Expressing God’s Love, Engaging in God’s Justice


Rev. Dr. Heather G. Shortlidge

The Rev. Dr. Heather Shortlidge comes to us from First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, where she served as the Associate Pastor for the past twelve years and as the Acting Head of Staff during for five months during a pastoral transition. She’s excited to help lead New York Avenue during our time of discernment and…

Rev. Rachel Pacheco

The Rev. Rachel Pacheco comes to us from Church of the Pilgrims in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.  Rachel served there for the past six years as Program Manager, and then Director of The Pilgrimage, an urban poverty seminar center and hostel.  The Pilgrimage helped youth, college students, and people of all ages…

Dr. Stanley P. Engebretson

Dr. Stan Engebreton is the Minister of Music at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. He is the Director of the Church Choir, the Organist, and the supervisor of the Choral Scholar program and the Youth Choir. To contact Stan, email him at

Elias Bazezew

Facility Manager Elias Bazezew was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1973.  His mother, two brothers, and a sister still live there.  His early education was in technical school.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance and Management from Zega Business College in Addis Ababa. Elias began a career with Sheraton Hotel Addis, the…

Theo Brown

Theo Brown is the Director of the McClendon Scholar in Residence (MSIR) program at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Theo works with the MSIR board to bring theological scholars from around the country to NYAPC to speak primarily on topics of race and poverty.

Maila Cardoso

Maila Cardoso is the Office Manager/Assistant to the Pastors at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Originally from Brazil, Maila moved to the United States 16 years ago. Of Portuguese and Italian descent, Maila is close to her family and loves connecting with them via Zoom calls. In her spare time, she enjoys watching and…

Lance Jameson

Lance Jameson is the Senior Accountant at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Lance staffs the all of the finance committees of the church as well as the Trustees. He works diligently to make sure that our financial system is as transparent and accessible as possible to both members and staff. Please contact him with any finance or giving questions or concerns at or 202-393-3700 ext. 215.