OUr Staff and Pastor

  • Rev. Alice Rose Tewell, Pastor

    Alice (she/her) has been our pastor since April 2020.  She spends her time planning worship, supporting the mission activites of church, and listening for ways that CPC can be a good neighbor. 

    As part of her work at Clarendon, Alice serves on the Strategy Team for Virginians Organized in Interfaith Community Engagment (VOICE) focusing on mental health support and affordable housing. For National Capital Presbytery, Alice serves on New Worshiping Community Team as liasion to IMPACTO LGBT.  In her work in the community, as of July 2023 is the Barcroft Elementary PTA President and helps with the Teacher Support Committee at Clarendon Childcare Center, housed at CPC.  

    She is also a Spiritual Director through the Shalem Institute. She would love to listen to the stirrings of the Holy One in our midst with you. 

    Prior to coming to CPC, Alice was Associate Pastor and then Deputy Head of Staff at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington DC (2014-2020) and was Associate Pastor and then Interim Pastor at First Presbyterian Church of Ithaca, NY (2010-2014). 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.  In 2021, she completed certificate on Executive Leadership for female leaders through Iron Sharpening Iron, a Lily Endowment funded program through Princeton Theological Seminary, and in 2023 became a Spiritual Director through the Shalem Institute.  

    Alice lives in Arlington with her husband, two children, and year old puppy.  As both of form of prayer and movement,  Alice enjoys yoga, hiking, and gardening.  She spends quite a bit of time watching kids sports, especially soccer! 

    If you are interested in the church and/ or have questions, please contact Alice! 

    Email:  aliceclarendonpastor@gmail.com

    Cell phone: 202-805-3720

  • Taisha Estrada, Director of Music

    Taisha Estrada (she/her) 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.

  • Allyson Parker, BookKeeper And Administative Support

    Allyson (she/her) joined CPC staff in 2024.  She offers administrative support to both church leaders and the congregation on an ongoing basis.

    Allyson holds a BA in Art History and French from The College of William and Mary and has over a decade of experience in supporting small businesses, from bookkeeping to digital marketing. She is actively involved at her children’s preschool where she serves as Board President and volunteers in the classroom. Allyson lives In Arlington with her husband and two children. She loves reading and spends as much time as possible with her nose in a book.

  • Aren Porta, Tech Support

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