Rev. Dr. Todd Smedley – Senior Pastor, x 240
Raised in New Jersey, Todd first felt called to the ministry at age eleven. He earned his BA in philosophy and English at Dickinson College, where he played varsity soccer all four years and served on the leadership team of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
After graduation, while serving in youth ministry, he met and married his wife, Jennifer. In 2001, Todd graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and joined Fourth’s ministry team as the College and Singles Pastor, then becoming Pastor of Adult Ministries. While on staff he earned a PhD from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.
He and Jennifer have three children.
Rev. Corey Gray – Pastor of Administration, x 212
Corey is responsible for the operations of the church. He has been at Fourth since 1991, holding the positions of Junior High Director, Senior High Director and Director of Adult Education, before serving as Pastor of Youth for ten years.
A Bethesda native, Corey grew up in the Wood Acres neighborhood, graduated from Walt Whitman High School, and came to know Christ through Fourth’s high school ministry on a winter retreat in 1986. He has a degree in economics from Amherst College. While working in ministry at Fourth Church, he continued his education, receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2002.
Corey is the one who wears a gray robe on Sunday mornings and whose office is just off the main office. He and his wife, Karen, have three children.
Rev. Ron Meyer – Pastor of Congregational Care, x 235
Pastor of Congregational Care since 2003, Ron ministers to the congregation through visits in hospitals, homes and at church, and is available for counsel about the many life issues that each of us encounter.
He began worshiping here in 1987 while assigned in the area as a Navy Chaplain. He served on the Missions Committee and taught Sunday school.
A St. Louis native, Ron committed his life to Christ while in college, under the ministry of Campus Crusade. He has a degree in agronomy from the University of Missouri, a Master of Divinity degree from Covenant Seminary, and advanced training in Christian Education from Catholic University. He has served as the Stated Clerk of our Presbytery since 2004.
Ron’s office is in the Emmaus House. He and his wife, Michele, who is also retired from the Navy, have five children and three grandchildren.
Rev. Thomas Knox Myrick – Pastor to Young Adults, x 204
He is a graduate of Westminster Seminary California (M.Div.), The Master’s University in Santa Clarita, California (B.A., Biblical Studies), and holds a certificate in biblical counseling from the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.
Tommy leads our ministry to university students and young adults in Washington D.C., coordinates church-wide community groups, men’s ministry, pastoral counseling, teaches adult education classes, and preaches regularly.
His study is located in the River House. He and his wife, Abigail, have one daughter.
Rev. Dr. Robert M. Norris – Teaching Pastor, x 208
Born in South Wales, Rob surrendered himself to God on a Saturday evening at the age of fourteen. Then, at the encouragement of his pastor, he began to preach in small churches in Wales. He studied the Bible, and received a thirst from God for Scripture.
Rob holds a BA degree from Kings College, London; and dual doctorates in history and dogmatics from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Prior to coming to Fourth, he was Executive Pastor of Program at First Presbyterian Church in Hollywood, CA. Other past positions are Assistant Minister at The City Temple, London; Chaplain to the City of London University; and Chaplain to St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He has taught at Washington DC’s Reformed Theological Seminary, and in seminaries in Ukraine, Malta, Japan, and Sudan.
He and his wife, Caren, have five children.
Rev. Robert Yancey – Pastor of Family Ministry, x 282
Rob is well known and loved within our congregation and fills the newly created position of Pastor of Family Ministry. This change involves a reorientation of the ministries that serve families in such a way that we trust will more holistically and seamlessly shepherd our families and children as they grow up through the children’s and youth departments. Having ministries that focus on children, youth, and marriage come under the same umbrella allows a shared vision and greater partnership between staff, volunteers, and families. Rob provides vision, oversight, and pastoral care to the Children’s Ministries, Youth Ministries, and Young Married Ministries, as he takes on leadership of the current staff serving on these teams.
Rob’s office is in the River House. He and his wife Liz, have two boys.