The Rev. Wright Wall, Pastor
Wright grew up in a military family and so had the opportunity to live in many different states and abroad. A cradle Anglican, Wright came to faith in Christ as a West Point cadet and grew up in the faith around the Navigators. This is where he got his lifelong passion for discipleship. He met his wife, Beth, at our sister-church Truro Anglican in Fairfax, VA. Their 20 years of marriage have seen ten moves; four children; six years on active Army duty; deployments to Germany, Panama, and Somalia, as well as time living in France and Jordan; serving as an ROTC instructor at Presbyterian College; an International MBA for Wright and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics for Beth; five years in strategy consulting work with KPMG and Accenture; and three years in business development with Hughes Supply. In 2006, while parishioners at The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA), Wright and Beth discerned a call in community to ordained ministry. They sold their home in Arlington, VA, and spent the next three years on the North Shore of Boston, where Wright earned a Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Prior to planting All Nations DC, Wright spent three years at TFCA as an assistant rector (aka “Timothy” or church planter in training). Their four children keep them joyfully busy on fields, gyms, and scouting venues throughout the DC metro area. Wright is asking God 1) to help him and Beth raise kids that love Jesus and 2) to establish a vibrant, orthodox Anglican church in NW DC where people find new life in Christ, become disciples who make disciples, and intentionally reach out to the nations.
Christine Yates, Administrator
Christine is originally from Pennsylvania, where she was born and raised in the Episcopal Church. She married her husband Mark over 24 years ago. They have four kids, two in college, and two in high school, and reside in Arlington. Christine renewed her faith after spending 5 days at a John Guest Crusade. She boldly left her parent’s church and struck out on her own spiritually. After settling at Church of the Good Samaritan in Paoli, PA, and following through on a New Year’s Resolution, she joined a bible study where she met Mark. They loved Good Sam and were married there 2½ years later. Christine and Mark were active members of The Falls Church Anglican (TFCA) for 22 years. Their high schoolers are active in Crossroads and Cornerstone at TFCA. As All Nations DC launched, Christine was blessed to be asked to join the staff as an administrator. She and Mark officially became members of ANDC in 2013. Send Christine email
Greg Thomas, Senior Warden
Greg is originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, and is married to Mary Anna Lynch of Spartanburg, South Carolina. Greg graduated high school from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Georgia. Since moving to Washington, DC, in 2003, he has advised two members of Congress on financial services and economic issues and worked as a Government Relations Associate for the Options Clearing Corporation. He currently serves as an Associate General Counsel and Vice President of Federal Government Relations for Primerica Life Insurance Company. Greg’s parents introduced him to Christ at a very young age. He has fond memories of his family helping start Trinity Church in 1981, which continues to serve the Hot Springs community 35 years later. During college, he was an active member and small group leader with Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC). He also served on a CCC summer mission project in Yellowstone National Park. While in Washington, Greg has regularly attended several evangelical and Anglican churches as well as participated in various small groups throughout the city. Greg and Mary Anna began attending All Nations DC soon after being married in 2014. They reside in Glover Park and enjoy exploring God’s creation through hiking, camping, snow skiing, and cycling.
Krista Cowan, Jr. Warden
Krista grew up as a missionary kid in France until she was 18. She accepted Jesus as her personal savior at the age of 6. She attended Gordon College, a small Christian college in Massachusetts, while her family moved to Virginia. In college, she led a bible study and discipleship ministry, and mentored student leaders. After college, Krista took a job teaching theater at a local public high school, which launched her career in education. In 2006, after getting her masters in theater directing from the University of California in Irvine, she moved to Virginia to be close to family, and to teach theater and film at the Madeira School in McLean. After attending the Falls Church for a couple of years, she was recruited to sing on the worship team at Christ Church Vienna. When Wright Wall visited to share his vision to reach internationals in D.C. for Christ, she decided All Nations DC was the right church for her. She joined the planning team and got involved with the music and healing prayer ministries. Krista thoroughly enjoys serving in these capacities and feels blessed to be able to partner in what God is doing in the church and in people’s lives. Krista is passionate about many things, including missions. She currently serves on the missions committee, and is the missions coordinator for David’s Hope International. She has been co-facilitating an ANDC small group in Arlington around the Life Model book series.
Being born into a Roman Catholic family, in a strongly Catholic neighborhood of Union City New Jersey and schooled in Catholic Schools, gave Frank a solid foundation of a church life and what it meant to be active in a parish. Two years of boarding at military high school added a further dose of discipline. God has moved Frank through two major shifts in His church. The first was in the 1960s: the pronouncements from Vatican II (an assembly of Roman Catholic religious leaders gathered to settle doctrinal issues) caused Frank to feel unsettled and over time he drifted away from the church, though he knew he would come back someday. Moving to Washington, he developed a more personal faith, becoming more of a Christian than a Catholic, and attended All Saints Episcopal, Chevy Chase, and then following his marriage to Barbara, they found a spiritual home together at Church of the Apostles, a three streams – one river church (drawing together a community from Roman Catholic, Protestant and Pentecostal traditions). At Church of the Apostles, Frank was encouraged to attend Bill Gothard’s Basic Youth Conflicts seminars. These were week-long events which filled stadiums. It was through this ministry that Frank learned that we need to abandon our own personal theology about living the Christian life and let God direct our lives. Frank has sought to follow that teaching, trusting decisions about family and career to God’s direction. These seminars also taught him to value being part of a church congregation as something you choose to do rather than being born into it, like the Catholic Church. Ten years after it started in 1968, Church of the Apostles had 45 members and no full time pastor. By 1985, Church of the Apostles was becoming a ‘mega-church’ and Frank was hired into the new position of parish administrator, where he served until 2003. As a laity-led church, the administrator was responsible for about 25 employees, and operations, administration and financial management of a church organization that had at its peak about 2,500 parishioners. This included up to 25 ministries including a popular youth ministry, ‘Saturday Night Alive’, and evangelical ministry supporting families oversees working for the gospel. The second pivotal moment for the church and for Frank was the division between the Episcopal and Anglican churches. Frank and Barbara moved back to All Saints Chevy Chase, where Frank hoped to support Rev. Al Zadig maintain a conservative catholic Christian church. When Rev. Zadig left, Frank was tired of church politics, and enjoyed a period as a regular congregant at Falls Church Anglican where his daughters were in the youth programs. When the Falls Church announced the plan to start a daughter church in North West DC, Frank and Barbara decided to join and have been part of the All Nations family from the beginning. Frank is an experienced church administrator. He is a big fan of small groups: he led a home-group at Church of the Apostles for 17 years and has been a faithful attender of the small group hosted by the Matthews here at All Nations. In the past year, he has served as a member of the Church Health team, particularly supporting the focus on Sermons. He has some experience of preaching, having given short sermons at Church of the Apostles’ Wednesday lunch services on Abiding in Christ. This is a topic about which Frank is passionate. Having read Andrew Murray’s book, Abide in Christ, Frank has been convinced that abiding is the key thing. As a Vestry Member at All Nations, Frank hopes to share his passion to advance his ‘abiding’ ministry by helping us to understand what it means, what it looks like and how to do it. Andrew Murray suggests that if we preached and practiced God’s daily presence with the same urgency as we teach about atonement, many would accept the church’s invitation to a life of purity, power, love, joy and fruit-bearing that is the blessing of abiding. The key in this is to see the role of the church as the body of Christ on this earth, recognising that when he ascended he left us to be his body here, so as each one of us abides in Christ, he abides in us. If Christ abides in us and we love each other as we love ourselves, it would be as it was when Christ was on earth. It is the job of the church to be Christ to the community we live in, as each member thinks, speaks and acts like Christ. And ultimately Christ will come back, bringing heaven to earth. This is our great mission but Frank holds to the promise that God will not require anything of you that he doesn’t make you capable of doing.
Catherine came to Washington DC a little over two and a half years ago, as so many people do, for the sake of a job. She works as a project manager in an international development research institute, managing projects seeking to understand why undernutrition persists among children in developing countries and how to reduce it. She has been interested in development, travel and the wider world as long as she can remember, sparked by a period living in Nairobi, Kenya as a child. Having travelled and lived overseas as an adult, she has been privileged to see many wonders of God’s glorious creation and to experience firsthand that wherever we go in the world God goes with us, and we find God’s family and can feel at home. She came to All Nations DC having found the details on the Gospel Coalition website. All Nations was the closest church on the list to where she lives and the name promised an international outreach which was inviting as a new arrival in the country. The warm welcome and discovery of fellow Brit, Janet, made the decision to stay an easy one. Catherine was first introduced to Christianity by school friends who attended the vibrant Sunday School at the large Church of England Parish church in the village where she grew up. Continuing through the youth ministry which followed she was confirmed and went on to lead the Sunday School classes for 5-7 year olds for several years. While living in Ghana, she attended St Anne’s Cathedral of Damongo and was a member of the choir – which sounds a great deal more impressive than the reality of a small Catholic mission church in a predominantly Muslim community, which happened to be the only local church which conducted services in English. In her home town in the UK, Catherine attended a large Church of England church with a strong mission ministry. She was a member/facilitator of a small-group there and at All Nations, she is a member of, and assists in facilitating the Woodley Park small-group and is co-leader of the Church Health Team. As a member of the Vestry, Catherine can contribute the perspective of someone from the transient international community that we aim to serve. She has practical administrative and writing skills, and experience of planning and strategy development. She hopes to contribute to sowing the seeds for God to grow All Nations in the future.