of the Board of the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington. Larry is an avid fan of football, basketball, and baseball, and likes to read literature and politics. He is married to Maggie Hayward who is also a Presbyterian minister. Between them, they have five grown children.
The Rev. Diane Hutchins, Vice Moderator, Interim Pastor, Burke Presbyterian Church, Burke, Virginia
Talents/Gifts to Council: Diane Hutchins has been a part of this presbytery since she was ordained as a ruling elder in 1987. She served as the commissioner from Providence Presbyterian Church in Fairfax for most of the next ten years, representing us as an elder commissioner to Synod twice and to General Assembly in 1995. She served on the NCP Committee on Ministry for six years, and was the presbytery liaison to many PNCs; and also served three years on the Budget Committee. She served on Council as the Moderator of Presbyterian Women from 1994 to 1996. She has been employed by Providence, Potomac, Grace-Springfield, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House, and Chevy Chase in the role of interim Director of Christian Education. Since she was ordained as a teaching elder in 2004, she has served Manassas, Leesburg, Calvary in Alexandria, and now the Burke Presbyterian Church as their Interim Pastor and Head of Staff. She also has served for six years on the Committee on Preparation for Ministry, the last year as the chair.
| Roy Howard, Chair of Council, Pastor, Saint Mark Presbyterian Church in North Bethesda, Maryland.
Talents/Gifts to the Council:He previously served on the Council and was the chairperson of the Committee on Ministry for six years leading it through a significant reorganization of its structure for ministry. Willing to ask probing questions and work toward new solutions to old problems with a sense of humor are the gifts he brings to the current Council.
|Melissa Kirkpatrick, Elder, Georgetown Presbyterian Church
Talents/Gifts to the Council: A Certified Christian Educator, Melissa has served several churches in National Capital Presbytery and has served on several Presbytery committees, including the Worship & Theology Committee, which she co-chaired for four years. She has degrees from Southwestern University (TX), Wesley Theological Seminary and American University, where she completed a doctorate in history, focusing on the role of religion in American culture. She teaches the seminar in Reformed Theology offered biennially at Wesley, and she is also a member of the Reformed Institute’s Company of Teachers. In that capacity, she teaches courses on various topics in American religious history.
|The Rev. Sharon Core, ChairMinistry Division, Pastor, Arlington Presbyterian Church
Talents/Gifts to the Council: I take to heart the call of Jesus: “Follow Me.” Listening tothat call took me from the mountains of Western NorthCarolina to the busy streets of Arlington, VA. Listening tothat call now leads me to offer my gifts to PresbyteryCouncil. In all honesty, I do not know what this journeywill mean, but I do have a sense that God is using thisdiverse group of Christ’s disciples to proclaim “a newthing” that God is doing. I bring to the table an abilityto listen to many voices and help the group get a sense ofwhat is being said. I love working with others to imagine new visions and bring them to reality. I value thetraditions of our Presbytery system and look for ways tocommunicate those anew to others. I look forward to thistime on Presbytery Council.
|Donald Humphries, Council Member, National Capital Presbytery, Elder, Northminster
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|The Rev. Rebecca Messman, Council Member, National Capital Presbytery, Assoc. Pastor, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Herndon
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|Kathryn Morgan, Council Member,National Capital Presbytery, Elder, National Presbyterian Church
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|Linda Johnston-Rice, Council Member, National Capital Presbytery, Elder, Knox Presbyterian Church
Gifts/Talents to the Council:Linda is an elder at Knox Presbyterian Church in Falls Church, Virginia. She has served on Fellowship, Christian Education and Worship and Music committees in her church. Currently, she is a member of her church’s Acts 16:5 Vision Team. She served on the NCP Committee on Preparation for Ministry (CPM) for six years, 2 years as co-chair and 1 year as chair. While serving on CPM, she twice participated in ordination exam readings. She works part-time for Knox Church as an office manager and serves in the same capacity for Falls Church Community Service Council (FCS), a Falls Church-based non-profit which provides food, furniture and financial aid to local needy families. As a volunteer, she has been the Emergency Food program coordinator for FCS for 10 years. Linda is a traditional singer, specializing in Scottish music. She performs as a member of the Celtic band, Fynesound and has been nominated 3 times for a Washington Area Music Award as best local traditional folk singer.
|The Rev. William “Bill” Teng, Council Member, National Capital Presbytery, Pastor, Heritage Presbyterian Church
Gifts/Talents to the Council:A former member and chair of Council (05), Bill has also served as the Presbytery Moderator (04), on its Permanent Judicial Commission (07-present), Nominating (06-08), Planning & Evaluation (06-08), and co-chaired the Worship & Theology (01-03) committees. Since 2001, Bill has been Pastor of Heritage Presbyterian Church in Alexandria, VA, and was endorsed by the presbytery to stand for Moderator of the 218th General Assembly (2008) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
|William B. Plitt, Council Member, National Capital Presbytery, Elder, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Arlington
Bill has served as Elder-Commissioner to the 218th General Assembly and is newly elected as Vice-Moderator of the Israel/Palestine Mission Network (PCUSA). He has written extensively about his experiences in the Middle East, and wrote an article for the The Christian Century Magazine called “One Kibbutz, One Village”. Bill has traveled on eight occassions during the past six years with peace delegations to Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Territories, and as alone traveler on a “listening ministry” there. He is currently Director of Education and Community Outreach for a non profit called Friends of Tent of Nations, North America (Fotonna.org) which supports the work of Tent of Nations project located 6 miles SW of Bethlehem in the midst of five Israeli Settlements.He writes poetry related to hope, and recites his works for audiences around the US as he speaks about his journey, and the passion he has for peace with justice in our world. He also plays the fiddle and harmonica in a rock ‘n roll band.
|Judy Wenig is the currentModerator of Presbyterian Women/NCP
Talents/Gifts to the Council:She previouslyserved as Moderator Elect, Vice Moderator and SearchCommittee member. She has been a lifelong member in goodstanding of churches in the reformed tradition. Since beingordained as an Elder in PCUSA she has served the church onvarious Presbytery committees from the mid 1990′s (ParishEducation, Church resources and Support Church Developmentand Transformation Team), as well as DarnestownPresbyterian church committees (Chair, Christian Education.Presbyterian Women President twice, and currently on the CEcommittee). She obtained her Ph.D. from Indiana University,Psychometrics, tool skill Computer Science, and was on thefaculty of University of Toledo in the Dept. of Researchand Measurement prior to moving to the Washington, D.C.area. She worked on several measurement projects as well asbecoming an OERI grant recipient.