Arlington Presbyterian Church is imagining a new way to be a faith community.

IMG 4414To live out God’s radical call to “love neighbor as your love yourself”, Arlington sold their building to make room for much-needed affordable housing on the Columbia Pike corridor of South Arlington. This vision came to be after intentionally listening to our neighbors. We walked around the neighborhood and talked with neighbors. We rode buses with an observant eye. We asked questions about our neighbors work and family life. 

Now our old building is torn down, and Gilliam Place, the soon-be apartment building of 170 units of affordable housing and where Arlington will eventually reside, is under construction. In the process of all of this, we bought back two parcels of land behind the building to create a green space for us and our neighborhood. 

Arlington is using this “in-between” time to imagine itself in new and creative ways. We worship in the chapel at Arlington United Methodist Church center located at 716 S. Glebe Road, just a few blocks from our future site at Gilliam Place. 

Arlington is a faith community where all are welcome. Join us for worship at 11am on Sundays to share in of our work of welcome, nurture, service, and proclaim as we share in love that is the community of God.

For Life, 

Rev. Ashley Goff 

 

Glebe Bannera

Minister of Music
Part-time (15h/week)

 

To apply, send cover letter and resume/CV to:

Rev. Ashley Goff, pastor

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I. Who We Are

 

Moved by God’s love and through the power of the Holy Spirit, Arlington Presbyterian Church (APC) is challenged by the Word of God to welcome all, nurture spiritual growth, and to serve with compassion. We proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord

 

After years of faithful discernment, APC was called to sell its building and property to the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) to build Gilliam Place, a 173-unit affordable housing apartment building on the site of our former building on Columbia Pike.

 

This call was inspired by the stories of our neighbors and their struggle to find affordable housing in S. Arlington. This was also our way to continue to put our faith into action and break down the walls between our congregation and the community. We will transition to our new space on the first floor of Gilliam Place later this fall.

 

In the meantime, our “small-batch” congregation continues to imagine church in new and creative ways. Our intent in worship is to connect with God and our neighbors - both those next to us in the pews, and those outside our doors. We do this as we engage our whole selves -- senses, body, and soul. We sing songs from our hymnal, some printed in the bulletin, others are sung a cappella (especially when we worship in our garden space) and in different languages.

 

II. Who We Seek

Arlington Presbyterian seeks a part-time Minister of Music who shares our spiritual values and who can work collaboratively with us to plan and lead worship. We desire a candidate who can teach, introduce and adapt music that aligns with liturgy and the unique spirit of each Sunday.

 

III. Competencies

  • Ability to teach and be taught

  • Keyboard proficiency

  • Familiarity with Christian song traditions and liturgy

  • Interest or skill in global music

  • Familiar with community organizing

  • Resilient and adaptable

  • Resourceful and creative

  • Curious and enthusiastic

 

IV. Responsibilities

  • Lead music at regular worship services (currently Sundays at 11 am, both indoors and in the garden) and special seasonal services (high holy days)

  • Participate in seasonal worship planning with pastor and congregants

  • Support music required for weddings and funerals as needed

  • Nurture participation of volunteers

  • Build/organize/support music leaders in congregation

  • One-on-one meetings with congregants and folks in the community

  • Arranging maintenance and care for instruments (piano, percussion instruments, etc.)

 

V. Compensation and Benefits:

APC will provide:

  1. Salary Range of $25,000-$30,000

  2. Two weeks paid leave plus two additional paid Sundays off

  3. One week of continuing education time and $1,200 for continuing education

  4. In-kind use of facility space TBD.

 

To apply, send cover letter and resume/CV to:

 

Rev. Ashley Goff, pastor

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“I am about to do a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” – Isaiah 43:19

We are moving forward with our Vision.  This page will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings around living into our Vision at Arlington Presbyterian Church.  To follow our journey or to join us, click on a link below.  The most recent events are at or near the top.

Rev. Ashley Goff, Pastor

Ashley Goff

Ashley became pastor at Arlington Presbyterian in July 2018 and cherishes her “dual-citizenship” identity of working in a PCUSA congregation while also being a member of the United Church of Christ.

Ashley graduated from Union Theological Seminary in NYC where she fell in love with the art of liturgy.  She lives with deep gratitude for several communities which have formed her along the way: Denison University, the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, the Open Door Community, Rikers Island NYC Jail, and Church of the Pilgrims (PCUSA).

Ashley also finds life in Springsteen music, beekeeping, urban farming, and vinyasa yoga. Ashley and her spouse, Bob Glennon, live with their three kids and black lab, Oshie, in the Nauck neighborhood in Arlington.   

Ashley’s preferred pronouns are she, her, hers.

Ashley blogs at godofthesparrow.com where she writes about the intersections the Holy Spirit, liturgy, community organizing, justice, and congregational life. Email Ashley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 

Patrick J. Summers, Minister of Music


patrick summersPatrick J. Summers has been an active church musician for 47+ years in both the Washington, D.C., and New Orleans areas, and he has performed in the U.S., Venice, Florence, and Rome. He is a member of the D.C. Chapter, American Guild of Organists, for which he volunteered as the Treasurer for six years. An active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, he served as Treasurer for a national conference. He has directed programs at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Burke, Va., First Congregational United Church of Christ D.C., and Our Savior Lutheran Church and Arlington Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Va.; in addition, he served as the Chapel Organist for Headquarters Battalion of the U.S. Marine Corps at the Pentagon.

At the 1500 member Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church he directed the fifty-voice SATB Adult Choir and served as a member of Worship Committee and Silver Jubilee Committee. While there he executed a strategic development program that grew choir membership by over 100%, and he expanded the ensemble's choral literature to encompass all periods of music (Renaissance to Contemporary). On a regular basis Mr. Summers coordinated and directed ensembles of professional instrumentalists to enhance major celebrations.

At First Congregational UCC he directed the twenty-voice SATB Choir and during his tenure formed "Friends of Music" to provide additional musical programming and resources for enhanced worship and other programs. In addition, he recommended, guided and oversaw restoration of 41-rank 1958 Casavant pipe organ, and he advised the site transition team regarding music program facility needs in new $18+ million worship and administrative space.

As part of his undergraduate work Mr. Summers studied organ with Richard J. Heschke. He was a member of the A Cappella Choir, the University Chorus, the Opera Chorus, Phi Mu Alpha (professional fraternity for men in music) and chaired the University's Performing Arts Committee.

His full-time work: Mr. Summers is Principal of Summers & Associates, LLC, and Turbyfill, Summers, & Wall, LCC, both Washington, D.C.-based accounting firms serving a variety of clients' audit and tax preparation needs. Most recently he has been working with churches and other nonprofit organizations assisting them in their conversions to GAAP-based fund accounting and reporting.

Prior to his forming these companies he completed eight years as Chief Financial Officer and Controller for AIMS Worldwide, Inc., a five-subsidiary publicly-traded marketing and media corporation where he was responsible for design and execution of all financial and accounting functions, including timely, accurate reporting to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Internal Revenue Service.

He has also been Controller and Business Manager for several nonprofit organizations as both employee and volunteer. In addition, he was C.F.O. and Controller for News USA, Inc., a national public relations/publicity firm where he began as Production Manager and subsequently designed and implemented operations systems for the company's growing product line. As a member of the executive management team, he originated the C.F.O./Controller position and was later promoted to Executive Vice President.

As a consultant Mr. Summers has had a wide variety of experiences including contract accountant/controller work, individual tax preparation, and nonprofit audit. He serves on the Finance Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (D.C.).