Clergy & Staff

Get to know our clergy, staff and Vestry.  For more information on our search process for a new Rector, please visit our Rector Search page.


The Rev. John S. McDuffie, Former Rector

Rev. John S. McDuffieAfter 19 years of faithful service at Christ Church and 31 years as an Episcopal priest, Fr. McDuffie retired from the ministry on January 28, 2018. The Vestry is currently preparing to begin the search process for a new rector.

Fr. McDuffie was raised in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Prior to his work as a priest, he was a clinical social worker. He attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, and later received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion from Boston University. He earned a Master’s Degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. John attended the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and received his master of Divinity degree in 1987. After serving as rector of St. Dunstan's Church in Bethesda, Maryland, John was called in 1998 to be the 25th rector of Christ Church. John and his wife Mary live in Bethesda, and together they have five grown children. John’s hobbies include music of all kinds, including jazz saxophone.

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The Rev. Cynthia "Cindy" Simpson, Assistant Rector

Christ Episcopal Church, Rockville, MDCindy has many years experience as an ordained minister in the Baptist tradition. She received her Master of Divinity Degree at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville in 1985, and was ordained at Highland Park Baptist church in Waco, Texas in 1987. She worked in Christian Formation for youth and families in Methodist, Presbyterian and Baptist church positions. Cindy was Pastor of Chevy Chase Baptist Church and then Broadneck Baptist Church in Annapolis, before becoming Assistant to the Rector at St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Poolesville from 1999 to 2006. Cindy was drawn to the Episcopal Church because of our rich liturgical worship tradition. She attended Virginia Seminary from 2004 to 2005 and was ordained to the priesthood in January 2008. In addition to serving as Assistant Rector, Cindy is chaplain of Christ Episcopal School.

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Michele Craig, Director of Christian Education

Michele Craig, Director of Christian Education at Christ Church Rockville, MDMichele serves part-time as Youth Director and part-time as Director of Children's Education. She is a member of the Diocesan Youth Coalition and Diocesan Children's Education Committee, and Chair of the Parish Youth Council and Christian Education Council. Michele is a former teacher and a Pastoral Visiting Lay Eucharistic Minister. She organizes and oversees all Sunday School, Youth Group, and Family Fun Night activities, and the annual Easter and Christmas pageants.

Tad Cavuoti, Director of Music & Organist

Director of Music & Organist at Christ Church since 1994, Tad provides inspiring accompaniments for hymn singing, gives imaginative leadership to the Choristers and Choir, writes music especially for the people of Christ Church, and serves as Cantor upon occasion. An active member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, AGO, and the Royal School of Church Music, he represents our parish and musician colleagues on the Diocesan Human Resources Committee. Since 1977 he has served as Music Director at the Landon School for Boys in Bethesda, where he directs singers and handbell ringers, teaches music history & composition, and organizes music festivals.

Judith Schneider, Parish Administrator 

Judith serves as our Parish Administrator and is the person you will probably first speak to when calling the church office.  She staffs the office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  She is assisted by Maggie Schneider who works from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon.

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