The Parish Council is composed of elected lay members and ordained presbyters of Advent. The Parish Council governs the administrative affairs of Advent—hiring, space, developing a budget, to list a few—and provides advice and counsel to the Rector and clergy on the direction of the church's ministry.
A true Hawaii "local," Karynna moved to the DMV in 2011 after attending college in Southern California. This past September, she celebrated five years of worshiping at Advent and calling DC home. She works as a data analyst for Bloomberg Government in downtown DC and enjoys trying new foods, laughing with her roommates, and hosting al fresco dinners.
Josh began attending Church of the Advent in 2008, shortly after he moved to D.C. He worked for several years on Capitol Hill and now directs communications for a think tank. He is indebted to the Advent community for many things, but most of all for his wife, Eleanor, whom he met in 2010 at a party hosted by friends from church. He and Eleanor live in Petworth with their daughters, Lily and Ruth, and enjoy going to Nationals games as often as they can.
A.J. was born in India, adopted by an American couple as an infant and raised in both Wisconsin and New Jersey. In 2005, he moved to Washington, D.C and two years later began attending Church of the Advent. He and his wife, Sasmita, whom he met while doing an internship in India in 2011, live in Van Ness with their daughter Sonali. He loves the Advent community and has been serving it in various ways throughout the years. When not attending services, A.J. can be found cooking, reading Longform journalism, discussing foreign affairs or watching his beloved Wisconsin Badgers.
Ryan and his wife, Carrie Dorean, have been part of the Advent/Resurrection church community since they moved to DC in 2004. Ryan grew up in central France. He moved to the US for college and then back to France for grad school. Ryan has worked for 13 years at the United Nations Foundation, in Washington, where he focuses on climate change policy and advocacy. Ryan and Carrie have two daughters – Adelaide and Elsa. Ryan loves playing with his kids, hiking, playing tennis, reading newspapers, listening to podcasts, eating good food, and sipping delicious beer.
Originally from Dallas, Texas, Kendall moved to DC in 2013 after graduating from Furman University, home of the fighting Paladins. Kendall works for a Real Estate company on Capitol Hill and spends most of her time attempting to conquer her fear of ladders. Kendall loves all things college football, chili, and Parish Council.
Sarah came to DC in January of 2006 and began attending Church of the Resurrection, Advent's sister church, shortly thereafter, where she was involved in a number of things over her ten years as a member. Sarah and her husband, Charles, joined the Brookland church plant and are excited about what the future holds. They live in Eckington where they enjoy having people over for meals around the table or the firepit. Sarah is an avid Nationals fan and cheers for the Texas A&M Aggies. While newer to the Advent community, she has actually attended services at each of Advent's locations, including the small house church it began in.