Staff Bios

The Reverend Jeffrey N. Stinehelfer (“Jeff”)

Reverend Stinehelfer was ordained by the United Church of Christ in 1970. He retired after serving as a Pastor in Ohio, Kentucky and Illinois, as a conference Minister (superintendent) in Illinois, Minnesota, and Central Atlantic, and as a Development Director for various faith-based non-profits.

Most recently he served as Director of Major Gifts for Sojourners in Washington, DC, as Vice President for Institute Advancement at the Faith and Politics Institute on Capitol Hill, and Interim Minister at Heritage Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Silver Spring, MD.

He has a Bachelor of Divinity from Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT) and a Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy) from Heidelberg University (Tiffin, OH).

Reverend Stinehelfer’s Availability:  Jeff is normally available at the church office or in the Palisades area from 9am to 1pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. He is available other times (including evenings) by appointment and “24/7” for any urgent needs. Monday is his day off and on Fridays he regularly works from home. Feel free to contact him at any time by cell (240-988-5996), home phone (301-570-6442) or by personal email ( In addition, Polly Johnson (church administrator) will usually be aware of Jeff’s schedule and how to contact him.

The Reverend Beth McKinney

Beth was installed as Assistant Pastor of The Palisades Community Church in October of 2013. The occasion was the logical, perhaps inevitable step in the spiritual journey of one who was baptized at PCC in 1963, who was nurtured by PCC as a youth, and who has been an active lay leader at PCC most of her adult life. Educated in Catholic schools as a young person, Beth began theological studies at Virginia Theological Seminary, and completed her divinity degree at nearby Wesley Theological Seminary. Her ordination was celebrated on May 5, 2012 with her many friends in this, her life-long congregation.

Constance Van Mater, Choir Director

Constance Van Mater has been with Palisades since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; a master’s degree in vocal performance from Shorter College in Rome, Georgia; and a second master’s in musicology from Florida State University. Connie has over 25 years serving in some capacity as a church musician. She brings extensive choral experience to Palisades, having sung with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Chamber Chorus under the late Robert Shaw and currently with the Washington Choral Arts Society. Having worked mostly with smaller churches, Connie has a philosophy that every choir, no matter how small, deserves the pleasure of singing satisfying music for the glory of God.

Harper Denhard, Sunday School teacher

Harper Denhard is delighted to be working with the children of Palisades Community Church as the Sunday school teacher. Her mission is to provide a community where children learn to love and care for others through warm fellowship and a growing understanding of their faith. Ms. Denhard has taught first and second grade in Phoenix, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Silver Spring over the last eight years. In addition to teaching, she enjoys singing in the Chancel Choir and performing an original solo show at senior living facilities.