Rev. Ashley Goff, Pastor
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.
Patrick J. Summers, Minister of Music
Patrick 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.).