The Dr. Rev. Anita Hendrix, Interim Pastor
Blessed to grow up with parents who encouraged faith in Jesus Christ and weekly worship at the local Presbyterian Church, Anita sensed a call to ministry at an early age. During high school she and friends from various churches, with the support of local pastors, initiated an ecumenical Christian fellowship and later a college group that engaged in mission with children and youth in a disadvantaged community in southeast Washington, D.C. She attended Montgomery College for two years, and received a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary. Anita served as pastor/head-of-staff at a church in Baltimore for sixteen years. She also served as an associate pastor in a large congregation, as a campus minister, a Presbytery Leader, and an Interim Pastor.
While serving as pastor of Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, she earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, receiving the John Randall Hunt Prize for outstanding Doctor of Ministry Thesis and Academic Record in the 1999 graduating class. The thesis, Leadership Development in the Multiracial, Multicultural Church, was based on bold experimentation and community building in a congregation surrounded by a transitioning neighborhood.
Anita’s son, David (30), lives in the Los Angeles. An artist and animator, David works at Riot Games and enjoys many outdoor activities. Daughter, Eva (26), lives in Baltimore, works as a case-worker at Healthcare for the Homeless, is an accomplished musician and active in the church.
Anita enjoys travel that includes learning and mission, reading, playing games, singing, walking and biking. Anita joined the staff of PPC in November, 2016.
Rev. Kendra Grams, Associate Pastor for Family Ministries
Kendra has enjoyed being part of the PPC family since February 2010. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor for Family Ministries, nurturing children, youth, and their families in Christian faith and assisting with overall pastoral leadership.
Born and raised in Hastings, Nebraska, she has been slowly moving east ever since. She attended Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, graduating Summa cum Laude with Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Biology and German Studies. She received her Masters of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois.
Kendra is passionate about building up welcoming and interconnected church families where children, youth, and adults alike can learn from one another and find meaningful faith to guide and sustain them in their daily living. She is also passionate about congregational transformation and helping congregations explore new ways of sharing and embodying Christ’s love in our beautifully diverse and increasing complex world.
Kendra and her husband Ted live in Rockville with their children Toby and Anika
Tom Andrew, Director of Music and Organist
Tom Andrew joined the PPC staff as Director of Music and Organist in August 2011. Tom has over 40 years of church music experience and has directed choirs for singers and ringers 5 years old through senior adults. Since his days in college, Tom has also served as a children’s and youth ministry leader and enjoys working with kids of all ages. Tom majored in music and organ performance at Wake Forest University. Tom, his wife Judy, and son Teddy live in Rockville, Maryland.
Jenny Robertson, Soprano Section Leader
Jennifer Robertson obtained her Master’s in Music in Vocal Performance from The Catholic University of America. She met her husband, Greg Robertson, when they were both section leaders at Cedar Lane Unitarian Church. The couple went on to sing as section leaders under the direction of Thomas Andrew at Potomac United Methodist Church, and as guest soloists at Dulin United Methodist Church. Jennifer also previously served as a section leader at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. She has sung as a guest soloist at many other area churches, and for oratorio performances by the Vienna Choral Society. For several years she was a member of the Washington National Opera Chorus, under Placido Domingo’s artistic direction. When not singing, Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice, with offices in Dupont Circle and Rockville.
Greg Robertson, Tenor Section Leader
Emily Powers, Director of Youth Ministries
Emily Powers joined PPC in August 2016. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Northwest Missouri State University, where she studied English and History. Before coming to PPC she worked as Presbyterian Church (USA) Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) for two years – the first year with DC’s homeless population, and a second year in New York City.
Jeewani Muditha Kurukulasuriya, Children’s Teacher
Jeewani Muditha Kurukulasuriya (Ms. Muditha) joined the PPC staff in June 2016. As the Children’s Teacher, she provides loving, attentive care and Christian education for the preschool and younger elementary children of our congregation on Sunday mornings. Ms. Muditha has 20+ years of experience as a Montessori/ pre-kindergarten teacher. She taught at St. Mary’s Montessori School in her native Sri Lanka from 1993-2006. From 1996-2006, she was the owner and director of that school which served over 100 students. From 2007 to the present, she has taught at various Montessori schools in Washington State and northern Virginia. She has a deep passion for nurturing children and helping them reach their full potential. Ms. Muditha lives in Falls Church with her husband and three daughters.
Jeanne Grillo, Office Administrator
Jeanne Grillo, our Office Administrator, has a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a Master’s degree in Public Health, and her previous work experience has been in the field of computer programming and data analysis. Jeanne is a Potomac resident, she is a member of Potomac United Methodist Church with her husband and 2 daughters.