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Who are we?

Our mission statement: To be faithful followers of Jesus in an all-nations worshipping community offering hospitality and hope to our neighborhood and the nation’s capital; equipping members for our service of God in all the callings of our lives – all to the glory of God.

DSC_5150 (1)Organized in 1943, the Washington, DC Christian Reformed Church (DCCRC) is a diverse group of people who care deeply for each other. Despite differences in church background, age, race, socioeconomic status, and political perspective, when we gather in a circle once a month for communion, our church really feels like one body. Our church is made up of thoughtful people who take their faith and their beliefs seriously, and who try to put their faith into practice at home, at work, and in their neighborhoods. Welcoming, embracing, and valuing all members of the congregation’s richly varied population is a vital element of our congregation.

Beliefs

Basically, we’re Christian. That’s most important. We’re about belonging to Jesus Christ. We have come to God through Jesus. We are a part of the holy, catholic church, the worldwide body of believers who lift up Jesus’s name, no matter what the denominational label. We confess and we feel a unity with all Christians. And most of what we believe we hold in common with other Christians.

Washington, DC Christian Reformed Church is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, a denomination that grew out of the Protestant Reformation. As a result, our church life and teaching reflect key Reformed emphases:

  1. The Bible, God’s Word, is our authority for faith and life. We love the Word. We want to be faithful to it.
  2. The Sovereignty of God: God is great…and good. This whole world belongs to God. Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead to redeem it all – not just the souls of people, but their bodies, their marriages, their families, their talents, their careers. Jesus Christ is Lord and we need to work and pray so that all of life, not just religion, becomes shaped the way Jesus began to reshape it: by love, by truth, by mercy, by grace and goodness and holiness. It is our passion to give all of life the shape of things to come, when God’s peaceable Kingdom comes in its fullness (shalom).

Staff

Pastor Meg

Meg Jenista Kuykendall has been the pastor at Washington, DC CRC since November 2012.  She comes to our congregation with experience serving other Christian Reformed congregations in Kalamazoo, MI and Calgary, AB.  She has a BA in Communication Arts & Christian Education of Youth from Cedarville University and an M.Div from Calvin Theological Seminary. She teaches online preaching courses for Calvin Theological Seminary while continuing to pursue her Th.M. in preaching. She brings a passion for communicating God’s Word, caring for God’s people, and working with the council of the church to direct the hospitable, accessible, and faithful life of this congregation.

 

Pastor Meg is a newlywed, married to John Kuykendall since April 2016.  Life with a new husband, three cats between them, a subscription to Blue Apron, a long Netflix queue, and all of Washington, D.C. to explore is busy but good.

Katie RoelofsKatie has been on staff as the minister of music and worship since 2006.  She was raised in Denver, CO and attended Gordon College and Calvin College where she graduated with a B.A. in Music and Worship. Katie is currently working on Master of Arts in Religion and Theological Studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington DC. She and her husband, Brian, have three children and live in the Baltimore suburbs where they enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and being outdoors.

 

Katie loves football and has made the playoffs in fantasy football every year since she started playing.

Grace Pool Grace Pool has been the church administrator since August 2013. She was born and raised in Alberta. Grace attended Calvin College and then the University of Alberta where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies. Grace and her family live in northern Virginia. She has two sons: one at Calvin College and one at James Madison High School.

She enjoys coffee and helps coach the DC Sled Sharks.

 

Get Involved

We try to live our faith together in community. A few of the ways we do that are through the following activities:

  • Sunday School. Classes for all ages begin at 10:00am on Sunday and meet September through May.
  • Children’s Worship. Children ages 3 through third grade are invited to join in age-appropriate worship during the service. 
  • First Sunday Potluck. The first Sunday of every month we pair our communion feast with a post-worship time of good food and fellowship.  
  • Wednesday Bible Study. This weekly Bible study often delves into the upcoming sermon text.
  • 6:30 Bible Study. Meeting twice a month in members’ homes, this group has studied topics like the growth of the early church.
  • Book Club. The book club meets monthly and discusses a variety of fiction and non-fiction works.
  • Choir. The choir generally sings in the service and rehearses on Thursday evenings twice a month.

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