All members of First Church are “ministers,” called to share their gifts and commitments in church and community.
“God is doing amazing things in this time at First Church. We have a remarkable history, yet this is also a time of newness. Together, we are welcoming new people, finding a new home at 10th and G, and discerning new ways to be church in the midst of the District. Now’s the time to discover First.”
Senior Pastor, To be announced
We are seeking a Senior Pastor. If you are interested or know someone who is, the congregational profile is available here. We are striving to attract the widest possible pool of candidates. To apply, an interested candidate would go through the process of the Central Atlantic Conference of the UCC. The position posting on the UCC Ministry Opportunities website is available here.
Rev. Audrey C. Price, Ph.D., Supply Senior Pastor
The Reverend Audrey C. Price, Ph.D.
“But seek first the kingdom of God, and God’s righteousness; and all these things shall
be added unto you” –Matt. 6:33
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some
passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
*** Maya Angelou ***
These words flood my heart as I live my life seeking and serving God’s will. The
Reverend Audrey C. Price is the Supply Senior Pastor of First Congregational United Church
of Christ. Prior to arriving at First Church was the Interim Pastor at Webster Congregational
Christian Church in Havre de Grace, MD. Rev. Dr. Price is a member of People’s
Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington, D.C. Audrey is a native of
Montgomery, Alabama and has lived in the Washington DC metropolitan area for over 20
years so in some ways, Northern Virginia feels like her hometown.
Rev. Dr. Price is a member of the Interim Ministry Network (IMN). The IMN dedicates
itself to the health and wellness of church congregations. Audrey has a breath of experience
as a Christian Educator in the local church in diverse settings and several denominations. She
worked as the Director of Christian Education at Christ Congregational Church UCC in Silver
Spring, MD. having oversight of the educational ministries and training of lay leadership for
service in faith formation. She worked as the Director of Christian Education at Leesburg
Presbyterian Church (LPC) in Leesburg, VA. In her position, she provided direction and
supervision for the Christian Education ministry at LPC having oversight for the Church
School, Vacation Bible School, Adult Education, and Wednesday MANNA lecture series. Audrey
was engaged in ministry at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ (CBUCC) as the Minister
of Christian Education, Discipleship Training teacher and ministerial team leader.
Audrey’s formation in ministry commenced at First Baptist Church of Vienna in Vienna,
VA. where she served as an Associate Minister and eventually as the Director of Christian
Education (DCE). First Baptist Church of Vienna, VA licensed Rev. Price to preach the Gospel
on April 7, 2002. Audrey joined Covenant Baptist Church in August 2006 serving as the
Minister of Christian Education. She was ordained on November 10, 2007 by Covenant Baptist
Church and joined the fellowship of ordained ministers in the American Baptist Churches USA.
Three years later, in November 2010, Rev. Price received ordained ministerial standing in the
Potomac Association of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC)
denomination. In the UCC, she is a certified UCC Polity teacher and current chair of the
Committee on Church and Ministry in the Potomac Association.
Rev. Dr. Audrey Price achieved a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from The Catholic
University of America (CUA) in Systematic Theology with a concentration in Liberation
Theology. Her dissertation topic is: Theological Aesthetics in the African American
Anthropologies of Emilie Townes and Shawn Copeland. Audrey earned a Master of Philosophy
degree in 2014 at The Catholic University of America and graduated with honors from Wesley
Theological Seminary (Washington, DC) in 2004 with a Master of Divinity degree. She has a
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville
(UAH) in Huntsville, AL graduating magna cum laude. Audrey worked for the Federal
Government as an Information Technology Project Manager for over 15 years.
Rev. Dr. Price’s vocational call is one of Pastoral Leader and Educator. Audrey is adjunct
faculty at Wesley Theological Seminary (WTS) and WTS Course of Study program teaching
theology courses. Rev. Price also is adjunct faculty at the John Leland Center for Theological
Studies. Audrey was a teaching fellow at CUA where she taught undergraduate courses in the
School of Theology and Religious Studies.
Rev. Price has two beautiful adult children, daughter Micaiah and son Marcellus.
Rev. Sam McFerran, Minister of Faith Formation
Sam McFerran began his work with us in September, 2015. He is gifted, sensitive, and creative. He loves being father to his two young children – and is excited about working with our congregation’s own children and youth. He has worked across the age span and is particularly interested in working with the Christian Education Commission in enriching the faith formation for all ages. Here is Sam in his own words:
G’day! My name is Sam McFerran, and I’m very excited to be joining the First Congregational Church community in September as your Minister for Faith Formation. I look forward to getting to know each of you and learning from each other in the months ahead. I came to DC in 2003 to work for the city under Mayor Anthony Williams. During that time, I was encouraged by my pastor at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church to go to seminary. I am a proud graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, where I developed my passions for urban ministry, pastoral care, and helping people of all ages grow in God’s love.
In my previous call, I served as a Chaplain and Administrator at Christ House, a medical respite facility for homeless men. It was a very rewarding ministry, and I particularly enjoyed the community-building aspects of the work, fostering relationships between the patients, the staff, community volunteers, and the young adult volunteers who lived on site. I look forward to being part of a different, but equally vibrant and diverse community here at First Congregational. I am particularly excited about getting to return to working more directly with children and youth, which I was blessed to do early in my career, and which has always been close to my heart.
I bring with me to this new call my amazing wife, Lauren, and our two enthusiastic boys. I look forward to learning more about First Congregational’ s approach to faith formation, getting to know each of you, and discerning how I can help build a robust program for our spiritual formation that meets us at our specific point of need in our life’s journey with God. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com, on my cell (202) 294-5437, or on Facebook!
Rev. James D. Ross, II, Minister of Justice Formation
James D. Ross, II joined First Church as Social Action Community Organizer in August, 2015. In this role, James will partner with the church to strengthen its already significant social action work in the community and develop new relationships. He will work in close consultation with the Social Action Commission and other church bodies. James was a ministerial intern at First Church during the 2014-2015 school year. He recently earned a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. James also holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University. An Alabama native, James serves as director of communications at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth. He is a licensed minister and an associate minister at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ.
John Horman, Director of Music
John Horman is retired from teaching after 26 years with the Montgomery County, Maryland Public School System. John served Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, Maryland for 43 years as Organist and Director of Music. He directed three choral groups and two bell choirs. Over 80 members of the congregation participate in the music groups of the church. He retired in August 2013 from that position. John’s compositions are found in the catalogues of over 10 nation-wide publishers, and they have been heard on national television in both the United States and Great Britain. He presently has over 250 anthems for children, youth and adults in print. He also wrote songs for both Silver Burdette and Macmillan publishing houses for their 1988 school music series. More recently his compositions have also been geared toward virtuoso solo artists, both vocal and instrumental. Over the last decade John has served as clinician for children or youth choirs at national conferences held by Presbyterians, Reformed Presbyterians, American Baptists, Methodists, Lutherans, United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ. His work as a choral clinician has taken him to over 60 children’s choir festivals in the last 20 years. He has taught Children’s Choir Techniques at the Church Music Institute held by the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music.
Byron Adams, Building Manager
Byron Adams devotes his church hours to building relationships with a variety of organizations in the Greater Washington region (Ford’s Theater, Washington Bach Consort, National Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society, etc.) who use the church’s space for concerts, lectures, forums, classes, etc. His service on the Site Development Design Team and a career in direct and brand marketing gives him a unique perspective on how the building can be used and promoted to build the wider community in the heart of the city. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and participated in immersion language training in Chiapas, Mexico.
Cindy Dobbs, Administrative Assistant
Cindy Dobbs joined the staff in March of 2015. After having lived in the DC area in her youth, she moved back to the area from Connecticut in 2015 to be closer to family. She previously served as the administrative assistant at two churches in Connecticut, along with holding several positions in the legal field and teaching private piano lessons for over 25 years. Cindy is happy to be a part of the staff at First Church. Please stop by the office and say hello!
Nursery & Childcare:
Luis Murillo, Timur Murillo, Grace Stohr
Ann Bushmiller, Moderator
Andy Raver, Assistant Moderator