A Snapshot History of Holy Redeemer MCC (HRMCC)
In 1996, a small group of individuals gathered in the basement of MCC-DC to discuss the possibility of planting a new parish extension in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area. Holy Redeemer MCC held its first worship service in a classroom of the Silver Spring Presbyterian Church, located in Silver Spring, MD, on Ash Wednesday, February 28, 1998.
Our first worship service in the church sanctuary was Sunday, June 14, 1998 at 6:30 pm with the Reverends Clay Witt and Gail Hicks presiding. During the early months we were known as MCC of Silver Spring/ Takoma Park. We were incorporated in October 1999 and became Holy Redeemer MCC in December 1999. We found a church home to lease at 4907 Niagara Road, Suite 102, College Park, MD. Our first worship service in College Park was held on December 12, 1999.
During the next several years we grew from a parish extension to a chartered church. Reverend Clay Witt was hired as our part-time pastor assisted by Reverend Gail Hicks. By the close of 2002 we had grown to a membership of about forty individuals. In 2003, Reverend Witt retired, and the newly MCC-ordained Reverend David North was hired May 4, 2003.
In 2006, we achieved full “church” status. We located from suite #102 to #101 for more worship space. Our first Sunday Service in our new suite was January 20, 2013. Reverend North’s last Sunday as our pastor was April 30, 2017. Reverend Gail Minnick’s first Sunday as our “provisional interim pastor” was Sunday, May 7, 2017. We formed a worship team to discuss our worship experience, our community needs, and how worship can be changed to bridge the gap.
In August 2019, Reverend A. Leon Tredwell was hired as pastor. Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, HRMCC began to hold our services remotely by Zoom on March 22, 2020. At this time we are continuing Zoom services and are planning hybrid services in the near future. Keep watching for HRMCC’s new look!