Staff Bios

The Reverend Elizabeth Hagan

Bio to come

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.