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

Pastors and Staff

Rev. Dr. Sarah Johnson

I am a life-long learner with a curious mind and an open heart. I am a challenger and a risk-taker who loves to read, write, teach, and preach. I love to begin the day with a long run and a good cup of coffee, and a bookstore is one of my favorite places to lose…

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.

Mary Newman

Ms. Mary Newman is the mostly afternoon Receptionist at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Mary, who has worked at the church for many decades, is the friendly face and voice many members meet on Sunday mornings for church. Mary is also highly supportive of our Radcliffe Room Ministry to those who are experiencing homelessness. To reach Mary please call the church at 202-393-3700.

Raymond Newman

Mr. Raymond Newman is one of the Sextons/ Custodians at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. Raymond worked for the church for many years at the Building Superintendent. To contact Raymond, please call the church at 202-393-3700.

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.