The Rev. Dan Claire, Rector A Florida native, Dan moved to Washington over twenty years ago to help establish a seminary in the area. Dan originally began his career as a research scientist, attending college and medical school at the University of Florida. After transitioning into vocational ministry, he studied biblical theology and languages at Reformed Theological Seminary and the Catholic University of America. Dan has been involved in church planting since the Church of the Resurrection began in his home in 2003. Dan is married to Elise, and they have five children. To schedule a meeting with Dan, click here
The Rev. Dr. Matthew Wilcoxen, Associate Rector
Hailing from California, Matt arrived at Resurrection from Sydney, Australia, where he pastored and completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology. Prior to that he lived, studied, and did ministry in southern California. Matt's wife, Annie, is a pediatric nurse; they have been married since 2008.
Tinbit Alemayehu, Director of Administration
Tinbit (tin-beat) was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and is fluent in Amharic, French, and English. She moved to the U.S. in 2011 to study digital communications at the University of Baltimore. After working as a freelance graphic designer and running digital media and communications for two churches, Tinbit brought her skills, and her passion for Christian ministry, to Rez in 2019.
Betsy Coopersmith, Director of Children’s Ministries
A native of Ohio, Betsy moved to Washington, D.C. in 2013 after studying religion and psychology at Grove City College. Prior to joining Resurrection staff in 2017, Betsy worked in DC’s nonprofit sector for four years. Her husband, Wesley, works in government relations on Capitol Hill. They spend most of their time serving as RA's for a local intern program and chasing around their infant son.
Stephen Horst, Worship Arts Director
Stephen grew up in a musical household: his dad a classically-trained pianist, and his mom a vocalist and music educator. He performed with the Maryland Boy Choir from a very young age and would continue singing in choirs through college at Grove City, eventually directing as well. His artistic background runs the gamut from acting and directing for the stage and screen to writing, producing, and performing music on a variety of projects. He has served on Resurrection's music team for almost three years and is eager to see what the Lord has in store as he continues to serve in this greater capacity.
The Rev. Lou Bayly Mahr, Director of Women’s Care
Lou Bayly and her husband Bill have been members of Resurrection since 2006, after moving to DC to host a hospitality house in Georgetown for university students. She is the mother of three grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. Lou Bayly loves discovering new things with her grandchildren, talking about life at her kitchen table, and working in her rock garden.
The Rev. Sulmane Maigadi, Deacon
Sulmane and his wife Miriam are natives of Nigeria who moved to DC and joined church of the Resurrection in 2017. Sulmane studied theology at ECWA Theological Seminary and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He has served as a Bible teacher and mentor and has discipled young adults in various ministry settings. He especially enjoys listening to and helping others navigate their struggles and deepen their faith. When he’s not working, Sulmane likes to read, write scripts, connect with people, and drink zobo.
The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey Bailey, Director of the Center for Common Good
After several years pastoring in England, Chicago, and DC, Jeff studied political theology at Duke and Cambridge, and then taught at Cambridge and oversaw policy research at London’s Centre for Social Justice. Jeff and Alicia returned to DC and joined Resurrection in 2015 with their three children. Jeff loves “connecting the dots” between the church and the world, and helping Christians advance Jesus’ kingdom by contributing to the common good.
The Rev. Matt Luecke, Faith and Work Ministries
Born in St. Louis, Matt grew up in the midwest and California. With degrees from Stanford, Chicago, and Fuller Seminary, Matt settled into DC's Eckington neighborhood in 2001 and took a job at the Federal Reserve, where he continues to work. He is married to Dawn, with whom he shares a passion for building and living in intentional community. They have three children. Matt loves to explore life and faith at the intersection of work, economics, and vocation.
The Rev. Jim Hagan, University Ministries
Born and raised in metro Washington, Jim first became involved in church planting and campus ministry in the city in the 1980s. It was in this context that Jim met and married Betsy. They raised their first three children in Northern Virginia. After joining Rez as charter members, they returned to DC in 2007 with their youngest son. Jim is a graduate of George Mason and Reformed Seminary and works for the Coalition for Christian Outreach at Georgetown University.
Andrew Evans, Pastoral Intern
After graduating from Davidson College, where he studied political theory, Andrew moved to Washington, DC. He married Stefanie in 2014, and together they lived in Rwanda, Belgium, and London before returning to Washington in 2017. Andrew has worked as a reporter and editor, and he currently works as a press secretary at a DC think tank.
Deepak Ebenezer, Pastoral Intern
An Indian citizen, Deepak has spent much of his life in the Northeastern United States, and has called DC home for the past 7 years. He is husband to Leighann and father to Ben. Having studied psychology (Messiah College) and human development (University of Pennsylvania), Deepak now works in educational assessment, takes seminary courses locally at RTS, and is active in Resurrection's music ministry.
Within the Anglican tradition, the parish council is the governing board of a local congregation. Resurrection's Parish Council is comprised of seven lay leaders, the assistant rector and the rector. Lay members are elected during the annual members’ meeting to represent the larger membership of the church. Lay members serve rotating two year terms. Resurrection’s Parish Council manages the church’s property and finances to support the vision and mission of the congregation.
Our current lay Parish Council members are:
Max Meyers (Rector’s Warden)
Kelley Griffin (People's Warden)
Luke Archer (Secretary)
Karl Nilson (Treasurer)
Evan Feinberg (At-Large Member)
Christen Price (At-Large Member)
Ali Carrigan (At-Large Member)