REV. KEVIN VANDIVER, PH.D.
Pastor Kevin Vandiver (he/him) is the Senior Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Pastor Kevin attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, where he earned a B.A. in Music. After he completed his undergraduate studies, he earned his Master of Divinity from the Duke University Divinity School, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar.
Pastor Kevin holds a Ph.D. in Practical Theology with a specialty in Homiletics from Princeton Theological Seminary. He was a Princeton Seminary Doctoral Fellow, and a recipient of the prestigious Doctoral (2020) and Dissertation Fellowships (2022) at the Louisville Presbyterian Institute.
Pastor Kevin is married to Dr. Marci Vandiver (she/her), a prolific author, speaker, and tenured professor at Towson University, and they have two children, Ethan and Miles. For fun, Pastor Kevin enjoys reading fantasy and science fiction novels, listening to NPR and other podcasts, being near a body of water somewhere, playing ping pong, and spending time with family.
Pastor Kevin has a passion for the last, lost, and least, and believes that God’s love is lavishly offered as free gift to all.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Paul Leavitt (he/him) 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 (he/him) 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, an educator, 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 award-winning 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 (she/her) serves as our Church Administrator Monday through Friday, 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, watching movies, and hanging with her cat Daniel.
Emmanuel Kabasaala was born in Butaleja, a small village in Eastern Uganda. He was raised in a small-scale farming family. Emmanuel had learned of Christianity at a young age from one of the women in his native village, and testifies that his faith has been key to his survival. In 2017, Emmanuel went on a work program in the United Arab Emirates, where he founded an NGO named “Emmanuel Foundation Africa” EFA focused on children and the elderly, as well as the empowerment of youth.
In 2022, seeking more education in community development, Emmanuel enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia. Soon after, Emmanuel joined the congregation at Reformation, and was baptized. He began in his role of Community Host in 2023.