About Us

Vision and Mission

Our vision is:

    To receive and share Jesus’ message of extravagant love through compassionate care for our community and the world.

This vision inspires us to be a church of mission where we seek to:

  1. Know God and one another and open ourselves to be known.
  2. Be a church where people are comforted, encouraged, and challenged by God’s Word.
  3. Serve as God’s hands of mercy, affirming justice and peace in the world. 
  4. Welcome and celebrate the diversity of people and thought, encouraging each individual’s relationship with Christ.

Our Move: September 2018

Due to uncontrollable circumstances related to parking availability, we made the decision to sell our building and move into a shared property relationship with Arlington Church of the Brethren. Our new address is 300 North Montague Street, Arlington, VA 22203. Worship begins at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays and we offer children’s education during the hour following the Time With Children and Youth which is part of worship. As of March 2020, we meet on-line by Zoom link at 9:50 am for worship beginning with 10 minutes of music for meditation followed by liturgy that reflects the lectionary cycle of scripture texts.

Our History

We are a congregation rooted in a tradition of progressive Christian thinking.  Our history of worship, sacraments, rituals, social action and community support is the foundation on which we build our future.  Our members are seekers and believers reflecting a broad range of theological positions and Christian beliefs.  We recognize the centrality of the Bible and offer people the opportunity to explore how it might guide their daily lives.  This is our invitation to people of this community to come and celebrate the spirit of Christ with us.

We embrace diversity and our members’ backgrounds vary greatly.  We appreciate our differences of race, ethnicity, ability, age, gender orientation, religious upbringing, and family structure. Our openness stems from our Christian values. We believe Jesus was non-judgmental, nurtured people to discover God in their lives, and was a profound example of serving and standing up for people in need. We try to follow Christ’s extravagant example of love, service, and acceptance of all.  Read more…


Our Pastors

Rev. Anne Holmes retired June 30, 2021 was been Bethel’s designated pastor from June 2017.  Read more…

Rev. Carolyn Richar, our Associate Pastor, and temporary interim, has served Bethel UCC part-time since graduating from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, with a BSN in 1982 and Master of Divinity from Candler Theological Seminary in 1985.  Carolyn’s full-time ministry is as General Manager for Capital Hospice in Northern Virginia.  Read more…

Rev. Nancy Fitzgerald, our Associate for Digital Communication, has served Bethel UCC as a volunteer pastor specializing in email communication, outreach through our website, and related ways of keeping the congregation informed and in touch with each other. Nancy was called to Bethel in July 2018 after retiring from the Church of the Brethren.  A graduate of the then Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg, Nancy has full standing as an ordained authorized minister in the UCC.