Christ Presbyterian Church is led by a team of elders, deacons, and staff. The elders serve the spiritual needs of the congregation and provide governance. The deacons serve the physical needs and the staff lead the ministry programming.
Ayayi Hillah - Ayayi grew up attending the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Togo, West Africa. He came to believe in and personally embrace Christ as Savior and Lord during high school. Ayayi is a graduate of The George Washington University Law School; he also holds law degrees from the University of Moncton and the Université de Bourgogne. He currently works for the Department of Agriculture. He and his wife, Odile, have two children. In his spare time, Ayayi enjoys reading and sightseeing with his family in New York City and the DC Metro Area.
Danny Hurtado - Danny is originally from Queens, NY, but did most of his growing up here in Montgomery County. He was born into a Christian home and understood his need for Christ at a very young age. More recently, he has better understood the depth of his sin as well as the depth of God's love and grace that provided a means for justification outside of his own efforts. Danny graduated from American University with a degree in Audio Technology and currently works as an Audio-Video Engineer for a contractor to the federal government. He also holds a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Capital Bible Seminary. Danny is married and has three young boys. He enjoys cooking, eating out with his wife, and doing anything outdoors with his family.
Matthew Pickens - Matthew grew up in Maryland and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Reformed Theological Seminary. He works for the Department of Homeland Security. In his free time, he enjoys reading anything he can get his hands on, golfing, and going on adventures with his daughter.
Joshua Blizzard - Joshua grew up in Cape Canaveral, Florida. His grandfather was also his pastor, and his father instilled in him a strong desire to love God and serve His church. In fact, Joshua can't remember a time he wasn’t aware of his sin and his need of a savior. He graduated from a Christian college, received a M.A. in Music Theory at the University of South Florida, and promptly joined the military. Now out of uniform, he works for the US government and lives with his wife and four children. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, games (both tabletop and video), and sports.
Eric Hein - The Hein family has lived in Montgomery County for four decades; Eric attended high school and college here before working in sales for over 30 years. Recently, Eric left sales and followed his dream of owning a Ledo Pizza and Pasta restaurant franchise. His wife, Debra, is involved in fitness training, rehabilitation, and education. They are the proud parents of two adult children, and enjoy spending time together boating, skiing, and hiking.
Jason Shannon - Jason is from a small town in western Pennsylvania, where he grew up on a dairy farm and loved being outdoors. He grew up in a Christian home, but really began to understand what faith was in high school through the ministry of a local youth group. Jason attended Grove City College, where he met his wife, Jeannine, and earned a degree in Christian Thought. Jason has worked in operations at UPS and Lyft before joining a small business, The Compost Crew, where he is the Director of Operations. Outside of work, Jason enjoys hiking and taking his two children to the playground.
Matthew Roberts, Pastor - Matthew grew up in the suburbs of Richmond, VA. God convicted him of his sin and shame in childhood; during his teenage years, God enabled him to comprehend the good news of His love and mercy in Christ. You can read his story here. Matthew is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary and is married with four children. In his spare time, Matthew enjoys playing tennis, canoeing, and exploring the Washington, DC area with his family.
David Routenberg, Director of Worship - David grew up in Northern Virginia. He can't remember a time when he didn’t know that God made and loved him. From the earliest age, he was involved in church music, but he never expected to find a calling as a permanent worship leader. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Virginia and Yale before falling in love with biology and moving to San Diego to complete his post-doctoral training at The Scripps Research Institute. Five years later, God sent him back east, where he is blessed to lead a research group at a biotechnology firm and to lead music at CPC. David and his wife, Katherine, have two children and a spoiled pug.
Jeannine Shannon, Director of Operations - Jeannine grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, PA. She grew up in a Christian family, but really came to understand the depth of her sin and her need for a Savior while in college. Jeannine graduated from Grove City College with degrees in Psychology and Molecular Biology, and also holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Georgetown University. Prior to joining the staff of CPC, she worked at a local private school, where she managed the day-to-day operations of the academic program. Jeannine is married and has two children. In her spare time, she enjoys refinishing furniture, daydreaming about traveling to new places, and getting sucked into a good story.