Our Ministry Team

Reverend Dr. Sterling Morse
Stated Supply Pastor

The Rev. Dr. Sterling Morse is a minister member of National Capital Presbytery serving as the Stated Supply Pastor at Church of the Redeemer and now, Northminster Presbyterian Churches. He served as the coordinator for African American Intercultural Congregational Support and Intercultural/Cross Cultural Ministries and Congregational Support for the Presbyterian Mission Agency, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

He served as the pastor of Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington D.C., as the Associate for Mission with National Capital Presbytery (NCP); and previously as pastor of Hope Presbyterian Church in Detroit, MI, and Congruity Presbyterian Church, Sumter, SC. He served as moderator of National Capital Presbytery, 2001, and the former Presbytery of Atlantic (an all-Black Presbytery prior to reunion) 1984. Presently, he serves on NCP Leadership Council, Personnel and Dismantling Racism committees.

A native of Chester, Pennsylvania, he matriculated at Cheyney University (PA), earning a B.A. in Political Science, the Master of Divinity from Johnson C. Smith Seminary at the Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta, GA, and the Doctor of Ministry from the Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit, MI. He has extensive experience in anti-racism training, cultural proficiency, coalition building, conflict management, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships, and Myers-Briggs personality work. Sterling is married to Patricia Petty Morse, an attorney, and they have four children and twin grandsons.

Joya Follette, Director of Music Ministry  

Northminster’s Director of Music Ministry, Joya Follette, is a Philadelphia, Pa native, but now calls the DMV area her home. She is a graduate of Oakwood University, located in Huntsville, Alabama, where she sang and traveled with the world renowned Aeolians. She has performed and traveled as a music ambassador to Australia, Europe, Bermuda, Jamaica, Virgin Islands and throughout North America.

Joya has served as a music clinician for educational workshops, as well as Music Director for the Sligo Adventist School (currently TAPS) in Takoma Park, Md, and various churches in the DMV. She currently teaches vocal music for Prince Georges County Schools as well as private piano instruction for the Norwood School in Bethesda, Md. Joya has a heart for worship, a heart for God, and a heart for people!

Anne Pillay, Office Administrator



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