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The Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard


Office: 202-342-2828
Facebook: kurtgerhard
Twitter: @revkurtg

The Rev. Dr. Kurt Gerhard became the Eighth Rector of St. Patrick's in April of 2010. Prior to his ministry here, he served churches and schools in Lincoln, Nebraska and Austin, Texas. After graduating from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Kurt earned a M.Div. from the Seminary of the Southwest and a D.Min. in Educational Leadership from the Virginia Theological Seminary. His culminating project focused on adolescents planning and leading worship at Episcopal Schools. As the Rector, he chairs the Vestry, oversees the ministries of St. Patrick's, leads worship, and provides pastoral support. He also serves on the St. Patrick's Day School Board. On the Diocesan level, Kurt has served on the Diocesan Council and currently serves as the chair of the Commission on Ministry, the Convention Resolutions Committee, and is a deputy to the General Convention of the Episcopal Church. He appreciates St. Patrick's people because they "welcome and support each other with abandon." Please contact Kurt if you are interested in learning more about St. Patrick's. 

The Rev. Katie Solter

Assistant to the Rector/Day School Chaplain

Office: 202-342-2818

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Dr. Adele Lynch

Director of Music

Office: 202-342-2823

Dr. Adele Lynch has been the Director of Music for St. Patrick’s since 1995.  She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Organ Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. In her service to St. Patrick’s she provides organ and piano music for weekly worship services, as well as seasonal/festival services and special musical events, conducts choral and instrumental ensembles for both children and adults, and arranges for guest instrumentalists and singers who provide additional music throughout the year.  Adele thoroughly enjoys the unique musical opportunities and the warm and generous spirit present at St. Patrick’s, and deeply appreciates all the incredible people who together help make “Music at St. Patrick’s” possible.  Please contact Adele about participating in the music ministries at St. Patrick's. 

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Karen Melchar

Parish Administrator

Office: 202-342-2800

Karen Melchar has been Parish Administrator since January 2008. She graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English in 1986, and since then has managed a bookstore, covered tax and business issues as a legislative assistant working in the private sector, and been a stay-at-home mom. As Parish Administrator, Karen manages the front office:  producing publications; organizing volunteers for services, outreach programs, and special events; acting as a liaison to the Day School faculty and staff; providing administrative support to the clergy and vestry; and greeting the many people who come through the church doors. She appreciates the warm community of caring people here, and the good work that they do through St. Patrick's. If you want to know anything about St. Patrick's, contact Karen. 

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MaryAnn Griffin

Community Life Coordinator

Office: 202-342-7243