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Robert R. Laha, Jr., D.Min., Th.M., Ph.D., was born and raised in Kentucky where he was active in church and community affairs. As a child of the church, he felt the first stirring of a call to ministry in his high school years leading him to a church related college in Tennessee. While in college he began doing youth work in local churches, which led to a full time job after graduation. That work confirmed his sense of call and led him to undertake a theological education at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia as a Bridges Scholar. He engaged in additional graduate work both at UTS and at Oxford University where he was named an Oxford Foundation Fellow. He maintains a keen interest in preaching, teaching and social justice work.
He has served churches in Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana and has served the larger church at every level including a stint on the General Assembly Council and its Executive Committee. He currently serves on the Permanent Judicial Commission of National Capital Presbytery. He is the author of a commentary on Jeremiah and is working on additional manuscripts related to biblical interpretation.
For fun, he enjoys the theater, cooking, interior design, boating, golf, Harley riding and spoiling his granddaughters! He is married to Sally, a first grade teacher and an ordained Elder in the church. Together, they have two surviving children, Jenny, and Ben, and two adorable granddaughters, Grace and Samantha.
Rev. Katherine Stanford grew up in Northern California and was raised in the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto. Her family tree includes Scots-Irish Presbyterians going back dozens of generations, as well as a Methodist circuit rider and a Swedish Lutheran pastor. After receiving a B.A. in English and Theater Studies from Yale University, she headed back to San Francisco to earn her M.F.A. in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater before moving to New York City to pursue a theater career. After transitioning to suburban White Plains, NY, Katherine’s family was very patient when she experienced God’s call to ordained ministry after serving in many roles at her home church, Rye Presbyterian Church, including as Moderator of the Board of Deacons and Stephen Ministry Leader.
Katherine set out for Yale Divinity School while serving several NY churches — Bedford Presbyterian as a seminary intern, Larchmont Avenue Church, leading Confirmation classes, and the Presbyterian Church of Mt. Kisco as their Director of Youth Ministries. She received her M.Div. in 2008 and completed a year of chaplaincy work at Greenwich Hospital, CT, prior to her ordination by the Hudson River Presbytery in 2009. Katherine most recently served the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT, for four years as their Interim Associate Pastor.
In addition to serving and enjoying God and her family, Katherine’s interests include hiking, being on, in, or near water, wrestling with her garden, reading historical fiction, and if time allows, seeing some theater. Along with her two teenagers, she is excited to explore the D.C. area and put down roots in Alexandria.
Ann Herlin came to the Meeting House in 2001, after receiving her Master of Divinity degree from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, she taught first grade for two years in South Texas (as part of Teach for America), and then spent 16 months teaching English to elementary students in Costa Rica. She received her BA from Yale University in 1993.
Ann has served on the boards of the Alexandria Tutoring Consortium (ATC), and the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington, and currently serves on the Church Development Committee of National Capital Presbytery. She is married to Terry Staley, and they have a daughter, Leah, and a son named Benjamin. Ann currently works part-time at the Meeting House.
Dr. Jon Smoot - Parish Associate
Noelle comes to us from Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, where she served as the Director of Christian Education for the past six years. At Bradley Hills, Noelle was responsible for overseeing the children’s and youth educational programs. Before Bradley Hills, Noelle was an elementary school teacher in the District of Columbia Public School system for seven years.
Noelle grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French, with a Minor is Religion from Austin College in Texas. Noelle also received a Master of Arts in Teaching from American University. She is active in the Presbytery and at Montreat, where she has been involved with the Center for Youth and Young Adult Ministry. Noelle and her husband, Mark, live in Hyattsville, Maryland. During her free time, Noelle enjoys practicing yoga, reading, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.
Mary comes to the Meeting House from Trinity Presbyterian Church in Herndon, Va., where she served as Director of Youth Ministry from August 2009 to the present. In that position, Mary planned and led youth activities for grades 4 through 12. Those activities included weekly youth fellowship meetings, mission and service activities (including summer youth mission trips), retreats, fundraisers, Youth Sunday, Youth Advisory Committee meetings and special events. Mary is recently received a Certificate in Youth Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary.
Mary was ordained as an Elder by her home church, The Presbyterian Church of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, where she also served as a Youth Advisor and a member of the Chancel and Oratorio Choirs. She continued her church activities at Colgate University, where she received a B.A. in Art and Art History in 2007, with a minor in Environmental Studies. At the University Church, she was a Deacon and a Steward. She also managed to run varsity track, serve on the Executive Board of her sorority - Kappa Alpha Theta - and participate in the "Swinging Gates" a cappella singing group.
Following college, Mary visited Kenya, where she used her artistic skills to design and execute a large-scale painting. She also organized a fundraiser for the local orphanage. Among other post-college jobs, Mary worked as the co-director of the overnight summer camping program of St. George's School in Newport, Rhode Island, a program for the children of low-income families in the area.
Mary uses her award-winning artistic skills and her great voice (and musical ability) to advantage in working with youth. At Trinity, for example, she was the co-leader of "The Rock," a youth rock band that participated in the Youth Sunday activities and performed at services throughout the year.
Mary combines her skills and experience with a contagious enthusiasm and excitement for Youth Ministry.
Samuel Baker was born in the Midwest but raised in Miami, Florida. The church-musician seed was sown at an early age as he watched the organist finish the postlude each Sunday and yearned for the day his legs would be long enough to reach the organ pedals. He began playing church services at age eleven, continued organ and piano lessons and studied clarinet, conducting, and music theory through high school. He was graduated from Drake University (Bachelor of Music) and Southern Methodist University (Master of Sacred Music) where his principal teachers included Carl Staplin, Hans Vigeland, Robert Anderson, Lloyd Pfautsch, and Jane Marshall.
Since moving to Washington, DC, in 1986, he has held positions at National Presbyterian Church, Church of the Epiphany (Episcopal), All Souls Episcopal Church and, since 2008, the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. His recordings include two discs as choral conductor and one as organ soloist. His performances have been broadcast over National Public Radio on Pipedreams, and he has been presented in recital at two national conventions of the Organ Historical Society. He serves as chair of the OHS E. Power Biggs Fellowship Committee and as chair of the DC American Guild of Organists Foundation.
Sam has been partnered with organist and harpsichordist James Weaver for twenty-six years. In his spare time, Sam enjoys travel, architecture, and cooking.