Rev. Stephanie Kendell, Senior Minister
Rev. Stephanie (She | Elle |Ella) is the first, permanent female Senior Minister in our nearly 100-year history. Prior to her call at National City, Pastor Stephanie was the Executive Minister and C.O.O. of the historic Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City. She is the Co-Host of the popular podcast the Two On One Project and is the current First-Vice Moderator of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Pastor Stephanie was a film and television marketing Producer and Director of Operations for one of the industry’s largest global agencies before her call to ministry, working with every major studio. She is an accomplished pastor, activist, podcaster, marketing producer, voice actor, and author with gifts in innovative and engaged preaching, liberating biblical interpretation, inventive digital community building, and casting vision for financial sustainability.
Mr. Kevin J. Biggins, Jr., Associate Director of Music & Organist
Kevin is a familiar face to the Washington, D.C. area as an organist that started at a young age. Particularly here at NCCC, Kevin began attending at the age of 13 and quickly came under the radar of Lawrence “Lon” Schreiber during his leadership for 40 years as the Minister of Music at NCCC. Taking lessons from him and his successor, Dr. Edward A. Moore, Kevin went on to pursue studies at the Westminster Choir College of Princeton, NJ in 2006. After completing that program, Kevin took on work in transportation while playing in various churches in the NJ and PA area until returning to DC in 2016. Now taking lessons with former NCCC Assistant Minister of Music, Marvin Mills, Kevin continues on work to improve his skill and expand his skills and knowledge of choral and organ repertoire. Kevin has been a devout member of NCCC since 2001.
Should you have any inquiries about music on Sunday or performing music in our space, please contact Kevin via the email link on the right.
Dr. J. Michael McMahon, Artistic Director, Music at Midday
The Reverend Dr. J. Michael McMahon has served as Artistic Director of Music at Midday since November 2013, a role in which he also served during his tenure as Minister of Music. In September 2018, Mike became Executive Director of The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, with offices located at NCCC.
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.
Juan Vasquez, Assistant Building Superintendent
Kathleen Swihart, Associate in Membership
Betty Crudup, Church Concierge
Anna Meyer, Virtual Pastor