Rev. Timothy Tutt, Senior Minister

"Be kind to unkind people, they need it the most."  Those are the words that rattle around in the head of Tim Tutt a lot these days.  "I worry about the world," he says. "I worry about war and partisan politics and hungry people and how we communicate.   That's why I value the church.  It gives me a place to share my concerns with others, to tap into the joy of a life lived for others, and to find support and compassion.  I hope we are doing that at Westmoreland -- through our big acts of social justice and through our daily acts of living in community."   

Tim is a native of Longview, Texas, and a graduate of Baylor University and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to entering seminary, he worked on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant.  After seminary he served as Protestant Chaplain at Georgetown University for a school year. From June of 2001 until July of 2012, Tim served as Senior Pastor of United Christian Church in Austin, Texas. Tim is active in Action in Montgomery and the College of Pastoral Leaders at Austin Presbyterian Seminary.  He serves on the Board of Reach Beyond Mission and on various denomination committees.  He is an occasional writer at OnFaith.  He is married to Amy Prichard Tutt, also a former Hill staffer, who is now a college English teacher. They have two children, Ben, a high schooler, and Mary-Austin, a Middle Schooler.

Rev. Alexis Vaughan Kassim, Associate Minister 

Alexis is the Associate Minister for Christian Education at Westmoreland UCC. A native of Reston, Virginia and an avid basketball fan, Alexis graduated from Duke University in 2006. With a strong passion for youth and social justice, Alexis worked for both the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC and Sojourners before entering the Divinity School at the University of Chicago in 2009. While in Chicago, Alexis served as a pastoral assistant at Ellis Avenue Church, and as a chaplain intern at Montgomery Place, a senior living community in Hyde Park. In 2010 Alexis was awarded a fellowship with the Interfaith Youth Core’s One Chicago, One Nation program, which is dedicated to developing meaningful community engagement opportunities for youth across faith traditions. Alexis earned her Master of Divinity degree in 2012.

Alec Davis, Music Director and Organist

Alec Davis is an active musician in both the Sacred and secular music worlds as an instrumentalist, vocalist, conductor, composer, and teacher.  He has contributed to many Sacred Music programs in the Washington DC and Baltimore Regions, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Cantor/Chorister and Assistant to the Director of Liturgy), St. Francis of Assisi in Gaithersburg (Principle Organist), and most recently at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel outside Baltimore (Director of Music and Organist).

He has competed and performed as a soloist and collaborative pianist with orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Symphony Orchestra at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, the Montgomery Symphony, Washington DC’s Great Noise Ensemble, and the Trinity Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to perform at such venues as the John F. Kennedy Center, The National Gallery of Art, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, and New York City’s Museum of Natural History, along with many of the great Churches of Washington, DC.  He has had the opportunity to collaborate under the direction of such conductors as Armando Bayolo, David Searle, Leo Nestor, and Leonard Slatkin.

Alec owns and operates Davis Music Studios, based in Cockeysville, MD where he teaches 30 private students of piano, music theory, and choral singing.  In addition to teaching, he is an active accompanist and chamber musician, frequently collaborating with singers and instrumentalists for recitals, rehearsals, recordings, and competitions.  He is also the Rehearsal Pianist and Performance Pianist and Organist for the Thomas Circle Singers in NW Washington, DC.  Alec is an active composer of both Sacred and secular music, a music copyist specializing in transcription and engravement, and also the Audio Producer for Folíe a Two, a local video production project dedicated to helping non-profits increase their visibility, co-founded with his husband Ed.

Alec received his Bachelors of Music Degree in Piano Performance, with a minor in Music Composition, from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music in Washington, DC.

Janet Moyer, Membership Coordinator

Janet Moyer has been a member of Westmoreland since 1977. As Membership Coordinator, she works with the Board of Membership and Fellowship to attract and welcome visitors, guide potential members through the joining process and encourage members and visitors to participate in a wide variety of social and volunteer activities. As a volunteer she has chaired several church boards and serves as the Assistant Clerk of WCUCC.

 

Mimi Miller, Church Administrator & Communications Coordinator

Mimi Miller is our Church Administrator / Communications Coordinator. She coordinates our church office operations and oversees our day-to-day building use. She also designs and edits our publications, and keeps the new website up-do-date.   Mimi is a long-time neighbor of Westmoreland Church and has even sung in choir concerts here. Prior to joining our staff, she worked at Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, where she and her husband are members. They have three grown children. Contact Mimi if you have information to include in the weekly bulletin or the monthly newsletter. Weekly bulletin information should be received by Wednesday morning. The newsletter deadline is the 20th of each month. Board, committee and other group chairs are asked to send minutes and other information to Mimi for the church files. You may contact Mimi at mmiller@westmorelanducc.org or 301-229-7766 ext. 16. Her office hours are generally Monday-Thursday, 9-4 and Friday 9-12.

 

Amy Prichard Tutt, Interim Children's Choir Director

Amy has been the volunteer accompanist for the Children’s Choir for two and half years, and directed a Children’s Choir for ten years at the Tutts’ previous church.   Amy has both musical and educational experience.  She began playing the piano at age 5, the violin at 9, the trombone at 11, and the viola at 20.  She entered college on a scholarship as a violin performance major and graduated with a degree in English.  Amy played in the Baylor University Orchestra.  She taught pubic preschool for children with disabilities for several years in Austin and now teaches as an adjunct English instructor at Montgomery College.   Amy served as our Interim Director of Children’s Ministries  in the spring of 2014.  She has a Master’s degree in religious studies from Georgetown University.    Amy will also direct The Fellowship of the Ringers, our intergenerational handbell choir that rehearses Sundays at 11:30 am.

 


 

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