Duke spent his early years in Southern California, then journeyed to the East Coast for his undergraduate studies at Brown University (A.B.). Duke moved to Washington, DC in 2004 to serve as the Assistant Pastor of GraceDC’s “anchor” congregation, Grace Downtown, then in 2011 planted its second congregation, Grace Meridian Hill, a cross-cultural neighborhood church located in one of the most ethnically and economically diverse parts of our nation’s capital. Duke and Paula live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood together with their three children.
Rev. Remargo Yancie
Yancie believes in relational gospel-centered communities. For him, serving at Grace Meridian Hill has been a highlight of flourishing and hope--one person to another. In this neighborhood-centered church, Yancie is the Pastor of Community Life. Among other things, he enjoys celebrating life in many facets with those in his community especially with his wife Kristal and their three children. Being from a small town in Georgia, you might catch him in Rock Creek Park hiking, biking or running in the great outdoors.
Steve grew up in Georgia and South Carolina and studied journalism at the University of Georgia. After relocating to the District in 2006, he and his wife Rachel have called both Columbia Heights and Mt. Pleasant home until buying an old rowhouse in Petworth in 2010 that they've been endlessly remodeling ever since. Steve is the communications director for a nonprofit focused on the economic and social benefits of investing in walkable, connected towns and cities. Steve and Rachel have two young kids, Lily and Jackson, with another boy on the way in the summer of 2018.
Shapri has lived in DC for almost 10 years, first in Mt. Pleasant and now in Columbia Heights. She has been a member of Grace Meridian Hill since the beginning and delights in the incredibly rewarding close community and friendship that she has formed through co-laboring with brothers and sisters in the gospel. She is originally from Tucson, Arizona and loves everything about DC except for the humidity!
Originally from the DMV area, Albert has attended Grace Meridian Hill for the past 6 years and has been living in Columbia Heights for the past year. Installed as a Deacon in 2015, Albert is thankful for the community and deep friendships formed at the church and also for the church's vision to be neighborhood-centered.
Marcus moved from his hometown of Chicago to the DC area in 2003 and has been a member of Grace Meridian Hill since 2011. Having come to faith in Christ as a child, he values the importance of youth outreach – one of the highlights of the year for him is GMH’s annual Summer Bible Club for kids in the neighborhood. Marcus serves as the financial chair for the church and also sits on the real estate committee. Outside of church, he serves the Lord as an architect, a dream come true: “I’ve been blessed to grow up and get paid to fulfill my childhood desire to daydream and draw.”
Mary Katherine Howell
Mary Katherine has lived in the Columbia Heights neighborhood and been a part of the Grace Meridian Hill family since 2010, and in 2015, she was installed as a deaconess. Mary Katherine felt called to care for others in the role of deaconess because she experiences the healing, saving, encouraging, comforting, life-giving, sacrificial love of God on a moment-by-moment basis. Additionally, as a former case manager at a Medicaid-funded outpatient mental health clinic in DC for 3 years and now as a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Howard University, Mary Katherine has a passion for neighborhood ministry and for helping others navigate health issues and systems.
Walter grew up in Virginia Beach and went to Harvard University (A.B.). After spending a year working abroad for the UN in Palestine, Walter moved to Washington, DC in 2010. He has attended Grace Meridian Hill since 2011, while also working at Enterprise Community Partners, a nonprofit affordable housing organization, and Community Wealth Partners, a consulting firm supporting nonprofits and foundations across the country. Walter and his wife Mary Katherine (a fellow deaconess) live in the Columbia Heights neighborhood.
Director of Ministry and Operations
Justin grew up in Florida and Washington State. He studied Comparative Religion at the University of Washington in Seattle and lived there for 12 years before moving across the country to study at Covenant Seminary in St Louis. After working for a couple of years in Dallas, Justin and his wife Chrissy, along with their two children, moved to DC in July 2017 where they live in the Manor Park neighborhood. Justin is responsible for Sunday operations, care of our ministry teams, and ministry implementation.
Community Life Coordinator
Joanna moved to DC in 2014, has been attending Grace Meridian Hill since 2015, and has been working at the church since 2016. She is Pastor Duke’s assistant and manages communication for the church. She moved to DC from Tanzania, where she grew up as a Missionary Kid. She loves DC because of the beautiful historical architecture and the international diversity, particularly the diversity of cuisine!
Children's Ministry Director
Amy grew up in Florida and attended college in GA and graduate school in MO. She moved to DC in 2018 to work as the Director of Children’s Ministry at Grace Meridian Hill. Outside of work she enjoys hanging out with families and friends, traveling, training for races, and attending a sporting events.
Originally hailing from the Philly suburb area, Johanna has now lived in DC long enough to be called a DC native. She has been attending, became a member and has been singing on the music team since 2011. She transitioned from being a co-leader of the music team to Music Director in 2017. In addition to being part of the church staff part-time, Johanna works full time as the Director of Operations at a digital media company. She truly loves DC even though she is an avid Eagles fan!