A B O U T  U S

A B O U T   U S

The Christian Community is a worldwide movement for religious renewal that seeks to open the path to the living, healing presence of Christ in the age of the free individual. This presence is at work most potently in the renewed seven sacraments, where the thoughtful, heartfelt devotion of the congregation and the words and gestures of the celebrating priest work together to form the vessel that can receive the grace of God.


The Christian Community of the Greater Washington-Baltimore Area is served by Reverend Carol Kelly. We carry an affiliate congregation in North Carolina.  In addition to offering talks, study courses, Sunday school for children, confirmation class, youth group, baptisms, funerals and other rituals, they are both available for personal consultations.  

Services and other events are currently held regularly at the Parish House at 4221 Metzerott Road, College Park, MD. Our long-term plan is to build a chapel near downtown Silver Spring, MD.


For more information about our movement and its history, please visit our North American website at: www.thechristiancommunity.org


The Parish House and Chapel in College Park, MD.

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Rev. Emma Heirman

Emma Heirman


I grew up in Silver Spring, MD when this congregation was an affiliate community of Devon, Pennsylvania. While my childhood was shaped strongly by my 12 years at the Washington Waldorf School, many of the memories that burn most bright are from my times in front of the altar of The Christian Community. Many of these occurred at summer camp during services for children, or vespers in the evening for staff. As a child and then young adult, I found comfort and strength for my sorrows and joys at the threshold, at the place where I turn my heart to the world of spirit.  


In my twenties, my search for my work and my place in the world led me back to the altar. I found that those who also gathered there were students of the school of which I longed to be part: the school of life that turns to Christ Jesus as its brother and guide. After studying at the Seminary of The Christian Community in North America and in Stuttgart, Germany, I was ordained in February, 2016. I served my first congregation in Denver, Colorado from 2016-2020. I am eager to serve this community beside my husband, Rev. Matthias Giles.   

Matthias Giles

I grew up in a small town absorbing the natural beauty of rural northeastern Ohio. As a young adult, my love for music, plants, and the riddles of existence guided my pursuits. In 2007 I received a BA in music from Earlham College. Through my studies and friendships in college I encountered Spiritual Science and the writings of Rudolf Steiner, which would profoundly influence my spiritual and intellectual life thereafter.

I first experienced the potent and healing substance of the sacraments of The Christian Community Movement for Religious Renewal while I was studying early Christian theology at Harvard Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. This life-filled nourishment became an increasingly central element in my life. After completing an MTS degree in 2014, I sought to follow an inner call toward the living Christ through the seminary priest training in Spring Valley, NY. I was ordained as a priest of The Christian Community in March 2019 and joined my wife, Rev. Emma Heirman, to serve the congregation in Denver, Colorado. 

It is my greatest honor to accompany my fellow companions on the Christian path through the joys and the sorrows of life and death.