Rev. Delonte Gholston
Delonte Gholston was born and raised in Washington DC, and was educated in DC public schools, Swarthmore College, Georgetown University, and Fuller Theological Seminary. He returns to his hometown after seven years away to pastor Peace Fellowship. Raised in the National Baptist Church as a teacher, preacher and musician, his passion for advocacy and development has always been deeply rooted in his faith. It has led him to serve as part of church renewal and planting movements in DC and LA. Delonte is committed to using his passion for art, theology, and social change to bring life and flourishing both to cities and to rural areas. This passion fueled his work with the Downtown LA Clergy Council where he served as the Director of the Trust Talks, a community transformation initiative between the LAPD and key stakeholders in Downtown LA. He was married in October 2016 to his life partner and best friend Claire Wiggins.
Brian came on staff with Peace Fellowship in June 2015. Brian is highly active in intentional Christian Community circles, having lived in community since graduating from university. He is a part of the Nurturing Communities Project, which helps connect newer communities with more experienced folks, and edited the songbook for the community-oriented prayer book, Common Prayer. A native of Maryland, Brian has worked in non-profit arts education for 6 years. Currently, he offers affordable music lessons to kids living in Deanwood. At Peace, he is behind-the-scenes, coordinating ministries, sending out weekly bulletins, and working to connect Peace with IDEA teachers and students. If you have any questions about connecting at Peace, email him at email@example.com.
Nat hails from Fairfax, Virginia. He is working in Deanwood for the summer of 2019 as an intern at Peace Fellowship. He is a rising senior at Wheaton College in Illinois, set to graduate in May of 2020, and is studying English. Passionate about hospitality and establishing a sense of communal belonging, he has worked in several capacities to this effect previously at Wheaton College and elsewhere. He expects to go into law at some point in the coming years.
Elders & Trustees
Theresa Davis and family have been members of Peace Fellowship Church since 2012. They were captured by the commitment to community and the love for each other and people .She went to school and is a native of the DC Metro area. She love showing Christ to others through outreach projects and has been in ministry in different capacities since 2000 around the city. She lives in Fort Washington, MD with her husband and family.
Ray McGhee has been attending Peace Fellowship with his family since its inception. He is drawn to the diverse community at Peace where people share their lives together in service and worship. Ray is originally from California and works in education research and development, and serves as Peace Fellowship’s unofficial head chef.
Caroline Kenney joined Peace Fellowship in 2006, and has served as a Trustee since 2009. She also enjoys serving as part of the church’s Hospitality team and as a mentor to teens and young adults. Professionally, Caroline works in real estate development. Personally, her passions include travel, art, friends and family, and especially being a godmother and aunt to her godson and 5 nieces. While she loves many things about Peace, she is most grateful for the church’s community life, and for the opportunity to participate in building God’s kingdom on earth as part of a committed local church body.
Keith Lyndaker Schlabach
Keith Lyndaker Schlabach came to Peace with his wife, Rachelle, and their two children, Mario and Lini, in 2009. They were seeking a biblical, multicultural church home upon their return to the DC area. “On any given Sunday, when I look over the congregation and see such beautiful diversity, I can’t help but wonder if this is what heaven is going to look like.”
Karen Mason and her family have attended Peace Fellowship since 2003, when Peace met at the former Kenilworth Rec Center. Her family appreciated the interracial congregation and the feelings of love and the sense of God’s presence. A native North Carolinian, she has been a DC resident for over 30 years and is now the proud grandmother of two.
Joel Smith Goering joined Peace Fellowship in 2013. As a current Trustee, he is responsible for maintaining the church’s financial records and reporting on the church’s financial health. He also co-leads the “Basketball and Bible” men’s small group. Joel loves Peace Fellowship’s commitment to inward-focused spiritual disciplines and authentic relationships while also pursuing outward-focused expressions of God’s mercy and justice in a localized context. He is married and has a daughter and two grandsons. In his day job, Joel is a manager with EdOps, a socially-conscious enterprise providing back office and business management support to public charter schools.