The Rev. Dr. E. Scott Winnette
Pastor Scott was raised in Murfreesboro, TN (geographic center of TN). Prior to his work as a pastor, he was a computer programmer and served two years as a Presbyterian mission delegate to the Ghost Ranch Conference Center and ministries in England. He attended Middle Tennessee State University receiving a Bachelor of Business Arts degree in information systems. He earned a Master of Divinity from
the Louisville Theological Seminary and Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from McCormick Seminary in Chicago. After serving for fifteen years as Associate Pastor of the Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church, Scott was called in 2011 to be Pastor of RUC. Scott and his husband Anthony live in on a small farm in Myersville, MD. Together they are staff to three cats, two dogs, 15 chickens, 4 ducks plus a pond packed with fish.
Both Anthony and Scott are dedicated to learning from history and spend much time advocating for the historic preservation. Scott’s hobbies include candle-making, gardening, batik, cooking and moderate amounts of exercise.
The Rev. Jennifer Knutsen
Minister of Faith Formation
MINISTER OF FAITH FORMATION
Rev. Jennifer was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She and her husband Karl have two daughters, Elise and Nicole. Jennifer is a graduate of Carleton College (’88) and Yale Divinity School (’92). As an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ , Jennifer has served ecumenically in a variety of church settings including Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Collins, Colorado and Foundry United Methodist Church in downtown Washington DC.
She has also worked with children and families at Washington National Cathedral and as the director of a homeless outreach program at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington DC. Jennifer enjoys working collaboratively with people of all ages across many aspects of ministry, especially pastoral care, worship, teaching and outreach. Jennifer also enjoys cooking, gardening, and hosting friends, family and international exchange students.
James Levy was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Bethesda. He first came to RUC in 1991 as Director of Music and served until 2012. He composed a number of pieces for the choir including his Passion Oratorio, various Psalm settings, and a setting of Isaiah 35 which was performed at the National Cathedral. Jim was the Conference Choir Director for the Central Atlantic Convocation of the U.C.C. (2001-03)
On the faculty of the George Washington University since 1984, Jim started the Jazz program, taught in various capacities, and is now Emeritus faculty. Since 2011 Mr. Levy has been a full-time music teacher in the District of Columbia Public Schools. He and his wife Liesel live in Takoma Park, MD. Daughters Beck and Alex — who were babysat by many a RUC choir member back in the early 90s — are now both adult professionals.
With over 10 years experience in the administration field, Dalia has experience in handling employee benefits, payroll management, employee relations, compensation, recruiting, training and other administrative tasks. At RUC she handles building, building users, payroll, and assist with the finances. Dalia lives in Gaithersburg with her husband and 10 month old daughter.
Stephen Cooper is the most tenured staff member at RUC. He began working as Sexton in 1999. Steve works full time as a Plant Equipment Operator with the Montgomery County Public School System.
Lynne is a graduate of James Madison University and has been working at RUC since 2017 doing a combination of administrative and graphics work. Her focus at RUC is all things graphics. She lives in Laurel with her husband, two teenage daughters and four dogs.
Special Needs Assistant
SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATOR
Since 2001, Phylis has served as RUC's special needs educator. Trained in special education and working as a professional in the field, she assists Sunday School teachers and the youth director, helping with children and youth who learn differently due to autism, learning style or behaviorial issues.
Fredita Gomes lovingly cares for the children in our nursery. She also works as a lead teacher in one of the most prestigious preschools in Bethesda Maryland. She is very loving, humorous, sweet and compassionate. She is CPR certified and has 144 hours of early childhood education.