ABOUT OUR MINISTRY
The United Church represents a union of three traditions - the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and German heritage. We rejoice in our heritage and our oneness. We welcome you, wherever you are in your journey, and invite you to participate in the joy of our lives together.
We believe in an open approach to faith at The United Church. Our beliefs, the people behind our work, and our history are made to be open and accessible to all.
reverend william federici
Rev. William T. Federici has served as Senior Pastor of the United Church since July 2012. Previously, he was Senior Minister at Emmaus United Church of Christ in Vienna, Virginia and Associate Pastor at the First Congregational Church of Old Greenwich, in Connecticut. Bill has his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and has done advanced work at the Yale Divinity School. He preaches and teaches a practical and progressive Christianity that emphasizes healing and transformation. Bill believes that every worship service should leave you feeling "sacred, precious and beloved."
REV. CORDULA SCHMID-WASSMUTH
Rev. Cordula Schmid-Wassmuth is the Interim Pastor for German Ministries. She will serve our church until July 2018. She is an ordained minister of the EKD (Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland, Evangelical Church in Germany).
Previously, she served as Senior Minister in Remscheid-Luettringhausen, Germany, for seven years before her family came to Washington in 2012. For the last three years, Cordula has worked as a teacher at the German International School in Potomac. She has also preached in the United Church / Vereinigte Kirche and other German churches in the region before.
Cordula was born in Namibia and went to school in Germany. Afterwards she lived and worked for one year as a volunteer in the D.R. of Congo. She studied theology in Wuppertal, Tuebingen, Strassbourg (France) and Bonn. Fourteen years of experience in congregations, missions and social work followed.
As someone who has lived in five different countries, Cordula knows how important it is to have an opportunity to sing and pray in the mother tongue. She is also aware how someone might miss German feasts and culture in general.
The United Church / die Vereinigte Kirche offers Germans and people who love the German language a spiritual and cultural home. Cordula is particularly responsible for German services, pastoral care, religious education programs, and German events throughout the church year like Erntedank, St. Martin, Nikolaus etc.