In late 2007, Tommy Hinson joined with a group of men and women living in Columbia Heights, and together they established Church of the Advent. Prior to this time, Tommy lived in Boston, where his passion for urban renewal was born out of his tenure as a mental health counselor working with underserved populations.
A native of North Carolina, Tommy attended Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he met his wife and best friend, Laura. Tommy received an M.Div. and an M.A. in counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. He and Laura have two sons, Riley and Maddox, a daughter, Emmeline, and a dog named Jasper.
Deborah Tepley has been attending Church of the Advent since the fall of 2010. She has twelve years of experience in business, operations and human resources management for mission-based organizations in the faith-based, non-profit, and international development sectors. She especially enjoys leading organizations that are starting up or transitioning to a different organizational development stage.
Deborah felt called to ministry at a young age and holds an MA in Cross-Cultural Studies from Fuller Theological Seminary and an MBA from Georgetown University. This position brings things “full circle” for Deborah, combining her love for the church and skills in organizational leadership, and she feels like she’s landed her dream job. Deborah met her husband, Luke Jackson, at an Advent potluck. They have both been deeply involved in several church ministries over the years and count Advent as their family in DC. They live with their two cats and housemates in Petworth.
Daniel Beilman grew up in nearby Annapolis, MD. He studied Music Performance at East Carolina University (B.M.) and the University of Akron (M.M.), then served as a musician in churches in Akron, OH, Annapolis, and Lecanto, FL, before departing with his wife and children as missionaries to assist a church-planting effort in Vienna, Austria. He returned to the States in 2014 to join Church of the Advent’s team, becoming ordained to the priesthood in 2017. Daniel enjoys following DC United and the Baltimore Orioles, coaching youth soccer, and nerding out on Tolkien with his four boys.
Kevin Antlitz has been married to Susan for over ten years. They have three young children and a dog named Lewis. Kevin was born and raised in Severna Park, Maryland and he attended the University of Maryland - College Park as an undergraduate. He then went on to earn his M.Div. and Th.M. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts and is currently working on his PhD in Systematic Theology at Durham University in the UK. Prior to working at Church of the Advent, Kevin served as a Ministry Fellow at Princeton University for five years. He is an avid reader and writer and lover of the arts, especially poetry, film, and live music. Kevin is passionate about the intersections of Christianity and culture, contemplative spirituality, and helping God's people discover what it means to be truly human.
Amy Roebke oversees our children and youth ministries programs and serves as the staff liaison for women’s ministries leaders. Most recently, Amy was the Children’s Ministry Director at Grace Meridian Hill. She has a long career working with children and youth, including leadership roles at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC and North Cincinnati Community Church. Amy has a BA in Elementary Education and an MA in Educational Ministries from Covenant Theological Seminary. She is passionate about women’s discipleship, has led multiple small groups for women, and has been active in women’s ministries throughout her career. Amy is a seasoned athlete and frequently competes in races.
Liz Downey has been attending Advent since the fall of 2015, after moving to DC from New York City. Though not originally familiar with the Anglican tradition, she was drawn to the rich liturgy and the wonderful community at Advent. Before coming on staff, Liz spent seven years in the news industry, working most recently as a Social Media Producer during coverage of the 2016 primaries and presidential election. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in History and English.
Liz loves Nats games, volunteering at George Washington's Mount Vernon, and taking advantage of the great museums and natural resources this area has to offer. She lives in Northeast DC.