Meet the Staff
Bradley Hills is blessed with an active and talented staff that supports the many programs and activities of our church. Members of the staff function with a strong emphasis on teamwork, each seeing their role as empowering the lay members of the congregation. They support ministry while also calling forth and encouraging the gifts of individual members in planning and implementing programs.
Rev. Dr. David E. Gray
Pastor/Head of Staff
With a deep faith in God’s grace, in the unconditional love of Christ and in the Holy Spirit’s call for us to be involved in the world, David has joyfully pastored our church since 2009.
David grew up active in the Presbyterian Church from birth in Dayton, OH and feels the spirit alive at Bradley Hills.
David comes to ministry out of a calling to pastoral care, particularly to individuals and families in times of challenge, and enjoys walking life’s journey with people at BHPC. David continues to be involved in areas of counseling and support at colleges and finds it a privilege to care for individuals and their families spiritually, sharing joys and sorrows, and to help people grow in faith and in relationship with God.
With a long time interest in spiritual practice, preaching, organizational structure and personnel development, David previously served several churches and on campuses in the Washington, DC, area. Before that he worked in business and law. David has served on the Presbytery’s young adult, youth worker, personnel and permanent judicial committees. He has loved seeing Bradley Hills grow in membership, financial strength, staff and spirit, and is looking forward to where God is calling us next.
David is a former program director and senior fellow at the New America Foundation think tank. His articles on faith practice, spirituality and public policy have appeared in a variety of religious and secular publications, such as USA TODAY, Presbyterian Today, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Times, the Hill, RealClearPolicy, Washington Post, Los Angeles Daily News, Baltimore Sun, etc., and in chapters in several books and courses. He used to blog regularly for HuffingtonPost. David’s books include Practicing Balance: How Congregations Can Promote Harmony in Work and Life, Faith in Service, 1015 and Spiritual Calcium. He has enjoyed the privilege of speaking and preaching in a variety of contexts nationally.
David is a former Acting Assistant Secretary for policy at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), where he advised the Secretary of Labor, managed the DOL offices of regulatory policy, programmatic policy, compliance assistance/technology, and economic analysis/research, staffed, and was principal in, several White House working groups, and represented the U.S. abroad in negotiations in Mexico and in Chile. He has served as a counsel to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Government Management and Governmental Affairs Committee and as a legislative aid to several members of Congress. He has been a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, was a founding board member of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies, and is a college fellow at Yale. David received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, a master’s in public administration from Harvard, with a focus on non profit management, a juris doctor from Northwestern University School of Law, and both a master of divinity with honors and a doctor of ministry in church leadership from Wesley Theological Seminary.
When not engaged in church or child/family-related activities, David enjoys music, movies, and sports (playing on the Seven Locks tennis team). David's wife, Bridget, founded Wiggle Room, a consignment shop in Bethesda, and with their four children and dog, the Grays are proud to be part of the BHPC family.
Kori joins us from Vanderbilt Presbyterian Church in Naples, Florida where she served as Director of Adult Education. Her work experience is deep, having served churches in Ohio and New Jersey, as well as numerous nonprofit organizations both before and during seminary.
Kori has participated in and led multiple mission projects for PC (USA) with extensive periods in both Peru (La Oroya, Lima, and Huanuco) and Colombia (Barranquilla). Other international projects have taken her to Guatemala and India.
Kori was raised in Dayton, Ohio and grew up in the Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Director of Music
A Washington, DC native, Matthew Robertson oversees the music program at Bradley Hills, conducting many of the church’s ensembles and overseeing the music staff. Additionally, Robertson plays the organ for services and leads Bradley Hills Presents concert series.
Matthew Robertson, praised for his “sensitive and nuanced” conducting, is noted as the driving force behind the all-star professional choir, The Thirteen. As Founder and Artistic Director of The Thirteen, he has conducted the ensemble throughout the United States and on multiple recordings.
Robertson’s 2015-2016 season with The Thirteen saw the release of a new English-language Christmas CD, “Snow on Snow,” residencies at Eastern Illinois University, the University of Central Oklahoma, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, and performances throughout the mid-Atlantic and New England. Highlights of his 2015-2016 season included performances of Mozart’s Requiem, Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices, Handel’s Messiah, portions of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass and Schütz’s Musicalisches Exequien and collaborations with many of the finest musicians of his generation, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra, Seraphic Fire, Apollo’s Fire, Trinity Wall Street, Conspirare, Opera Philadelphia, Washington National Opera, and more.
From 2010-2012 Robertson served as Assistant Conductor for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, conducting the choir in performance and assisting in preparation for concerts with the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, for such conductors as Yannick Neget-Seguin, Peter Schreier, Alan Gilbert and Jacques Lacombe.
Mr. Robertson was the Robert P. Fountain Scholar at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, earning a degree in Organ Performance. While at the Oberlin Conservatory he conducted the Oberlin College Choir, College Singers, Musical Union, Conservatory Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. In 2008, Mr. Robertson founded and conducted the Oberlin Bach Society – an elite group of instrumentalists and singers who performed the music of Bach and his contemporaries throughout Ohio. In January 2007 and 2009, he served as Music Director of the Oberlin Winter Term Orchestra and Choir, performing full-length choral-orchestral concerts.
Robertson received his M.Mus. in conducting from Westminster Choir College where he studied with Andrew Megill and Joe Miller. He has also worked with such luminary conductors as Norman Scribner, Stan Engebretson, Robert Spano, Joseph Flummerfelt, Gary Graden and JoAnn Falletta.
Additionally active as an organist, Mr. Robertson has performed throughout the United States and in Western Europe.
Amy de Court
Manager of Financial Services
Amy is responsible for the daily financial functions and long-term financial planning of the church. Working closely with the staff, our session, and other leaders of the church, she is responsible for matching the short- and long-range financial goals to available resources. She joined the BHPC staff as the manager of financial services in 1996.
Since Amy’s parents were charter members of BHPC, she grew up involved in the life of Bradley Hills. After being baptized and raised here, Amy joined the church in 1972 and was married here.
Prior to joining the staff Amy earned her bachelor‘s degree in mathematics from Salem College in North Carolina and her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Maryland, University College. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Maryland with experience in financial consulting, specifically in accounting software development and implementation.
Manager of Facilities
Farid has been a member of the BHPC staff since 1993 and the facilities manager since 2007. Originally from El Salvador, Farid graduated from The Institute Emiliani of El Salvador in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in electronics. He is a certified Church Facilities Manager and active member of the national association (NACFM).
In 2012, he attained the certification by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) as a Professional LEED Green Associate.
Linda has been our office manager since 2010 and is very happy to be working at BHPC, appreciating especially the warmth of staff and members.
She is responsible for the administrative functions of the BHPC office and manages the activities of the volunteers who assist in this area. She maintains the church membership records and coordinates other session requirements with the clerk of session. She maintains the web-based church calendar and oversees building use in cooperation with the manager of facilities. She also oversees the administration of the columbarium.
Linda lives in College Park with her husband, Rick, and enjoys volunteering at her Episcopal church, travelling, and watching BBC televison programs.
Interim Sunday School Supervisor
We welcome Liz as our new Interim Sunday School Supervisor. Liz has been a member of the Bradley Hills Church Community her entire life. Over the years she has served on many committees and ministries especially those committed to our children and youth. She continues to run her licensed home childcare and aftercare program and to teach at BHPCNS several days a week. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, spending time with her son Andrew when he is home from college, and socializing with friends.
Faith Community/Parish Nurse
Joanie has served as our parish/faith community nurse since 1999. She is responsible for promoting health and healing of mind, body, and spirit within our church community. She works with the pastors, educators, and deacons to assess health care needs and to coordinate support to individuals and the community as a whole. For more details, see faith community nurse.
Joanie is a registered nurse with a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Cincinnati and a life-long Presbyterian. Though she has experience in hospital nursing, radiation therapy, public health nursing, and pediatrics, she now describes her work at Bradley Hills as a “full-time volunteer job” and “the best thing she’s ever done” in nursing! She is an active member of the Holy Cross Faith Community Nurse Network and, in her work for the wider church, serves as a health ministry consultant and secretary of the Presbyterian Health Network, which gives support to other churches throughout the United States in developing health ministry programs and worship packets around health topics.
Though a native of Washington, DC, Joanie moved to Maryland shortly after she and her husband, Larry, were married. She has been a member of Bradley Hills ever since. Larry is a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and they both enjoy celebrating each other’s faith traditions. They have two now-adult children. In addition to keeping her professional skills current, Joanie enjoys travel, reading, needlework, and playing with her grandson.
Samantha Steinfeld is a recent graduate of American University’s School of Communication in Washington, DC. During her time at AU, she did communications work for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, and the Department of State. Her roles at these organizations included creating and updating social media and websites; writing press releases, newsletters, and speeches; and launching campaigns and seeing them through.
Samantha’s favorite project so far has been working on an ongoing awareness campaign for the Dysautonomia Youth Network of America, in which she helped to raise awareness of dysautonomia, a rare medical condition, through events, advocacy, conferences, and press coverage.
At Bradley Hills, Samantha is responsible for keeping the website and social media updated, creating a broad photo and video library (including taking photos herself), and doing graphic design work. She is thrilled to be part of this passionate church with such an engaged and active congregation.
Samantha grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and now lives in Bethesda.
Rev. Marty Albershardt
Marty has been serving as a pastoral associate since 2011 and has been active as a member at BHPC since joining in 1995. As pastoral associate she is a minister who volunteers to support a local congregation by helping with worship, pastoral care, and small groups.
Marty grew up active in a Presbyterian church in Moorestown, NJ, where her father was the senior pastor. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Ohio Wesleyan University, a master of fine arts in creative writing from The American University, and a master of divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary she published poetry, did editing, and worked for a literary agent in Washington, DC. She was a member of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington, MD, for 16 years. She was hired there as youth minister and was active as youth fellowship leader and teacher.
She joined BHPC with her husband Bill and three daughters, who are now young adults. Marty has been an elder, chair of Worship and Arts, helped start the 8:30 service, has taught children of all ages, and has also led adult education classes at BHPC. Her ordination for ministry took place here in December 2009, and she has served as a pastoral intern, a hospital chaplain resident, and pastor in the area. Marty is currently a member-at-large of National Capital Presbytery (NCP), enjoys supply preaching at many churches, and serves on the NCP Clergy Misconduct Response Team, training clergy in Healthy Boundaries and Misconduct Prevention. She is also a spiritual director, having completed studies at the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, and now works one to one with spiritual directees and leads retreats. She jogs, does Tai Chi, meditation, and enjoys movies, music, and traveling.
Rev. Wally Harman Pastoral Associate
2014 marks Wally’s 40th year of ordained ministry. During that time he has served in three presbyterys. In National Capital Presbytery Wally has been an organizing pastor, stated supply pastor and an interim pastor. He specialized in helping congregations facing significant changes. He is also a trained liaison to Congregational Nominating Committees having assisted seven congregations in the last decade. He has served on several Presbytery committees including the Committee on Ministry.
He enjoys singing with the choir, occasional preaching and working with Congregational Nominating Committees. In retirement he also plays golf, works with a physical trainer, and takes pleasure in occasional trips with his wife Lynda.
Rev. Jong Mi Lee
The Rev. Jong Mi Lee, PhD is currently teaching and developing programs at a seminary in Annandale, Virginia as the director of Asian American Women Studies and has been involved in the development of women's spirituality and leadership for National Korean Presbyterian Women, PCUSA. Majoring in Practical Theology, spiritual formation, and Christian education attending Claremont School of Theology (PhD), Union Presbyterian Seminary (MDiv), Princeton Theological Seminary (MA), her major aspiration is the revitalization of broader Asian church communities toward active participation in mainstream America by newly found Asian women leaders.
Coordinator for Spiritual Life
As our Coordinator for Spiritual Life, Gail Brown leads many valuable activities that help strengthen the faith of the members of Bradley Hills. Gail is available throughout the week for Individual Spiritual Counseling.
Gail also helps to coordinate the annual Women’s Retreat, assists with Adult Education, and meets one-on-one with members of the congregation to explore and recognize how God is present in their lives.
Donald Sinclair Sutherland was the director of music at BHPC from 1971 to 2007, when he was appointed the director emeritus of music ministries. As choirmaster and organist at Bradley Hills, Donald made significant spiritual contributions to Bradley Hills and shaped the role of music as part of the ministry of this congregation. He oversaw the installation and dedication of the Holtkamp memorial organ. He established community concerts such as the Bethesda Cares concerts to benefit charity, an annual Christmas program at Bradley Hills that included choirs from other local churches, and he regularly joined our Chancel Choir with the choir of the Church of the Redeemer in Washington, DC.
Donald now serves as coordinator of the organ program at the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. At BHPC, he currently supports our music program through advising the worship team, playing worship services on occasion, and performing concerts in our sanctuary. With his wife, world-renowned soprano Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Donald brought joy, sparkle, and the glory of sacred music to Bradley Hills. We are grateful to both of them for their contributions to the church and greater community.