Dr. Amy Butler, Interim Senior Minister
Pastor Amy believes deeply that courageous communities of people who live with tenacious love can change the world. Much of her career has been spent helping build communities of radical witness in the institutional church. She currently leads National City Christian Church as intentional interim Senior Minister.
Amy most recently served until 2019 as the seventh Senior Minister and first woman at the helm of The Riverside Church in the City of New York. She holds degrees from Baylor University, the International Baptist Theological Seminary, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Pastor Amy’s professional ministry career began as the director of a homeless shelter for women in New Orleans, Louisiana; she later became Associate Pastor of Membership and Mission at St. Charles Avenue Baptist Church in the city of New Orleans. In 2003, Butler was called to the position of Senior Minister of Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.’s Chinatown, where she was also the first woman to lead that historic congregation.
Though leading institutions of faith in this moment can be one of the most challenging leadership tasks around, she is optimistic about the impact faith communities have on the world.
When she’s not busy leading, teaching, preaching or writing, Pastor Amy enjoys exploring the city wearing a mask, and hanging out with friends, at an appropriate social distance. She is an avid reader and loves to write, recently completing her first memoir which will be published by Penguin Random House Books. Pastor Amy is a single mom to three amazing young adults who are each making their way in the world; they are her favorites. She played the cello in high school but that has absolutely no relevance to her current life. Her children would say that her status as a licensed motorcyclist is the direct result of a midlife crisis, but she disagrees. And she hates exercise with a passion, perpetually bitter about a metabolism that requires it.
Pastor Amy looks forward to getting to know you!
Dr. Beverly Goines, Assistant Pastor
Dr. Goines is a native of the Washington metropolitan area. She received a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After completing this degree, she returned to the DC region to work in the public and private sector as a technical writer, program manager, and project manager. Dr. Goines has also worked in the financial services industry, holding four insurance licenses.
Accepting her call to ministry, she matriculated at Howard University, receiving a Master of Divinity, and was ordained to the gospel ministry in 2001. Dr. Goines has a Ph.D. in the School of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America.
Dr. C J Rodriguez, Iglesia Cristiana Nacional (Discípulos de Cristo).
Chaim (CJ) Rodriguez es un educador profesional, ministro ordenado en la Iglesia Cristiana (Discípulos de Cristo), y activista a favor de la justicia social. Oriundo de la Isla del Encanto, Puerto Rico, se graduó de Wesley Theological Seminary con el grado de Maestría en Divinidad y actualmente cursa estudios doctorales en el área de Ministerios Latinxs en Barry University en Miami, Fl. CJ sirve como pastor de la Iglesia Cristiana Nacional (Discípulos de Cristo) y Ministro de activismo de adultos jóvenes para el Disciples Center for Public Witness, ambos ministerios localizados en Washington, DC. El vive bajo el lema del Hno. Cornel West, La justicia es cómo se expresa el amor en público.
Rev. Steven C. Baines, Senior Strategist for Outreach, Development and Spiritual Formation
Baines is a 20-year member of National City where he has served as Bible Study Instructor, Deacon, Vice Chair and Chair of the Board of Elders, and Vice Moderator and Moderator of the Congregation for six years. Additionally, he has served on numerous leadership and ministry Task Forces during his tenure with the church.
Before beginning as Senior Strategist, Rev. Baines served as Director of Religious Outreach at Americans United for Separation of Church and State; Director of Interfaith Outreach at Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice; Director of Interfaith Outreach at People For the American Way; and Executive Director of both Equal Partners in Faith and AFFIRM Youth. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., he served local Baptist congregations in North and South Carolina.
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Rev. Baines did his undergraduate studies at Furman University in Greenville, SC and his theological study at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He currently resides in Arlington, Virginia, with Rick Mohn, his husband of 10 years. Together they are the proud parents to adoptive cats, Smokey and Bandit.
Valeria A. Foster, Interim Minister of Music
A composer, arranger, and associate editor of the African American Heritage Hymnal (GIA Publications), Valeria has served as state chair of Music in Worship for the Maryland/DC Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association; director of the University of Maryland (College Park) Gospel Choir (15 years) where she produced their first two recordings; lecturer for the Smithsonian Institution (master class in early gospel music for its “Wade in the Water” series) and the World Council of Church’s Ecumenical Institute (Switzerland); and clinician for several churches and faith-based organizations in the U.S. and Krakow, Poland. Annually, she conducts vocal workshops at the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, Inc. (Thomas A. Dorsey, Founder).
Dr. J. Michael McMahon, Artistic Director, Music at Midday
An ordained minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Mike is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, holds a Master of Divinity degree from the Washington Theological Union, a Master of Arts degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame, and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America.
Before coming to National City, Mike had served as a professional director of music ministries for more than thirty years. From 2001 to 2013 he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), an organization of seven thousand Roman Catholic musicians, clergy, and other pastoral leaders. He is the author of a book on Christian initiation and has contributed numerous articles on worship and church music to a variety of journals. Mike also has extensive experience as a speaker and clinician for regional church gatherings and national music organizations.
A native of Pittsburgh, Mike has long been a resident of the Washington area and currently lives in Silver Spring with his husband Ray Valido.
Kevin Biggins, Organist
Dr. Peter Morgan, Historian in Residence
Peter MorganPeter prepared for ministry at Bethany College, the College of the Bible (now Lexington Theological Seminary) and in service as interim minister at Belmont Christian Church, Roanoke, Virginia.
Peter Morgan has continued a strong academic interest. Among his named lectureships are the inaugural Kirkpatrick Lecture of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society and the Peter Ainslie Lecture given at National City in October 2004.
He has taught worship as guest faculty at Lexington Theological Seminary. His publications, audio and videotapes now number more than fifty titles. Among his six books are Disciples Eldership/A Quest for Identity and Ministry, and Story Weaving. Disciples Eldership has been the leading resource in its field for 23 years. It was updated and republished in 2003. Story Weaving/Using Stories to Transform Your Congregation has sold out three printings. He was awarded the Doctor of Humanities degree by Bethany College.
He began his ministry as pastor of Marion (Iowa) Christian Church and served there from 1965 through 1975. That ministry was climaxed by the creation of Linnhaven, a multi-million dollar residential and service agency for mentally retarded adults. Morgan has been honored as Linnhaven’s founder.
In 1975 he was called to the program staff of the Division of Homeland Ministries where he created the evangelism program, “The Order of Andrew.” He later turned his creative attention to worship and the spiritual formation of leaders. He became best known for his retreats and seminars with elders. According to one accolade, “Peter Morgan has done more for the spiritual formation of elders than anyone since Alexander Campbell.” He represented Homeland Ministries in the creation of Chalice Hymnal to which he brought the resources of Disciples heritage and advocacy of the hymnal as the “people’s prayer book.”
In December of 1995, Dr. Morgan was called to be president of the Disciples of Christ Historical Society. His leadership at the Society was a partnership venture with his wife Lynne who first served as volunteer and for five years was Director of Operations. The Historical Society has seen significant progress under their leadership. The most advanced library and archival technology has been implemented. The Society has become better known through the publication of the newsletter “We’re History,” through the video “History Alive!”, through it s new internet site and through Dr. Morgan’s public speaking. The Thomas W. Phillips Memorial has been refurbished, including a redesigned museum, the dedication of the Eva Jean Wrather study, and the dedication of the Fiers Lecture Hall which contains the Society’s exhibit of missionary artifacts. The biennial Stalcup Seminar has been established for local historians as well as the Ketcherside Scholars program for Ph.D. students. Five books have been published by the Society including the first encyclopedia of the Stone-Campbell Movement. During Dr. Morgan’s tenure the Society’s endowment grew from just over one million dollars to 3.3 millions dollars.
Dr. and Mrs. Morgan began retirement by moving to Washington and National City in October 2004 where they serve as historian and archivist of the church.