WCF Staff & Leadership

WCF is led by a pastoral/staff team, elders, and deacons. We invite you to contact us with any questions you may have. The church office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Thursday.


ELDERS

Elders are active, communing members who are consecrated to provide spiritual oversight, guardianship and direction for the corporate life of WCF. They are particularly called to prayer, teaching, discipling, encouraging and discerning. They are committed to the soul care of the congregation which embraces WCF’s vision, mission and core values. Read more in the document, Elder UnderstandingsIf you’d like to contact an elder, please contact elders@wcfchurch.org.


DEACONS

Deacons are active, communing members who are consecrated to provide caring administration and organization for the program ministries of WCF. They are particularly called to caring, delegating, overseeing, budgeting and coordinating. They are committed to the ministry focus of the congregation which embraces WCF’s vision, mission and core values. If you’d like to contact a deacon, please contact deacons@wcfchurch.org.

  • Andrew Cheung

    Senior Pastor

    Born in Missouri and raised in Vancouver, Canada, Andrew studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia before working in the airline industry. He then went on to complete a Master of Divinity at Regent College and graduated from the Arrow Leadership program. Prior to arriving at Washington Community Fellowship, Andrew served as a Site Pastor at Tenth Church, a bustling multi-cultural, city-center church in Vancouver.  A constant learner, he's passionate about helping people encounter the timeless reality of Christ found in Scripture for the contemporary world we live in. Most of all, he loves to look for glimmers of God’s grace at work in the lives of people and opportunities for Jesus-followers to embody God's love and justice in the homes, workplaces and the world.


    Andrew and his wife Julia, a writer and communications professional, are often seen cruising on their bikes from their Capitol Hill neighborhood to enjoy the sights and cuisines of DC with their teenage children, Ashley and Evan. At home, Andrew has always enjoyed being a big kid with his kids and foster children in the past.


  • BRian Conklin

    Music Director

    Brian grew up in a musical family in Southern California during an era of growth in new worship music during the 70's and 80's.  Calvary Chapel and Vineyard were vibrant centers for music just minutes away from his college campus; both had a tremendous influence on Brian’s love for vibrant, relevant worship that transforms people's lives.  

    After graduating from Eastern College in Philadelphia with a Masters Degree in Economic Development, Brian and his wife Dawn spent two years in Bangladesh as missionaries with the Mennonite Central Committee.  From there, Brian joined the US Agency for International Development as a foreign service officer and his family has spent the better part of the last two decades overseas - living in eight countries and working in nearly a dozen others (mostly in Africa).


    Brian's passion for music has continued throughout his life and across continents. Although he’s down to play almost any genre from afro-beat to rock, blues and soul, pop by a DC lounge like Mr Henry’s on a weeknight and you just might catch Brian playing with the Capital Lab Band, a local big band jazz ensemble.


  • Kate Lawson-Hedger

    Minister for children and communications

    Kate Lawson-Hedger moved to the DC area to seek justice in the nonprofit sector and recently completed a Master of Arts at Virginia Theological Seminary. She is passionate about nurturing the faith of the next generation, integrating spirituality and anthropology, and journeying with God to care for the Earth and all its people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized. 

     

    Born and raised along a river in the Chicago area, Kate relocated to the oceanside to study cross cultural communication and ministry at Palm Beach Atlantic University in South Florida. She has worked in children’s faith formation throughout the years, from a camp in the Alaskan wilderness to, most recently, a church in Arlington. She enjoys learning and gardening and is particularly talented at reading just the first 20 pages of various books. She and her husband Joey spend much of their time playing with their most adorable of all dogs, Bibi.

  • Les Graber
    Building Administrator

    Les has been a member at WCF for 28 years. He was born and raised on a hog farm in Michigan, and is a general contractor licensed in DC. He loves caring for the building and making it available for use in the community, and values being a good neighbor at 9th and Maryland. He and his wife Kristal have two adult children, Nathan and Naomi. Les enjoys running, biking, refereeing soccer, and attending DC United soccer and Nationals baseball games. 

  • Russell Edgerton

    CARETAKER

    Russell began attending WCF in 1995 when he was living in the apartments across from 9th Streeet. He began working as a custodian around 2000. His favorite saying is, "This is the prayingest church around."

  • Anne Strong

    Caretaker

    Anne has been a big part of WCF for many years. Her children were involved in the Neighborhood Learning Center, an after school tutoring program started by WCF that ran from 1984 to 2008. She does much of the cleaning in the building.

Leadership Team

  • Philip Chou

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  • Jerry Herbert

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  • Neal Smith

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  • Jessica Zurcher

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  • Rosalyn alleman

    Deacon

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  • Judy Brenneman

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  • Stacey Frank

    Deacon

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  • Rebecca Hunt

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  • doug rheinheimer

    Deacon

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  • Amy Stearns

    Deacon

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  • Josh Stearns

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  • Liz Driver

    Convener

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  • Jessie Martin

    Clerk

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