Senior Pastor: The Rev. Wendy Moen
Rev. Wendy Moen grew up in Decorah, Iowa with her parents, brother and numerous farm animals. She played sports and the flute and French horn throughout middle and high school.
Pastor Moen graduated from the University of Iowa in 1992 with a Bachelors of Social Work and a B.A. of Psychology. In 1999 after 7 years of social work with various populations and in various settings, including a year of accompaniment with the people of Nicaragua, she began seminary studies at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia and graduated with a Master's of Divinity in 2003. Her concentration areas at the seminary were in Urban Ministry and Latino Studies. Her seminary training included serving as intern pastor at Luther Place Memorial Church, Washington, DC 2001-2002 and a Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the Washington Hospital Center in the summer of 2000.
In February of 2017, Pastor Moen accepted a call to Grace Lutheran Church. She feels called to tell people about Jesus and to help God be real and present in the world. Her heart is with the poor, the marginalized, and the persecuted. She seeks to accompany, encourage and empower everyone by the power of the gospel, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to know God more deeply. Pastor Moen appreciates the history of Grace to be a welcoming place for all people, to be engaged in service to their neighbors and a strong liturgical feel in worship. She looks forward to building relationships with the members and friends of Grace as well as in the community.
Pastor Moen has served on the board of Lifeline Partnership and supports Community Family Life Services, both ministries of First Trinity Lutheran Church. Pastor Moen also serves on the Synod Candidacy Committee that accompanies those desiring to join the rosters of the ELCA.
Pastor Moen is the proud mother of one wonderful and energetic son, Jonathan. Jonathan is 14 years old and attends Alice Deal Middle School. He enjoys baseball, crew, music and entrepreneurship.
Love. Just Love is our mandate.
Music Director: Cathryn O. Greigg
Music Director and Section Heads
Cathryn O. Greigg, Music Director
Cathryn O. Greigg has served as the Music Director at Grace Lutheran Church for over 30 years. Mrs. Greigg holds a Bachelors of Music Education (B.M.E.) Degree from Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio and Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa. She has a Masters of Music (M.M.) Degree in Piano from The Catholic University of America. Mrs. Greigg has performed both as recitalist and accompanist in the Washington metropolitan area. Mrs. Greigg is a member of the Maryland State Music Teachers’ Association, the Montgomery County Music Teachers’ Association and the American Guild of Organists’ DC Chapter. Mrs. Greigg maintains a large private piano studio in Bethesda, Maryland where she teaches private piano lessons to children and adults. Mrs. Greigg was married to The Honorable Stanley L. Greigg, former Member of Congress from the State of Iowa.
Mark Baker, Baritone
His musical training began when he was a child with his earliest exploration of instrumental music. For more than ten years he was the Bass section leader at Shiloh Baptist Church, Washington, DC. Frequently a soloist for many religious and civic organizations, he has performed operatic selections with the Aria Club of Greater Washington, the Hines-Lee Opera Ensemble, and the Municipal Opera Company of Baltimore. In the summer of 2007, he was selected to receive a fellowship to the Library of Congress where he was able to intensely study rare and important musical theater selections, Spirituals, gospel and arts songs from the 1800s to present. A highly skilled martial artist, he has been recognized by the International Olympic Committee for his contributions to the Olympic movement. Naturally inquisitive, he successfully pursued for more than seventeen years a career in research science as a molecular biologist and immunologist. Recently he has been a faculty member at Howard University. Mark is completing a dual graduate degree program in international business management at the University of Maryland. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, he now makes Washington, DC his home.
Luctrician B. Hamilton, Soprano
Luctrician Booth Hamilton, a Greenville, Mississippi native, is a graduate of Tougaloo College (Tougaloo,Mississippi) and holds advanced music degrees from Miami University inOxford, Ohio and Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Additional study took place at The Chautauqua Institute ofMusic in upstate New York and The College Conservatory of Music at theUniversity of Cincinnati (UCCM).Memorableperformance venuesinclude Carnegie Hall in New York City with the Tougaloo College Choir; TheDuSable Museum of African American Historyin Chicago, IL; Avery Fisher Hall (New York’s Lincoln Center) where she was the soprano soloistforMozart’s Requiem and "His Light StillShines"by the late Moses Hogan for the 35th Anniversary Gala of the Boys Choirof Harlem; and Orlando Florida, where she was a World Premier Artist for the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.
Jeannie Holloway Carter, Mezzo Soprano
Jeannie Holloway Carter, Mezzo-Soprano, received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spelman College and a Master of Business and Public Administration from Southeastern University. Additionally, she received a CNA in Computer Technology from George Washington University. Jeannie, a mezzo-soprano has sung the roles of Serena and Maria in Porgy & Bess, Mama Lucia in Cavalleria Rusticana, and The Second Lady in The Magic Flute. She has sung opera, sacred music, oratorio, pop, jazz and Broadway music in various colleges, universities, churches, dinner theater, and concert halls throughout the East Coast of the U.S. For over a decade she has been a performer/narrator and Board Member with the Hines Lee Opera Ensemble. Ms. Carter is currently on the Board of Directors of The DC Federation of Music Clubs and is the Founder-Director of The Aria Club of Greater Washington, a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization for opera and classical singers.
Rosemary Palmer-Powell is a Lyric soprano, currently living in Lothian, Maryland with her husband Jim. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. In the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Rosemary has performed soprano solos in Saint-Saen’s Christmas Oratorio; DuBois’ The Seven Last Words of Christ; Handel’s Messiah, as well as various opera performances. She has also performed with choirs at the Kennedy Center Honors Gala celebrating Alvin Ailey, and several performances at the Washington Cathedral, including the funeral service of Thurgood Marshall. Rosemary has served as a soprano soloist with churches in the Washington metropolitan area for many years, including her home church Turner Memorial A.M.E. She is currently a soprano soloist at Grace Lutheran Church.
Dr. Leo W. Pickett, Tenor
Leo Pickett, retired University Professor of Media Technology, is a tenor soloist, entrepreneur and business owner. A soloist since the age of six, he is an accomplished singer/voice coach. He works through music with the homeless, senior residences, nursing homes, churches, civic events and dinner theatres. His repertoire includes Broadway, opera, sacred, popular, inspirational and contemporary Gospel. He has composed a number of songs, including an original entitled “The Door: Ballad of Afro-American History.” A native of St. Louis, Missouri, his undergraduate degree was in Music at Lincoln University of Missouri. He received his Masters Degree in Media Technology and Information Science from Drexel University and his Doctorate in Administration from Wayne State University.
Other activities included Director of Cultural Arts in Detroit Michigan, Adult Education Institute, researcher and writer for TV documentaries “Comparative Slavery of North America and South America” and “Illegal Aliens,” Director of Community Development for The David Eaton Show as well as the Mayor’s Turning Points Program for Youth and Adults.