OUr Staff and Pastor

  • Rev. Alice Rose Tewell, Pastor

    Alice (she/her/hers) began as our Pastor (Stated Supply) in April of 2020, a few weeks into Clarendon Presbyterian entering into the age of virtual worship.  She is  investing her time getting to know the rich stories of the CPC Community, leading the community in worship, providing pastoral care, and listening for ways that CPC can continue to invest in being a neighbor to the Arlington and Northern VA community. As part of her work at Clarendon, Alice serves on the Strategy Team for VOICE and is active in the National Capital Presbytery. 

    Alice is celebrating 11 years of ordained ministry with experience serving as the Associate Pastor and Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, NY (2010-2014) and as the Associate Pastor and Deputy Head of Staff at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington DC (2014-2020).  Prior to ordination, Alice served as the Youth Director at Old Presbyterian Meeting House in Alexandria, VA (2008-2010). 

    She holds a Masters in Divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary and a BA with honors in International Studies from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  She is currently pursuing a certificate on Executive Leadership for female leaders through Iron Sharpening Iron, a Lily Endowment funded program through Princeton Theological Seminary.  For the National Capital Presbytery, she is a member of the Committee on Ministry Specialized Ministry committee. She has previously served on the Racism Task Force and as Moderator/ Vice Moderator of the Synod of the Mid-Atlantic. 

    Alice lives in Arlington with her husband, two young children, and not so young black Labrador mix.  For centering and sometimes as a form of prayer, Alice enjoys running outside, yoga, and gardening.

    Email:  alicertewell@gmail.com

    Cell phone: 202-805-3720

  • Rev. Blair Moorhead, director of christian mission and outreach

    Blair (she/her/hers) has been serving as Director of Mission since May 2019. She loves joining with the congregation to work for justice with neighbors in Arlington and beyond through the church’s organizing and service ministries. Blair comes to Clarendon after working as a social worker in homeless services and trauma-informed therapy. She was ordained in February 2020 in National Capital Presbytery, and formerly served the church as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer and fellow at the Office of Public Witness. Blair also is the site coordinator for the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Site in Washington, DC. She lives with her husband and son in Arlington.

  • Taisha Estrada, Director of Music

    Taisha Estrada (she/her/hers) is a Puerto Rican singer, songwriter, educator and music director. Singing and playing piano since the age of 9, her passion for music and education grew as time went on. In 2020, she earned her degree in music with a minor in jazz studies from George Mason University. She currently performs in various musical settings. Participating in church choir, writing for jazz and solo sets as well as being an active member of two bands keeps her busy and frequently performing. 

    During her time at Mason, she began her role as the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church youth and children’s choir director. More recently, she has begun working at Swanson Middle School in Arlington teaching Spanish. When Taisha is not performing or teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Daniel and her puppy, Ziggy. 

    This coming year, Taisha looks forward to meeting the church, creating beautiful music together and continuing to make a lasting impact in the community.

  • Beth trent, BookKeeper

    Beth (she/her/hers) joined CPC staff in 2017.  She offers administrative support to church leaders and the congregation on an ongoing basis. 

  • Aren Porta, Tech Support

    Aren Porta (he/ him/his) joined staff in late 2021 to provide tech support for hybrid worship services. Welcome, Aren!