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.
Rev. Michael Wilker, Senior Pastor
The Rev. Michael Wilker enjoys opening the doors of God's love to our neighborhoods and nations. 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.
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.
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 named 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. Pastor Ben enjoys spending time with his fiance Marshall, dog Bosco, and cat Bogart.
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.
Tegan Peterson, Director of Operations
Tegan oversees Reformation's building maintenance and manages our long-standing and active space use ministry. After graduating from the University of Wyoming, she and her son, Gavin, relocated to Silver Springs, Maryland. Tegan has a background in nonprofit office management and is currently pursuing a Masters in Social Work. Tegan and Gavin love the DMV area and have enjoyed exploring and taking advantage of all there is to do.
Angela Small, Administrative Assistant
Angela serves as our administrative assistant Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm. She creates our printed and digital worship materials and provides office support. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, and she has previously received a degree in physics from Michigan Technological University.
Angela also serves as the director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Bethesda, Maryland, and performs as a pianist and clarinetist across the DC metropolitan area, most notably with the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra (WMGSO).