Mr. Lorna McIntyre

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mrs. Lorna McIntyre

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mr. Jesse Bettis

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mrs. Eunsook Seo

Worship and Music Coordinator

Mrs. Shermain Pobes

Worship and Music Coordinator

Mr. Shermain Pobes

Worship Coordinator

Rev. Ungsoo Kim

Worship and Outreach Program 

Rev. Deoksoo Shin

Bible Teaching and Outreach Program 

Rev. Deoksoo Shin

Bible Teaching and Outreach Program 

   Urban Ministry Team

Rev. Sang Jin Choi / Founder

Rev. Choi majored in International Public Policy at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies at Kyung Hee University (Seoul, South Korea), and studied in the Graduate Program in Conflict Transformation, at Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA, USA), as well as at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (Fairfax, VA, USA). 

During his studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, the after-effects of the 1992 Los Angeles Riot swept the nation, fueling multi-racial conflicts and shooting attacks on Korean business owners. Greatly concerned for racial harmony between the two races - African American, and Korean-American - Rev. Choi left his Ph.D. studies at George Mason University, turning his attention to attempt fostering peace as well as to eliminate the high tension between the two racial communities. To this end, Rev. Choi established the Center for Racial Conflict Resolution and the international NGO, Action for Peace through Prayer and Aid (APPA, UN Economic and Social Council member NGO), and Fourth Street Community Fellowship (called House of Peace from D.C. community people) in Washington, D.C. In addition, he published "Peace Times," the first newspaper aimed to resolve racial conflict and to mediate peace. After settling down in the D.C. area, Rev. Choi further bolstered his impact on inter-racial peace by establishing branches of APPA in Georgia, Maryland, New York, Washington, D.C. and South Korea.

To this day, Rev. Choi has been working tirelessly for five years as a representative to the United Nations for the GCS International (member status of UN ECOSOC), an NGO created by International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). In addition to his ministry efforts, Rev. Choi has the responsibility to educate and train the youth, in hopes of raising their awareness and cultivating cognizant leaders of the next generation. In accordance, regarding corporate social responsibility, Rev. Choi has cooperated with UN to develop multitudinous programs and movements such as UN & NGO leadership training programs, multi-racial harmony, fair-trade movement, ending homelessness, environmental movement, and UN NGO activities.

Rev. Stephen R. Ricketts

After high school, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (or Virginia Tech) where he studied Computer Science. While there he also worked as a Co-operative Education student at Babcock & Wilcox in Lynchburg, Virginia. During the summer of 1977 he met Alice McCord and they were married in Baltimore on July 12, 1980. Following graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1979, he worked full-time at Babcock & Wilcox as a computer support analyst. While in Lynchburg, Stephen and Alice welcomed their first child, Susan, born in 1982.

In 1986, Stephen took a job with Cray Research as a computer support analyst at Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
Also in 1986, Stephen and Alice had their second child, Robert. In 1988, Stephen transferred to Fort Meade and continued as a computer analyst for Cray. In 1989, their third child, Debbie, was born and in 1991 their fourth child, Stephen, was born.

While living in Ellicott City, Stephen, Alice and the children attended Glen Mar United Methodist Church. While there, Stephen heard a call to ordained ministry and began seminary on his fortieth birthday, August 28, 1997. He completed his seminary and earned a Master of Divinity degree in May, 2001. That same month, Stephen was commissioned as a probationary elder in the United Methodist Church and began serving as the associate pastor at Damascus United Methodist Church.

Stephen completed his time as a probationary elder and was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church on May 27, 2004. He continued to serve as the associate pastor at Damascus until July 2009 when he was appointed as the lead pastor at Providence-Fort Washington United Methodist Church.

    Senior Pastors' Leadership Team

Rev. Dr. Cheryl J. Sanders, Senior Pastor

Cheryl J. Sanders is Senior Pastor of the Third Street Church of God in Washington, D.C. since 1997, and Professor of Christian Ethics at the Howard University School of Divinity since 1984. She has published more than 100 articles and the following books: Ministry at the Margins (InterVarsity Press, 1997); Saints in Exile: The Holiness-Pentecostal Experience in African American Religion and Culture (Oxford, 1996); Empowerment Ethics for a Liberated People (Fortress, 1995); and Living the Intersection (Fortress, 1995). From 2000 to 2007 she was a contributing guest editor for Leadership, a journal for pastors. She is a graduate of the Sidwell Friends School, Swarthmore College (B.A. in Mathematics) and Harvard Divinity School (M.Div., cum laude and Th.D. in the field of Applied Theology). She has been awarded two honorary Doctor of Divinity degrees; the first by Asbury College in 2002, and the second by Anderson University in 2007. She is married to Dr. Alan Carswell, and is the mother of two children, Allison and Garrett.

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Dr. Steve Lee

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mrs. Cheryl Robertson 

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mr. Ducksoo Noh

Worship and Intercessory Prayer Coordinator

Mrs. Grace Lee

Legal Service Coordinator