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Roger Gench

Rev. Roger Gench has been the senior pastor at NYAPC since 2002. He is a graduate of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia (Th.M, PhD) and a former pastor of the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. He has conducted spiritual retreats for lay people and clergy on Spiritual Disciplines (especially St. Ignatius), Spiritual Uses of the Bible, Interfaith Dialogue, Politics & Religion, and Faith & Ethics. He is an elected member of the General Assembly Council of the PC(USA) and serves as clergy leadership of the Washington Interfaith Network (WIN).

In his spare time Roger enjoys classical guitar, swimming, and reading.

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Katie Cashwell

Rev. Katie Cashwell, Interim Associate Pastor for Congregational Life, is a 2005 graduate of Davidson College and a 2011 graduate of Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Virginia. Katie was ordained in January 2013. Katie has worked extensively in youth and young adult ministry and has served in leadership positions in a variety of capacities for youth conferences at the Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina. She spent a year working in hurricane disaster assistance with a Presbyterian church in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Katie originally hails from North Carolina and loves bbq and Barbara Kingsolver novels. She enjoys incorporating yoga and bread baking in to her spiritual disciplines and ministry with the congregation. We are excited to have her with us during this interim period.

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Linda LeSourd Lader

Before joining NYAPC half-time as Associate Pastor, Linda was Stated Supply Pastor to Second Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale, FL.  She currently serves on the boards of Yale Divinity School, Communities in Schools, Tony Blair’s Faith Foundation, Spoleto USA, and International Relief and Development.  She received her M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and is currently pursuing a D.Min. in the Leadership Track at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.   

From 1993-1997 Linda advised President Clinton and the White House on public policy and personal issues pertaining to religion and faith.  Previously she coordinated the National Prayer Breakfast, organized women’s retreats and conferences and worked in lay ministry.  She and her husband, Ambassador Philip Lader, have two adult daughters, and together they co-founded and continue to host Renaissance Weekends, 5-day family retreats for leaders from all walks of life.

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Church Office: Phone: (202) 393-3700
 Monday-Friday: 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. Fax:   (202) 393-3705

Director of Music Phone: (202) 393-3700
Dr. Stanley P. Engebretson

Director of Planned Giving/Special Gifts
 Catherine Schultheis

Church Financial Officer Phone: (202) 393-3700 x232
 Angela Armstrong            Email:

Church Administrator Phone: (202) 393-3700 x219
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