INTERIM SENIOR PASTOR
Pastor Russ and his wife Jeanie are coming to us all the way from the central coast of California. They live in San Luis Obispo, halfway between San Francisco and L.A. Pastor Russ has been a pastor in the Lutheran Church for 40 years. Jeanie is a retired elementary school teacher with 35+ years of experience. They have two sons – Jeremy who lives in San Francisco; and Kris who resides in Arlington, VA. Kris is married to Jessica and they have a 17-month old son, Elliot.
Russ has served as pastor at Grace Lutheran in Ukiah, CA; Mt. Carmel Lutheran in San Luis Obispo; and in 7 other congregations as an interim. Russ is also a Marriage and Family Therapist licensed in California. He plays guitar, loves to walk, read, and make new friends. Jeanie loves reading, knitting, long walks, and cooking.
They also bring along Cooper, their nearly 3-year-old Labradoodle who is looking forward to long walks and playing ball along the Capitol Mall.
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.
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Jarrod Jabre is here to serve God and chew bubblegum, and he's all out of bubblegum. As Director of Operations, Jarrod manages the building and property of Reformation, as well as oversees professional relationships and stewardship of congregational resources. Previous work for the Church includes teaching at the Lutheran School in Beit Sahour, Palestine, and lecturing for the Lutheran College Washington Semester here in Washington, DC.
Jarrod is a proud resident of Silver Spring, where he lives with his wife, Ruth, and son, Eli, as well as the two true loves of his life, their cats Moxie and Toby. He is a graduate of CUADrama and the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, both of which no longer exist -- he claims no responsibility for this. He is also a noted wine & beverage director, most recently as co-owner of Locavino in Downtown Silver Spring. Jarrod is honored and blessed to be a part of Reformation's wonderful work on Capitol Hill and beyond.
Julie serves as our administrative assistant Monday through Thursday, 9 am to 5 pm. She creates our printed and digital worship materials, provides office support, and plays Tetris with the parking lot.
Raised in a small south-central Pennsylvania town called New Freedom, Julie grew up loving music. She played piano and flute from a young age and was the drum major for her high school marching band. She then earned a BA in Music Education from Eastern University (outside of the Philadelphia area) and began teaching private lessons for piano and band instruments upon graduation and moving to DC. Julie is happily married to her husband, Andy, and have been foster parents since 2014 and recently adopted their toddler son. When she isn't thinking about the details of church office life, she enjoys making music, being outdoors with her family, and hanging with her dog Daisy and cat Daniel.