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"Tradition is the living faith of the dead; Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living."

- Jaroslav Pelikan
CTS is a member of the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Synod of the ELCA



Pastor Kari Parsons


The Reverend Kari L. Parsons, Pastor

Pastor Kari was born in San Antonio, TX and grew up in Minneapolis, MN. She attended Lawrence University in Appleton, WI and graduated with a B.A. in history followed by an M. Div from Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT. Pastor Kari was ordained to the ministry of Word and Sacrament in July of 1998 and called to serve as an Associate Pastor at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Woodstock, GA. In 2006, she was called to serve as Associate Pastor at Trinity Lutheran Church in North Bethesda, MD with a focus in Christian education, youth ministry and social ministry. Pastor Kari began her ministry as the Pastor of Christ the Servant on December 16, 2012. She married Max Parsons in 1999 and they are the proud parents of two children, Owen and Rachel. The family enjoys biking, hiking and cooking together.

Cameron Wentz


Cameron Wentz, Organist

Cameron is from Hanover, PA and is attending the Peabody Institute to pursue a Master of Music degree in composition. He was granted a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, in music theory/composition and organ. He has served as an organist in both Methodist and Lutheran churches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.


President: Joann Eastlack
Vice-President: Anne Lipe
Secretary: Marjorie McClain
Treasurer: Chuck Eater
Financial Secretary: Tom Eastlack

Parish Life: Michael Evans
Property: Amos Keller
Parish Care: Team
Executive team member: Joann Eastlack

Learning: Valerie Mayer
Worship: Sarah Bastien
Business Administration: Team
Executive Team Member: Anne Lipe

Outreach: Arlene Alfano and Anna Mayer
Stewardship: Mike Mayer
Service: Team
Executive team member: Marjorie McClain