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

Pastors and Staff

Rev. Dr. Heather G. Shortlidge

The Rev. Dr. Heather Shortlidge comes to us from First Presbyterian Church of Annapolis, where she has served as the Associate Pastor for the past twelve years. For the past year and a half, the congregation has been in the midst of transition, figuring out a way forward after a long-term Head of Staff/Senior Pastor…

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

Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson is serving as the Interim Church Administrator. Please direct all inquiries for events, weddings, rental space, the website and church business to Nicole. She may be reached at

David Smoot

David Smoot is the Building Superintendent at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. He manages the day to day building operations for the church as well as supervises the 4 sextons (custodians). To contact David, please email him at or call the church at 202-393-3700.

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.

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.

Catherine Schultheis

Ms. Cathy Schultheis is the Director of Planned Giving and Special Gifts at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Cathy has been a member at NYAPC since childhood, and brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience to her position. You will often see Cathy in the back of church on Sundays hosting and providing coffee and treat fellowship as well as preparing special gifts for the children and youth of the church.

Kathryn Sparks

Kathryn Sparks directs the liturgical dance ministry at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Her ministry brings creativity, joy, and thoughtfulness to our Sunday morning worship ministry.

Evelyn McMillian

Ms. Evelyn McMillan is the Kitchen Manager and mostly morning receptionist at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Evelyn has worked at NYAPC for 39 years greeting members and preparing wonderful means for the Community Club, 7-9 Mental Health Outreach Program, coffee for Radcliffe Room, new members classes, memorial service receptions and much more. To contact Evelyn, please call the church at 202-393-3700.