Our Staff:

Our staff recognizes the authority of God, and realizes that we are shepherds who serve under the Chief Shepherd, Jesus Christ. We desire to devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the Word. Our passion and goal is to equip the believers for the work of the ministry until we all attain maturity in the fullness of Christ.


In 2017 we welcomed our new pastor, The Rev Kendall Summers, who comes to us from Annapolis, Maryland.   Rev. Summers prefers that we refer to her as Pastor Kendall.   Recommended to us by our Bishop and synod, Pastor Kendall has a wide range of gifts, including two ministry degrees and specialized training in law.  She lives in Annapolis Maryland, where she has a family law and conflict resolution practice, and enjoys boating and the water.

Pastor Kendall is a mother to two adult children, Melissa (26) and Heather (24).  Melissa is working on her master’s in architecture in Connecticut and Heather is finishing law school in New York City.  Heather will be spending her last semester in Buenos Aires, Argentina! and Pastor Kendall is looking forward to travelling with her there and their exploring Buenos Aires together.

While our two seminaries, Gettysburg and Philadelphia have now joined together to form Union Seminary, Pastor Kendall experienced both during her seminary education, starting at Gettysburg, and concluding at Philadelphia Seminary where she was awarded both a Master’s of Divinity and  Master’s of Sacred Theology in Reformation History.   After serving at Christ Lutheran Church in Millersville and Salem Lutheran Church in Catonsville in Maryland during seminary, Pastor Kendall was called to the Metropolitan DC Synod in 2004/5 to serve Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Temple Hills, where she served for nine years.  At Our Saviour’s Lutheran, Pastor Kendall worked with a congregation in largely African American context transform in mission into a merger with an African Lutheran Congregation, and the congregation continues in a multicultural context and continues to serve the community in Christ as an African Lutheran presence in Prince Georges County.  While serving in the synod, Pastor Kendall also served on the Metropolitan DC Synod Council.  For three years she also served as Director for the Maryland Interfaith Legislative Coalition in Annapolis.

Pastor Kendall grew up in Massachusetts, living in Marblehead Mass., where she learned to sail.  She graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration; followed by law school at the The American University, Washington College of Law.   Following law school, Pastor Kendall was married.  She and her husband lived right here in Bethesda on Exeter Road, in the Edgemore neighborhood behind the library.  Pastor Kendall and her spouse practiced law with large firms in D.C. at the time, before moving to Annapolis.  She practices collaborative family law and family dispute resolution in Annapolis. 

Passionate about the church, our community and our ministry together, Pastor Kendall should be on campus at CELC at least one day during the week and also on Sundays. 
She can be reached on her cell phone (410) 991–0293 and by emailing her at the link below:

Richard Czypinski
Minister of Music & IT Administrator

Richard Czypinski is a graduate of Radford University’s Music School with a Bachelor of Music in Music Business. He is also a Christian singer and songwriter and sang with the Christian rock band band RANSOM for over 10 years.

Following college, Richard did an internship with Virginia Opera in the Department of Development, worked as a Singing/Dancing waiter aboard The Spirit of Norfolk, and became a regular paid singer in the Virginia Opera chorus.  He also worked for a publishing company, and as a travel agent.  Richard’s other interests include computers, website design, skiing, hiking, biking, running and fishing.  He also enjoys singing for weddings to supplement his income.

Richard joined CELC’s staff in August 1997 as Office Manager and became the Minister of Music in 2004, while retaining many of his Business Manager duties at the church, furthering his computer IT skills through online education, and receiving A+ and Network+ professional IT certifications.

When not in the office, rehearsing music, commuting from Northwest Baltimore County, or working remotely from his laptop computer, Richard enjoys whatever spare time he has with his wife, Michell, his son, Carter, his daughter, Emma, and their large extended family.
Go to this link to see his band’s website: www.ransomtheband.com
Richard’s Contact Info:

Chris Koelzer picChristopher Koelzer
Organist & Pianist

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Christopher Koelzer started studying piano at age 7 with Natalia Hanukai.  Christopher began collaborating with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of San Jose, and Mission City Opera, at the age of 13, as a pianist and harpsichordist. He studied Piano Performance at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah from 2006-2011 with Dr. Irene Peery-Fox. As a student, Christopher worked in BYU’s Opera Studio for six full-stage productions as rehearsal pianist and harpsichordist. Christopher was invited to and participated in the IMAP program in Plzen, Czech Republic in 2009. He attended the Aspen Music Festival and School in Aspen, Colorado, with full scholarship, in 2011-2012, returning as a Vocal Fellow in 2014. Christopher currently coaches and performs with singers and instrumentalists in New York City and the Washington, D.C. area. Christopher attends University of Maryland, graduated with a Master’s Degree in Collaborative Piano in May 2014, and is continuing in Doctoral studies this Fall. He studies with Professor Rita Sloan.
Christopher’s Contact Info:

Bobby Larsen
Office Administrator

Running the day-to-day operations of the church office, including managing primary communications, generating newsletters and bulletins, meeting with vendors, saving the church money wherever possible, scheduling the whole church calendar, and managing space use.
Bobby’s Contact Info:
Church Phone #:  301-652-5160 and  301-652-5160 Ext. 4

Angelica Rodriguez
Cleaning & Custodial Services

Angelica Rodriguez has been faithfully serving on our staff since 1995, cleaning our buildings with true diligence and care.  She attends a Hispanic Church that meets here at Christ on Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Angelica and her family are originally from El Salvador.
Angelica’s Contact Info: