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  • Leadership

  • Rev. Ciara Simonson (Senior Minister)

  • The Reverend Ciara S. Simonson, is the Senior Minister of Springfield Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Springfield, VA. Indicative of her compassion for humanity and commitment to helping others heal and grow, Rev. Simonson established herself as dynamic speaker and pastoral counselor integrating her theological and clinical background.   

    Leaving her hometown in New York City to pursue God’s purpose for her life, Reverend Ciara Simonson answered the call to Christian ministry in 2004. Her life is a living testimony of God’s word at work, which is reflected in her forthcoming memoir “The Gift of Grace”, that reads like an epic adventure revealing her faith journey. On a path toward wholeness and holistic living, Rev. Simonson identifies herself as the “wounded healer” who shares her passion for healing by educating, encouraging, and empowering others to honor their life’s story and be their best self.

    Reverend Simonson received her Master of Divinity Degree from Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C., and her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland. Reverend Simonson has served as Chaplain at George Washington University Hospital, and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Georgetown University Hospital. In 2014, Reverend Simonson began her clinical practice in Pastoral Counseling for individuals and couples at the Pastoral Counseling Consultation Center and IMAGO Center in Washington D.C., in addition to serving as the Interim Pastor at First Christian Church of Alexandria, VA.

    Reverend Simonson is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated and Co-Founder of Love Works, Incorporated, a non-profit organization that provides healing and support for families and professionals that experience early pregnancy and infant loss.

    Reverend Simonson’s pride and greatest joy is engaging the fullness of life with her loving husband, Victor Simonson while sharing the honor of parenting her daughter Victoria Grace, son Immanuel Justice, and carrying the memory of her angel baby Trinity.

     

  • Kevin Hopkins (Office Manager)

  • Keith "Kevin" Hopkins is our SCC Office Manager.  He has been active in church music ministry since 1981, and writing professionally since 1985. He attended East Tennessee University State University where he majored in Communication and minored in Art Photography. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1986.

    Hopkins moved to Virginia in 2005 and began attending SCC.  In his professional work, Hopkins became known as a "resource man" for people when they needed to know where to go for various services. When the previous SCC secretary decided to move, she thought of Hopkins and how he would be a good fit for the job.  Hopkins has been the SCC Office Manager since 2013.

    Kevin lives in Alexandria, Virginia. 

  • Pastor Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Outreach Minister