About Us

We Welcome

We are inclusive and celebrate diversity. Everyone is warmly welcomed and has a place at the table.

We serve all of our neighbors: the affluent and those experiencing homelessness; queer, straight, and transgender; cradle Episcopalians and wandering atheists; kids, retirees, and everyone in between. St. Margaret’s is a warm place to renew faith in God, care for one another, and thrive in a diverse and inclusive community.

We Worship

An inclusive expression of belief in God’s work and love.

We express our beliefs about God–Source of all being, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit–and affirm our identity as beloved children of God in worship. In our worship, we take seriously the words we use to describe God and God’s people, recognizing that neither God nor humans are constrained by masculine, feminine, or binary identities. When encountering God in worship, we are formed and transformed to deepen and practice our faith.

We Seek Justice

Standing with those who are marginalized.

We speak up with those who are marginalized. We stand up for justice and equality so that we might thrive, together, as a community.

We Grow

Inviting challenging questions about faith and purpose.

We invite people to bring their questions, yearnings for the holy, and hunger for meaning and purpose in life. We keep it conversational, relevant, and gentle to include life-long church attenders or someone new to the faith journey.

We Serve

Standing with those who are marginalized.

We love our neighbors and our communities through our actions, attitudes, and words. We actively engage the most vulnerable among us through service, solidarity, and generosity.

Our Story

How we've made room at the table for 125 years.

Our Team

Clergy & Staff

The clergy are the ordained ministers of the Church.

The Rev. Richard Mosson Weinberg

Rector

As a young altar boy serving at his family’s conservative Roman Catholic parish in Northern Virginia, Richard remembers thinking he would have to atone for his sin of being gay by becoming a Catholic priest. Thankfully, he went on to come to terms with–and celebrate–his sexuality. He studied music in college as a classical singer and led non-profit organizations as a young adult in Washington for more than a decade before ultimately discerning a call to the priesthood (this time in the fully welcoming and affirming denomination of the Episcopal Church, where he learned that God loves and celebrates LGBTQ people just as they are).

As rector of St. Margaret’s, Richard serves our parish as senior pastor, priest, and administrator. Building on a long-standing legacy of social justice, his ministry is marked by the sharing of the liberating Gospel of Christ; caring for a diverse and inclusive community; and stewarding the work of St. Margaret’s cardinal program for neighbors experiencing homelessness, Charlie’s Place.

Fluent in Spanish as a second language, Richard has worked with Latino congregations in D.C., Atlanta, Costa Rica, and El Salvador. While serving at Washington National Cathedral, Richard also led outreach with the LGBTQ community, founding the Cathedral Congregation’s LGBT ministry group and serving an instrumental role in the Cathedral’s public witness in support of marriage and transgender equality.

The Rev. Diana Gustafson

Assistant Rector

Diana’s childhood memories are of regular conversations with God on the windy beaches of Massachusetts. Despite an occasionally austere early education, she has sought out God at the limits of experience, She was baptized in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as an infant and has been a serious student of Judaism and Tibetan meditation.

She loves language and studied English and French at Johns Hopkins University. Through all these things, her joy comes in helping others find new and old ways to talk to God. As Assistant Rector, Diana serves the people of St. Margaret’s in the areas of formation, pastoral care and anti-racism development. She loves to preach, and would love to chat with you about your spiritual life or St. Margaret’s.

Prior to her ordination as a priest, Diana was a print and new media journalist. She has a daughter who works in Hollywood and a son who is a linguist in Sweden. She and her husband Tom live with their little dog Lola in Cleveland Park.

The Rev. Dr. Anne Ritchie

Adjunct Priest

Anne wanted to be a priest ever since she was a child, but didn’t think it was possible. 42 years later, Bishop John Walker ordained the Reverend Dr. Anne Gavin Ritchie a priest at our cathedral. And, she’s been pioneering new ground ever since.

Anne served as the first woman associate at two parishes in our diocese: St. Mark’s, Capitol Hill, and St. John’s, Lafayette Square. Being the first woman priest to have a baby, she helped St. Mark’s parish establish maternity leave policies.

Anne served 16 years as the rector of the Church of the Resurrection in the Diocese of Virginia and wrote her doctoral thesis as a counterpoint to the groundbreaking book, Spiritual but Not Religious. She surveyed and examined non-churchgoers’ attitudes toward religion. Reading the voluminous responses from people who experienced abiding hurt and pain spurred a change. She resolved her parish would actively present themselves as they were, a welcoming and inclusive faith community.

Following her retirement in 2011, Anne and her wife Gail found a church home here at St. Margaret’s. As an adjunct priest, Anne joyfully shares in the leadership of St. Margaret’s worship services and helps provide pastoral care to members of our community.

The Rev. Rachelle Sam

Adjunct Priest

Rachelle was raised in Baptist churches and nurtured by a grandmother who would often recount stories of baptisms in the Neches River and ask her to listen for God after rainstorms; a background that shaped her deep sense of spirituality.

It is little wonder that attending an Easter Vigil and getting sprinkled with the waters from the baptismal font drew her into the Episcopal tradition. Rachelle’s calling to be a priest grew out of her formative experiences teaching and working with students in Episcopal schools.

She currently serves as the Upper School Chaplain at St. Albans School, the Director of Social Service Program, and adjunct priest at St. Margaret’s. She helps lead worship services and overall pastoral care. Rachelle lives with her family in Arlington, VA.

Timothy Duhr

Director of Operations and Music

A Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance, Timothy Duhr serves as St. Margaret’s Music Minister. With an extensive background in organ performance, teaching, and sacred musical composition, he leads the worship ministry with passion and talent. Timothy also serves as choirmaster, nurturing St. Margaret’s staff and volunteer choir singers.

Additionally, he serves the parish by updating the website, managing all church communications and volunteers. He has been with St. Margaret’s since 2017 and lives in Washington DC.

Julie Petersmeyer

Deacon

The Reverend Julie A. Petersmeyer was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Mariann Budde in September of 2017. As a deacon, Julie serves as a bridge between the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world and the Church. In her ministry at St. Margaret’s Julie serves as a pastoral presence to guests of our homeless outreach ministry, Charlie’s Place, in addition to serving two Sundays a month in our worship life.

Julie has been involved in prison ministry for 17 years and has served as a chaplain volunteer at the DC Jail for the past 10 years. Getting close to and learning about the lived experience of returning citizens has informed Julie’s commitment to criminal justice reform.

Julie and her husband Gregg live in Bethesda and have four adult children and six glorious grandchildren.

Francisco Serrano

Francisco Serrano

Deacon Postulant

Francisco Serrano is a postulant for ordination to the diaconate in the Diocese of Washington.  Francisco was born in El Salvador and emigrated to the United States in 1998. Raised Roman Catholic, he was received in the Episcopal Church in 2006 after joining St. Matthew’s/San Mateo Episcopal Church in Hyattsville. It was at San Mateo, under the leadership of the Rev. Vidal Rivas, that Francisco discerned a call to ordained ministry.

Francisco is serving at St. Margaret’s in his yearlong parish internship as part of his second year of formation in the diocese’s School for Deacons. Ministering alongside St. Margaret’s deacon, the Rev. Julie Petersmeyer, Francisco serves as a pastoral presence at St. Margaret’s homeless program, Charlie’s Place, in addition to worshiping with us regularly on Sundays.

Reggie Cox

Charlie's Place Executive Director

The very first time Reggie walked through the doors of Charlie’s Place it was as a client having recently lost a long time job and experiencing homelessness for the first time ever in his life in 2013.

He knew right away this was a special place as it was infectiously welcoming. Reggie knew he wanted to be a part of it. First starting as a volunteer, he eventually joined the staff as floor manager and then grew to program manager. Today, he serves as the Executive Director.

Charlie’s Place energizes him because serving others is an amazing and rewarding experience. He especially loves working with the guests who always express gratitude and are so appreciative of the work at Charlie’s Place.

Reggie currently resides in Northwest Washington D.C.

The Vestry

The Vestry is an elected body, consisting of 12 parishioners and the Rector, who serve as the legal representatives of St. Margaret's. Supporting the church’s mission by word and deed, they ensure effective organization and planning and manage the church's resources.

Michael Armstrong

Senior Warden

Jenny Carson

Junior Warden

Patty Nicoson

Julie Polter

John Lucas

Heidi Mayor

Giselle Pole

Garrison Gordon

Cathy Connelly

Richard Vilmenay

Susan Woods

Annika Mitic