Staff and Leaders
While there are lots of leaders in the congregation, here is a bit about the folks you might be interacting with most often. Our Congregational Council & Minutes can be found here.
Lutheran Church of the Reformation Staff (L to R)
Marquita Tibbs - Office and Food Pantry Assistant
Rev. Ben Hogue - Associate Pastor
Jenna Jablonski - Communication and Database Administrator
Jane Rutherford - Director of Operations
Paul Leavitt - Director of Music
Rev. Michael Wilker - Senior Pastor
Rev. Michael Wilker, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Michael Wilker enjoys opening the doors of God's love to our neighborhood and nation. He leads the congregation to create joyful worship, build community with one another, steward and share our gifts, and invite new people into God's ministries. Inspired by Micah 6:8, Pastor Mike especially is passionate to help us do justice in the world, practice loving-kindness in our relationships, and humbly walk with God each day. Click here for Pastor's Mike's 2016 Reformation Day Sermon.
Before coming to Reformation in 2011, Pastor Mike served as the president of the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. He previously served bilingual congregations in New York and California. He's a graduate of St. Olaf College and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. He grew up on a hog farm in southern Minnesota (and was the state 4-H reserve swine showman!). Now he and his family live in the church's parsonage on Capitol Hill. When he's not slacking off, he enjoys running marathons.
Jane Rutherford, Director of Operations
Jane is our chief administrative officer. She also oversees Reformation's building maintenance and manages our long-standing and active space use ministry. Her background includes years of experience in the non-profit sector and a graduate degree in Philanthropic Studies. She and her husband live on Capitol Hill and they enjoy spending time with their grown children and grandchildren, and learning about raising lambs on their family farm in the bluegrass region of central Kentucky.
Paul Leavitt, Director of Music
Paul Leavitt is the full-time Director of Music and Arts at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. In Oct. 2008, he led the Reformation Choir on a 10 day tour to Central Europe, where they performed in Bratislava, Prague and in Wittenberg, Germany. In 2006, he led the Reformation Choir on a ten-day performing tour in London, Geneva, and Paris where they shared the stage with the Chorale de l’Association Internationale Musique Ensemble (AIME). Leavitt founded AIME in 1995 in Paris and directed it until the fall of 2000.
His training includes a Master's Degree from the Juilliard School in New York and a Bachelor's Degree from SUNY Purchase. He was a laureate of the International Steinway Competition for Young Talents (1989) in Paris, France. A versatile musician and composer, Mr. Leavitt performs regularly in Europe and in the United States as a classical pianist, concert organist and choral conductor.
Rev. Ben Hogue, Associate Pastor
The Rev. Benjamin Hogue joined as Associate Pastor in the Fall of 2018 after a year as Reformation's pastoral intern (Vicar). Pastor Ben leads ministries with the teens and their families and Reformation's engagement with neighbors and newcomers to the congregation.
Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, Pastor Ben is a graduate of California Lutheran University and Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. In between college and seminary, he served with Peace Corps Ukraine, in the small village of Kolky from 2010-2013. Pastor Ben was recently awarded the Walter Capps Award for service in the public square and was named Extraordinary Lutheran Ministries' Joel Workin Scholar, which recognizes one ELCA LGBTQIA+ seminarian each year, and also one of Washington DC's "40 Under 40" by the Leadership Center for Excellence. Thanks in part to the work of leaders across the church in the region, Pastor Ben is the first openly LGBTQIA+ clergy person to be called by a Lutheran congregation in the Metropolitan D.C. Synod.